The Burden of Tobacco 2015 Report Released

A new report has been released on the health and economic effects of cigarette smoking in Wisconsin. Using data from numerous databases, the Burden of Tobacco report describes the health and economic burden associated with cigarette smoking in Wisconsin.

Major Findings:

  • During 2008-2012, an estimated 6,678 people died from illnesses directly related to smoking each year, constituting nearly 15% of all annual deaths in Wisconsin among persons aged 35 years and older.
  • Another 678 people died from illnesses and fires indirectly related to smoking.
  • Collectively, 7,356 Wisconsin deaths were associated with tobacco use each year.
  • The annual economic toll of tobacco in Wisconsin was approximately $3.0 billion paid in direct health care costs and $1.6 billion in lost productivity.

Review the report: Burden-of-Tobacco-2015

New Recommendations for Pneumococcal Vaccine

VaccineRecently new recommendations have been made for the use of pneumococcal (pneumonia) vaccines in those age 65 years and older.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with the Lincoln County Health Department (LCHD) now routinely recommend an additional pneumococcal vaccine to help prevent bacterial illnesses like pneumonia, a serious lung infection.  “Pneumococcal infections can be hard to treat because some types are resistant to antibiotics,” said Mindy Schwarz, Public Health Nurse for Lincoln County Health Department.  “This makes prevention through vaccination even more important.”

There are two pneumococcal vaccines available, the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) and the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13).  Previously most people received one shot of PPSV23 around age 65; now the recommendations are to receive both the PPSV23 and PCV13.  Continue Reading > >

Take Action Against the Flu

Children Flu shots and Flu Mist

Flu Photo

Available to all children who have no health insurance, children with health insurance but no flu vaccine coverage, children on Medicaid/Badgercare, children who are American Indian or Alaskan Natives.  You must call the Lincoln County Health Department at 715-536-0307 to schedule your child’s appointment.

Adult Flu Shots

We can also provide adult flu shots for teh 2014 – 2015 season.  Call Lincoln County Health Department at 715-536-0307 for more information and cost.

Fact Sheets

Protecting Children from Lead Exposure

Lead

Childhood lead poisoning is caused by swallowing or breathing in lead dust. Lead poisoning can hurt a child’s brain and nervous system and slow down their growth and development. A child who has too much lead in their body may have problems with learning and behaving well and those effects can last into adulthood. There is no safe amount of lead in a child’s blood. According to the CDC, most U.S. children who are 1 through 5 years of age have lead levels less than 5 ug/dL (micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood). If a child’s level is 5 or more, it is time to develop a plan to lower their exposure to lead. In Lincoln County approximately 350 children are tested each year for lead and 1 in 50 children tested have levels at 5 or greater. Continue Reading > >

Keep your Kids Smiling through the Holidays

Cheese Good SnackThe holiday season is always a busy time – especially for families. With kids out of school, as steady stream of festivities and a new year to plan for, the rhythm of everyday life gets put on hold. And sometimes that means good oral health routines and habits go out the window too.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) want to remind parents and caregivers that the holiday break is a great time to help your kids establish and maintain healthy dental habits. This includes good brushing, flossing and eating habits that are essential for healthy teeth.

The holiday season is always a busy time – especially for families. With kids out of school, as steady stream of festivities and a new year to plan for, the rhythm of everyday life gets put on hold. And sometimes that means good oral health routines and habits go out the window too.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) want to remind parents and caregivers that the holiday break is a great time to help your kids establish and maintain healthy dental habits. This includes good brushing, flossing and eating habits that are essential for healthy teeth.

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