Category Archives: Announcements

Free Flu Shots for Students

Lincoln County Health Department (LCHD) will be holding flu clinics at the Merrill Area Public Schools, Tomahawk School District and a separate clinic date for students attending private/charter schools. These clinics provide the flu shot at no charge for students attending schools in Lincoln County with funding from the Wisconsin Division of Public Health.

“Last year in Lincoln County the flu hit people hard so we are pleased to be able to offer protection for all students this school year,” states Jennifer Johnson, Public Health Nurse for Lincoln County Health Department. “Being able to save parents time and help keep kids healthy is a benefit for all,” she adds.

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Are You Ready to Fight the Flu?

People of All Ages Advised to Get Vaccinated

With 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.

“The best way to prevent the flu is by getting your flu shot” reports Jennifer Johnson, Public Health Nurse for Lincoln Country Health Department. “Flu shots should be given yearly and as soon as they are available. This is usually September or October; however, flu shots can and should still be given through late spring for those who did not receive it earlier.” Continue reading

After Flooding: Take Precautions to Keep Your Family Safe

Health dangers after a flood can be present for weeks or months

State health officials along with Lincoln County Health Department are urging Wisconsin residents who live in flooded areas to be cautious.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reminding people that the effects of standing water can create health hazards that can last weeks, months, or even years. For those in the areas impacted by the floods, here are some precautions you should take: Continue reading

Wisconsin Releases Communicable Disease Report

The Bureau of Communicable Diseases is excited to share the release of its inaugural Annual Report!

This report reflects all reportable communicable diseases in Wisconsin during January 1, 2016-December 31st, 2016. Included in this report are disease summaries, trends, as well as outbreak highlights from 2016. We hope this report can serve as a helpful resource when evaluating the burden of communicable diseases in Wisconsin.

WI DPH Communiable Disease Report 2016

Be On the Lookout for Blue-Green Algae

Around this time of year, we will often see some of our lakes and ponds turning into what looks like pea soup. This is from blue-green algae.  Lincoln County Health Department wants to remind everyone to watch for blue-green algal blooms. When in doubt, best keep out! “We have had reports of algal blooms in Lincoln County this year,” says Meghan Williams, Environmental Health Specialist, Lincoln County Health Department. “We want to make sure everyone is aware and taking precautions to protect themselves.” Continue reading

Healthy Recipe Program Expanded to Lee’s Piggly Wiggly of Merrill

The Lincoln County Health Department is happy to announce that we are expanding our healthy recipe program “Eating Right with Every Bite” to Lee’s Piggly Wiggly of Merrill. The program features four different fruits or vegetables each month and provides shoppers with healthy, easy and family-friendly recipes. In addition, there will be coupons available each month on the featured fruits and vegetables.

During the month of August, we will be featuring melons. Watermelons, cantaloupe, and honeydew are all a part of summer and we want to help show families how wonderful summer can be with some sweet treats that are good for the whole family! Join us for our kick off Taste Testing Event on Friday, August 3, from 10am-12pm for free samples and coupons!Continue to look for new recipes and coupons each month through the end of the year.

LCHD Awarded Marshfield Clinic Health System, Security Health Plan ABCS for Healthy Communities Grant

Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan are proud to announce that the Lincoln County Health Department is one of 14 recipients of their 2018 ABCS for Healthy Communities Grants.

Grant funding may be used to develop new projects or programs, or improve existing programs to focus on at least one of Marshfield Clinic Health System’s ABCS health focus areas: alcohol and substance abuse; behavioral health; chronic disease; and social determinants of health.

Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital has also contributed additional funds to the Lincoln County Health Department to provide a larger impact. Together, these organizations have awarded more than $30,000 for improving the health of Lincoln County.

The Lincoln County Health Department will work with eight Lincoln County schools to install hydroponic gardening units meant to provide students with education throughout the school year rather than a short-lived summer garden season. Continue reading

New Plan Outlines Roadmap to a Healthier Lincoln County

Lincoln County Health Department in collaboration with its Live Well Lincoln partners are proud to announce the release of the Lincoln County Community Health Improvement Plan 2018-2023 (CHIP). The CHIP is a six-year plan aimed at improving the health of Lincoln County residents. It provides direction for where we want to be as a county with regard to health.

“The success of the CHIP is largely dependent on the support and involvement of our entire community being motivated to live well,” stated Shelley Hersil, Health Officer/Director of Lincoln County Health Department. “No single individual or organization can do this work alone, but together we can significantly impact the health of Lincoln County residents.” Continue reading

Stay Safe as the Temperatures Rise

Residents reminded to stay cool, hydrated, and informed during extreme heat

High temperatures are expected over much of Wisconsin in the next several days, and Lincoln County Health Department is reminding residents to take steps to stay cool during this heat wave.

“Hot temperatures and humidity can be dangerous and even deadly,” said Kristin Bath, Public Health Educator for Lincoln County Health Department. “During heat waves like this one, it’s important to stay cool, hydrated, and informed.” Continue reading

Summer Food Safety Tips

V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N! Every summer, many of us long for that word. Millions of people can’t wait to take time away from work or school and take to the road, beach, vacation home, or campground for some relaxation. The Lincoln County Health Department wants to remind everyone that even in time of relaxation, family and friends, food safety should still be taken seriously.

“We tend to see foodborne illnesses and complaints increase in the summer months,” says Meghan Williams, Environmental Health Specialist, Continue reading