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North Shore Health Department Highlights for 10/18/2016

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October 22 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  This day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.  The United States is in the midst of a drug overdose epidemic. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, after marijuana, prescription and over-the-counter medications account for most of the commonly abused drugs among high school seniors.   The CDC reports that more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 (the most recent statistics available), than in any other year on record. Deaths from drug overdose are up among both men and women, all races, and adults of nearly all ages.

You can help prevent prescription drug abuse by talking to your children about the dangers of taking someone else’s medication, and by safely removing all expired and unused medications from your home.  Incorrect disposal of some medications can affect aquatic plants and animals, contaminate our food and water supplies, or permit drug theft.  For that reason, it is not recommended to flush or throw away any medications.  Returning your unwanted medicine to a take-back program is the safest and most environmentally protective way to dispose of them.

A searchable listing of locations to drop off medications on October 22 can be found at https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.  Additionally, all police departments in the seven North Shore communities regularly accept unused or expired medications.  Guidelines for drop-off by community can be found at:  http://www.nshealthdept.org/Portals/NsHealthDept.org/Med%20Drop%20Off%20Sites.pdf

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North Shore Health News

Walk-in Flu Clinics
The health department will be holding walk-in flu clinics for individuals 3-18 years of age only. Visit our clinic page to learn more.

North Shore Health Department Newsletter
The health department has released it's first electronic newsletter! Subscribe today for October's issue and get updates on the health issues in the North Shore! click here to sign up!

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.

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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. 



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.


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.