Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) is the death of an infant less than 1 year of age that occurs suddenly and unexpectedly, and whose cause of death is not immediately obvious before investigation. Public health Officials with the Health Department and the Child Fatality Prevention Team (CFPT) are sharing tips parents and caregivers can use to help reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Grandparents, aunts, uncles, babysitters, childcare providers, and anyone else who might care for babies should learn more. Take the following actions to help reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Place your baby on his or her back for all sleep times—for naps and at night. Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet. Have the baby share your room, not your bed. Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else. Keep soft objects, such as pillows and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area. Do not smoke during pregnancy, and do not smoke or allow smoking around your baby. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site or click here to view: What does a safe sleep environment look like?
The exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a seasonal flu vaccine. The Health Department is providing flu shots each Monday-Friday from 8:00a.m.-11:30a.m. and 1:00p.m.-4:30p.m. for children and adults through walk-in clinics. Residents are encouraged to bring all insurance information including Medicare and Medicaid cards. For more information click on the title or call 910-893-7550 or click here, to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
This October, the Harnett County Health Department is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram the screening test for breast cancer can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat. The Health Department in partnership with Rex Mobile Mammography provides access to this important screening tool. If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them. For more information, about the mammography screening program please call the Health Department 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550.
This week and every week, parents should have conversations with their teens about the important rules they need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel of a passenger car, truck, or SUV. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens 15 to18 years old in the United States. Protect your teen. Start the conversation about safe driving this week, and continue it every day. Make sure your young driver is aware of the leading causes of teen crashes. Then use a parent-teen driving agreement to put rules in place that will help your teen stay safe. It could save your teen’s life. For more information click here to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
The “Pink Ribbon Breakfast” will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9:00am-11:00am at the Government Complex located at 309 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd in Lillington. This educational program will also provide information on breast health, mammography, and a tribute to breast cancer survivors. This is a free community event. Registration is required. The deadline for registration is Friday, October 20, 2017. To register please call 910-814-6298 or 910-814-6197. For more information click on the title to view a program flyer.
The Holiday Challenge is a free 6 week program that includes weekly nutrition sessions, weight checks, and a weekly newsletter full of tips to manage holiday stress, ideas for fitting in physical activity, and resources for cooking quick and easy meals when time is in short supply. Participants that maintain their weight through the holidays, within 1-2 pounds, will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The program will be offered at 2 locations beginning Tuesday, November 21st: Erwin Public Library located at 110 West F Street from 12:00pm-1:00pm and at the Boone Trail Community Center located at 8500 Old US 421 Lillington from 5:30pm-6:30pm. To register call 910-814-6196. The registration deadline is Friday, November 17th. For more information, click on the title.
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