Harnett County, North Carolina
Health Department 

Important Announcements
What You Need to Know about Ebola:

Ebola is Not spread through the air, water, or food. You can only get Ebola from touching bodily fluids from a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola, or from exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles. For more information click here to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site or click here to view the N.C. DHHS’ Division of Public Health web site. The newly opened Ebola public information line established by Carolinas Poison Center, the number is 1-800-222-1222, and callers should press 6 for questions about Ebola.

Mind Your Meds: Safeguard Medicine in Your Home
October is Medicine Abuse Awareness month. Two-thirds of teens who report abuse of prescription medicine are getting them from friends, family and acquaintances. Make sure the teens in your life don't have access to your medicine. Find out how to monitor, secure and properly dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter cough medicine in your home.When it comes to the problem of teen prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) medicine abuse, it takes a community to help keep our kids healthy and safe. For more information click here to view information from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Dispose of Unused Medicine:

Project Lazarus is a public health progam model aimed at broaden awareness of the extent and seriousness of unintentional poisonings and chronic pain issues, and reminding residents of the free service to assist households in safely disposing of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs that could cause potential danger to children and teens. The following locations provide free and safe drug disposal in Lillington: Hogan’s Pharmacy-815 West Front St. and the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office in the front lobby, located at 175 Bain Street in Lillington accepts Monday through Friday from 8:00-5:00pm. In Coats the Coats Pharmacy-393 N. Mckinley St. Coats, in Dunn: Thomas Drug Store-609 E Cumberland St. Dunn and a new drug drop box has been placed at the Dunn Police Station located at 401 E. Broad Street in Dunn. For more information please call the Health Department at 910-893-7550.

Flu Season is Around the Corner: Flu Shots

Shorter days and cooler evenings mean it's fall and often the time to get your annual flu shot. 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 is providing flu shots on a walk-in basis Monday– Friday 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 and 1:00 pm until 4:00pm. The Health Department accepts Medicare, Medicaid, BCBS, and Medcost. The cost of the flu shot is $40.00 for those without health insurance. For more information, please call 910-893-7550.

Facts about Enterovirus D68

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the presence of enterovirus D68, or EV-D68, in six patients from North Carolina. Enteroviruses are common viruses that can cause a range of symptoms, include runny nose, coughing, mouth sores, fever and body aches. Some patients will also develop wheezing and difficulty breathing. Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or by touching objects or surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes. Health officials are recommending that people take the following actions to protect themselves from infection with EV-D68 and other respiratory illnesses: Wash hands vigorously and often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick. Frequently disinfect touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick. Health officials are also recommending getting a flu vaccine as soon as possible to help prevent another important cause of respiratory illness that could be going around at the same time. For more information, click on the title to visit the CDC's website on Enterovirus D68:

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 November 12, 2014 . Pre-registration is required. See the Downloads Box below for an application or call 910-814-6197 for more information.

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.

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