Larvicides are products to help control mosquitoes, they work by killing mosquito larvae. The Health Department is providing free mosquito insecticide to county residents. The briquettes, also known as “Mosquito Dunks” which are round-shaped product that are placed in water, where it floats. Each dunk will be effective for 30 days in standing water and will cover 100 square feet of surface. It can be used in bird baths, flower pots, drainage ditches, aquatic gardens, decorative ponds, and other areas where standing water creates a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Printed instructions on how to use this product will be provided. In addition, the Health Department is encouraging residents to eliminate standing water to decrease mosquito populations. For more information contact the Health Department at 910-893-7547 or 910-893-7550 or click on the title to view the “Tip and Toss” brochure.
A day to get the facts, and get tested. Join us for a free community HIV testing event at the Brookside Hills Apartments located at 56 Sweet Lane, Spring Lake from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Get Tested. Knowing your HIV status gives you powerful information to help keep you healthy. Testing is free, fast, and easy. Get the Facts. Learn about HIV, Health Educators will be on site with information. Everyone ages 13-64 should be tested for HIV at least once, and more often if you have certain risk factors. For more information about this testing event click on the title or call 910-814-6195 or 910-893-7550.
It's almost summer and home gardeners are starting to harvest the delicious produce they've been growing this year. Home canning is a great way to preserve your garden goodies. But beware: if it's done the wrong way, the vegetables you worked so hard for could become contaminated by a germ that causes botulism, a serious illness that can affect your nerves, paralyze you, and even cause death. You cannot see, smell, or taste botulinum toxin—but taking even a small taste of food containing this toxin can be deadly. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to learn how to make your home-canned vegetables safe.
Playing in the water whether swimming or boating can be fun. When most of us are enjoying time at the pool or beach, injuries aren’t the first thing on our minds. Yet, drownings are a leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 14, and three children die every day as a result of drowning. In fact, drowning kills more children 1-4 than anything else except birth defects. Parents are encouraged to be on the lookout and supervise when in or around water. Supervisors of preschool children should provide “touch supervision”, be close enough to reach the child at all times. Water Safety Tips: Supervise children when they are in the water. Avoid alcohol when swimming or boating, Wear a life jacket. Do not swim alone, or in bad weather. Learn CPR. Learn to swim and teach your children to swim. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
Summer is a great time for kids to enjoy different indoor and outdoor activities. Whether they are young children or teens, learn ways to keep your kids safe and healthy while they enjoy the summer fun. For more information and tips click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
Before you say "I Do," make health a priority. The month of June continues to be regarded as the most popular month for celebrating a wedding event. While you're planning the parties, wedding, and honeymoon, stay committed to your total health physical and mental. Remember to put yourself on the wedding checklist, with good health and safety habits.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) provides the following wedding health and safety tips.
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 July 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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