Have you herd?

How does community immunity work? Germs can travel quickly through a community and make a lot of people sick. If enough people get sick, it can lead to an outbreak. But when enough people are vaccinated against a certain disease, the germs can’t travel as easily from person to person — and the entire community is less likely to get the disease. That means even people who can’t get vaccinated will have some protection from getting sick. And if a person does get sick, there’s le...
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Power Outages – What to do when the lights go out

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Extended power outages may impact the whole community and the economy. A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly. A power outage may: Disrupt communications, water, and transportation.Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks, and other services.Cause food spoilage and water contamination.Prevent use of medical devices. PROTECT YOURSELF DURING A POWER OUTAGE: Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.Only use generators outdoors and awa...
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Holiday Health – Sleep

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Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The children were nestled all snug in their beds….well...maybe not. The holidays are an exciting time for kiddos and stressful for adults which makes falling asleep at night more difficult. We want everyone to stay on the nice list this Christmas and adhere to bedtime so here are some healthy holiday sleep tips: 1.Try to keep a consistent sleep schedule by having your ...
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Holiday Health – Toy Safety

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All toys are not for all children Christmas is on it’s way and has many parents and children alike counting the days until St. Nick’s arrival. But we all know Santa Claus never comes down the chimney empty handed. And what does he leave under the tree? Presents! Toys in all shapes and sizes. All toys, however, are not for all children. Keep toys designed for older children out of the hands of little ones. Teach older children to help keep their toys away from younger brothers and sisters...
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Climate Change & Health

By: Rachel Chinn Climate Change & Public Health - How climate change is affecting public health There is scientific agreement that the global climate is changing. This year closes out what is expected to be the hottest decade ever recorded, according to a new report from the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization. A press release for the report claims that the past decade was one of "exceptional global heat," and states that 2019 is likely to be the "second or third war...
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Salmonella and Gravy

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Think everything is better with gravy? You may want to reconsider. Thanksgiving is coming up, and Yuletide is around the corner. Many community members will be attending dinners and potlucks to celebrate the holidays. Often marked by eating traditional foods like turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, figgy puddings, and roasts in celebration.  The number of food recalls this year has some people questioning the safety of our food supply and wondering if there is more we can do to ...
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What is the Smoke-Free Partnership?

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Two questions concerned citizens of Mason County Public Health should be able to answer are: 1) "Why is secondhand smoke a public health issue?" and 2) "What is the Smoke-Free Partnership?"  So, why is secondhand smoke a public health issue?  Nowadays most people believe and understand that preventing tobacco-use and helping tobacco users quit can improve their health and quality of life. Even so, people still have a right to smoke. The issue becomes one of public he...
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Fall Rabies Clinic

This September, the Buffalo Trace District Health Department is offering a Fall Rabies Clinic to protect your pet and your family against the fatal disease. With deer season nearly upon us, it is important to get your pet vaccinated as they are likely to have increased risk of exposure to the disease most commonly carried by wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. This disease is transmittable to humans who have been bitten, scratched, or have come into contact with saliva or n...
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Take Action 4 Better Health, Micro clinic Begins Next Month

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Health is contagious! Take Action 4 Better Health is a fun, free program that helps people make lasting lifestyle changes with the help of friends and family! This team-based program meets at the Buffalo Trace District Health Department once a week for four months. Get the tools you need to live a healthier life and make friends and win prizes along the way! For more information or to register, call 606-564-9447. Next Session Begins: SEPTEMBER 16 at 11:00 A.M.
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