Harnett County, North Carolina
Health Department 

Important Announcements
Flu Season & Flu Shots

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 has a limited supply of children's flu vaccine which is being provided on a walk-in basis Monday– Friday 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 and 1:00 pm until 4:00pm. For more information, please call 910-893-7550.

The Flu: What To Do If You Get Sick

Flu season in the United States has begun and about half the country is experiencing high levels of flu activity. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. For more information click on the link to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.

January is National Radon Action Month

The Harnett County Health Department through the Environmental Health Division are partnering with the NC Radon program to provide free short-term radon test kits in recognition of National Radon Action Month. The Health Department will be providing a limited supply of radon test kits for Harnett County residents between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5p.m. at the Health Department in the Environmental Health Division located within the Governmental Complex in Lillington at 307 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd. For further assistance or questions, please call the Environmental Health Division at 910-893-7547 or click on the title to view the NC Radon Program web site.

Freshstart Smoking Cessation Program-January 29th

The start of the new year often means the start of new habits. If you are a smoker, a key resolution you can make this year is to quit smoking. This may be the most important resolution a smoker ever makes. Harnett County Department of Public Health is offering the Freshstart Smoking Cessation Program beginning Thursday, January 29th from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Freshstart is the American Cancer Society's group based tobacco cessation counseling program. It is a free 4 week program designed to help participants stop smoking by providing essential information, skills for coping with cravings, and group support. To register call 910-814-6196.

January is recognized as National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is recognized as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, focusing on raising awareness, on the importance of prevention and screening for cervical cancer. The Pap test is one of the most reliable and effective cancer screening tests available and is recommended for all women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A Pap test can detect cervical cancer early, when treatment is most effective. Women are encouraged to schedule an appointment for a Pap test by contacting their health care provider or the Harnett County Department of Public Health at 910-893-7550, when cervical cancer us found early, it is highly treatable and associated with long survival and good quality of life. Click on the title to view more information about Cervical Cancer.

State of the County Health Report 2014

The 2014 State of the County Health report , this report provides a look back to review what has been affecting the health of the community in order to move forward and make healthy effective and safe changes for all. In addition, this report focuses on progress made in health indicators, a review of mortality and morbidity data a review of health concerns selected as priorities and other changes that affect health concerns. This report provides a snapshot of how well Harnett County compares with the state across a variety of health objectives. To view the report click on the title or for more information please call 910-814-6198 or 910-893-7550.

Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less Program

Harnett County Department of Public Health and Harnett County Cooperative Extension are partnering to offer Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less (ESMMWL). ESMMWL is a 15 week weight management program that uses strategies proven to work. Each lesson informs, empowers, and motivates participants to live mindfully as they make choices about eating and physical activity. Classes will begin on Tuesday, February 3rd at Harnett County Cooperative Extension located at 126 Alexander Drive from 12:00pm-1:00pm. The enrollment fee is $20 per person. The registration deadline is Friday, January 30th. To register call 910-814-6196. For more information, click on the title.

Departmental Change: Open Access Appointment Scheduling

The Health Department will transition to an Open Access appointment scheduling on February 16, 2015. The purpose of the Open access appointment scheduling is in an effort to decrease overall wait times and to help with the clinics operating more efficiently. According to Public Health Officials, implementing an Open Access scheduling system will allow the Department to provide clinical services more frequently and increase the number of appointments each day. This change will allow patients to call and make an appointment the same day or within 24 hours in most cases. Patients can be seen more timely. The Open Access appointment scheduling is for clinical services only. Public Health Officials ask that the public please be understanding, flexible and patient as they work to better serve you. For more information about this Departmental change, contact the Harnett County Health Department at 910-893-7550, comments about this program change can be made by logging onto the Patient Satisfaction survey.

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 Spanish survey.

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 January 28, and February 17, 2015. Pre-registration is required. See the Downloads Box below for an application or call 910-814-6197 for more information.

Give Kids a Smile

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.Registration Deadline: February 1, 2015.

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.

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.