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Through a state proclamation, Governor Ron DeSantis has made October Safe Sleep Awareness Month in Florida, and reminds parents and care givers that safe sleep is the best sleep for infants.

There are about 3,500 sleep-related deaths among U.S. babies every year. These deaths include sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation and deaths from unknown causes. Suffocation is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for infants under the age of one. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

There are steps that parents and care givers can take to help prevent SIDS and suffocation.

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The Department of Health in Highlands County has recently been informed of calls that look to have originated from our main number, 863-386-6040, asking for personal information. The Florida Department of Health would never call you asking for your address, social security number, or other identifying information, unless we are returning your call. Scammers want to use your data in their fraud schemes, costing you money. Don't let them! If the call seems suspicious, just hang up.

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