Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality (https://go.nasa.gov/2pC0lhe(link is external)).
The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” (example shown above) or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. Refer to the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers(link is external) page for a list of manufacturers and authorized dealers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products.
August is ....
Immunization Awareness Month
Immunizations represent one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. The purpose of National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is to celebrate the benefits of vaccination and highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. It's an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them.
Getting vaccinated according to the recommended immunization schedule is one of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child’s health. Diseases can quickly spread among groups of children who aren’t vaccinated. Whether it’s a baby starting at a new child care facility, a toddler heading to preschool, a student going back to elementary, middle or high school – or even a college freshman – parents should check their child’s vaccination records.
Child care facilities, preschool programs, schools and colleges are prone to outbreaks of infectious diseases. Children in these settings can easily spread illnesses to one another due to poor hand washing, not covering their coughs, and other factors such as interacting in crowded environments.
When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for disease and can spread disease to others in their play groups, child care centers, classrooms and communities – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.
Additionally, states may require children who are entering child care or school to be vaccinated against certain diseases. Colleges and universities may have their own requirements, especially for students living in residence halls. Parents should check with their child’s doctor, school or the local health department to learn about the requirements in their state or county.
Southeast District Health Department offers tips for preventing Mosquito-Borne Illnesses
With the warmer temps, comes more outdoor activities…which means more exposure to pesky mosquitoes! Mosquitoes who have the potential to carry harmful disease have been detected in Southeast Nebraska. Each mosquito species can carry different diseases and have different biting patterns. Mosquitoes are trapped annually to determine what species are present and what viruses are circulating in the mosquito population. The mosquitoes of most concern found in this area are Culex and invasive Aedes species (Aedes albopictus).
Culex species, the primary vector for West Nile Virus, are quite common in Nebraska and are mostly active at dawn and dusk. Aedes albopictus have been detected historically in small numbers at several locations in Nebraska and are more active during daytime hours but can also bite at night. These invasive mosquitoes have the potential to transmit Chikungunya, Dengue, and Zika as well as West Nile Virus but no locally-mosquito transmitted cases of Chikungunya, Dengue, or Zika have been reported. Local mosquito transmission of these diseases in Nebraska is thought to be low risk. However, travel-acquired disease cases have been reported and mosquito prevention while traveling should be practiced.
Southeast District Health Department wants to provide everyone who lives, works, and plays in Southeast Nebraska with prevention tips for protecting themselves from these diseases.
The most important step in avoiding Mosquito-Borne Illness is to protect yourself and family from mosquito bites. Prevention is easy:
Dress appropriately. Wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors.
Use mosquito repellant with EPA-approved ingredients like Deet, Picardin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, and Para-Menthane-Diol products.
Protecting yourself during peak mosquito-biting hours (dusk to dawn).
Another way to protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes is to prevent them from laying eggs (and hatching) near where you live and play. Mosquitoes breed in standing water; this makes areas like ponds, rot holes in trees, neglected pools, buckets/barrels, wagons, fountains and bird baths, and tires a breeding ground for most mosquito species. To prevent your home from becoming a mosquito-infested area, dump all standing water. If you are unable to dump the water, use larvacides (mosquito dunks) to prevent the eggs from hatching. Mosquito dunks can be purchased in many local stores.
For more information about preventing Mosquito-Borne Illness, contact Southeast District Health Department at (877) 777-0424 or (402) 274-3993, or visit our website at www.sedhd.org.
HPV is short for human papillomavirus.
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