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North Shore Health Department Highlights 1/16/2018

Did You Know?

It is not too late to get your flu shot!  Health Departments throughout the region are seeing an increase in numbers of people hospitalized with influenza, with some requiring admission to intensive care units and even requiring the use of mechanical ventilation.  Flu is NOT just a “bad cold”- it is potentially fatal.  The North Shore Health Department has reviewed the flu hospitalization records and compared them to the state database for flu shots.   Individuals who were hospitalized for influenza and received a flu vaccination did not require admission to an intensive care unit or mechanical ventilation, indicating that the flu vaccine may have lessened the severity of their illness.  

A common misconception about the flu shot is that it can give you the flu. A flu vaccine is made with an inactivated virus, and therefore cannot cause disease. It does take about two weeks for your body to build immunity after receiving a flu shot, so the sooner you get your shot, the sooner you’re protected.  People who are very sick or who are at high risk of serious flu complications and get flu symptoms should be treated with antiviral drugs as soon as possible. Get vaccinated if you haven’t yet. There are still weeks of flu activity to come. Call the North Shore Health Department at 414-371-2980 to schedule your flu shot today. You can visit our website at http://www.nshealthdept.org/Clinics.aspx to check upcoming clinic times and request an appointment online. 

Common symptoms of the Flu:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

To get more information on flu symptoms and prevention visit: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

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SPECIAL MESSAGE

It’s time for the Community Health Survey!
 
Every three years, the health care systems and public health departments in Milwaukee County partner to gather information on the health and health behaviors of our residents. 2018 is the third year of the cycle, so a survey year. Phone calls will begin on January 8th. If your landline or cell phone shows a 414 area code number from “Management Decisions,” please answer the call and help us gather data to increase our knowledge and focus our resources on health issues.  



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North Shore Health News

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.



Important Recall Information on Infant Sleep Positioners

The FDA has issued a consumer update to warn of the risk of infant suffocation with the use of infant sleep positioners. The federal government has received reports about babies who have died from suffocation associated with their sleep positioners

View the video and links below for more information. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XS9a5UxWKI

https://www.fda.gov/ForConsum…/ConsumerUpdates/ucm227575.htm

https://www.fda.gov/…/Prod…/SIDSPreventionClaims/default.htm


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.