Harnett County, North Carolina
Health Department 

Important Announcements
Home Canning

Its summer and home gardeners are starting to harvest the delicious produce they've been growing this year. Home canning is a great way to preserve your garden goodies. But beware: if it's done the wrong way, the vegetables you worked so hard for could become contaminated by a germ that causes botulism, a serious illness that can affect your nerves, paralyze you, and even cause death. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to learn how to make your home-canned vegetables safe.

The Burning Truth: Tanning is not Safe

Tanned skin is damaged skin, any change in the color of your skin after time outside whether sunburn or suntan indicates damage from ultraviolet (UV) rays. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Sunburns are a sign of skin damage, whether tanning or burning, you are exposing yourself to harmful Ultraviolet (UV) rays that damage your skin. Ultraviolet (UV) rays are an invisible form of radiation. They can pass through your skin and damage your skin cells. In fact, every time you tan, you increase your risk of melanoma. The most preventable cause of skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, either from the sun or from artificial sources like tanning beds. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

Stay Healthy and Safe in Hot Weather

Staying cool and making simple changes in your fluid intake, activities, and clothing during hot weather can help you remain safe and healthy. Even short periods of high temperatures can cause serious health problems. To protect your health when temperatures are extremely high, remember to keep cool and use the following tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.(CDC), click on the title to view the brochure.

ECU School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center in Lillington

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.

A Community Day in the Park

event is scheduled for Saturday, August 16th from 11:00am-3:00pm at the C.B. Codrington Park, located at 308 South Burke Street, Dunn. The event will recognize program graduates and feature food, HIV testing, exhibits, inflatable bounce house, health information and activities for both adults and children. Back-to-school supplies provided by the A.M.E. Zion Dunn Lillington District churches and Calvary Christian Academy will also be distributed. The event is free, however registration is required. Contact Heather Carter at 910-814-6195 to register.

Reduce the risk of Bat Exposure at Summer Camp:

Summer camps offer opportunities for campers to experience nature but also potential for exposure to wildlife and their diseases. Certain wildlife maybe infected with rabies. Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. Most of the recent human rabies cases in the United States have been caused by rabies viruses associated with bats according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information click on the title to view Bats Safety and risk Management at Camp or call the Environmental Health Division 910-893-7547.

Mobile Mammography:

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 13, 2014. Pre-registration is required. See the Downloads Box below for an application or call 910-814-6197 for more information.

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.