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North Shore Health Department Highlights 5/15/2018

Did you know?

Keeping up-to-date immunization records for yourself and your family is important. Your vaccination record provides a history of all the vaccines you received as a child and adult. This record may be required for certain jobs, travel, or school or daycare registration. Every year thousands of children and adults in the U.S. become sick from vaccine-preventable diseases which can be easily spread from person to person.

There has been an increase of cases of mumps and measles in Wisconsin in the last couple of years. The North Shore Health Department is notified when someone who lives or works in our jurisdiction tests positive for a one of these diseases. The Health Department’s job is to protect the community from getting sick and control an outbreak. To do this, local health departments have the authority to exclude individuals from public activities, such as going to work or school, if they do not provide proof of immunity. Proof of immunity includes:

  • Birth before January 1st, 1957 (unless health care personnel).
  • Serologic proof of immunity-  If you remember having measles or mumps as a child, you can get a blood test to check for your immunity. This blood test is called a titer.
  • Documentation of adequate vaccination with MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine.

In certain situation you are able to receive a post exposure vaccine to avoid exclusion from public activities. You can locate your immunization record on the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR) https://www.dhswir.org/PR/clientSearch.do?language=en.  If you are unable to locate your record on WIR or have not received your MMR vaccine, contact your physician to discuss your record or if you should be vaccinated.

To view immunization schedules and what other vaccines you may need visit: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/index.html

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The Dead Bird Reporting Hotline (1-800-433-1610) has been activated and will remain open through the mosquito season until October 31, 2018. As in previous years, the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline is available for Wisconsin residents to report sick or dead birds, and to facilitate West Nile virus (WNV) testing of corvids (crows, ravens, blue jays) to monitor WNV activity. 

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North Shore Health News

State Health Agency Announces Free HIV Testing Now Available at Select Walgreens Pharmacies in Milwaukee

The Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced a collaborative effort with Walgreens to provide free rapid HIV testing for anyone 18 years of age or older, with or without health insurance, at five Walgreens pharmacies in Milwaukee.

The rapid HIV testing is now available at the following Walgreens pharmacy locations in Milwaukee:

7171 N Teutonia Ave.
370 E Capitol Dr.
2826 N MLK Dr.
3522 W Wisconsin Ave.
2625 W National Ave.
Find out more about the importance of getting tested for HIV at GetTestedMKE.com.


Dead Bird Reporting Hotline is Now Open 

The Dead Bird Reporting Hotline (1-800-433-1610) has been activated and will remain open through the mosquito season until October 31, 2018. Just like previous years, the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline is available for Wisconsin residents to report sick or dead birds, and to facilitate West Nile virus (WNV) testing of corvids (crows, ravens, blue jays) to monitor WNV activity. 



Thursday, May 3rd will be Randie Parks’ last day with the North Shore Health Department. After 11 years of service, Randie is officially retiring. Randie is a Public Health Nurse who has been involved in many areas of the department. She is part of our Communicable Disease Prevention and Control program where she investigates and works to control the spread of reportable diseases. In her time, she has worked on emerging diseases H1N1 flu, Ebola, Zika, and more recently mumps and measles. Randie has also been the nurse who works with schools and day cares in our region to make sure they are in compliance with the Wisconsin Student Immunization Law. We thank Randie for her many years of service to the department and wish her well in retirement!


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

April 28th 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.

Find collection sites at:
 https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/


Kiddie Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire

A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home. For more information call 833-551-7739 or visithttps://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/kidde-recalls-dual-sensor-smoke-alarms-due-to-risk-of-failure-to-alert-consumers-to-a


Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program

The energy assistance program offers funds to help  residents avoid disconnection. The application period is October 1st-May1st. View the flyer to get more information 



IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO GET YOUR FLU SHOT!

Flu is NOT just a “bad cold”- it is potentially deadly. Of NS residents hospitalized for flu, none who were vaccinated required admission to an intensive care unit or mechanical ventilation, indicating that the flu vaccine may have lessened the severity of their illness. View the full post on our clinic page. 

Visit our clinic page or call the North Shore Health Department at 414-371-2980 today to schedule your flu shot if you have not had one yet.


Lead Poisoning Prevention Toolkit 

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


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

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.