Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. The Health Department provides flu shot clinics each Monday-Friday from 8:00a.m.-11:30a.m. and 1:00p.m.-4:30p.m. for children and adults. Residents are encouraged to bring all insurance information including Medicare and Medicaid. The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. For more information contact the Health Department at 910-893-7550 or click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
When you prepare homemade cookie dough, cake mixes, or even bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully cooked. But steer clear of this temptation—eating or tasting unbaked products that are intended to be cooked, such as dough or batter, can make you sick. Children can get sick from handling or eating raw dough used for crafts or play clay, too. Follow these safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help you and your loved ones stay healthy when handling raw dough.
Make sustainable holiday choices when you are shopping, traveling, sending cards, decorating, and choosing gifts. When you save energy and resources, you protect the environment and safeguard health both now and for the future. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
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