Harnett County,
North Carolina

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Community Health Fair-Back-to school Bash

School will be back in session in August. The Health Department and community organizers are sponsoring a Community Health Fair-Back to School Bash event on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the Shawtown community center located on Shawtown Road from 10:00am until 2:00pm. All are welcome for this free event which will include exhibits, resources, free school supplies, health information including free HIV testing, refreshments, and fun activities for the entire family. Various departments and other community resources will be available for families to learn more about their services. For more information about the Community Health Fair-Back to School Bash contact the Health Department at 910-893-7550 Health Education Division or click on the title to view the program flyer.


Kindergarten Physical

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 kindergarten physicals to make an appointment please call 910-893-7550.


Water Safety: Drowning Prevention

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. Thankfully, parents can play a key role in protecting the children they love from drowning. When kids are in or near water (including bathtubs), closely supervise them at all times. Because drowning happens quickly and quietly, adults watching kids in or near water should avoid distracting activities like playing cards, reading books, talking on the phone, and using alcohol or drugs. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) web site.


Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness:

The best defense is prevention click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website


Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather

Getting too hot can make you sick. Extremely high or unusually hot temperatures can affect your health. You can become ill from the heat if your body can't compensate for it and properly cool you off. To protect your health when temperatures are high remember the following: Take measures to stay cool, remain hydrated and to keep informed. For more information click on the title to view a brochure or click here to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site.


Travel Smart: Get Vaccinated

Make sure you are up to date on all recommended vaccinations before traveling abroad. Vaccination is the first step toward staying healthy while traveling. Some types of international travel, especially to developing countries and rural areas, may have higher health risks. Many vaccine-preventable diseases that have become rare in the United States, such as measles and polio, are still common in other parts of the world. Certain activities, such as attending crowded events, can increase the spread of infectious disease. No matter where you plan to go, you should get recommended vaccines to lower the chances for getting and spreading disease. There is no vaccine to prevent Zika virus. *Pregnant women should not travel to any area where Zika is spreading. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.


Avoid Mosquito Bites: Are you planning to travel overseas?

Protect yourself and your family when traveling overseas. Using insect repellent is the best way to prevent diseases like Zika, dengue, and chikungunya that are spread by mosquitoes. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.


Mobile Mammography: August 22, 2016

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 August 22, 2016. Pre-registration is required. For an application see the Downloads Box or call 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550.


Zika Virus: Questions and Answers

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.


Harnett County Health Department is on Facebook

Become a fan of Harnett County Health Department by visiting our Facebook Page. We update our page with upcoming events and programs, photos, health news and more. This is also a great way to interact with us. Click on the title to visit our page.


 
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