“Get Smart About Antibiotics Week” is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. When you use antibiotics appropriately, you do the best for your health, your family's health, and the health of those around you. For tips for how to use antibiotics wisely click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages. Common signs of pneumonia can include cough, fever, and trouble breathing. Adults 65 years or older are at increased risk for pneumococcal disease. The best way to prevent pneumococcal disease is by getting vaccinated. Remember to wash your hands often with soap and water, and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. These good hygiene practices can help prevent pneumonia and other respiratory infections. For more information, click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site or call 910-893-7550 for vaccine information.
Foot care is very important for all people with diabetes. It is important to take good care of your feet when you have diabetes. Diabetes can harm your feet in a number of ways. The good news is that you can take steps to help keep your feet healthy. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site or click here to view Diabetes and you Healthy Feet Matter!
Nearly 15,000 people die every year of overdoses involving prescription painkillers. Deaths from drug overdose have been rising steadily over the past two decades and have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States. Every day in the United States, 120 people die as a result of drug overdose, and another 6,748 are treated in emergency departments (ED) for the misuse or abuse of drugs. Nearly 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
Medicines play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases, but when they are no longer needed it’s important to dispose of them properly to avoid harm to others. Help protect your family, community, and environment.Dispose of you unused medications properly. For a list of environmentally safe drug disposal sites, click on the title.
As Thanksgiving approaches a few simple steps will not only ease your holiday fears, but will ensure a safe meal for you, your family, and your friends. Make it a goal this year to also share good food safety practices. During the holidays, people are busy and can sometimes forget that unsafe handling and cooking can lead to food borne illness. For more information click on the title or click here to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) web site.
Harnett County Home Health will host a Senior Health & Safety Fair on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 10:00a.m.-1:00p.m. located in the Governmental Complex-Commons Area in Lillington. All Seniors are invited to attend this free event which will include exhibits, resources, door prizes and giveaways. For more information click on the title to view the program flyer or call Harnett County Home Health at 910-893-7544.
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. A flu vaccine is needed every year because flu viruses are constantly changing. The Health Department is providing flu vaccine, starting Monday, September 21, 2015 and each Monday-Friday, from 8:00a.m.-11:30a.m. and 1:00p.m.-4:30p.m. The flu shots are made available on a walk-in basis and no appointment is needed. Some adults and may qualify to receive the flu shot at no cost, please bring all insurance information including Medicare and Medicaid. For more information please call 910-893-7550.
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