Do Not Let the Flu Get You – People of All Ages Advised to Get Vaccinated

flu_womanWith children back in school, and adults back to work after a busy summer, Lincoln County Health Department asks everyone to protect themselves and others by getting their yearly flu shot. Only 29% of children and 35% of adults in Lincoln County received their flu shot last year according to the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR).

While flu mist also known as the nasal spray is not recommended this flu season due to low effectiveness, the flu vaccine or flu shot will be available. The flu shot did perform well last flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone age six months and older should be vaccinated.

“The best way to prevent the flu is by getting your flu shot” said Mindy Schwarz, Public Health Nurse for Lincoln Country Health Department. Continue Reading > >

The Public is Welcome to Celebrate the Harvest

pumpkins-2The Tall Pines Community Garden in Merrill is welcoming the public to celebrate its first fall harvest. The event will be on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Tall Pines Community Garden. The Tall Pines Community Garden is located near the corner of 6th Street and Memorial Drive, Merrill (adjacent to Pine Crest Nursing Home). A light lunch will be served. Please bring a lawn chair and your sunscreen. If rain, the event will be moved to Lincoln County Health Department, 607 N. Sales Street, Merrill. Since lunch is being served, RSVP is required by September 20th. Please note space is limited. Call 715-536-0307 or email Ann Stoeckmann astoeckmann@co.lincoln.wi.us to make your reservation. Continue Reading > >

Free Hepatitis C and HIV Testing for Lincoln County Residents Starting September 27

new-2The Lincoln County Health Department is happy to announce an addition to its services. The Health Department is now partnering with the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) to provide free hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing to residents of Lincoln County that qualify. ARCW is a leading provider of innovative and aggressive prevention services to help at-risk individuals to stay free of HIV, hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections. ARCW prevention services are designed to meet all individuals and help them get the information, materials and programs they need to live long, healthy lives. The clinics will be held at the Lincoln County Health Department on the fourth Tuesday of each month starting on Tuesday September 27th. Continue Reading > >

September is National Preparedness Month

femnpm2016September is recognized as National Preparedness Month. It serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us at any time. “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today” is this year’s theme.

“Creating a family emergency communication plan is one of the most important steps you can take to keep you and your family safe during disasters,” says Kristin Bath, Health Educator/Preparedness Coordinator for Lincoln County Health Department. Continue Reading > >

Health Department Offers Free Shots for Prairie River Middle School Students on September 27

bb_middle-School_studentsLincoln County Health Department (LCHD) will again be holding a vaccine clinic at Prairie River Middle School (PRMS). This will be on Tuesday, September 27.  This free clinic is only for students attending PRMS 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 not only the influenza vaccine but all adolescent vaccines,” said Mindy Schwarz, Public Health Nurse for Lincoln County Health Department. Continue Reading > >