December 1 is World AIDS Day, a day to acknowledge our progress in HIV prevention and treatment around the world and renew our commitment to a future free of HIV. This year's theme, Leadership. Commitment. Impact., calls leaders to strengthen their commitment to using evidence-based HIV interventions, prevention tools, and testing efforts to help us stop HIV. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) web site.
1. Finding out early can help you live a longer, healthier life.
2. If you know, you can look out for yourself—and the people you love.
3. It’s easy. It’s free, fast, and confidential. Please calll the Health Department to make an appointment for testing at 910-893-7550. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
The National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national awareness week focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination. If you haven't gotten your flu vaccine yet, now's the time! As long as flu activity is ongoing, it’s not too late to get vaccinated. A flu vaccine can protect you and your loved ones from the flu. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a yearly flu vaccine. With flu activity increasing and family and friends planning gatherings for the holidays, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine if you haven’t been vaccinated yet this season. For more information please call the Health Department at 910-893-7550.
Getting a flu shot is easy and it is the first and most important step you can take in protecting yourself and your family from the flu. 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 yearly flu vaccine. The Health Department provides walk-in flu shots each Monday-Friday from 8:00a.m.-11:00a.m. and 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m. for children and adults. Some adults and children may qualify to receive the flu shot at no cost. Residents are encouraged to bring all insurance information including Medicare and Medicaid. For more information, regarding flu shot schedules call the Health Department at 910-893-7550 or click on the title.
For many people, the holiday season is the perfect time to spend time together in the kitchen and share delicious baked foods and desserts. When you prepare homemade cookie dough, cake mixes, or even bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully cooked. But steer clear of this temptation—eating or tasting unbaked products that are intended to be cooked, such as dough or batter, can make you sick. Children can get sick from handling or eating raw dough used for crafts or play clay, too. Don’t taste or eat raw dough!For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control web site and follow safety tips to help you and your loved ones stay healthy when handling raw dough.
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 December 21, 2016. Pre-registration is required. For an application see the Downloads Box or call 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550.
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