It’s U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week! An annual one-week observance November 18-24, 2019, that works to raise awareness of the importance of appropriate antibiotic use to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics are only needed for treating certain infections caused by bacteria. When antibiotics aren’t needed, they won’t help you, and the side effects could still cause harm. Talk with your healthcare provider about the best treatment for your or your loved one’s illness. If you need antibiotics, take them exactly as prescribed. For more information click on the link to view the CDC’s web site.
The holidays are often filled with time-honored traditions that include some of our favorite meals and foods. As you celebrate, think of little changes you can make this holiday season to create healthier meals and active days. For more tips click on the link to view ChooseMyPlate web site.
Handling poultry (chickens and turkey) incorrectly and undercooking it are the most common problems that lead to foodborne disease outbreaks linked to poultry. Follow these four food safety tips to help you safely prepare your next holiday turkey meal. 1. Safely Thaw Your Turkey. 2. Safely Handle Your Turkey. 3. Safely Prepare Stuffing. 4. Safely Cook Your Turkey. For more information click on the link to view the CDC’s web site.
Clostridium perfringens outbreaks occur most often in November and December. Many of these outbreaks have been linked to foods commonly served during the holidays, such as turkey and roast beef. The bacteria Clostridium perfringens grows in cooked foods left at room temperature. Refrigerate leftovers at 40°F or colder as soon as possible and within two hours of preparation to prevent food poisoning. Slice or divide big cuts of meat, such as a roast turkey, into small quantities for refrigeration so they will cool quickly. Reheat all leftovers to at least 165°F before serving. Find out more about this germ and steps you can take to prevent illness. For more information click on the link to view the CDC’s web site:
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 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. For more information please call 910-893-7550 or click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
The most important thing you can do to prevent lung cancer is to not start smoking, or to quit if you smoke. Smoking can cause cancer and then block your body from fighting it. Nearly 9 out of 10 lung cancers are caused by smoking cigarettes. Treatments are getting better for lung cancer, but it still kills more men and women than any other type of cancer. It’s never too late to quit! Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer in adults who have never smoked. Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at work increase their risk of getting lung cancer by 20% to 30%. For more information click here to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
The Harnett County Board of Health will meet on Thursday, November 21 2019 at 7:00pm in room 220 of the Harnett County Health Department located at 307 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd in Lillington. To view a copy of the meeting agenda click on the title or for more information please call 910-893-7550.
The holidays don't have to mean weight gain. This holiday season focus on a healthy balance of food, activity, and fun. To help residents avoid holiday weight gain, Harnett County Health Department will offer the Holiday Challenge Program beginning Monday, November 25th and ending December 30th. The classes will meet every Monday from 5:30pm-6:30pm at the Harnett County Public Library, located at 601 S Main St, Lillington, NC. To register call 910-814-6196. The registration deadline is Friday, November 22nd.
Join us for an informative discussion about this alarming trend among middle school and high school students. Learn about what these products are, why they are harmful, and how to protect our youth and young adults from this latest trend. The session will take place on Tuesday, January 7th from 5:30pm-6:30pm at the Govermental Complex Commons Area located at 309 W Cornelius Harnett Blvd in Lillington. To register call 910-814-6298. The registration deadline is Friday, January 3rd.
Mammography screening remains the best available method to detect breast cancer early. The Health Department provides access to mobile mammography screening in partnership with Rex Mobile Mammography. Screenings will be held December 20, 2019 and January 31, 2020. Pre-registration is required. Click here for an application. For women who are uninsured and need a mammogram, funding assistance is available for those who meet specific criteria Click here for the Mammography Assistance program. For more information call our office at 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550.
WIC, or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, is a nutrition program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. WIC is available to pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to age five. To submit a request for WIC services, call 910-893-7570 or or use this form.