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The North Shore Health Department Highlights for 12/6/2016


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Winter commonly brings coughs and colds. However, there are special cases where a cough may be due to more than “just a cold.”  Cold symptoms include a cough, sneezing, stuffy or runny nose and shortness of breath and usually last 7-10 days.

Some more serious medical conditions that can develop from a cold or other illness, or be confused for a cold include:

Pertussis (“Whooping Cough”) begins with cold-like symptoms, but after 1-2 weeks, pertussis can cause violent and rapid coughing, over and over, until the air is gone from the lungs and a person is forced to inhale with a loud "whooping" sound. This extreme coughing can even cause vomiting and leaves a person very tired.  Since 2010, cases of pertussis among children and teens have increased.  Read more about pertussis at http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/signs-symptoms.html.

Croup can be caused by a group of diseases, but is most commonly caused by a virus.   The illness commonly is manifested in young children by a hoarse voice; dry, barking cough; a high-pitched whistling breath sound, and respiratory distress that develops over a brief period of time.  Read more about croup at http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/croup/home/ovc-20166699.

Pneumonia is an inflammation of one or both lungs, usually caused by an infection. The symptoms are similar to cold symptoms, but they last longer and may also include chest pain, fatigue, fever, chills, and mental confusion (especially in the elderly).   Read more about pneumonia at: https://www.cdc.gov/pneumonia/.

Influenza (“the flu”) is different from a cold in that it usually comes on suddenly, and more intensely.  In addition to cold symptoms, influenza symptoms can include fever, body aches, fatigue and headache.  Most people who develop influenza recover within two weeks, but in some vulnerable populations (children, elderly, immune-compromised), the flu can result in hospitalization and even death.  Learn more at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/index.htm.

Most respiratory conditions (other than the common cold) can be decreased or prevented by vaccination.  These include the seasonal flu vaccine, pneumococcal, pertussis and Haemophilus Influenza B (HIB).

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North Shore Health News

December Walk-in Flu Shot Clinics

Flu shots available for children 3-18 years of age for $10 per child. Adults are also welcome, visit our clinic page to get more information. 

CDC Updates Guidance for Pregnant Women and Women and Men of Reproductive Age for the Zika Virus in Florida
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Flu Shot Clinics 
Visit our clinic page to make an appointment for your flu shot!  

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. 

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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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.