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Food Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, and many families will take out their grills for cookouts, camping, road trips and other activities that involve food. The warmer weather conditions may be ideal for outdoor grilling, but it also provides a perfect environment for bacteria and other pathogens in food to multiply rapidly. Foodborne illness (sometimes called food poisoning, foodborne disease, or foodborne infection) is common, costly – and preventable. Learn the four steps (clean, separate, cook, chill) to protect your family from food poisoning.  For more information click on the link to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.

 


Skin Cancer Awareness

Sun protection is important all year round, and it’s best to use several different kinds. When you’re working in the yard, watching a ballgame, or taking an afternoon walk, make sun safety an everyday habit so you can avoid getting a sunburn and lower your chance of getting skin cancer. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays causes most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer. To lower your skin cancer risk, protect your skin from the sun. A lightweight long-sleeved shirt or cover-up. A hat with a wide brim that shades your face, head, ears, and neck. Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection. More Sun Safety Tips click here to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 


SWIMMING SAFETY TIPS

When most of us are enjoying time at the pool or beach, injuries aren’t the first thing on our minds. Yet, drownings are a leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 14. Parents are encouraged to be on the lookout and supervise. All children need to be supervised in the water, no matter what their swimming skill levels. Adults watching kids in or near water should avoid distracting activities like playing cards, reading books, talking on the phone, and using alcohol. Provide continuous, attentive supervision close to swimmers. Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm’s reach to provide active supervision. Remember that swimming aids such as water wings or noodles are fun toys for kids, but they should never be used in place of a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD).  For more information click on the title to view Safe Kids web site.


Measles: Make Sure Your Child is Fully Immunized

Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. It spreads to others through coughing and sneezing. It is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected. You can protect your child against measles with a combination vaccine that provides protection against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). The MMR vaccine is proven to be very safe and effective. CDC recommends that children get one dose at each of the following ages: 12 through 15 months, and 4 through 6 years. For more information click on the title to view the CDC web site or call our office at 910-893-7550.


Community Health Survey

With the help of Campbell University, Harnett Health and Healthy Harnett we are conducting a Community Health Assessment (CHA) for Harnett County. This survey is being conducted to learn more about the health and quality of life in Harnett County. The results will be used to help address the major health and community issues in our county. This survey is completely voluntary, and it should take about 15-20 minutes to complete. Your answers are completely anonymous and the information you give us will not be linked to you in any way. To take this survey please follow this link: https://cphs.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bfJnYnm1eJqXNAx


State of the County Health Report 2018

The State of the County Health(SOTCH) report 2018 focuses on the health factors for Harnett County communities. The SOTCH report provides the opportunity to update the community on the status of health issues identified in the Community Health Assessment (CHA). The report is a supplement to the Community Health Assessment (CHA), which is a more comprehensive analysis of the county’s health produced every three years. The report provides a brief but comprehensive overview on changes in trends related to our health priorities, updates on community initiatives, and details behind emerging trends that may impact the health of Harnett County. For more information please call 910-814-6198 or 910-893-7550.

 


Is Your Child in the Right Car Seat?

Did you know that buckling children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts can significantly reduce the risk of serious and fatal injuries by up to 80%? Although motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of unintentional death among children in the United States, these fatalities can be prevented. Have your car seat checked free of charge by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician at one of Harnett County’s Permanent Checking Stations. The technician will educate you on the proper child restraint, help you install your car seat, and give you useful resources to take home and learn more. Call to schedule your appointment today!


Patient/Consumer and Community Survey

Please consider completing our patient/consumer satisfaction survey or community survey. This feedback helps us continually monitor or change our services to serve you better. For the patient/consumer survey click here. For the community survey, click here.


Harnett County Health Department is on Facebook:

Become a fan of the Health Department by visiting our Facebook Page! We update our page with upcoming events and programs, photos, health news and more. This is also a great way to interact with us. Click on the title to visit our page.


 
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