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North Shore Health Department Highlights 9/27/2016

Did You Know?

September 22nd, the first day of fall, was Falls Prevention Awareness Day.  Falls are a threat to the health of older adults and can reduce their ability to remain independent.  In the US, an adult aged 65 or older falls every second. In 2014, Wisconsin had the second rate of fall-related deaths in the United States, with over 1,000 people dying from a fall. Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. Exercise, medication management, having your vision checked, and making your living environment safer are all steps people can do to prevent a fall.

The North Shore Health Department conducted Fall Risk Assessments based on the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Risk assessments included a medication review, blood pressure screenings, and an evaluation of gait, strength and balance. Participants were provided resources to minimize their risk and to improve the likelihood of remaining independent. For more information on fall prevention or if you would like to schedule a fall risk assessment with a public health nurse, please visit the health department’s website (http://www.nshealthdept.org/InjuryPrevention)


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Flu Clinics 
Visit our clinic page to view our open flu clinic dates! 


Can't get out for your flu shot?

Flu vaccinations available for home bound residents of the North Shore- Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, River Hills, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay. Call the health department and schedule your appointment today! Click here to learn more. 


CDC issues health advisory in response to Zika in Florida

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Zika Cases in Florida Were Likely Spread by Mosquitoes, a First in the Continental U.S.

Click the link below to access the full article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/30/health/zika-virus-florida-case.html?_r=1


CDC Recommends Against FluMist for 2016-2017 Flu Season

Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) states that live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the “nasal spray” flu vaccine, should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season due to relatively lower effectiveness from 2013-2016. Click the links below to learn more. 

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/s0622-laiv-flu.html  

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/06/27/483706023/how-flumist-slipped-from-preferred-to-passe


Dead Bird Hotline

To report a sick or dead bird please contact the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610. To learn more about West Nile Virus click here.


Elizabethkingia

Click here to learn more about this bloodstream infection and the ongoing outbreak investigation. Additional questions can be directed to the Bureau of Communicable Diseases at 608-267-9003 or DHSDPHBCD@wi.gov.  

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Our Mission

In partnership with the communities we serve, the North Shore Health Department assures, promotes, and protects the health and safety of the people in the North Shore.

Contact NSHD

The North Shore Health Department offices are staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Please contact us at (414)371-2980 during our regular business hours 

If you have an urgent public heath need during non-office hours, please call the Bayside Communications Center's non-emergency number at (414) 351-9900 and the appropriate public health authorities will be notified.