Temporary Restaurant Food Safety Program

food safetyTemporary Restaurant Establishments can now receive $10 off your annual license by completing the temporary food safety education program self-study quiz.

The goal of the temporary food education program self-study course is to provide an opportunity to temporary food establishments to ensure that individuals handling, preparing and serving food have the basic knowledge and skills to minimize potential hazards and food borne illness. Continue Reading > >

Hepatitis C on the Rise in Baby Boomers

Lincoln County Health Department encourages all baby boomers to get a Hepatitis C Infographic1_HepCtest in order to help stop the spread of this virus.  In 2013, the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) announced its recommendation for baby boomers to get tested for Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is a serious viral illness that attacks the liver. It is spread through the blood of infected people in ways such as: sharing drug needles, mother to baby during childbirth, and sexual contact. For every 100 people that become infected with the Hepatitis C virus, 15-25 people will get rid the virus on their own, 60–70 people will have this liver disease for a lifetime, 5–20 people will get severe scarring of the liver over a period of 20–30 years, and 1–5 people will die from liver problems or liver cancer. Continue Reading > >

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

Test Your Home for Radon

Protect your family against lung cancer by testing your home for radon. It’s important to remember to test your home for radon to protect your family’s health. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the first leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The EPA estimates that as many as 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year are caused by radon.

The only way to know the radon level in your home is to test it. The Lincoln County Health Department has received a $2500 radon grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Radon test kids are available for purchase at the Lincoln county Health Department. Mention you saw this post on the website and the short term kit will cost $4.00 as opposed to the usual $8.00 cost. Long term test kits will be sold for $9.50.

Radon test kits can be purchased at the Lincoln County Health Department 607 N. Sales Street, Merrill from 8:00am-4:30pm. For more information, click here: http://lincolncountyhealthdepartment.com/radon/

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 > >