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. By getting a flu vaccine now for yourself and your entire family, you can help prevent flu-related illness, missed school, and missed work. The Health Department provides 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.
In the United States, flu season occurs in the fall and winter. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. The seasonal flu shot protects against the three or four influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
Fall Prevention Awareness Week is observed September 22-28, 2016. This year’s slogan is “Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016.” Each year, millions of adults aged 65 and older fall. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma. Falls can take a serious toll on older adults’ quality of life and independence. Fortunately, falls are a public health problem that is largely preventable. For more information on fall prevention, click on the title.
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. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your body and many foods. Your body needs cholesterol to function normally and makes all that you need. Too much cholesterol can build up in your arteries. After a while, these deposits narrow your arteries, putting you at risk for heart disease and stroke. For more information on cholesterol , click on the title.
Public Health Officials with the Harnett County Health Department will be on site at the annual Mond’s Elite Styles “BBQ Cook Off” event on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. located at 1405 N.C. Hwy 27 West in Lillington. The Health Department will be providing health information, education and access to free HIV testing. For more information about the barbershop testing event contact the Health Department through the Health Education Division at 910-814-6195 or 910-893-7550 or click on the flyer.
Breastfeeding provides many health, nutritional, economical and emotional benefits to mother and baby. A free Breastfeeding Workshop will be held for health professionals (Nurses, PAs, MDs, Social Workers, Nutritionist, Health Educators) that work with pregnant, and postpartum women and infants. The session will be held at the Harnett County Health Department located within the Governmental Complex 309 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd. Lillington, this is free workshop however registration is required. To register online, click here or for more information please call 910-814-6239. Continuing Education credit has been set up through South East Area health Education Center (SEAHEC).
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.
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 October 26, 2016. Pre-registration is required. For an application see the Downloads Box or call 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550.
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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