It’s Not Too Late To Get Your Flu Shot

Flu-Shot-HereHaven’t received your flu shot yet? It’s not too late. Lincoln County Health Department is continuing to offer Walk-In Wednesday Flu Shot Clinics through the beginning of December.

While seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time flu activity peaks in January or later. Lincoln County Health Department encourages residents to get their annual flu shot as it is the most effective way to protect yourself, your family and your community.

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Cold Weather Increases Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon-Monoxide-Graphic CDCThe National Weather Service predicts that this could be the coldest November on record for parts of Wisconsin. That means furnaces, fireplaces, and other heating equipment will be getting a work out, and the Lincoln County Health Department wants to remind residents to take action to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

“To prepare for winter weather, Wisconsin residents should ensure that their source of heat and their carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order,” says Meghan Williams, Environmental Health Specialist, Lincoln County Health Department. Continue Reading > >

Prepare to “Fall Back” By Checking Home Detectors and Packing an Emergency Kit

fall back2To protect your family from carbon monoxide, follow these simple safety tips:

  • Make sure you have working CO detectors. All homes and duplexes in Wisconsin are required to have CO detectors on every level including the basement, but not the attic or storage areas.
  • Have your furnace or wood-burning stove inspected annually to make sure it is structurally and functionally sound and vents properly to the outside of your home.
  • Never run a gasoline or propane heater or a grill (gas or charcoal) inside your home or an unventilated garage. Any heating system that burns fuel will produce carbon monoxide. Use a battery-powered detector where you have fuel burning devices but no electric outlets, such as in tents, cabins, RVs, and boats with enclosed cabins.
  • Never run a car in an enclosed space. If a vehicle is running, you must have a door open to the outside.
  • Generators should be run a safe distance from the home. Never run a generator in the home or garage, or right next to windows or doors.

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National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week October 25-31

logo_leadfreekidsIn 2014, 1.3% of Lincoln County children, ages 5 and under, had a blood lead test that was at an elevated level. This compares to 4.5% statewide. “Although our county has a lower percent of children with an elevated blood lead level, we can always do better. This is especially true when we know the serious effects lead poisoning can have for a child now and even lasting into adulthood. Lead poisoning is 100% preventable,” says Sue Kuber, Lincoln County Public Health Nurse. These children may develop behavior and learning problems such as hyperactivity, developmental delays, hearing problems, and aggressive patterns of behavior. Continue Reading > >

Merrill Community Garden Seeks Volunteers

communitygardenThe Merrill Community Garden Group is looking for volunteers to assist in preparing the development of a new community garden. The two volunteer days will be Saturday, October 24th (rain date October 25th) and Saturday, December 12th both days starting at 10:00 a.m. Besides dressing for the weather, please bring rakes, wheel barrows and shovels. Volunteers will meet at the garden site located near the corner of 6th Street and Memorial Drive, Merrill WI (adjacent to Pine Crest Nursing Home).

If you are able to volunteer or are interested in making a donation for the garden, please contact Shelley Hersil at Lincoln County Health Department, 715-539-1360 or at

The Merrill Community Garden is made possible by funding provided by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health from the WI Partnership Fund.