The exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October. 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 seasonal flu vaccine. The Health Department is providing flu shots each Monday-Friday from 8:00a.m.-11:30a.m. and 1:00p.m.-4:30p.m. for children and adults through walk-in clinics. Residents are encouraged to bring all insurance information including Medicare and Medicaid cards. For more information click on the title or call 910-893-7550 or click here, to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
September is National Cholesterol Education Month, a good time to get your blood cholesterol checked and take steps to lower it if it is high. National Cholesterol Education Month is also a good time to learn about lipid profiles and about food and lifestyle choices that help you reach personal cholesterol goals. For more informaton click on the title.
About 1 in 6 (17%) children in the United States has obesity. Certain groups of children are more affected than others. National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month provides a chance for all of us to learn more about this serious health condition. While there is no simple solution, there are many ways communities can support children with their journey to good health. Learn ways to promote healthy growth in children and prevent obesity. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is recognized in October to raise awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection. The Health Department and community partners will be sponsoring two community breast cancer awareness breakfast events. The “Power of Pink” and the "Pink Ribbon Breakfast". The sessions will provide educational information about the importance of early detection and screenings. A segment of the programs are dedicated to and recognizes breast cancer survivors. The “Power of Pink “Breakfast will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Victory Tabernacle Church located at 7330 NC-27, Lillington, from 9:00 am-11:00am. The deadline for registration is Friday, October 9, 2017. Registration is required. The deadline for registration is Friday, October 20, 2017. To register please call 910-814-6298 or 910-814-6197.
The “Pink Ribbon Breakfast” will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9:00am-11:00am at the Government Complex located at 309 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd in Lillington. This educational program will also provide information on breast health, mammography, and a tribute to breast cancer survivors. This is a free community event. Registration is required. The deadline for registration is Friday, October 20, 2017. To register please call 910-814-6298 or 910-814-6197. For more information click on the title to view a program flyer.
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