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North Shore Health Department Highlights 9/19/2017

Did You Know?

September 17th-23rd is National Child Passenger Safety Week. Some studies have shown that approximately 75% of child safety seats are not installed correctly. Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. Many of these injuries and deaths can be prevented by proper use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. Use of car seats, booster seats and seat belts is the law in Wisconsin, but many are not being used correctly. Car seat information is easy to find, but it can be hard for parents and caregivers to decide which seat is best for their child. Follow these tips to ensure your child is in the right seat:

  • Choose the right direction: Rear or forward facing
  • Check the label to make sure the seat is appropriate for your child age, weight, and height
  • Know your car seat’s history
  • Make sure your car seat is installed properly. 

Visit the link below to find out what car seat is right for your child:

https://www.safekids.org/ultimate-car-seat-guide/

Find car seat handouts for families and caregivers: http://www.nshealthdept.org/Portals/NsHealthDept.org/4%20stages%20English.pdf

Visit our website at http://www.nshealthdept.org/CarSeatSafety.aspx  to learn more about car seat safety.

North Shore residents can schedule a car seat installation appointment with a certified car seat technician at the North Shore Health Department or North Shore Fire Rescue, visit http://www.nsfire.org/index.php?Schedule-a-Car-Seat-Installation-36

Anyone can schedule a car seat installation appointment through Milwaukee Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin by calling 414-231-4896

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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

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 appoitment or request and e-appoitment 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.