Pediatricians Urge Parents to Keep Up With Their Child’s Routine Vaccination Schedule, Diplomat Beach Resort Opens June 1 – NBC 6 South Florida

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Pediatricians urge parents to keep up with their child’s routine vaccination schedule

After the COVID-19 vaccines were approved for emergency use, some parents started doing more research on all routine vaccines and said they’ve become a little reluctant to bring their kids to get the injections.

Pediatricians say it is important to be informed, but warn that there is a danger of stopping the vaccination completely.

“COVID has certainly had an impact on everyone in adhering to their vaccination schedule and we will certainly see an increase in vaccine-preventable diseases because of this,” said Dr. Danielle Squires of Kings Bay Pediatrics.

According to a CDC report published last year, data point to a remarkable decline in the ordering and administration of vaccines for diseases such as measles.

The murder of George Floyd at the hands of police a year ago called for reform of state laws governing how officers train and interact with the public. In Florida, a watered-down version of police reform passed both houses and the governor has yet to decide whether it will become law. Even if it does, NBC 6 researcher Tony Pipitone found that things aren’t going to change much here in South Florida.

Florida Police Law Reforms Won’t Change Much in South Florida

The murder of George Floyd at the hands of police a year ago called for reform of state laws governing how officers train and interact with the public.

In Florida, a watered-down version of police reform passed both houses and the governor has yet to decide whether it will become law.

But even if it does, local law enforcement says not much will change in South Florida.

State Representative Dotie Joseph (D-North Miami) said she and fellow Democrats had to give a little to get Republicans to support a statewide police reform bill.

“I think we were able to achieve a degree of duality with a lot of people who wanted to see real reform come through and we were able to achieve that,” she said.

A 14-year-old will be tried in an adult court and face a possible life sentence in the stabbing of Tristyn Bailey earlier this month.

14-year-old Florida boy, charged as an adult, held without commitment in death of 13-year-old girl

A judge Friday ordered a 14-year-old Florida boy held without bail on charges of first-degree murder in the death of a 13-year-old classmate.

Aiden Fucci will be tried in adult court and could face life in prison for the stabbing of Tristyn Bailey earlier this month. Bailey was last seen at a community center in her neighborhood on May 9. Her body was found on Mother’s Day in a wooded area near Fucci’s home.

Speaking at a press conference announcing the charges Thursday, Crown Prosecutor RJ Larizza said that suing Fucci as an adult was the only choice his office could make. An autopsy found at least 114 stab wounds on Bailey.

Investigators said Fucci also told several friends that he planned to kill someone, although it wasn’t clear if Bailey was his intended target from the start, Larizza said.

The Largest Hotel in Broward County Sets the Stage for Reopening Next Week — It comes after COVID-19 forced it to close more than a year ago, laying off hundreds of employees. NBC 6’s Marissa Bagg reports

Diplomat Beach Resort opens on June 1 and welcomes 150 employees again

Knowing that the Diplomat Beach Resort will reopen on June 1, Julia Lopez almost gets tears in her eyes.

“It’s an incredible sense of accomplishment to get it open, it’s been the hardest 14 months of my life,” said Lopez, who spent 16 years with the Diplomat.

The old doorman is one of 150 workers back to work after the unknown of the pandemic.

“It was grueling, difficult, I was the zero for what was happening in the world,” Lopez said.

The resort has been closed for 14 months, during which time Unite Here Local 355 union workers demonstrated outside the property to reclaim their jobs. Their contracts were due to expire in the spring and many feared they would be replaced. Lopez was one of the vocal collaborators.

With summer just around the corner, here’s some advice to keep your friends and family safe while they’re poolside.

Swimming safety tips: guidelines for pools, oceans and COVID-19

As temperatures begin to rise each summer, so does the number of drowning deaths.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1 to 4 and the second leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 5 to 9. The agency reported that more than 60% of the fatal drownings of children under the age of 4 occur in swimming pools.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the American Red Cross recommend homeowners follow these safety tips to avoid tragedy and maintain a well-maintained backyard pool

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