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

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

Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Class Offered in May “Mental Health Month”

Did you know 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have, or will have a serious mental illness? Mental illness knows no boundaries. Essentially everyone is affected by mental illness at some point in their lives, whether it be directly or indirectly through family, friends and even at work. That is why this May, the Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition is observing Mental Health Month, by offering a free Youth Mental Health First Aid Class.

The class will be offered on May 16 and 17 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at the Tomahawk High School Library, 1048 East King Road (Door #6), Tomahawk WI. Class instructors are Christine Peterson, M.S.E. Ed.S., Tomahawk School Psychologist and Allie Libby, LPSC, Merrill High School Counselor.

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Celebrate National Infant Immunization Week

Immunizations are also known as vaccines or shots. They have done such a good job of controlling diseases in developed countries like the United States, that the benefit of shots and the purpose of them are easily forgotten. The week of April 21-28 is time to celebrate the health benefits that shots provide our children.

“National Infant Immunization Week is an opportunity to remind the public and the health care community of the tremendous accomplishments and the importance of early childhood immunization”, states Dr. Jeffrey Moore, Medical Advisor for the Lincoln County Health Department. Continue reading

Feedback Welcome on the Health Needs of Lincoln County

Lincoln County Health Department in collaboration with its Healthy People Lincoln County partners is proud to present a draft copy of the 2018-2023 Community Health Assessment. This report makes up a year-long process of reviewing and analyzing comprehensive data on health issues and needs of individuals residing in Lincoln County. The Community Health Assessment is the first step of our Community Health Improvement Process and provides an overall six year plan to tackle the health challenges of our county. Challenges have been identified as Alcohol and Other Drugs, Mental Health, Oral (Dental) Health, and Nutrition and Healthy Foods.

Lincoln County Community Needs Assessment 2018

You can provide feedback by using the following link before April 30th If you have questions or want a copy of the final assessment contact Shelley Hersil, Health Officer/Director, Lincoln County Health Department, 715-539-1360,

WI Wins: A Statewide Tobacco Movement

Have you heard of the Wisconsin Wins program? Wisconsin Wins is a science-based, state-wide program designed to decrease youth access to tobacco products.  It began in the spring of 2002.

This program strives to reduce illegal tobacco sales to minors. It congratulates local clerks who do not sell tobacco to youth.  It also educates those who do.  Free training is available through the program.  This training can be found at Continue reading