Cervical Health Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. HPV is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. It’s also a major cause of cervical cancer.
About 79 million Americans currently have HPV. Many people with HPV don’t know they are infected. And each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.
The good news?
The HPV vaccine (shots) can prevent HPV.
Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care.
Cervical cancer screenings can help detect abnormal (changed) cells early, before they turn into cancer. Most deaths from cervical cancer could be prevented by regular Pap tests and follow-up care.
SOUTHEAST DISTRICT HEALTH DEPARTMENT MAKING CHANGES
TO IMMUNIZATION CLINIC BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2017
December will be the last month that Southeast District Health Department will travel to communities in Southeast Nebraska for the Immunization Outreach Program as the health department no longer has funding for this service. Starting January 1, 2017 Southeast District Health Department will no longer be available at our Outreach Clinics in Falls City, Humboldt, Nebraska City, Pawnee City, Syracuse, and Tecumseh.
Southeast District Health Department will continue to provide immunizations to anyone residing in Johnson, Otoe, Pawnee, Nemaha, and Richardson Counties at the health department’s office at 2511 Schneider Avenue in Auburn, NE. Chris Eltiste, Immunization Nurse, emphasizes that the health department, “continues to utilize Vaccines for Children (VFC) immunizations for children and adults at the health department’s clinic in Auburn. The health department also encourages you to continue to utilize your primary care providers for immunizations.”
For questions or to make an appointment at our Auburn clinic, call 877-777-0424.
How hard is it to stay healthy in the winter? Game plan to follow every day to stay healthy:
A great way to stay healthy during the winter is to keep healthy throughout the year. Easier said than done, but try to make choices each day that will improve your health. Making a few good choices, on a daily basis can also help reduce the stress of having so many New Year’s Resolutions! A few suggestions of daily healthy choices:
Wash your hands and try to avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth).
Find opportunities to make healthy eating choices. Reduce empty calories by choosing to pass up the dessert at dinner, drink water and avoid sugary drinks and sodas, try to increase your fruits and veggies and make little choices like a fruit instead of a sweet snack or grabbing a veggie when you have the urge for something crunchy like chips.
Exercise. Even small choices like taking the stairs instead of using the elevator or choosing to park a little farther away from the entrance of work, school, shopping center, etc. can add up.
Try to keep your stress levels low; enjoy time with family and friends, take time to rest and care of yourself. Studies have linked high stress levels to making a person more susceptible to catching colds and flu.
Sleep 7-9 hours each night.
Don’t smoke. If you need help to quit or are considering it as a New Year’s Resolution, visit www.quitnow.ne.gov for helpful resources and tips.
Get a flu shot—if only to be a good citizen. Of course the flu shot can protect you from getting the flu, it can also be a random act of kindness as you’re building “herd immunity” in your community and helping to protect your family, co-workers, and entire community.
With family gatherings coming up it’s also good this time of year to think about food preparation safety; including cooking foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate any leftovers promptly.
What kind of diseases are common in the winter?
We all know that this time of year is Flu season. When people think of the flu they often think about the Gastrointestinal (G.I.) bug, Influenza is actually a respiratory illness. People spread the Flu by droplet; coughing or sneezing. The droplet can land in the mouth /nose or be inhaled by those nearby. The Flu can spread 1 day before and up to 5-7 days after the individual becomes sick.
Signs of the flu are fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, feelings of extreme weakness or more tired than usual, Headache, chills and body aches. Visit your doctor if you have flu-like symptoms.
How to avoid getting diseases and illnesses.
Immunizations is the most important way to prevent disease and illness. Being up to date on vaccinations protects the individual from getting severe illnesses and diseases. Something people often forget how greatly it protects those that are unable to get shots due to being too young or going through something like a medical treatment for cancer. Anyone 6 months and older is recommended by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to get a Flu Vaccination each year as soon as it is available. It takes 2 weeks for the shot to reach it’s full protection so get protected as soon as possible.
Avoid close contact with people that are ill and wash your hands often (wash hands for at least 20 seconds and always before eating/preparing foods and after using the restroom), cover coughs /sneezes with a tissue to avoid the spread of germs and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth since germs spread this route.
Think about cleaning those often forgotten surfaces, especially areas at home and work that are touched frequently but not cleaned very often like doorknobs, remote controls, light switches, cell phone covers.
All of the tips above on making healthy choices daily will also help protect you from colds and illnesses and keep you feeling your best!
What do you do if you get sick?
If you have flu-like symptoms or have been coughing for more than two weeks, visit your medical provider. For certain health conditions, if caught early enough, a medical provider may decide to prescribe an antiviral medication. It’s also important to remember to follow the advice of your medical provider; take medications as prescribed and follow their instructions.
If you or someone you know are sick, stay home until you no longer have a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. Take care of yourself by getting plenty of rest, drink lots of water, use a humidifier, wash hands well and remember to disinfect surfaces to avoid the continued spread of germs.
COLONIAL ACRES RECOGNIZED FOR DISASTER PREPAREDNESS EFFORTS The Southeast Nebraska Healthcare Coalition has announced that Colonial Acres of Humboldt has received a grant for $5000to support its disaster preparedness efforts. In order for Colonial Acres to qualify for the grant, the management staff completed National Incident Management Courses.These courses provide a framework which is nationally recognized to deal with any type of situation, including emergencies.Colonial Acres of Humboldt has also completed extensive work on their emergency plan to put them in compliance with theCenters for Medicare Services proposed disaster preparedness regulations. For the last 3 years, the Colonial Acres has participated in preparedness drills and exercises on a community and regionalscope. The grant monies are to be used to purchase equipment which Colonial Acres has identified through annual assessments andexercises as necessary to assist in providing for the safety of their residents.
Radon is the odorless, colorless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Each year up to 22,000 deaths in the United States are attributed to radon-induced lung cancer. In Nebraska one out of every two homes tested has high radon levels, so it is important to test your home.
Free Radon Test Kites
Southeast District Health Department is offering free radon test kits. The kits are available by contacting the Southeast District Health Department or at the Southeast District Health Department’s traveling Immunization Clinics.
Testing is done by using a short-term test kit (3-7 days). Test kits come with instructions and postage paid packaging to submit tests to a lab. Radon test results can be checked online and if additional testing or radon mitigation is necessary, you can contact the Nebraska Radon Program online at www.dhhs.ne.gov/radon or by calling 800-334-9491.
To obtain a radon test kit or for more information contact Southeast District Health Department at 877-777-0424.
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.
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!
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.
Looking for a place to get rid of your used insulin needles?
1) Put them in an empty container like milk, coffee or laundry detergent containers.
2) Put the lid on tight
3) Put tape over the lid and down the side of the container
4) Mark with black marker on the outside of the container in big letter"NEEDLES"
5) Put the container BESIDE your trash on your trash pickup day. Do NOT put it in your trash. Your trash men will pick it up.
Mailing Address: 2511 Schneider Ave Auburn NE 68305
Toll Free: 877-777-0424
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm