Each year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan. Activities focus on encouraging all people to protect their health by being vaccinated against infectious diseases.
While immunizations have significantly reduced the incidence of many serious infectious diseases, vaccination rates for some diseases are not meeting national public health goals. And we need to remind people that immunizations aren’t just for children. They are needed throughout our lifetime.
World Breastfeeding Month is celebrated the month of August to raise awareness and support of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is the recommended feeding choice for babies by health experts as it provides many benefits for babies, mothers, employers, and communities.
This year’s World Breastfeeding theme, Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make It Work!, calls for action to support women with breastfeeding and work. Today over 75% of women in the United States begin breastfeeding and when they return to work, workplaces can support them to continue to give their best to their work and their baby. Everyone benefits by protecting maternity and the workplace.
Stay healthy this summer: Protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito and tick bites that cause disease
As people begin to spend more time in the outdoors, the Southeast District Health Department wants to remind you to take precautions to prevent diseases that are transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks.
Mosquito bites can be more than just itchy and annoying. They can cause you to get sick. The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites. Be aware of the West Nile virus activity in your area and take action to protect yourself and your family.
Tips to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito bites that cause West Nile virus:
Use insect repellent with DEET. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding hands, eyes, and mouth. Do not use insect repellents with DEET on children younger than 2 months. Do not use repellents containing more than 10% DEET on children younger than 2 years.
Eliminate all standing water in yards and around your home and property where mosquitoes can breed, including: plastic containers, pool covers, wading pools, ceramic pots, clogged drainpipes, and wheelbarrows. Also change water in bird baths twice a week.
Cover your skin as completely as possible when outside when mosquitoes are present and active. Wear long sleeves, pants and socks.
Make sure there are screens in your home's windows and doors. Make sure the screens are free of rips, tears and holes.
While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active. Ticks can transmit a variety of diseases including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease. These can affect people of any age.
Tips to protect yourself and your loved ones from ticks:
Use repellents that contain 20- 30% DEET on exposed skin and clothing for protection that lasts up to several hours. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding hands, eyes, and mouth. Do not use insect repellents with DEET on children younger than 2 months. Do not use repellents containing more than 10% DEET on children younger than 2 years.
Use products that contain permethrin on clothing. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents with products containing 0.5% permethrin. It remains protective through several washings. Pre-treated clothing is available and may be protective longer.
Be sure to check for ticks after coming indoors or coming from tick infested areas. Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair.
Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs.
Legal Aid of Nebraska provides assistance to low-income people, families, Native Americans, people diagnosis with breast cancer, and elderly people in civil (non-criminal) matters. Qualifying for help may be based on income and assets of all people living in your home. It is also based on the type of legal problem you have. If our household income is not more than 125% of the federal poverty level and you have few assets you may qualify for Legal Aid's assistance. Some exceptions apply to these guidelines. If you are age 60 or older, these financial eligibility guidelines may not apply.
Legal Aid of Nebraska does not handle criminal matters in state or federal court, personal injury or workers’ compensation cases. Legal Aid of Nebraska’s legal services are free; however, clients may have to pay court costs.
Funding for online intake provided by the Lozier Corporation Foundation and the Nebraska Legal Aid and Services Fund. To learn more or to apply go to Legal Aid Nebraska.
Many people consider mold an inconvenience in a wet basement or poorly ventilated bathroom. But molds can be much more than just an inconvenience - they can affect the health of you and your house. Frequently asked quesetions and their answers.
Community Health Needs Assessment
Southeast District Health Department is conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment in Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, and Richardson counties. The attached survey will capture how residents feel about the current health of their community and what they find to be of the most importance. The results of the survey will be used to write up a Community Health Assessment. Please take a moment to answer a few short questions about your community. Your participation is greatly appreciated!
Pertusssis (Whooping cough) is verycontagious and can cause serious illness - especially in infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated. Make sure your infants and young children get their recommended five shots on time. Adolescent and adult vaccination is also important, especailly for families with new infants.