Children are more likely than adults to get sick from flu. Influenza (“the flu”) is more dangerous than the common cold for children, especially those younger than 5 years, are at higher risk for serious flu-related complications. Children are likely to be exposed to flu in a classroom or daycare setting, and millions of children get sick with flu every season. It’s important to make sure that your child is protected this flu season, and the first and most important step is ensuring everyone in your family aged 6 months and older gets an annual flu vaccine. For more information contact our Child Health clinic at 910-8937550.
For many people, the holiday season is the perfect time to spend time together in the kitchen and share baked foods and desserts. Public Health Officials with the Harnett County Health Department are advising consumers against eating any raw dough for cookies or other raw dough products before the dough is properly cooked because you could get sick. Raw food products that are intended for cooking or baking before consumption are not necessarily safe to eat before they are cooked, such as raw cookie dough. Cooking these products kills harmful bacteria, such as Salmonella and E. coli, and keeps you and your family safe. Food is safely cooked when it reaches a high enough internal temperature to kill harmful bacteria. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is changing to Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) instead of paper food instruments. EBT in North Carolina will be called eWIC. This change will start on February 21, 2018 in Harnett County. A parent, legal guardian, or caretaker must be present at the first WIC appointment on or after February 21, 2018 for the family to be issued a eWIC EBT card. eWIC is simple, safe, and convenient. We ask that you would please be understanding, flexible and patient as we work to better serve you. Comments about this program change can be made through this web site, by clicking here or onto the Patient Satisfaction survey. For more information call (910) 893-7570.
Mammography screening remains the best available method to detect breast cancer early. When breast cancer is found early, chances of survival are higher. A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast and is the most effective way to detect breast cancer early. The Health Department provides access to mobile mammography screenings in partnership with Rex Mobile Mammography. Screenings will be held on December 20, 2017. For additional screening dates click on the title. Pre-registration is required. *For women who are uninsured and need a mammogram funding assistance is available for those who meet specific criteria. For an application see the Downloads Box or call our office at 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550.
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