Link to events/classes: https://www.mcfpc.net/eventsclasses Another virtual event opportunity: An interdisciplinary panel discussion on the topic Connecting Healthcare and the Community to Prevent Falls. September 22, 2021, 12pm-1pm. MORE INFORMATION HERE COVID-19: TESTING AND VACCINES We do not offer COVID-19 testing at our health department. FIND A TESTING SITE HERE FIND A VACCINE PROVIDER HERE HEALTH CONNECTIONS COVID VACCINE CLINICS HEALTHY HIGHLIGHT: SEATBELT AND CAR SEAT SAFETY In 2019, 611 Wisconsinites died in motor vehicle accidents. Among those statewide fatalities, 100 residents were from Milwaukee County. Studies show that those who live in rural communities are less likely to wear a seatbelt when compared to urban residents. No matter where you live, buckle up! Wearing a seatbelt reduces serious injuries and death in about 50% of motor vehicle accidents. Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death among individuals aged 1 to 54 years. Men are less likely to wear a seatbelt than women. Passengers riding in the rear are less likely to wear a seatbelt than those in the front. Individuals 18-24 are less likely to wear a seatbelt, with a higher passenger vehicle occupant death rate from motor vehicle accidents (12.6 per 100,000 Wisconsin residents compared to 10.3 per 100,000 nationwide). 88% of Wisconsin residents report wearing a seatbelt compared to the national average of 89% and average of neighboring states of over 90%. Wear a seatbelt every time you get in the car, even on short trips. Wearing a seatbelt sets a great example for younger adults and children, creating a lifelong habit of wearing a seatbelt. Buckle children in the rear middle seat, when possible, as this location in a passenger vehicle is the safest. Make sure you properly buckle children in their seat, booster seat or car set. Children under the age of 12 should be in an age and size appropriate booster seat or car seat. SCHEDULE A CAR SEAT INSTALLATION HERE Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.