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 will be providing flu shots starting on Monday, September 29, 2014 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. Please bring your insurance card and photo ID. The cost of the flu shot is $40.00 for those without health insurance. For more information, contact the Health Department at 910-893-7550.
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. Since people with asthma are higher risk for respiratory illnesses, health officials are reminding everyone with asthma to take their medications as prescribed and make sure their asthma is under good control. 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 website on Enterovirus D68:
September is recognized as National Cholesterol Education Month. Cholesterol is a soft, fat-like, waxy substance found in the bloodstream and in all your body's cells. Cholesterol is an important part of a healthy body, but too much cholesterol in the blood is one of the main risk factors for heart disease and stroke—two leading causes of death in the United States. One way to prevent these diseases is to detect high cholesterol and treat it when it is found. For more information on cholesterol, click on the title.
The Harnett County Health Department would like to remind our residents that September is a good time to prepare – not only for the next hurricane or flood – but for any emergency that might put you and your family at risk. In today’s world we need to be prepared for many kinds of emergencies, whether caused by disease outbreak, hurricane, wildfire, severe weather, earthquake or an act of terrorism. As the theme of this year’s National Preparedness Month says, "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare." For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) web site or call 910-893-7550.
The Harnett County Department of Public Health, in partnership with the SISTA Advisory Board and Monds’ Elite Styles located at 1405 Hwy 27 West, Lillington will be sponsoring a community HIV screening day event. The event will be held on Saturday, October 4,2014 from 11:00am–2:00pm featuring free food, health information and HIV/Syphilis testing. The goal of this community HIV screening day is to increase access to free HIV testing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested at least once. For more information contact the Health Department at 910-814-6195.
The Harnett County Department of Public Health and several community partners will be sponsoring a “Pink Ribbon Breakfast” on October 18, 2014 in recognition of National Breast Cancer awareness month. The Pink Ribbon Breakfast, which is an educational event, will provide information on breast health, and mammography screening. The keynote speaker for this event will be Monair McGregor, PhD, with the American Cancer Society. This event is free but registration is required. To register or for more information call the Harnett County Health Department at 910-814-6298 or 910-893-7550. The registration deadline is Friday, October 10th. For more information, click on the title.
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 October 15, and November 12, 2014 . Pre-registration is required. See the Downloads Box below for an application or call 910-814-6197 for more information.
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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