The National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national awareness week focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination. If you haven't gotten your flu vaccine yet, now's the time! As long as flu activity is ongoing, it’s not too late to get vaccinated. A flu vaccine can protect you and your loved ones from the flu. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a yearly flu vaccine. With flu activity increasing and family and friends planning gatherings for the holidays, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine if you haven’t been vaccinated yet this season. For more information please call the Health Department at 910-893-7550.
Getting a flu shot is easy and it is the first and most important step you can take in protecting yourself and your family from the flu. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a yearly flu vaccine. The Health Department provides walk-in flu shots each Monday-Friday from 8:00a.m.-11:00a.m. and 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m. for children and adults. Some adults and children may qualify to receive the flu shot at no cost. Residents are encouraged to bring all insurance information including Medicare and Medicaid. For more information, regarding flu shot schedules call the Health Department at 910-893-7550 or click on the title.
For many people, the holiday season is the perfect time to spend time together in the kitchen and share delicious baked foods and desserts. When you prepare homemade cookie dough, cake mixes, or even bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully cooked. But steer clear of this temptation—eating or tasting unbaked products that are intended to be cooked, such as dough or batter, can make you sick. Children can get sick from handling or eating raw dough used for crafts or play clay, too. Don’t taste or eat raw dough!For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control web site and follow safety tips to help you and your loved ones stay healthy when handling raw dough.
Homemade eggnog is a tradition in many families during the holiday season. Eggs are a standard ingredient in most homemade eggnog recipes, giving the beverage its characteristic frothy texture. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), advise consumers to start with a cooked egg base for eggnog. Cook the mixture gently to an internal temperature of 160 °F, stirring constantly. The cooking will destroy Salmonella, if present. At this temperature, the mixture will firmly coat a metal spoon (but please don’t lick the spoon if the custard is not fully cooked!). For more information click on the title to view the Foodsafety.gov web site.
The holiday season is here, and that means many children will be given toys as gifts. While new toys are a holiday tradition, parents should be aware of potential lead hazards associated with toys, including toy jewelry. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) the Health Department, and the Harnett County Child Fatality Prevention Team are working to inform about lead hazards in some toys. Toys that have been made in other countries and then imported into the United States, antique toys or collectibles passed down through generations; often contain lead that puts children at risk for such exposure. For more information click on the title to view the CDC's web site or click here to view the Consumer Products Safety Commission web site.
The “Give Kids a Smile” program provides free dental health services for children between the ages of 1 to 13 years not covered by dental insurance. The 2017“Give Kids a Smile is scheduled for Saturday February 04, 2017 from 9:00am until 1:00 pm at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine located at 80 Autumn Fern Trail in Lillington. All children must be a resident of Harnett County. For more information about “Give Kids A Smile” please call 910-814-4191 or click on the title to download the registration form.
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 December 21, 2016. Pre-registration is required. For an application see the Downloads Box or call 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550.
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