Harnett County is partnering with the Campbell University School Osteopathic Medicine to provide a Stress Management series, which includes six free sessions. The sessions will be held each Wednesday starting August 24, until September 28, 2016 from 5:30-6:30pm in the Commons Area which is located in the Government Complex 309 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd. Lillington. To register please call 910-814-6298.
Make sure that your children are up-to-date on vaccines before sending them back to school. School-age children, from preschoolers to college students, need vaccines. Making sure that children receive all their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things you can do as a parent to ensure your children's long-term health—as well as the health of friends, classmates, and others in your community. For more information contact the Health Department at 910-893-7550 or click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site.
For parents of children who will be entering Kindergarten this school year, make plans to schedule an appointment for your child’s required kindergarten physical before the start of the school year. The state of NC requires all students entering kindergarten for the first time must present a completed kindergarten health assessment within thirty days of attendance. A kindergarten health assessment includes a medical history, physical assessment, vision and hearing screening, developmental screening, and immunizations. The Health Department through the Child Health Clinic provides kindergarten physicals to make an appointment please call 910-893-7550.
Bag lunches should be safe and healthy, but because they have to sit on a desk or in a locker for several hours before eating, steps should be taken to keep food safe and prevent foodborne illness. It is important to keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot, and be aware of the food temperature “danger zone”. The “danger zone” is the temperature between 40 and 140° F, the perfect temperature for harmful bacteria to grow rapidly and potentially cause illness. Foodborne illness remains a major public threat in the U. S. and can significantly impact the health and well-being of young children. Click on the title to view safe handling recommendations to prevent foodborne illness from “bag” lunches.
Going to college is an exciting time in a young person’s life. It is a time for gaining new knowledge and experiences, both inside and outside the classroom. Between studying, making friends, and going to class, it can be hard to find time to care for your health. By taking the following daily steps, you can be safer and healthier through your college years and beyond. Click on the title to view a few pointers for college students on staying safe and healthy.
Mammography screening remains the best available method to detect breast cancer early. When breast cancer is found early, chances of survival are higher! The Health Department provides mobile mammography screenings in partnership with Rex Mobile Mammography. Screenings will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Pre-registration is required. For an application see the Downloads Box or call 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550.
The Health Department along with community sponsors will be providing the eighth annual “Pink Ribbon Breakfast” in recognition of National Breast Cancer awareness month on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Governmental Complex located in Lillington from 9:00 am-11:30am. The Pink Ribbon Breakfast, which is an educational event, will provide information on breast health, and mammography. The keynote speaker is Dr. Michele Langaker with Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine. The Pink Ribbon breakfast, is a free event but pre-registration is required. To register, please call the Health Department at 910-814-6298, the registration deadline is October 3, 2016. For more information click on the title to view the program flyer.
Bringing home a new baby is an exciting time for a family! After you arrive home, you may find you have questions about the care of your baby as well as questions regarding care for yourself as a new mother. To help mothers and babies make the most of those first few weeks, the Health Department is offering the “Welcome Baby” program which is a one-time home visit home by a Registered Nurse for all new babies in Harnett County. The “Welcome Baby” program provides a nurse that will come to your home to make sure you and your baby are doing well. For more information or to request a home visit, contact the Health Department at 910-893-7550 and ask for the Welcome Baby program. The visit is covered by Medicaid insurance plans.
Protect yourself and your family when traveling overseas. Using insect repellent is the best way to prevent diseases like Zika, dengue, and chikungunya that are spread by mosquitoes. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. For more information on Zika, click on the title.
Zika is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes. Mosquitoes become infected when they bite a person already infected with the virus. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to other people through bites. It can also be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth. We do not know how often Zika is transmitted from mother to baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth. For more information click here or the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website or click here to view Travel Health Notices.
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