Quitting Tobacco is the Best Gift You Can Give Your Family this Year

wrapped_giftsThe holiday season is upon us and with that brings opportunities to open our hearts our minds for those near and dear to us. We may go about shopping throughout the month to find the perfect gift for our loved ones, but for some people in Wisconsin, the perfect gift will cost you nothing. In fact it will end up saving you money and improving your lives.

There is no present that a family would enjoy more than hearing that their loved one is going tobacco free. Those who have quit smoking will tell you that it took work, a firm decision and self-discipline to Continue Reading > >

Pneumococcal Vaccines For Those 65 Years And Older

grandma-and-babyMost of us take breathing for granted, but when breathing becomes difficult, it can be very scary. It can also be life threatening.  Lincoln County Health Department is encouraging residents to receive both pneumococcal “pneumonia” vaccines.

Pneumococcal disease is caused by a bacteria that you can catch from a sick person who coughs or sneezes around you. Adults ages 65 and older are at increased risk for sickness and even death from this disease. In order for you to protect your health, Continue Reading > >

Holiday Food Safety Tips

Christmas TurkeyAs the holidays grow closer, we begin to prepare for all the festivities and feasts. The Lincoln County Health Department wants to remind everyone of food safety whether you are cooking or just sharing in the celebrations. “There are simple tips for safe food handling that we should be following every day, not just during the holidays. However, sometimes at large gatherings our attention is focused on friends, and family, and not as closely on safe food handling. This can be a chance for germs to be introduced that can make us sick,” said Meghan Williams, Environmental Health Specialist, Lincoln County Health Department.  Continue Reading > >

Cold Weather Increases Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon-Monoxide-Graphic CDCWinter is almost upon us. As we adjust to the cooling temperatures and savor the last days of fall, the Lincoln County Health Department wants to remind everyone of the risk of carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is the most common cause of fatal poisoning. Carbon monoxide is especially dangerous because the symptoms are not often known. Carbon monoxide is often called the “invisible killer” because it is odorless and some of the symptoms are similar to the flu or other common illnesses. “Take the opportunity with daylight savings time to test your CO detectors and make sure they are in good working order,” says Meghan Williams, Environmental Health Specialist for the Lincoln County Health Department. Continue Reading > >

Health Department Offers Free Shots for Tomahawk Public School Students on November 10

group-of-kidsLincoln County Health Department (LCHD) will be holding a vaccine clinic at the Tomahawk Public Schools on Thursday, November 10 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.  This free clinic is available to all students attending Tomahawk Public Schools and is funded through a grant received by the LCHD.

Vaccines that will be offered include Influenza, Meningococcal, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), and Tetanus, Diphtheria, acellular Pertussis (Tdap). “It is very exciting to be able to offer vaccines to students of all ages,” said Mindy Schwarz, Public Health Nurse for Lincoln County Health Department. Continue Reading > >