Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory disease that infects the nose, throat, and lungs and can lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death. The single best way to prevent the flu is for everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine this season. The Health Department is providing flu shots on a walk-in basis Monday– Friday 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 and 1:00 pm until 4:00pm. The Health Department accepts Medicare, Medicaid, BCBS, and Medcost. The cost of the flu shot is $40.00 for those without health insurance. For more information, please call 910-893-7550.
The holidays are a time to celebrate, give thanks, and reflect. They are also a time to pay special attention to your health. Give the gift of health and safety to yourself and others by following these holiday tips provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-click on the title to view Holiday Health and Safety Tips.
From traditional Thanksgiving turkey to classic Christmas goose, meat makes the menu at most traditional holiday feasts. But how can you tell if your main meat dish is undercooked, overcooked or ready to serve? Consult the Holiday Helper! Click on the title to view this quick, at-a-glance reference helps you keep track of proper internal temperatures for all of your favorite meat dishes, from family classics to exotic new ones. Keep the Holiday Helper handy along with an instant-read thermometer – next time you head into the kitchen, so you can be sure your holiday dishes are both safe and delicious!
One present that is not on anyone’s wish list this holiday season is bedbugs. Travelers are encouraged to take extra steps to ensure they don’t pick up any hitchhiking pests this holiday season. Click here or on the title to view steps to help prevent bedbugs from traveling home in their personal items. Bedbugs do not transmit diseases, but bites do need to be reported to the Health Department.
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 January 14, 2015. Pre-registration is required. See the Downloads Box below for an application or call 910-814-6197 for more information.
The 2015, “Give Kids a Smile” is scheduled for Saturday February 21, 2015 from 9:00am until 4:30 pm in Lillington at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center located at 80 Autumn Fern Trail in Lillington. The “Give Kids a Smile” provides access to free dental health services for children between the ages of 1 to 13 years of age not covered by any form dental insurance, all children must be a resident of Harnett County. For more information please call 910-814-4191, click on the title to download a registration form.
The ECU clinic is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Services: Comprehensive General Dentistry, Children’s Dentistry, Oral Surgery – Extractions, Root Canals, Sealants and Tooth Colored Fillings, Crowns and Bridges, Dentures and Partial Dentures, Implant Services, Periodontal Services and Cleanings, Cosmetic Tooth Whitening. Digital Radiography, and 3-D/Cone Beam Imaging. For more information click on the title to view the web site or call 910-814-4191, the facility is located at 80 Autumn Fern Trail in Lillington.
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