Pneumococcal Vaccines Recommended for those 65 years and older

Most 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 bacteria that you can catch from a sick person who coughs or sneezes around you. The elderly are at increased risk for sickness and even death from this disease. In order for you to protect your health, it is important that you receive these shots Continue Reading > >

Beat the Heat this Summer: 2018 Cooling Center Listing

Wisconsin Heat Awareness Day is observed on June 6. While many people look forward to the warmer summer temperatures, it’s important to remember that hot conditions can turn dangerous quickly and pose a risk to health and safety.

According to the Department of Health Services, 39 people have died in Wisconsin over the last five years and thousands of residents have fallen ill or even been hospitalized due to heat-related conditions. Nationwide there are an average of 618 deaths in the U.S. each year caused by extreme heat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Lincoln County has a higher rate of emergency room visits due to heat stress than Wisconsin as a whole,” states Kristin Bath, Public Health Educator Continue Reading > >

National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

Pools, waterparks, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds are great places to have fun, be active, or just relax. This year during the National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week (May 21-27 2018), the Lincoln County Health Department wants to remind everyone to be safe this summer wherever they swim.

A few of the main reasons pools in Lincoln County shut down is due to contamination in the water or incorrect levels of chemicals. Germs like Crypto (short for Cryptosporidium) are extra hard to stop, because the germ is not easily killed by chlorine or other chemicals.   Continue Reading > >

Local Pizza Restaurants & Community Partners Promote Parents Who Host Campaign

This graduation season, local pizza restaurants and community partners are collaborating with the Lincoln County Drug-Free Coalition and local law enforcement to promote the “Parents Who Host Lose the Most: Don’t Be a Party to Underage Drinking Campaign”. The goal of the campaign is to educate the community about the health and safety risks of underage drinking and the legal outcomes of providing alcohol to youth.

This year, Ballyhoo’s Bar and Eatery, Hugo’s Pizza, the Pizza Shop, and Salvo’s Pizzeria and Restaurant are supporting the “Parents Who Host Lose the Most: Don’t Be a Party to Underage Drinking Campaign” by placing campaign stickers on carry out pizza boxes and posting signage within their restaurant. Continue Reading > >

Dr. Jeffrey Moore Named Childhood Immunization Champion by the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has named Dr. Jeffrey Moore of the Marshfield Clinic Merrill Center a 2018 Childhood Immunization Champion. Dr. Moore was nominated and selected from a pool of health professionals, community advocates, and other immunization leaders for making a significant contribution to public health in Wisconsin.

Dr. Moore was nominated by Lincoln County Public Health Nurse Jennifer Johnson who cited his leadership, collaboration, and tireless work to promote vaccine preventable disease in the community.

Dr. Moore said he is honored to be recognized by the CDC and his colleagues for promoting childhood vaccinations. “Vaccinations are vitally important to the health and well-being of Wisconsin’s children and the public, and encouraging childhood vaccinations is just the right thing to do,” Moore said. Continue Reading > >