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.
October is SIDS Awareness Month. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death for infants aged 1 to 12 months. Always place babies on their backs to sleep for every sleep. Learn more about infant deaths from SIDS and other causes, and take action to reduce the risk. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
Hand sanitizers are beneficial for killing germs on hands and like all potentially poisonous items, they should be stored out of the reach of children and should be used according to the label. Adults should monitor use of hand sanitizer by children to ensure that the proper amount is used and that hands wet with sanitizer are not put in the mouth. Adults should monitor use of hand sanitizer by children to ensure that the proper amount is used and that hands wet with sanitizer are not put in the mouth. Remember: Apply a dime-sized amount to dry hands, rub hands together until completely dry and always monitor use by children. Mouthwash, rubbing alcohol, perfume, cologne, and after-shave contain a high amount of alcohol and can be intoxicating if swallowed. For more information click on the title to view Poison Center web site.
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 14, and November 17, 2015 Pre-registration is required. Click here for an application or see the Downloads Box or call 910-814-6197 for more information.
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Public Health Officials will distribute potassium iodide (KI) tablets to Harnett County residents located within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) of the Harris Nuclear Power Plant on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00pm. The distribution will be held at the North West Harnett Fire Department, 6015 Christian Light Rd Fuquay Varina. There is not a charge for the tablets. Potassium iodide (KI) is a protective measure for the general public to supplement evacuation and sheltering in the event of a severe nuclear power plant (NPP) accident. Residents who live within 10 miles of the nuclear plant can obtain KI for their families at this distributio site or by contacting the Health Department regarding other distribution options. Public Health Officials on site will also be providing flu shots during the KI distribution. For more information please call the Harnett County Health Department at 910-893-7550.
Campbell University Health Center presents Sleep It Off Relationship Between Healthy Sleep and Weight Loss on Monday, October 19, 2015 at 5:30 pm located at Campbell University Maddox Hall Room 130, this workshop is open to the Public, for more information click on the title to view the program flyer.
In recognition of National Diabetes Month, Harnett County Health Department will host a “Living Well with Diabetes” lunch and learn. This educational session will be held on Friday, November 13th from 12:00pm-1:00pm in the Governmental Complex Commons Area in Lillington. The guest speaker is Dr. Nicholas Pennings with Campbell University. The program is free, however registration is required. To register call 910-814-6298. The registration deadline is Friday, November 6th. For more information, click on the title.
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.
The holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends. Unfortunately, for many it also becomes a time for over-eating and weight gain. The holidays don't have to mean weight gain. Harnett County Health Department is offering The Holiday Challenge Program. The Holiday Challenge is a fun way to help you avoid holiday weight gain. It is a free six week program beginning on Tuesday, November 24th from 5:30pm-6:30pm at Mt. Zion Christian Fellowship located at 707 Susan Tart Rd in Dunn. The program includes weekly nutrition sessions, weight checks, and a weekly newsletter full of health tips. Participants that maintain their weight through the holidays will be entered into a drawing for prizes. To register call 910-814-6196. The registration deadline is Friday, November 20th.
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