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, and it causes almost all cases 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 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 screenings and follow-up care.
Beginning January 1, 2018 the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline is providing a two-week supply of over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy at no cost (one of the following: gum, patches or lozenges) while supplies last. To qualify, the caller must be a Nebraska resident over the age of 18 who is ready to quit tobacco, register with the Quitline and complete one coaching session. Callers will be screened for medical eligibility to receive the free NRT.
Learn more at: http://QuitNow.ne.gov
New public service campaign asks you to ‘Be There’ for Veterans and service members
VA, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, released a new public service announcement, “No Veteran Left Behind,” to address the tragic rate of Veteran suicides.
Narrated by actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, the announcement calls on the public to take notice and action by reaching out to a Veteran who may be in crisis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide has become one of the leading causes of death in America. Suicide is also a major concern among Veterans and service members and is VA's top clinical priority. In the U.S., an average of 20 Veterans a day die from suicide. Suicide is preventable through connectivity and community support, so generating awareness of the health issues that disproportionately affect Veterans and service members is a critical first step and requires a comprehensive approach.
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications.
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
Signs and Symptoms of Flu
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Fatigue (very tired)
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
How Flu Spreads
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.
Period of Contagiousness
You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.
People at High Risk from Flu
Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people), and serious problems related to the flu can happen at any age. This includes people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, and young children.
The first and most important step in preventing flu is to get a flu vaccination each year. CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions (like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent handwashing) to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu.
Most people with the flu recover on their own without medical care. People with mild cases of the flu should stay home and avoid contact with others, except to get medical care. If you get the flu, your health care provider may prescribe medicine to help your body fight the infection and lessen symptoms.
The main way to keep from getting the flu is to get a yearly flu vaccine. Good Handwashing can also help.
HPV is a group of more than 150 related viruses. Each HPV virus in this large group is given a number which is called its HPV type. HPV is named for the warts (papillomas) some HPV types can cause. Some other HPV types can lead to cancer. Men and women can get cancer of mouth/ throat, and anus/rectum caused by HPV infections. Men can also get penile HPV cancer. In women, HPV infection can also cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar HPV cancers. But there are vaccines that can prevent infection with the types of HPV that most commonly cause cancer.
Call SEDHD at 877-777-0424 to make an appointment!
Colorectal cancer or colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States of cancers that affect both men and women, but it doesn't have to be. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. Screening can find precancerous polyps so that they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure. About nine out of every 10 people whose colorectal cancers are found early and treated appropriately are still alive five years later.
Colorectal cancer affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in people aged 50 years or older. If you are aged 50 or older, get screened now. If you are younger than age 50 but think you may be at higher than average risk for colorectal cancer, speak with your doctor about getting screened early.
Southeast District is offering free Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) kits to anyone age 50 to 75 at distribution sites throughout Johnson, Otoe, Nemaha, Pawnee, and Richardson Counties. To find out where to get your free FOBT kit, contact the Southeast District Health Department, 877-777-0424.
Prevent type 2 diabetes with the PreventT2 program
If you have prediabetes or other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, it’s time to take charge of your health. The PreventT2 lifestyle change program can help you make lasting changes to prevent type 2 diabetes.
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.
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.
Kits are also available at:
Humboldt - Senca office
Falls City - Community Medical Center (Hospital)
Syracuse - City Office
Tecumseh - City Office and Senca Center
Pawnee City - City Office and Senca Center
Nebraksa City - CHI Health St. Mary's (Hospital)
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.
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