Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. However, they are not safe in the hands of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eye injuries each year. Be Safe—if you want to see fireworks go to a public show put on by experts. Do not use consumer fireworks. Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used. For more information click on the title to view information on Fireworks Safety.
Make sure you are up to date on all recommended vaccinations before traveling abroad. Vaccination is the first step toward staying healthy while traveling. Some types of international travel, especially to developing countries and rural areas, may have higher health risks. Many vaccine-preventable diseases that have become rare in the United States, such as measles and polio, are still common in other parts of the world. Certain activities, such as attending crowded events, can increase the spread of infectious disease. No matter where you plan to go, you should get recommended vaccines to lower the chances for getting and spreading disease. There is no vaccine to prevent Zika virus. *Pregnant women should not travel to any area where Zika is spreading. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
Protect yourself and your family when traveling overseas. Using insect repellent is the best way to prevent diseases like Zika, dengue, and chikungunya that are spread by mosquitoes. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
It's summer, and home gardeners are harvesting the delicious produce they've been growing. Home canning is a great way to preserve your garden goodies. But beware: if it's done the wrong way, the vegetables you worked so hard for could become contaminated by a germ that causes botulism, a serious illness that can affect your nerves, paralyze you, and even cause death. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)web site, to learn how to make your home-canned vegetables safe, so you can protect yourself, your family, and others when you share your home-canned goodies.
Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. For more information on Zika, click on the title.
Mammography screening remains the best available method to detect breast cancer early. The Health Department provides mobile mammography screenings in partnership with Rex Mobile Mammography. Screenings will be held on July 20, 2016 and again on Augusut 24, 2016. Pre-registration is required. For an application see the Downloads Box or call 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550.
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