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North Shore Health Department Highlights 4/17/2018

Did you know?

April is STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) Awareness Month. There’s no avoiding the statistics: cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis are at an all-time high. Left untreated, STDs can cause increased risk of giving or getting HIV, long-term pelvic and/or abdominal pain, and inability to get pregnant, or pregnancy complications. How can you protect yourself?

·         Vaccinating- Vaccines are safe, effective. vaccines are available for hepatitis B and HPV. Ask your doctor whether these are right for you.

·         Reducing number of sex partners- Reducing your number of sex partners can decrease your risk for STDs. It is still important that you and your partner get tested, and that you share your test results with one another.

·         Condoms-Correct and consistent use of the male latex condom is highly effective in reducing STD transmission. Use a condom every time you have anal, vaginal, or oral sex.

·         Mutual Monogamy- Mutual monogamy means that you agree to be sexually active with only one person, who has agreed to be sexually active only with you.

·         Abstinence: The most reliable way to avoid infection is to not have sex.

If you are sexually active, you are at risk of infection, and testing is the only way to know if you have an STD. Many STDs are curable and all are treatable. If either you or your partner has an STD that can be cured, both of you need to start treatment immediately to avoid getting re-infected. Getting treated right away can also help avoid health problems down the road.

This year’s STD Awareness Month theme is “Treat Me Right.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourage you to ask your healthcare provider what you can do – and how you can work together – to ensure that you stay healthy. Some providers may not discuss sex or STD testing with you. Bring it up if they don’t. Arm yourself with the facts and know what you should expect.

Learn more about specific STDs at: https://www.cdc.gov/std/healthcomm/fact_sheets.htm

If you need to get tested, you can visit your primary care provider.

Uninsured or Underinsured?

Keenan Health Center, Milwaukee: Provides free screening and treatment. Visit this link to learn more http://city.milwaukee.gov/health/clinic-Services.htm#.V4UCMPkrK00

Brady East STD Clinic, Milwaukee: Provides free screening and treatment. Visit this link to learn more http://www.bestd.org/services/


The North Shore Health Department is pleased to release the 2017-2021 Community Health Assessment (CHA). CHAs are a step in the community health improvement process, where health needs and issues are identified through systematic, comprehensive data collection and analysis. Next steps include determining health priorities in partnership with the community, and then developing policies and programs to address the identified needs. View the North Shore CHA at: www.nshealthdept.org/CHA


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North Shore Health News

Kiddie Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire

A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home. For more information call 833-551-7739 or visithttps://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/kidde-recalls-dual-sensor-smoke-alarms-due-to-risk-of-failure-to-alert-consumers-to-a

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program

The energy assistance program offers funds to help  residents avoid disconnection. The application period is October 1st-May1st. View the flyer to get more information 


Flu is NOT just a “bad cold”- it is potentially deadly. Of NS residents hospitalized for flu, none who were vaccinated required admission to an intensive care unit or mechanical ventilation, indicating that the flu vaccine may have lessened the severity of their illness. View the full post on our clinic page. 

Visit our clinic page or call the North Shore Health Department at 414-371-2980 today to schedule your flu shot if you have not had one yet.

Important Recall Information on Infant Sleep Positioners

The FDA has issued a consumer update to warn of the risk of infant suffocation with the use of infant sleep positioners. The federal government has received reports about babies who have died from suffocation associated with their sleep positioners

View the video and links below for more information. 




Lead Poisoning Prevention Toolkit 

Check out the Lead Poisoning Prevention toolkit that the health department created at Protecting Our Kids From Lead.

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

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.