North Shore Health Department Highlights April 26th, 2016
Did You Know?
Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria, sometimes referred to as pneumococcus. Pneumococcus can cause many types of illnesses, including ear infections and meningitis. There are vaccines to prevent pneumococcal disease in children and adults. There are two types of vaccines available:
- The Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13 or Prevnar 13) is recommended for all children younger than 5 years old, all adults 65 years or older, and people 6 years or older with certain risk factors.
- The Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) is recommended for all adults 65 years or older. People 2 through 64 years old who are at high risk of pneumococcal disease should also receive PPSV23.
There are now two types of pneumococcal vaccines recommended for adults aged 65 or older. In 2014 the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended routine use PCV13 among adults aged ≥65 years. PCV13 should be administered in series with the PPSV23. So even if you have received a pneumococcal vaccine before, check with your health care provider to see if an additional vaccination is needed to be protected. The North Shore Health Department is also working towards improving adult immunization rates. The health department is working with skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in the north shore in order to improve the percentage of adults ≥65 receiving a dose of PCV13 and PPSV23.
To learn more visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/pneumo/default.htm?s_cid=cs_797#disease
The North Shore Health Department has a proud and respected tradition of providing excellent health services to our North Shore communities. With our knowledgeable staff,we are continuing our mission to improve our residents' health, prevent disease, and safeguard the environment through an organized, collaborative effort.
The North Shore Health Department works with a Board of Health, comprised of a licensed medical adviser and members appointed for a two-year term by village presidents or the mayor of each community. Our staff consists of a health officer, an administrative assistant, a registered sanitarian, and registered nurses who are public health nurses.
The North Shore Health Department is one of the many benefits that make living in our communities very special. Our services and programs are thoughtfully selected and carefully planned to make our communities safer and healthier, and to provide a better way of life for all residents. We offer a wide variety of programs for adults, seniors, children and infants. Some services are free - others are available at affordable fees.
Our new North Shore Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is now available for viewing. Click the link below to see how you can help yourself and your community become a healthier place to live, work and play.
Community Health Improvement Plan 2014-2019
We encourage you to take advantage of the many ways we can help improve and promote healthy lifestyles for you and your family.