Riding a school bus is a great way for your child to get to school. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration considers school buses to be the safest form of transportation for daily school commutes. However, nationally, about 16 students each year are fatally injured while getting on or off a school bus. Unfortunately, the greatest risk involved is not riding the school bus, but getting on and off the bus. Children need to be especially careful around the school bus “danger zone,” which is the 10 feet in front, behind and on each side of the school bus. The Harnett County Child Fatality Prevention Team (CFPT) provides the following school bus safety tips. For more information click on the title to view Safe Practices for Loading and Unloading.
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.
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.
Each year September 18th is recognized as National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. People who are 50 and older may have the same HIV risk factors as younger people, but may be less aware of their risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 24% of people living with HIV in the United States are 55 or older. For additional information on National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, click on the title to view the CDC website or contact our office at 910-814-6195 or 910-893-7550.
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.
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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