Vaccines are an important step in protecting adults against serious, sometimes deadly, diseases. Even if you were vaccinated at a younger age, the protection from some vaccines can wear off with time. As you get older, you may also be at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases due to your age, job, hobbies, travel, or health conditions. Recommended vaccines are especially important for those with chronic conditions, who are more likely to develop complications from certain vaccine-preventable diseases. Find out which vaccines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you receive click here or on the title to view the (CDC’s) web site.
Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Lightning most often strikes people who work outside or engage in outdoor recreational activities. In 2016, Florida, Louisiana, New York, Mississippi, Colorado, North Carolina, and Texas had the most lighting deaths. The consequences of lightning strikes are serious. Remember: When thunder roars, go indoors. Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. During a thunderstorm, avoid open vehicles such as convertibles, motorcycles, and golf carts. Be sure to avoid open structures such as porches, gazebos, baseball dugouts, and sports arenas. And stay away from open spaces such as golf courses, parks, playgrounds, ponds, lakes, swimming pools, and beaches. Learn how to protect you and your loved ones during a thunderstorm click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) lightning safety tips.
For parents of children who will be entering Kindergarten this school year, make plans to schedule an appointment for your child’s required kindergarten physical before the start of the school year. The state of NC requires all students entering kindergarten for the first time must present a completed kindergarten health assessment within thirty days of attendance. A kindergarten health assessment includes a medical history, physical assessment, vision and hearing screening, developmental screening, and immunizations. The Health Department through the Child Health clinic provides complete kindergarten physicals to make an appointment 910-893-7550.
A total solar eclipse—when the moon completely covers the sun—will be visible from coast to coast on August 21, 2017. This amazing event lasts only about 2 minutes and is safe to watch, but the partial eclipse that happens before and after can permanently damage your vision. Use proper eye protection for safe viewing! Safely enjoy this exciting solar eclipse by taking the time to protect your eyes. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
Harnett County Department of Public Health through the Health Education Division and Division on Aging will offer the “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls” Program on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am-11:30am beginning on Tuesday, August 22nd. The program will take place at the Coats Senior Center located at 214 East Park Street Coats, NC. “A Matter of Balance” is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. For more information or to register contact Belinda Rayner, Public Health Educator with Harnett County Department of Public Health at 910-814-6196 or Latorius Adams with the Division on Aging at 910-814-6075. The registration deadline is Friday, August 18th.
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. 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.
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 Thursday, August 24, 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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