Harnett County,
North Carolina

Health Department 


Important Announcements
Seven Ways to Be Safe and Healthy This Halloween

Don’t let your health get tricked this Halloween! Join the Creatures of Habit this Halloween season and all year long. Make choices to stay healthy and strong. Click here to view a few ways to stay safe and healthy from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site or click on the title to view Halloween Health and Safety Tips.

Mistaking Medicine for Candy

This Halloween, make sure to store all medicines up and away and out of sight of young children. When kids confuse candy and medicines, Halloween can go from spooky to scary. Every year, about 60,000 young children end up in the emergency room after getting into medicines left within their reach. For a child on the lookout for a treat, it's easy to confuse many medicines with holiday candies. Young children could accidentally swallow medicines they confuse their appearance with candy and when they're not safely stored at home. For more information click on the title.

Smoking Cessation Classes: Tuesday, October 25-November 29, 2016

Smoking increases the risk for serious health problems. People who stop smoking greatly reduce their risk for disease and early death. You are never too old to quit! Starting October 25 until November 29, from 5:30-6:30pm a series of Smoking Cessation classes will be held at the Health Department. The instructors for the sessions are provided through the Campbell University School Osteopathic Medicine. To register, please call 910-814-6298 for more information click on the title to view the flyer.

Roll up your sleeves ---It’s time for flu shots

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. By getting a flu vaccine now for yourself and your entire family, you can help prevent flu-related illness, missed school, and missed work. The Health Department provides 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.

World Stroke Day is October 29th

World Stroke Day is observed worldwide on October 29th to highlight the serious nature and high rates of stroke, raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of the condition, and ensure better care and support for survivors. Stroke is largely treatable, but even a small delay can mean the difference between recovery and disability, life and death. Every second counts during a stroke. This World Stroke Day, learn to spot a stroke FAST. The second you notice a stroke sign in yourself or someone else, it’s time to act. If you spot the warning signs of a stroke, call 911 right away. For more information on stroke, click on the title.

“Pajamas, Pancakes and Puberty”! Saturday, November 5, 2016

Make plans to join us for Breakfast! Girls Ages 9-11 (Bring your Mom/Guardian) to a session that will provide information on the special physical and emotional changes that take place with girls during puberty. The “Pajamas, Pancakes and Puberty” breakfast will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016, this is an educational event that provides information and discussion on easing the transition from childhood to pre-adolescence. Parents/ Guardians who are interested in attending with their daughter, complete and submit a registration form, click on the title to download the form. For more information contact the Health Education Division at 910-814-6195 or 910-893-7550.

“Pajamas, Pancakes and Puberty” : New Location

The “Pajamas, Pancakes and Puberty” breakfast will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016, unfortunately due to disaster recovery efforts from Hurricane Matthew, the location of the event has been changed to the Harnett County Cooperative Extension Building located at 126 Alexander Drive, Suite 300 Lillington, NC 27546. (Located on the street behind the Health Department-near the Public Utilities Building). Click on the title to download directions. For more information contact the Health Education Division at 910-814-6195 or 910-893-7550.

Maintain Don't Gain, Holiday Challenge Program-Tuesday, November 22nd

The holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends. Unfortunately, for many it also becomes a time for over-eating and weight gain. To help residents avoid holiday weight gain, Harnett County Health Department will offer the Holiday Challenge Program. The Holiday Challenge is a free six week program. The class will meet on Tuesdays beginning November 22nd at the Harnett County Library located at 601 S Main St Lillington. The last class will take place on Tuesday, January 3rd. The program includes weekly nutrition sessions, weight checks, and a weekly newsletter full of tips to manage holiday stress, ideas for fitting in physical activity, and resources for cooking quick and easy meals when time is in short supply. Participants that maintain their weight through the holidays will be entered into a drawing for prizes.

Zika Virus

Zika is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes. Mosquitoes become infected when they bite a person already infected with the virus. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to other people through bites. It can also be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth. We do not know how often Zika is transmitted from mother to baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth. For more information click here or the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website or click here to view Travel Health Notices.

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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