Anybody can get food poisoning, but most people don't think about food safety until they or someone they know gets sick after eating contaminated food. Foodborne illness, often called food poisoning, is a common, costly—yet preventable—public health problem. Each year, about 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. Learn more about foodborne illnesses and what you can do to lower your chances of getting sick by clicking on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. Its present everywhere, every day and in everybody's life. Many residents in Harnett County are not even aware of this silent force in their lives, Public health affects us all, ensuring that food service in our restaurants is safe to eat, keeping our water clean, making sure our children are vaccinated against dangerous diseases, and generally contributing to the quality of life in our county. To learn more about public health click here to view "What is Public Health", to learn more about the services and programs provided by the Health Department, click and review the web pages on this site, or call 910-893-7550 for more information.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention. Click here to view tip sheets on specific parenting issues and calendars listing ways that parents, programs, and community partners can build community and hope during April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
STD Awareness Month is here, along with the alarming news that sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise. The good news? STDs are preventable! There are steps each of us can take to minimize the negative, long-term consequences of these infections. For more information contact your health care provider or the Health Department offers free and confidential STD testing by appointment, either same day or next day appointment options, please call 910-893-7550. Click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) STD Awareness Month web pages.
Spring and summer mean more outdoor time and more chances for people to come in contact with wildlife. Rabies is a serious disease. It is caused by a virus. Rabies is mainly a disease of animals. Humans get rabies when they are bitten by infected animals. Your pets can be infected when they are bitten by rabid wild animals. There are several things you can do to protect your pet from rabies. First, visit your veterinarian with your pet on a regular basis and keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all cats, ferrets, and dogs. Maintain control of your pets by keeping cats and ferrets indoors and keeping dogs under direct supervision. Call animal control to remove all stray animals from your neighborhood since these animals may be unvaccinated or ill. For more information on rabies prevention, please call the Health Department’s Environmental Health Division at 910-893-7547 or click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
Prom can be one of the highlights of the high school experience. Making smart decisions can help you look and feel great, stress less, and protect yourself. If you or someone you know is going to the prom, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Harnett County Health Department, provide a few tips for a great experience-click on the title to view tips to make sure your prom is safe and healthy!
National Women’s Health Week is May 8 – 14, 2016 and is a time to increase awareness about different women’s health issues. In recognition of this week, the Health Department is sponsoring “It’s Your Time: a Women’s Health Lunch & Learn” on Friday, May 13, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Government Complex Commons Area. The speaker for the session will be Dr. Michelle Langaker of Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine. She will provide an informative presentation on different aspects of women’s health. This event is free, but registration is required. To register, call (910) 814-6298. The registration deadline is May 9, 2016 seating is limited.
Harnett County Health Department will sponsor the “Don’t Miss a Beat: Control High Blood Pressure” lunch and learn. An informative presentation on high blood pressure will be provided by Dr. Ben Walker with NC Heart and Vascular on Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 11:45am-1:00pm at the Governmental Complex Commons Area located at 309 W Cornelius Harnett Blvd in Lillington. This is a free program, however registration is required. To register, call 910-814-6196. The registration deadline is Thursday, May 19, 2016. For more information, click on the title.
Mammography screening remains the best available method to detect breast cancer early. The Health Department provides mobile mammography screenings in partnership with Rex Mobile Mammography. Screenings will be held on May 25, and again on June 22, 2016. Pre-registration is required. For an application see the Downloads Box or call 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550.
The 2015 State of the County Health Report focuses on the health factors for Harnett County communities. This report provides a look at what has been affecting the health of the community in order to move forward and make healthy effective and safe changes for all. This report provides a snapshot of how Harnett County compares with the state across a variety of health objectives. In addition, this report focuses on progress made for various health indicators, a review of mortality and morbidity data, a review of health concerns selected as priorities and other changes that affect health concerns. To view the report, click on the title.
Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. For more information on Zika, click on the title.
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