Take measures to stay cool, remain hydrated, and keep informed. Getting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your body can’t compensate for it and properly cool you off. Those who are at highest risk include people 65 and older, children younger than two, and people with chronic diseases or mental illness. Everyone should take these steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths during hot weather: Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as possible. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Schedule outdoor activities carefully. Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen. Take cool showers or baths to cool down. Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you. Never leave children or pets in cars. Check the local news for health and safety updates. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Controll and Prevention (CDC) web site.
For parents of children who will be entering Kindergarten this school year, make plans to schedule an appointment for your child’s required kindergarten physical before the start of the school year. The state of NC requires all students entering kindergarten for the first time must present a completed kindergarten health assessment within thirty days of attendance. A kindergarten health assessment includes a medical history, physical assessment, vision and hearing screening, developmental screening, and immunizations. The Health Department through the Child Health clinic provides complete kindergarten physicals to make an appointment 910-893-7550.
Larvicides are products to help control mosquitoes, they work by killing mosquito larvae. The Health Department is providing free mosquito insecticide to county residents. The briquettes, also known as “Mosquito Dunks” which are round-shaped product that are placed in water, where it floats. Each dunk will be effective for 30 days in standing water and will cover 100 square feet of surface. It can be used in bird baths, flower pots, drainage ditches, aquatic gardens, decorative ponds, and other areas where standing water creates a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Printed instructions on how to use this product will be provided. In addition, the Health Department is encouraging residents to eliminate standing water to decrease mosquito populations. For more information contact the Health Department at 910-893-7547 or 910-893-7550 or click on the title to view the “Tip and Toss” brochure.
School will be back in session in August. The Health Department and community organizers are sponsoring a "Community Day -Back to School Bash" event on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Shawtown community center located at 645 Shawtown Road in Lillington from 10:00am until 1:00pm. All are welcome for this day of fun and education. This free event which will include exhibits, resources, free school supplies, health information, food and fun activities for the entire family. Various departments and other community resources will be available for families to learn more about their services and programs. For more information click on the title to view the program flyer or call 910-814-6298 or 910-893-7550.
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