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 > >

Travel Kits for Residents Traveling to Areas with Mosquito borne Illnesses

As emerging diseases, like Zika virus, become more prevalent, travelers’ health is getting more attention. To address this need, the Lincoln County Health Department is now offering free lchd-kittravel kits to county residents traveling to areas affected by Zika virus, and other mosquito borne illness. This program is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant.

Kits are a $25 value and include the following items:

  • Insect Repellent
  • Permethrin Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Condoms

Bed nets and larvacide are also available for travelers staying in remote areas Continue Reading > >

LCHD School Health Report 2015-2016

Lincoln County Health Department has provided School Health Services for almost 40 years. The 2015-2016 School Health Services Annual Report describes data collected from each school in the district with the purpose of providing a cumulative picture of school nursing services.

By having a school nursbb_middle-School_studentse at school, students have increased school attendance as nurses are able to assess and triage students. In 2015-2016, only about 1 out of 10 students seen by the nurse was sent home ill. Nursing staff recognize when students need to be seen by medical providers to prevent further injury or illnesses within the MAPS district. Nursing staff also prepares individual health and emergency plans providing MAPS employees with the guidance needed to respond to the student’s health needs during the school day. Nursing staff provide education and training on a variety of topics to ensure the safety and health of students.  LCHD School Health Services Annual Report-2015-2016

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 to make your reservation. Continue Reading > >