Harnett County,
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Preventing Seasonal Flu With Vaccination

Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people), and serious problems related to the flu can happen at any age, but some people are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications if they get sick. This includes people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, and young children. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. The seasonal flu shot protects against the three or four influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site or call 910-893-7550.


Living Healthy-Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Tuesday, February 21st

Harnett County Department of Public Health and Harnett County Division on Aging are partnering to offer the Living Healthy Chronic Disease Self-Management Program beginning on Tuesday, February 21st from 9:30am-12:00pm at Coats Senior Center located at 214 Park Ln. Living Healthy is a free program designed for people with a health condition such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, or chronic pain. The Living Healthy Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is given 2½ hours once a week for six weeks. To register call Harnett County Health Department at 910-814-6196. The registration deadline is Friday, February 17th. For more information, click on the title.


Healthy Cooking on a Budget-Wednesday, March 29th

In recognition of National Nutrition Month, the Harnett County Department of Public Health and Harnett County Cooperative Extension are sponsoring “Healthy Cooking on a Budget.” “Healthy Cooking on a Budget” is a free educational program that focuses on how to prepare low cost and healthy meals. Participants will be given the opportunity to sample healthy meal options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The program will be held at the Cooperative Extension building in Lillington on Wednesday, March 29th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Registration is required. The registration deadline is March 24th. To register call 910-814-6196.


February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. By living a healthy lifestyle, you can help keep your blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar normal and lower your risk for heart disease and heart attack. For more information click on the title.


February is Children's Dental Health Month.

Tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. Cavities are caused by a breakdown of the tooth enamel by acids produced by bacteria located in a film that collects on teeth. Left untreated, cavities can cause pain, infection, and problems eating, speaking, and learning. Good oral health is an important part of good overall health. The good news is that tooth decay is preventable. Early care for your children’s teeth will protect their smile and their health. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.


Mobile Mammography: March 16, 2017

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 March 16 and April 27, 2017. Pre-registration is required. For an application see the Downloads Box or call 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550.


Dispose of Unused or Expired Medicines:

Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment. Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. Help protect your family, community and environment! Click on the title to view a listing of prescription drug disposal sites in Harnett County. Medication safety tips: Dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs. Be smart about storage; keep medicines in their original bottles or containers. Review all your medicines with your doctor or pharmacist, do this at least once a year, or when you start using a new medicine. Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children and away from pets. For more information 910-893-7550.To view a list of drug disposal sites located in Harnett County click on the title.


Patient Satisfaction Survey

Please consider completing our patient satisfaction survey. This feedback helps us continually monitor or change our services to serve you better. Click on the title to access the survey in English. Click here for the survey in Spanish.


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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