Make sure you are up to date on all recommended vaccinations before traveling abroad. Vaccination is the first step toward staying healthy while traveling. Some types of international travel, especially to developing countries and rural areas, may have higher health risks. Many vaccine-preventable diseases that have become rare in the United States, such as measles and polio, are still common in other parts of the world. Certain activities, such as attending crowded events, can increase the spread of infectious disease. No matter where you plan to go, you should get recommended vaccines to lower the chances for getting and spreading disease. There is no vaccine to prevent Zika virus. *Pregnant women should not travel to any area where Zika is spreading. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
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.
June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, a day to get the facts, get tested, and get involved! Get Tested. Knowing your HIV status gives you powerful information to help keep you and your partner healthy. CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. People with certain risk factors should get tested more often. The Health Department provides free HIV testing, to make an appointment please call 910-893-7550. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
Hot weather provides opportunities for kids to enjoy the outdoors. Take steps to keep them safe and healthy, both indoors and outdoors. Injuries are the leading cause of death in children aged 19 and younger, but most child injuries can be prevented. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site. Help yourself, your loved ones, and others have a safe and healthy summer!
The month of June is recognized as National Safety Month. The Harnett County Child Fatality Prevention Team (CFPT) are working to use this month to raise awareness about the important safety issue of the safe storage and disposal of medicines. Summer is a season when children spend more time at home and in other homes, it is important to get rid of medicine that is no longer needed or expired. Dispose of your unused and expired medications properly through a drug drop box site. To view a list of sites located in Harnett County click on the title.
It's summer, and home gardeners are harvesting the delicious produce they've been growing. Home canning is a great way to preserve your garden goodies. But beware: if it's done the wrong way, the vegetables you worked so hard for could become contaminated by a germ that causes botulism, a serious illness that can affect your nerves, paralyze you, and even cause death. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)web site, to learn how to make your home-canned vegetables safe, so you can protect yourself, your family, and others when you share your home-canned goodies.
Swimmers and parents of young swimmers can help protect their health and the health of their families and friends by checking the latest inspection results for public pools, water playgrounds, and hot tubs/spas. For more information click here, to look up sites by the pool name or address or if you are not sure about the name, contact the Environmental Health Division at the Health Department at 910-893-7547.
With temperatures on the rise, it is important to know how to keep cool and stay safe this summer. Extremely high or unusually hot temperatures can affect your health. Those most vulnerable to the heat include the elderly, those that work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, and people with chronic medical conditions. Older adults (that is, people aged 65 years and older) are more prone to heat stress than younger people. Public Health Officials with Health Department are providing a series of sessions at senior centers throughout the county on how to “Stay Healthy & Safe in Hot Weather”. For more information click on the title or call 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550.
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.
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 July 20, 2016 and again on Augusut 24, 2016. Pre-registration is required. For an application see the Downloads Box or call 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550.
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