Under the direction of Dr. Steven S. Prager, at Central Coast Allergy & Asthma, a Burkard pollen and spore counter has been installed at the Natividad Medical Center. With the placement of this pollen counter, the types and levels of different pollens and molds in the Salinas Valley are being analyzed and reported on a weekly basis. The Burkard counter uses air samplings to capture air-borne pollens and molds. These samples are then evaluated and counted by a specialist who is certified by the Harvard School of Public Health.

The National Allergy Bureau™ (NAB™) is the section of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology's (AAAAI) Aeroallergen Network. The Salinas pollen station will join a system of over 75 pollen and spore counting stations nationwide. This information will be made available to the media, by request, and the public free of charge.

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