Harnett County, North Carolina
Health Department 

Important Announcements
It's Turkey Time: Safely Prepare Your Holiday Meal

Holidays are times we share the kitchen with family and friends. Make it a goal this year to also share good food safety practices. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site.

Managing Your Diabetes during the Holidays
Prepare to manage your diabetes during the holidays. Stay on track by taking medications on schedule and choosing healthy versions of favorite dishes. Having diabetes shouldn't stop you from enjoying holiday celebrations and travel. With some planning and a little preparation, you can stay healthy on the road and at holiday gatherings with friends and family. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

National Diabetes Month

November is recognized as National Diabetes Month. Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Diabetes is a serious disease that affects almost every part of your body and can shorten your life. Some complications of diabetes include kidney disease, heart disease, stroke, eye disease, and having to have a leg or foot amputated. Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. For more information, click on the title.

Leftovers and Food Safety

Safe handling of leftovers is very important to reducing foodborne illness. “How long can I keep leftovers in the refrigerator?” “To what temperature should I reheat leftovers?” To answer these questions and others, follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommendations for handling leftovers safely. Click on the title for more information.

World AIDS Day

Each Year December 1st is observed as World AIDS Day, to raise awareness of the global impact of HIV/AIDS. The fight against HIV/AIDS can be recognized not only on World AIDS Day, but all through December and every day of the year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimates 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection. One in five of the more than one million people living with HIV are unaware of his or her infections. For additional information on World AIDS Day, click on the title to view the web site or contact our office at 910-814-6195 or 910-893-7550.

Flu Season is Around the Corner: Flu Shots

Shorter days and cooler evenings mean it's fall and often the time to get your annual flu shot. Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory disease that infects the nose, throat, and lungs and can lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death. The single best way to prevent the flu is for everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine this season. The Health Department is providing flu shots on a walk-in basis Monday– Friday 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 and 1:00 pm until 4:00pm. The Health Department accepts Medicare, Medicaid, BCBS, and Medcost. The cost of the flu shot is $40.00 for those without health insurance. For more information, please call 910-893-7550.

What You Need to Know about Ebola:

Ebola is Not spread through the air, water, or food. You can only get Ebola from touching bodily fluids from a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola, or from exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles. For more information click here to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site or click here to view the N.C. DHHS’ Division of Public Health web site. The newly opened Ebola public information line established by Carolinas Poison Center, the number is 1-800-222-1222, and callers should press 6 for questions about Ebola.

Dispose of Unused Medicine:

October is Medicine Abuse Awareness month. Project Lazarus is a public health program model aimed at broaden awareness of the extent and seriousness of unintentional poisonings and chronic pain issues, and reminding residents of the free service to assist households in safely disposing of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs that could cause potential danger to children and teens. The following locations provide free and safe drug disposal in Lillington: Hogan’s Pharmacy-815 West Front St. and the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office in the front lobby, located at 175 Bain Street in Lillington accepts Monday through Friday from 8:00-5:00pm. In Coats the Coats Pharmacy-393 N. Mckinley St. Coats, in Dunn: Thomas Drug Store-609 E Cumberland St. Dunn and a new drug drop box has been placed at the Dunn Police Station located at 401 E. Broad Street in Dunn. For more information, click here to view a listing of resources for the Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Overdose.

ECU School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center in Lillington

The ECU clinic is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Services: Comprehensive General Dentistry, Children’s Dentistry, Oral Surgery – Extractions, Root Canals, Sealants and Tooth Colored Fillings, Crowns and Bridges, Dentures and Partial Dentures, Implant Services, Periodontal Services and Cleanings, Cosmetic Tooth Whitening. Digital Radiography, and 3-D/Cone Beam Imaging. For more information click on the title to view the web site or call 910-814-4191, the facility is located at 80 Autumn Fern Trail in Lillington.

Harnett County Health Department is on Facebook

Become a fan of Harnett County 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.