The holiday season is upon us and, for some, it means the stress and anxiety of battling last-minute shopping, frantically cleaning for visiting family and friends and agonizing over preparing the perfect holiday meal.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) received 11 reports of toy-related deaths that occurred in the 2012 calendar year among children younger than 15 years old.
In 2012, there were an estimated 265,000 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments.
Of the 265,000 estimated toy-related, emergency department-treated injuries, an estimated 192,000 (72 percent) happened to children younger than 15 years of age; an estimated 181,600 (69 percent) occurred to children 12 years of age or younger; while an estimated 89,500 (34 percent) happened to children younger than five years of age.
Although these consequences are real, prevention is as simple as following a few safety guidelines when shopping for the perfect holiday gift.
The CPSC recommends the following toy safety shopping tips:
Under 3 years old • Children under 3 tend to put everything in their mouths. Avoid buying toys intended for older children that may have small parts that pose a choking danger. • Never let children of any age play with deflated or broken balloons because of the choking danger. • Avoid marbles, balls and games with balls that have a diameter of 1.75 inches or less. These products also pose a choking hazard to young children. • Children at this age pull, prod and twist toys. Look for toys that are well-made with tightly secured eyes, noses and other parts. • Avoid toys that have sharp edges and points.
Ages 3 to 5 • Avoid toys that are constructed with thin, brittle plastic that might easily break into small pieces or leave jagged edges. • Look for household art materials, including crayons and paint sets, marked with the designation "ASTM D-4236." This means the product has been reviewed for chronic health hazards and, if necessary, the product has been labeled with cautionary information. • Teach older children to keep their toys away from their younger brothers and sisters.
Ages 6-12 • For all children, adults should check toys periodically for breakage and potential hazards. Damaged or dangerous toys should be repaired or thrown away. • If buying a toy gun, be sure the barrel, or the entire gun, is brightly colored so that it's not mistaken for a real gun. • If you buy a bicycle for any age child, buy a helmet, too, and make sure the child wears it. • Teach all children to put toys away when they're finished playing so they don't trip over them or fall on them. •
It is also important to read all labels carefully. The CPSC requires toy manufacturers to meet stringent safety standards and to label certain toys that could be a hazard for younger children. Look for labels that give age recommendations and use that information as a guide. Labels on toys that state "not recommended for children under 3 … contains small parts," are labeled that way because they may pose a choking hazard to children under 3. Toys should be developmentally appropriate to suit the skills, abilities and interests of the child. The CPSC oversees the safety of toys and many other consumer products. For more information about purchasing safe toys and gifts, call the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Toll-Free Hot Line, 1-800-638-2772.
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.”
Visit www.sedhd.org for more information on the immunization clinic program. For questions or to make an appointment at our Auburn clinic, call 877-777-0424.
Several Bats Test Positive for Rabies
SEDHD Reminds Residents to Avoid Bats and Other Wild AnimalsSoutheast District Health Department would like to remind residents that bats are very active this time of year, which means the possibility of exposure to rabies increases.
“We are receiving reports from the Department of Health and Human Services of Nebraska that several bats have tested positive over the past few months and are expected to see many more in the coming months,” said Kevin Cluskey, Director of SEDHD. “We want to remind our community members to be careful around bats and other wild animals like skunks, foxes, coyotes and raccoons or domestic stray animals like cats and dogs which are less likely to be vaccinated. These animals could potentially have rabies and transmit it to people.”
Rabies is caused by a virus that affects the nervous system and is transmitted by the bite of an infected animal or if saliva from a rabid animal gets directly into an open wound or a person’s eyes, nose, or mouth. Rabies is generally fatal without preventive treatment.
Help prevent the spread of rabies by following these recommendations:
Be a responsible animal owner. Keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all dogs, cats, ferrets, and other animals you own.
Seek immediate veterinary assistance for your pet if it’s bitten by a wild animal or exposed to a bat.
Call your local animal control agency about removing stray animals in your neighborhood.
Do not touch, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.
Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home. Do not try to nurse sick, wild animals to health. Call animal control or an animal rescue agency for assistance.
Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly. “Love your own, leave other animals alone” is a good principle for children to reduce the risk of contact with rabid animals.
Maintain homes and other buildings so bats can’t get inside.
If a bat is in your house, don’t let it outside until you talk to animal control or public health officials. If you can do it without putting yourself at risk for physical contact or being bitten, try to cover the bat with a large can or bucket, and close the door to the room.
If you think you’ve been bitten by a bat:
Seek immediate medical attention if you’ve been in direct contact with or bitten by a bat.
If you wake up and find a bat in your room, you should try to safely capture the bat and have it tested. The same precautions should be used if you see a bat in a room with an unattended child.
If you or a family member has been in close proximity to a bat, consult your doctor or local health department for assistance to determine if you might have been exposed to rabies and need preventive treatment.
People often know when they’ve been bitten by a bat but its small teeth can make a bite mark difficult to find. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Try to safely capture the bat or call animal control, have the bat tested and seek medical advice.
Animal Rabies Cases in Nebraska 2016 – 10 animals have tested positive for rabies so far (7 bats, 2 skunks, and 1 bovine) 2015 – 28 cases (16 bats, 8 skunks, 2 cattle, 1 dog, and 1 cat) 2014 – 21 cases (10 bats, 7 skunks, and 4 cattle) 2013 – 33 cases (14 skunks, 7 cattle, 6 bats, 3 cats, 1 dog, 1 horse, and 1 llama) 2012 – 59 cases 2011 – 35 cases 2010 – 53 cases 2009 – 90 cases
No human cases of rabies have occurred among Nebraskans since the 1920s.
General information about rabies can be found hereCDC - Bats
Congratulations to Colonial Acres Nursing Home
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
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