Lincoln County Health Department announced the 1st Annual Environmental Health Award winners for the 2013 licensing year (July 1, 2013- June 30, 2014). The award program recognizes the special effort and work of establishments that serve food to the public.
Of the 126 establishments eligible for the awards, four met the strict criteria for achievement. These establishments should be congratulated for their efforts: Continue Reading > >
Since mid-August, the CDC has received reports of clusters of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infections that have occurred in multiple states. We are now seeing it in Wisconsin.
Symptoms or signs of EV-D68 illnesses include:
- Runny nose
- Body and Muscle Aches
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People of All Ages Advised to Get Vaccinated
With children back in school, and adults back to work after a busy summer, Lincoln County Health Department encourages residents to protect themselves and others by getting their yearly flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone age six months and older should be vaccinated. Only 34% of children and 37% of adults in Lincoln County received their flu shot last year according to the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR).
Last year’s influenza season left 3 Lincoln County residents hospitalized. Peak season occurred during late December. Influenza and difficulties from influenza are serious; please get vaccinated.
Lincoln County Health Department is now holding flu clinics for adults, at the following sites, dates and times:
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What is Ebola?
Ebola is a virus in the family of viral hemorrhagic fevers. It was first discovered in 1976 in the central African country of Democratic Republic of Congo. Since then it has appeared sporadically throughout the African continent.
Currently, Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) transmission is occurring in the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria. Approximately 60% of the people who become ill with EVD, die from the illness. Please check the CDC website for an up to date list of affected countries. Continue Reading > >
If there was a vaccine that could prevent cancer, wouldn’t you get it for your child? Lincoln County Health Department announces new efforts to increase vaccine rates for the cancer prevention Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine among youth in Lincoln County. The plan includes a public awareness campaign geared toward families of youth, school immunization clinics, and education opportunities for health care providers.
The primary purpose of the HPV vaccine is to prevent cancer. The vaccine protects against the types of HPV that cause 70 percent of cervical cancer in women as well as several other types of cancers in men and women. HPV is spread generally through sexual contact. The shot is usually given at or around age 11-12 for both boys and girls. It is given as three shots over six months. HPV vaccine is also recommended for older teens and young adults who did not receive the vaccine or did not complete the 3 doses when they were younger. It can be given at the same time as the vaccines that prevent whooping cough and meningococcal disease, as well as any other vaccines youth may be due to receive. Continue Reading > >