|Community Health Survey 2013|
Health Officials announced, the launch of 2013 community health survey. The community health survey is intended to identify the current health status of the community, what has changed since the past assessment, and what still needs to change to improve the health of the community. The purpose of the community health survey is to learn more about health and identify what factors that affects the well being of the community. The 2013 CHA is a collaboration with the Harnett County Health Department, Harnett Health System, Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and the Healthy Harnett partnership. For additional information or questions about the 2013 community health survey please call the Harnett County Health Department at 910-893-7550.
|Community Health Survey -En espanol|
El propósito de esta encuesta es para aprender más acerca de la salud y la calidad de vida en el Condado de Harnett. Harnett Saludable usará los resultados de esta encuesta y otros datos para identificar y abordar los problemas de salud más urgentes de nuestro condado. Sus respuestas en esta encuesta no van a estar vinculadas a usted de ninguna manera.
|Measles: Make Sure Your Child is Fully Immunized|
One of the best ways to protect children from measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases is to vaccinate them on time. Check your child's medical records to see if he or she is up to date on vaccinations. The Harnett County Health Department provides vaccines for children from birth through 18 years of age. The Child Health clinic provides required immunizations free of charge on Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m. No appointment is needed for immunizations. For more information 910-893-7550.
|National Women’s Health Week 2013|
National Women’s Health Week, May 12-18, 2013, is an annual observance to encourage women to make their health a priority and take simple steps for a safer and healthier life. It also empowers women to make their health a priority and encourages them to take the following five steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases: Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings, get active, eat healthy, pay attention to mental health and avoid unhealthy behaviors. This year’s National Women’s Health Week theme is “It’s Your Time.” For more information click on the title to view U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Women Health Week website.
|Rabies Vaccination Clinic: May 18 and 19, 2013|
Get your pets vaccinated against rabies. The Harnett County Animal Control will provide a Rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Harnett County Animal Control located at 100 McKay Place in Lillington. The cost is $5.00per animal, dogs must on a leash and cats must be in a carrier. Pet owners are encouraged to bring prior vaccination records if available. For more information on the Rabies vaccination clinic call Harnett County Animal Control at 910-814-2952.
|Protect Your Family from Rabies|
Rabies is a dangerous virus that anyone can get if they handle or get bitten by an animal that has the disease. Protect yourself and your family from rabies: stay away from wild animals and be sure pets are vaccinated every year. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
|May is Asthma Awareness Month|
Asthma is one of the most common lifelong chronic diseases. There are almost 26 million Americans living with asthma. The disease affects the lungs, causing repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. Although asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to manage asthma successfully to reduce and prevent asthma attacks, also called episodes. Successful asthma management includes knowing the warning signs of an attack, avoiding things that may trigger an attack, and following the advice of your healthcare provider. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
|May is Stroke Awareness Month|
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and is a leading cause of serious long-term disability. Although most strokes occur in people aged 65 years or older, strokes can occur at any age. Knowing the symptoms of stroke and calling 9-1-1 immediately if someone appears to be having a stroke are crucial steps in getting prompt emergency medical care for a stroke. For more information on stroke and its warning signs, click on the title.
|May is High Blood Pressure Education Month|
May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month. In the United States today, about 68 million people are living with high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. High blood pressure is an important health concern because it leads to heart attack and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the United States.High blood pressure is sometimes called a “silent killer” because it often does not have any signs or symptoms. About 8% of US adults have hypertension, but have never been diagnosed. That’s why it’s important to check your blood pressure regularly, and to take steps to maintain normal blood pressure or lower blood pressure if it reaches unsafe levels. For more information, click on the title.
| Mobile Mammography: |
Mammography screening remains the best available method to detect breast cancer early. The Department of Public Health will provide mammography screenings through the Rex Mobile Mammography on May 21, 2013. Pre-registration is required. See the Downloads Box below for an application or call 910-814-6197.
|Kindergarten Physicals: |
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 Harnett County Department of Public Health through the Child Health clinic provides complete kindergarten physicals to make an appointment 910-893-7550.
|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.
|National Osteoporosis Month: |
With more than 40 million Americans at increased risk for bone fracture, it’s good to know that osteoporosis is a preventable and treatable disease. There are lots of things you can do to keep your bones healthy and strong. Eating foods rich in calcium and vitamin D, getting plenty of exercise, and leading a healthy lifestyle. Learn the risk factors for osteoporosis, and what you can do to keep your bones strong and healthy. Click on the title to view the National Institute of Health (NIH) web site.
|Best Bones Forever!|
The Best Bones Forever! Campaign encourages girls to get active and eat more foods with calcium and vitamin D. Healthy bones are important to help you grow strong and stay strong forever! For more information click on the title.