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The North Shore Health Department Highlights for 2/21/2017

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 Vitamin D is important for overall health and strong and healthy bones. Most people get vitamin D from diet and sunlight. Vitamin D deficiency can result in health problems such as causing your bones to become thin, brittle or misshapen which can put people at an increased risk for falls. Vitamin D that you get from your diet may not be enough, but sunlight can often make up the difference. Vitamin D deficiency may not be a concern for everyone but certain groups such as individuals who are obese, have dark skin and who are older than age 65 may be more at risk. These individuals may have low levels of Vitamin D due to their diets as well as little sun exposure.

 It can be especially difficult to increase Vitamin D through sun exposure during the winter months. Dietary supplements can help, as well as eating Vitamin D rich food, including salmon, tuna, fish liver oils, milk, yogurt, and eggs. Use caution when taking supplements, as it is also possible to have too much Vitamin D which can affect your health. We encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider about your needs and the use of dietary supplements to determine what may be best for your overall health.

To learn more about Vitamin D visit this link: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-Consumer/



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North Shore Health News

Heroin, Opioid and Prescription Drug Resource Guide Released

The North Shore Health Department has worked with local partners to put together a comprehensive Heroin, Opioid and Prescription Drug Information and Resource Guide for family and friends.  Access the guide online at: www.nshealthdept.org/heroin


Hantavirus

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating illnesses caused by the Seoul virus, a very rare type of hantavirus (known as Seoul virus) carried by Norway rats. Individuals who have had contact with rats and who experience Seoul virus symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately. Learn more at: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/hantavirus.htm

The Milwaukee Common Council voted to create a City-County Heroin, Opioid and Cocaine Task Force

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Meningococcal B vaccine

If you are or have an undergraduate student returning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for semester break, students are advised to get your second dose of the meningococcal disease serogroup B vaccine. Contact your health care provider to schedule this vaccine. More information on the Meningococcal disease outbreak at the University of Wisconsin Madison can be found at https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/front/meningitis-and-prevention


CDC Updates Guidance for Pregnant Women and Women and Men of Reproductive Age for the Zika Virus in Florida
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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.