Health Awareness and Education

August is Immunization Awareness Month!

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Immunizations, including the COVID vaccines, are an important part of keeping yourself, your family, and your community healthy. Many immunizations are required for school, including for college. Adults may need a tetanus booster if it’s been more than 10 years since your last one. Older adults need additional immunizations, such as for shingles or pneumonia. Everyone […]

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Fireworks Safety

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July is a time for fireworks, but it’s important to pay attention to safety when using them! Many, many people visit the emergency room because of injuries caused by fireworks. Injuries can occur to fingers and hands, as well as eyes when sparks fly. Burns can also happen. If you’re going to be lighting fireworks, […]

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Summer is here!

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While warm weather makes for fun activities, it also brings out mosquitos. Mosquitos are active in the early morning and evening. Mosquitos do not just make itchy, annoying bites. They can carry disease such as West Nile Virus, which can be serious. To protect yourself from these pesky critters, use an EPA approved insect repellant when you are […]

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Sun Safety

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As we now have summer-time weather, we are outside more often! It’s important to remember that we need to protect ourselves from the sun! To protect your skin from too much sun, you can: Limit the time you are outside between 11 and 2, when the sun is at its brightest. Wear sunscreen when you […]

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Every Kid Healthy Week

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The last week in April is “Every Kid Healthy Week.” The week celebrates everyday actions we can take to improve the health of our families. Each day has a different theme: Mindful Monday: practice social-emotional learning to build resilience in your kids. Tasty Tuesday: Try new foods with your kids. Wellness Wednesday: Get moving! Activity […]

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Rethink Your Drink!

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This month, the CDC is reminding us to “Rethink Your Drink!” This is a way to avoid having too much sugar. People who drink sugary drinks are more likely to: gain weight get type 2 diabetes have heart, kidney, or liver problems get cavities How do you “Rethink Your Drink!”? Tips from the CDC include: […]

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Dealing with Omicron

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I’m sure you’ve all heard about the latest variant of COVID: Omicron. This version of the virus is currently infecting many, many people in our community. While the number of cases is scary, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and others. What can you do about Omicron? Get vaccinated if you aren’t […]

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Hello Neighbor Month

December is “Hi Neighbor” Month.

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December is a month of holidays, but it is also “Hi Neighbor” Month. “Hi Neighbor” Month comes from the idea of being prepared for an emergency. According to the CDC, social contacts are an important part of dealing with emergencies. FEMA found that 46% of people relied on neighbors after a disaster. But we don’t […]

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Recipe for a Safe Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner! The CDC recommends that all adults and children age 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine. To enjoy a happy and healthy Thanksgiving, remember to track local transmission rates, take precautions like wearing a mask and washing your hands, and get a booster shot if you are eligible.

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