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North Shore Health Department Highlights 10/17/2017

Did You Know?

October 15-21 is National Teen Driver Safety Week. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (aged 15-18) in the US. Drivers between the ages of 16-19 are more likely to be in a motor vehicle crash than other age groups. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, in Wisconsin alone, every three hours a teen is injured or killed in a crash. 

Here are some tips for safe driving:

  • Keep your cell phone off. Even using a hands-free phone is distracting. An average text takes 4.6 seconds of time not looking at the road. That includes no texting while stopped at a stoplight—a good driver needs to pay attention to the road even when stopped.
  • Drive with your headlights on. This increases your visibility, daytime or nighttime.
  • Obey the speed limit. Speed kills--especially when you’re in an unfamiliar area, or in heavy traffic.
  • Minimize distractions. Besides the cell phone, eating or drinking or playing loud music can cause a disconnect with your surroundings, which makes a car crash more likely.
  • Drive solo. Research shows that other teen passengers are distracting to the driver. Wisconsin’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) law prohibits teen drivers from having more than one peer passenger for their first nine months driving.
  • Learn to drive defensively. Just because you’re following the rules, doesn’t mean that other drivers are. Maintain adequate following space so you can stop in time. Remember that wet or icy roads need even greater distance between vehicles. And steer clear of aggressive drivers—they’re more likely to cause a crash.

If you have a teenager, make it a point to talk to your teen about the important rules they need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel. The greatest dangers for teen drivers are alcohol, inconsistent or no use of seatbelts, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding, and number of passengers.

For more information on Wisconsin’s Graduated Driver License requirements and restrictions, please visit: http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/teen-driver/yr-frst-lcns/gdlfaqs.aspx

Parents can get more safe driving tips at:



Health Insurance Market Place Deadline Reminder

If you don’t have health insurance through your employer, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or another source that provides qualifying health coverage, the Marketplace can help you get covered. The 2018 Open Enrollment Period runs from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017. For more information visit: https://www.healthcare.gov/quick-guide/dates-and-deadlines/

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North Shore Health News

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. 




Flu Vaccines

Fight the flu this season and get your flu shot at the Health Department. Visit nshealthdept.org/Clinics to get more information on our flu clinics.

Call 414-371-2980 to schedule an appointment or request an e-appointment at nshealthdept.org/NewEappt

Lead Poisoning Prevention Toolkit 

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

Bats Testing Positive for Rabies Found in North Shore

The North Shore Health Department (NSHD) has confirmed that two bats found in North Shore communities have tested positive for rabies. Both bats were captured by residents—one following contact with a human; the other with a dog. The NSHD reminds area residents to take precaution around wild or stray animals. If you find a bat or other animal that may be infected in your home, health officials advise safely capturing and containing the animal until a public health official or physician can be consulted.

Read the entire press release at: North Shore Rabies Press Release

Food Safety Alert: Raw Oysters

The City of Milwaukee Health Department is investigating cases of Vibriosis from raw oysters. Eating raw shellfish, like oysters, that are infected with bacteria can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pains. If you have recently eaten raw oysters and are experiencing symptoms, contact your health care provider. 

For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/vibrio/faq.html

Download the fact sheet at: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/foodborne/vibriosis.htm

AARP welcomes The Village of Shorewood as Wisconsin’s 1st Age-Friendly Community

Read the full report here.

Peppermint Oil Not Recommended to remove ticks!

The Health Department has received questions about the social media post circulating and advocating using peppermint essential oil to remove ticks. This is NOT recommended!

As stated in an article in American Family Physician: “Many methods of tick removal that have been reported in the literature have proved to be unsatisfactory in controlled studies. Some methods may even cause harm by inducing the tick to salivate and regurgitate into the host.” The spirochete which causes Lyme Disease, as well as several other tick-borne disease-causing substances, are found in the gut and/or saliva of ticks.

For correct tick removal, see the CDC’s tick removal website.

It is also a good idea to save any ticks that you have removed for a few weeks in case signs of tick-borne diseases appear. One of the easiest ways to do this is to put the tick in a zipper-type bag in the freezer. A saved tick can then be identified, which helps medical providers narrow down potential tick-borne diseases. Learn more at: https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/index.html

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

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

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.