This holiday season, remember it's not too late to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu, December 2-8 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. An annual flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent this serious illness. Don't fall for the myth that it's too late to vaccinate against the flu once the Thanksgiving holidays are over. As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination can provide protection against the flu. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Get yours now! For more information 910-893-7550 or click on the title to view the CDC's web site.
By getting a flu vaccine for yourself and your entire family every year, you can help prevent flu-related illness, missed school, and missed work. Everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine. Getting a flu vaccine is the single best way to protect yourself and your family from this serious disease. The Health Department is providing flu vaccine, Monday-Friday, from 8:00a.m.-11:00a.m. and 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m. for children and adults. The flu shots are made available on a walk-in basis and no appointment is needed. The cost for the flu shot is $37.00, however, some adults and children may qualify to receive the flu shot at no cost, please bring your insurance information including BCBS, MedCost, Medicare and Medicaid. For more information 910-893-7550.
You may have heard about the twelve days of Christmas, but what about the twelve ways to health? Give the gift of health and safety to yourself and others by following these holiday tips, click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site . Learn how to stay safe and healthy with this festive song, sung to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas!*Click here
Eating raw cookie dough could make you very sick. Cookie dough has raw eggs in it, so wait until the cookies are totally baked before eating them. The same goes for any product that is supposed to be cooked or baked, including cake batter.When handling raw cookie dough, keep these safety tips in mind: Do not eat any raw cookie dough or any other raw dough product that’s supposed to be cooked or baked. Follow package directions for cooking at proper temperatures and for specified times. Wash hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with raw dough products. Keep raw foods separate from other foods while preparing them to prevent any contamination that might be present from spreading. Follow label directions to chill products promptly after purchase and after using them.For more information click on the link to view the Food Safety web site.
Hand washing is easy to do and it's one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness . Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them. When hands are washed the right way, it takes only 20 seconds and requires only three ingredients: running water, soap, and something to dry your hands a clean towel or air. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. The Well Women’s clinic provides for women, who cannot have children a low-cost physical exam and screenings. The screenings include Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index/BMI, Cholesterol, Physical exam including, Pap Smear, Clinical Breast Exam and Urine check. The fee for this program is $60.00, the following payment options are accepted cash, personal checks, debit cards, and MasterCard/Visa credit cards. For more information or to make an appointment please call 910-893-7550. To make a comment about this program click here --which will link you to our Patient Satisfaction survey.
Mammography screening remains the best available method to detect breast cancer early. The Health Department provides mammography screenings in partnership with Rex Mobile Mammography each month, screenings will be held on January 21, 2014. Pre-registration is required. See the Downloads Box below for an application or call 910-814-6197 for more information.
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