Highlights


North Shore Health Department Highlights 11/5/2019 

Did you know?  

Pertussis (whooping cough) is a common (endemic) disease in the United States, with peaks in reported disease every few years and frequent outbreaks. Across the region we have seen an increase in the number of Pertussis cases, especially among school children. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory illness. Pertussis begins with cold-like symptoms, but after 1-2 weeks, it can cause violent and rapid coughing, over and over, until the air is gone from the lungs and a person is forced to inhale with a loud "whooping" sound. This extreme coughing can even cause vomiting and leaves a person very tired.  The bacteria that cause pertussis are carried through the air on droplets of saliva and are spread by a sick person coughing or sneezing, or by spending time near an infected person.

Pertussis is commonly tested by obtaining a nasopharyngeal specimen and treated by antibiotics. Patients requiring treatment should be excluded from activities including school/day care until the full course of appropriate antibiotic therapy has been completed. People who have a known exposure to pertussis, especially those with symptoms,  should contact their physician. In some cases, prophylactic antibiotics are given to high risk and/or close contacts to prevent infection.

The best way to prevent pertussis is to get vaccinated. Children normally get 5 doses of the DTap vaccine (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis) administered between 2 months and 6 years of age. Pre-teens, teens, and adults should get vaccinated with a boosted vaccine called Tdap. Tdap should also be administered to pregnant women during each pregnancy.

Read more about pertussis at : https://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/

Read more about pertussis vaccines at: https://www.vaccines.gov/diseases/pertussis


North Shore Health Department Highlights 10/29/2019 

Did you know?  

October is Domestic Violence Prevention Month. Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence, domestic abuse or relationship abuse) affects millions of people of all genders, every race, religion, culture and status. Nearly three out of four Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. 

Domestic violence doesn’t look the same in every relationship because every relationship is different. But one thing most abusive relationships have in common is that the abusive partner asserts more power and control over their partner. Some of the signs of an abusive relationship include a partner who: 

·         Tells you that you can never do anything right 

·         Shows extreme jealousy of your friends and time spent away 

·         Keeps you or discourages you from seeing friends or family members 

·         Insults, demeans or shames you with put-downs 

·         Controls every penny spent in the household 

·         Takes your money or refuses to give you money for necessary expenses 

·         Looks at you or acts in ways that scare you 

·         Controls who you see, where you go, or what you do 

·         Prevents you from making your own decisions 

·         Tells you that you are a bad parent or threatens to harm or take away your children 

·         Prevents you from working or attending school 

·         Destroys your property or threatens to hurt or kill your pets 

·         Intimidates you with guns, knives or other weapons 

·         Pressures you to have sex when you don’t want to or do things sexually you’re not comfortable with 

·         Pressures you to use drugs or alcohol 

 

Since the Violence Against Women Act passed in 1994, we’ve come a long way. This landmark legislation holds offenders accountable and provide programs and services for victims. Between 1993 and 2010, the overall rate of domestic violence dropped nearly two-thirds and state laws have reformed to address issues such as dating abuse in the workplace, stalking, employment discrimination and more. 

If you need assistance or want to talk to someone about domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or online chat at www.thehotline.org/ to speak with a trained advocate. 

Learn more about intimate partner violence at: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/intimatepartnerviolence/index.html  


North Shore Health Department Highlights 10/22/2019

Did you know?

The third week in October is National Teen Driver Safety Week. Do you have a new driver in the family? It marks a time of new independence for teens and new worries for parents. There is sound reason for concern: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death of teens, ahead of all other types of injury, violence or disease. In fact, every day, six teens are killed in a car crash.

However, research has shown there are strategies that parents can use to address these concerns:

In addition, SafeKids Worldwide offers seven tips for driving safely

  1. Buckle up: every person, every time
  2. Don’t drink and drive
  3. Limit the number of passengers in a car
  4. Don’t text and drive
  5. Follow the speed limit
  6. Only drive in the dark after extra practice
  7. Speak up when any driver is driving unsafely


North Shore Health Department Highlights 10/15/2019

Did you know?

Conveniently timed to coincide with Halloween and Trick-or-Treating, October is National Dental Hygiene Month. With bags of free candy and more sweets than your children can eat in one sitting, it’s no surprise that Halloween can also present health challenges.  Here's some tips to help your family stay tooth-healthy on Halloween and year-round.

• Time it right: Eat Halloween candy and other sugary foods with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals, which helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and rinse away food particles.  Snacking can increase your risk of cavities, and sweet snacks are even worse.

• Choose candy carefully: Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. The longer time candies stay in the mouth, the increased risk of tooth decay. Sticky candies like taffy and gummy bears stick to your teeth and take even longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.

• Drink more water: Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay.

• Brush and floss:  Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Remember to replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won't do a good job of cleaning your teeth. Floss your teeth once a day to get decay-causing bacteria between teeth and under the gum line where toothbrush bristles can't reach.

• Visit the dentist:  Regular visits to your dentist can help prevent problems from occurring and catch those that do occur early, when they are easy to treat.

For more information on protecting your child’s teeth, visit https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/basics/childrens-oral-health/fl_caries.htm


North Shore Health Department Highlights 10/8/2019

We are a month into the 2019-2020 flu season. Flu or influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization or even death for some individuals. During last year’s flu season, 29 influenza related hospitalizations of North Shore residents were reported to the Health Department and there has been one this year already. Every flu season is different, which is why we recommend an annual seasonal flu vaccine as the best way to protect against the flu. Vaccination has been shown to lower the risk of flu-related illnesses, hospitalizations and even flu-related death. There are many vaccine options to choose from, but the most important thing is for all people 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine every year. If you have questions about which vaccine is best for you, talk to your doctor or other health care professional.

If you have questions about this year’s flu season, the CDC has more information at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/season/faq-flu-season-2019-2020.htm

The North Shore Health Department is hosting a number of flu clinics this fall.

See below for details on where and when these clinics will occur.

Walk-in Flu Clinics (No appointment necessary)

Regular flu vaccine prices apply at walk-in clinics and scheduled flu vaccine appointments. See website nshealthdept.org for more details

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Shorewood Office

Monday, October 14, 2019
7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Brown Deer Office

Saturday, October 19, 2019 (At this clinic only, we are offering the flu vaccine for children ages 2-18 years for $10).
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Nicolet High School Cafeteria

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

North Shore Library

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Brown Deer and Shorewood Offices

Upcoming Immunization Clinics (appointment required) - Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414-371-2980.  

Thursday, October 10, 3-4:30 p.m., Shorewood

Tuesday, October 15, 7:30-9:00 a.m., Shorewood

Wednesday, October 16, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Brown Deer

Tuesday, October 29, 3:30-4:30 p.m., North Shore Library

Upcoming Adult Health Clinics (appointment required; 8-10:00 a.m.)

Blood analysis for cholesterol, glucose and triglycerides, blood pressure, weight check and a nurse consultation. Please call the NSHD for an appointment at 414-371-2980.

 

Wednesday, October 16th, Brown Deer

Tuesday, October 22nd, Shorewood

Wednesday, November 20th, Brown Deer

Tuesday, November 26th, Shorewood

 

Upcoming Blood Pressure Screening (walk-ins welcome – no appointment necessary)

Thursday, October 17, 12:30-1:00 p.m., LX Club (WFB Women’s Club, 600 E. Henry Clay St.)

Tuesday, October 22, 1:30-2:30 p.m., WFB Sr. Center (5205 Lydell Avenue)

Wednesday, October 23 , 3:30-4:30. p.m. NSHD Shorewood Office 2010 E. Shorewood Blvd

 

For the most up-to-date information on pricing, upcoming clinics and screenings, visit the Clinics page of our website at: http://www.nshealthdept.org/Clinics



North Shore Health Department Highlights 10/2/2019

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women, causing 29% of all female cancers. Breast cancer can result in significant clinical, psychological, and financial burden. Most women understand the importance of monthly self-examinations and regular mammograms for early detection. Less well known is that research in the past decade has consistently shown support for exercise to lower the risk of developing breast cancer, prevent recurrence after treatment, improve quality of life, and counteract side effects from cancer treatments. According to Dana Farber Medical Center, a review of lifestyle factors on breast cancer mortality found that physical activity is consistently linked to a lower risk of breast cancer recurrence. A large study showed that women who exercised moderately (the equivalent of walking three to five hours a week at an average pace) following a breast cancer diagnosis had 40 to 50 percent lower risk of breast cancer recurrence and death compared with women who exercised less. The benefit of exercise was particularly apparent in women with hormone-responsive breast tumors. It can be difficult to find time to exercise. The following tips may help you become more active.

·         Choose the stairs.

·         Bike or walk instead of driving.

·         Take your pet for a walk.

·         Walk on your lunch break.

·         Wear a step-tracking device and increase your daily steps.

·         Skip the coffee shop and walk with a friend—or walk to the coffee shop.

·         Use a stationary bicycle or treadmill while watching TV.

Read more at: https://www.breastcancer.org/research-news/exercise-during-tx-after-sx-offers-benefits


North Shore Health Department Highlights 09/24/2019

New baby? Make sure they’re sleeping safely.

Approximately 3,500 infants die annually in the United States from sleep-related deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); ill-defined deaths; and accidental suffocation and strangulation. The American Academy of Pediatrics revised their guidelines on safe sleep for infants in 2016 in order to reduce SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths.

AAP recommendations on creating a safe sleep environment include:

  • Put baby on their back on a firm sleep surface such as a crib or bassinet with a tight-fitting sheet.
  • Avoid use of soft bedding, including crib bumpers, blankets, pillows and soft toys. The crib should be bare.
  • Share a bedroom with parents, but not the same sleeping surface, preferably until the baby turns one but at least for the first six months. (Room-sharing decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent.)
  • Avoid exposing baby to smoke, alcohol and illicit drugs.
  • Implement skin-to-skin care, regardless of feeding or delivery method, immediately following birth for at least an hour as soon as the mother is medically stable and awake.

Breastfeeding is also recommended to add protection against SIDS. After feeding, the AAP encourages parents to move the baby to their separate sleeping space.

For more information on safe sleep, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/sids/parents-caregivers.htm


North Shore Health Department Highlights 09/17/2019

Did You Know?

September 23, 2019, the first day of fall, marks the 10th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA).   Falls are the leading cause of injury-related emergency department visits for older adults, the major cause of hip fractures, and responsible for more than half of fatal head injuries. In the US, one in four adults aged 65 or older falls every year. Falls, with or without injury, also carry a heavy quality of life impact. A growing number of older adults fear falling and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements. This can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.

Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. The North Shore Health Department in conjunction with the North Shore Fire Department and local sponsors have held four “Stepping On” classes this year. “Stepping On” is an evidence-based fall prevention class which meets for two hours weekly for seven weeks. These classes highlight how exercise, medication management, vision screening, and making your living environment safer are all steps people can do to prevent a fall. The next session begins on September 24, 2019 at the New Perspectives Senior Living Center in Brown Deer. Contact the NSHD at 414-371-2980 if interested in attending.  Additionally, there are classes held throughout the year in Milwaukee County that can be found on the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging’s website. https://wihealthyaging.org/stepping-on-consumer


North Shore Health Department Highlights for 09/10/2019

Did You Know?

September 15-21, 2019 is National Child Passenger Safety Week. The goal is to make sure your child is in the correct car seat, that it’s properly installed, used correctly, and that it’s registered with the manufacturer to ensure you receive important safety updates. Some studies have shown that approximately 75% of child safety seats are not installed correctly. If you are an expectant parent, give yourself enough time to learn how to properly install the car safety seat in your car before your baby is born to ensure a safe ride home from the hospital. Car seat information is easy to find, but often it’s difficult 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 correct direction: Rear or forward facing? https://www.safekids.org/ultimate-car-seat-guide/
  • Know your car seat’s history. Seats that have been involved in a crash should be discarded.
  • Check the label to make sure the seat is appropriate for your child’s age, weight, and height.
  • Determine if a tether is necessary. Most forward facing seats require these now.

https://www.safekids.org/blog/new-research-car-seat-tethers-released

  • As your child grows, continually re-evaluate the type of car seat that is best for them.

https://www.safekids.org/interactive/car-seat-booster-seat-or-seat-belt-where-does-your-kid-fit

  • Make sure your car seat is installed properly and used every time your child takes a ride. 

Visit our website to learn more about car seat safety and to schedule a car seat installation appointment with the North Shore Health Department or North Shore Fire Rescue: https://www.nshealthdept.org/CarSeatSafety.aspx

To make an appointment through Milwaukee Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, call 414-231-4896.


North Shore Health Department Highlights for 09/03/2019

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which includes National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week, September 9-15, and World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. During the month of September organizations highlight suicide prevention efforts by advocating for prevention strategies and networking to share resources and information. 

Studies by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention   show that suicide rates are rising. The rate of suicide has increased more than 30 percent in half of the states across the United States since 1999, with approximately 45,000 lives lost to suicide in 2016 alone. Research has shown that more than half of people who die by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.

It is important for people to learn how to recognize and respond to suicide. Research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks after them in a caring way. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce rather than increase suicidal ideation. Learn how to recognize and respond by paying attention to the warning signs of suicide:

  • Feeling like a burden
  • Being isolated
  • Increased anxiety
  • Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Increased substance use
  • Looking for a way to access lethal means
  • Increased anger or rage
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Expressing hopelessness
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Talking or posting about wanting to die
  • Making plans for suicide

If you notice any warning signs, starting a conversation with the person may save their life.  Share the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) and be willing to assist the person with the call. Taking the person directly to help can be the best option to ensure they receive the help they need. Additional tips can be found at how to talk about suicide. Your willingness to listen and help can save a life.




North Shore Health Department Highlights for 8/27/2019

Drowning remains the number one unintentional cause of death for children in the U.S. ages 1 to 4, and the second leading cause among children ages 5 to 14. Most parents are vigilant when enjoying summer activities with their young kids, but it is important to realize that drownings occur all year long.  Bathtubs, fountains, toilets and even buckets also can pose a danger for very young children since most of these drownings are due to children falling into a pool or being left alone in the bathtub.  When the unthinkable happens, caregivers often say, “I only looked away for a second.” Following are a few water safety precautions:

  • Never leave your child alone in the bathtub or near water; if you have to leave, take your child with you.
  • Find age-appropriate swim lessons for yourself and child which are available all year long.  Go tohttps://www.ymcamke.org/swim-lessons/ to find lessons near you. Scholarships may be available upon proven need.
  • Keep in mind that lessons do not make your child "drown-proof" and that lifeguards aren't babysitters; there is no substitute for a caregiver’s undivided attention near water.
  • If a child is missing, check the water first.
  • Learn CPR and rescue techniques.
  • Although it is true that the younger the child, the greater the risk; it is important to encourage teens and young adults to keep water safety in mind as the dangers may not be on their radar.
  • Make sure the body of water matches your skill level; swimming in a pool is much different than swimming in a lake or river, where more strength is needed to handle currents
  • Never drink alcohol while swimming or operating a boat.  Alcohol is involved in about half of all male teen drownings, according to KidsHealth.org 



North Shore Health Department Highlights for 8/20/2019

The North Shore Health Department has fielded quite a few bat-related calls lately, likely as the breeding season runs from June 1-August 15. Bats are responsible for the majority of human rabies cases. Rabid bats have been documented in all 49 continental states. In Wisconsin there have been almost 400 known rabid bats since 2002.  Humans need to exercise extreme caution if a bat is found in their dwelling. Bat bites can be difficult to detect and the virus can be transmitted to humans from minor or unrecognizable bat bites, as well as from scratches. Bats should never be kept as pets.

In the case of known or suspected human exposures involving bats, the bat should be safely collected, by an animal control specialist if necessary, and brought to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Wisconsin Humane Society for euthanasia. NSHD will coordinate the submission of the bat to the state lab for rabies testing. Rabies post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment is recommended for all persons with bite, scratch, or mucous membrane exposure to a bat, unless the bat is available for testing and is negative for evidence of rabies.

Follow these tips on how to minimize exposure to bats:

  • Prevent bats from entering outdoor living quarters and other occupied space by sealing all holes to the outside.
  • Screens or mosquito netting can provide a useful barrier against direct bat contact.
  • Teach children to never handle live or dead bats, and not to approach any unfamiliar wild or domestic animals (even if they appear friendly). Tell them to report any contact or unusual animal behavior to an adult right away.
  • Keep all pets up to date on their rabies vaccines and municipal licenses. This will help to keep your family safe from potential rabies exposures via domestic animals.

The good news is that rabies in humans is 100% preventable through prompt appropriate medical care. If you are bitten, scratched, or unsure about exposure to a wild animal, wash the wound immediately and talk to a healthcare provider about whether you need PEP.

To learn more about rabies and bats, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/exposure/animals/bats.html

To learn more about the prevalence of rabies in Wisconsin this year, go to:https://datcp.wi.gov/Documents/RabiesMap2019.pdf and in past years, go to:

https://datcp.wi.gov/Documents/RabiesMap2018.pdf andhttps://datcp.wi.gov/Documents/RabiesCountCumulative.pdf



North Shore Health Department Highlights for 8/13/2019

Did You Know?

The North Shore Health Department participates in a variety of community events throughout the summer including: National Night Out, Safety Days, Farmers’ Markets, Car Seat events, Bayside’s My Night in Blue event and many more. Community events build cohesion and resiliency among residents, businesses, government and community groups to make communities and neighborhoods safe and free of crime and violence. Community cohesion is the coming together of people with a shared vision and sense of belonging in which the diversity of people’s backgrounds and circumstances are valued and appreciated. Community resilience is the sustained ability of a community to utilize available resources to respond to, withstand and recover from adverse situations.  Both community cohesion and resiliency are important elements of a safe and healthy community and are fostered through fun events and activities involving the whole community.

Information about these and other events can be found on the NSHD website. Additionally, links to other information such as the CPSC’s (US Consumer and Product Safety Commission) website (https://www.cpsc.gov/recalls/) that provides information regarding recalls on products that have been linked to injuries and death. A link to FDA/USDA food product recalls (https://www.foodsafety.gov/recalls-and-outbreaks) can also be found on our website (https://www.nshealthdept.org/).



North Shore Health Department Highlights for August 6, 2019

Did you know? 

The American Psychological Association (APA) provides information on how to manage stress and distress in the aftermath of mass shootings or other traumatic events (https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/mass-shooting). As the North Shore Health Department focuses on mental health and emotional well-being as one of our health priority areas, we wanted to share tips for managing the variety of emotions that may have surfaced with the recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

Some of these strategies include:

Trust your instincts: If you see suspicious activity, report it to law enforcement.

Talk about it: Ask for support from people who care and will listen to your concerns.

Strive for balance: When a tragedy occurs, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and adopt a negative or pessimistic outlook. Balance that viewpoint by reminding yourself of people and events which are meaningful and comforting, even encouraging. Check out: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news for some good news. Striving for balance is empowering and allows for a healthier perspective on yourself and the world around you.

Turn it off and take a break: Keeping informed is important, but if the news is upsetting, try to limit the amount you take in whether it’s from the Internet, television, newspapers or magazines.

Take care of yourself: Engage in healthy behaviors to enhance your ability to cope with excessive stress. Eat well-balanced meals, drink water,  get plenty of rest and build physical activity into every day.

Help others or do something productive: Locate resources in your community to find ways that you can help people who have been affected by these incidents or have other needs. Helping someone else often has the benefit of making you feel better, too.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, and prevention and crisis resources for you and loved ones. Help is just a phone call or internet search away. Visit  https://www.mentalhealth.gov/get-help, or call 1-800-273-8255 (Suicide Prevention Lifeline) or 1-800-662-4357 (SAMHSA Referral and Information line). Make the contact for yourself or a loved one.


North Shore Health Department Highlights for July 30, 2019

Did you know? 

Over ten years ago, July was designated Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States to bring awareness to the struggles underrepresented groups face with regards to mental illness. Data suggest racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S. are less likely to have access to mental health services, less likely to use community mental health services, more likely to use emergency departments, and more likely to receive lower quality care. Poor mental health care access and quality contribute to multiple poor mental health outcomes, including suicide, among racial and ethnic minority populations. Some barriers to care have included lack of culturally competent providers, lack of diversity among mental health care providers, language barriers, mental health stigma, lack of insurance or underinsurance.

While the term ‘minority’ is traditionally associated with racial, ethnic, or cultural minorities within the U.S., Mental Health America expands this term to include individuals from a wide-range of marginalized and underserved communities, including those who may identify as part of the LGBTQ+ spectrum, refugee and immigrant groups, religious groups, and others who are often overlooked. Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult.

Help is just a phone call or internet search away. Visit https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/ or https://www.mentalhealth.gov/get-help, or call 1-800-273-8255 (Suicide Prevention Lifeline) or 1-800-662-4357 (SAMHSA Referral and Information line). Make the contact for yourself or a loved one.



North Shore Health Department Highlights for July 23rd, 2019

Did you know? 

July 28th is world Hepatitis Day.  Worldwide, 300 million people are unknowingly living with viral hepatitis. On World Hepatitis Day we call on people to take action and raise awareness to find these “missing millions”.

Hepatitis can be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term), which can lead to liver failure, cirrhosis, or liver cancer if left untreated. Common symptoms include fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, joint pain, light-colored stools, and jaundice. Symptoms can appear 2 weeks to 6 months after an acute infection or decades later with chronic infections. However, many people with hepatitis never experience symptoms, leaving many people undiagnosed. Currently, about 66% of people with Hepatitis B and 50% of people with Hepatitis C are unaware of their infection. As of 2017, an estimated 90,000 people were living with Hepatitis C in Wisconsin, with less than half having been identified and reported.

How is it spread?

Hepatitis A: Contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by feces or stool from an infected person

Hepatitis B:  Contact with blood, semen, or certain other body fluids from an infected person (i.e. unprotected sex, sharing dirty needles, sharing personal hygiene products)

Hepatitis C: Contact with blood from an infected person (i.e. sharing dirty needles/syringes)

Prevention

  • Vaccinations are available to protect against Hepatitis A and B. However, there is currently no vaccine available for Hepatitis C.
  • Wash your hands after going to the bathroom and before fixing food or eating.
  • Use latex condoms for intercourse, which may lower the risk of sexual transmission.
  • Avoid tap water when traveling to certain countries or regions. Ask your doctor about risks before you travel.
  • Don't share drug needles.
  • Don't share personal items—such as toothbrushes, razors and nail clippers—with an infected person.

Who should be tested?

Hepatitis A: No routine recommendations

Hepatitis B: Current injection drug users, men who have sex with men, pregnant women and infants born to infected mothers, people on immunosuppressive therapy, people with end-stage renal disease

Hepatitis C: Adults born between 1945 – 1965, current or former injection drug users, , long-term hemodialysis patients, infants born to infected mothers

To learn more about hepatitis and the different viruses visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/abc/index.htm

http://www.worldhepatitisday.org/



North Shore Health Department Highlights 07/16/2019

Did you know? 

The forecast for our area indicates heat index values rising above 95 to 100 this week, creating potentially dangerous conditions, especially for those most susceptible to heat-related illness; such as infants, the elderly and individuals with chronic heart and lung conditions and those on certain medications (those for blood pressure, heart disease and mental health). People who work outdoors or in hot settings should also be aware of the symptoms of heat-related illness and take precautions.

The North Shore Health Department (NSHD) reminds residents to take steps to stay cool and safe during this heat wave.

·         Symptoms of heat-related illness:

  • Muscle cramping may be the first symptom.
  • Headaches
  • nausea,
  • strong or rapid pulse,
  • dizziness and even death.

Infants, children, and individuals 65 or older are at a higher risk of developing heat related illness because they are less likely to notice and less able to moderate the change in their body’s temperature. 

·         Be aware of warning signs of dehydration for babies:

  • dark urine or a child may have less urine in their diaper
  • a dry or sticky mouth,
  • no tears when crying,
  • not appear active or playful,
  • no appetite. 

Tips to reduce heat-related illness :

  • Stay cool – wear light clothing, reduce sun exposure, and stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. Do not rely on fans as a primary cooling device. If your home does not have air conditioning, consider public places such as shopping malls, movie theaters, or libraries. During extreme heat events, local cooling centers may open.
  • Take cool baths or showers and use wet towels on your skin to help you cool down.
  • Stay hydrated – increase water intake and never wait until you are thirsty to drink fluids.
  • Limit dehydrating beverages – avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages and those containing large quantities of sugar.
  • Check on at-risk individuals (elderly twice a day.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
  • Never leave children, disabled persons, or pets in a parked car – even briefly.

For more information on the symptoms of heat-related illness, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/warning.html or https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/climate/heat.htm

In conditions of high or extreme heat, the NSHD encourages residents to seek out designated cool sites.

A list of cooling sites in Milwaukee, as well as heat safety tips, can be found at: https://city.milwaukee.gov/health/HotWeatherSafety#.XSzJG-hKjZs




North Shore Health Department Highlights 07/09/2019

Did you know? 

Nutrition and Physical Activity is one of the focus areas for both the North Shore’s 2014-19 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) and the 2020-2025 CHIP (currently under development).

The USDA recommends filling half of your plate with fruits and vegetables at every meal.  Fruits and vegetables provide the human body with micronutrients that are essential for development and disease prevention. According to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and Institute of Medicine, a poor diet can lead to energy imbalance and can increase one’s risk for becoming overweight or obese. Dietary and physical activity recommendations for healthful living are inextricably intertwined. Adequate physical activity provides protection against chronic diseases and helps to balance energy expenditure and intake.

To help keep your body at its healthiest, stop by any of the North Shore’s local Farmers’ Markets to purchase seasonal, fresh produce. For a list of farmers markets state-wide check out https://www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/farmersmarkets or farmfreshatlas.org.

Brown Deer (June 12th - October 30th): Wednesdays, 9:00am - 5:30pm at the Marketplace Shopping Center – 9078 N. Green Bay Rd.
Fox Point (June 15th – October 12th):  Saturdays, 8:00am - 12:00pm at North Shore Congregational Church – 7330 N. Santa Monica Rd.
Shorewood (June 16th – October 27th):  Sundays, 9:30am – 1:00pm at the Lake Bluff Elementary playground – 1600 E. Lake Bluff Blvd.
Whitefish Bay (July 8th - October 1st): Saturdays, 8:00am - 12:00pm at the Aurora Parking Lot– 324 E. Silver Spring Dr.

Follow the tips below on easy ways to increase physical activity:
• Join a walking group in the neighborhood or at the local shopping mall.
• Do stretches, exercises, or pedal; a stationary bike while watching television.
• Plant and care for a vegetable or flower garden.
• Replace a coffee break with a brisk 10-minute walk. Ask a friend or co-worker to go with you.
• Take a class and do something you like (martial arts, dance, yoga). 
• Most importantly, have fun while being active!

Upcoming Immunization Clinics (appointment required) - Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414-371-2980.  

Thursday, July 11, 3-4:30 p.m., Shorewood office

Tuesday, July 16, 7:30-9:00 a.m., Shorewood office

Wednesday, July 17, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Brown Deer office

NO NS LIBRARY CLINIC IN JULY

Thursday, August 8, 3-4:30 p.m., Shorewood office

Tuesday, August 13, 10-11:00 a.m., Brown Deer office

Tuesday, August 20, 7:30-9:00 a.m., Shorewood office

Wednesday, August 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Brown Deer office

Tuesday, August 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m., North Shore Library

 

Upcoming Adult Health Clinics (appointment required; 8-10:00 a.m.) – Blood analysis for cholesterol, glucose and triglycerides, blood pressure, weight check and a nurse consultation. Please call the NSHD for an appointment at 414-371-2980.

 

Wednesday, July 17, Brown Deer office

Tuesday, July 23, Shorewood office

Wednesday, August 21, Brown Deer office

Tuesday, August 27, Shorewood office

 

Upcoming Blood Pressure Screening (walk-ins welcome – no appointment necessary)

 

Thursday, July 18, 11:30a.m.-12:00 p.m. LX Club (Bavarian Bierhaus at 700 W. Lexington Blvd, Glendale)

Wednesday, July 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Shorewood office

Wednesday, August 7, 12:15-1:00 p.m. Dolan Center (4355 W Bradley Rd)

Thursday, August 15, 11:30a.m.-12:00 p.m. LX Club (WFB Women’s Club, 600 E. Henry Clay St)

Wednesday, August 28, 3:30-4:30. p.m. Shorewood office

 

For the most up-to-date information on pricing, upcoming clinics and screenings, visit the Clinics page of our website at: http://www.nshealthdept.org/Clinics




North Shore Health Department Highlights 07/02/2019

Did you know? 

The UW – Medical Entomology Lab has confirmed that a group of mosquitos in the City of Milwaukee has tested positive for the West Nile Virus (WNV).  This is the first evidence of WNV activity reported in Wisconsin this year.  Mosquitos get infected when feeding on infected birds, so dead birds are also tracked in Wisconsin as an early warning sign of the presence of WNV in a county. While the possibility of exposure to the virus is present anytime mosquitos are active, as of 6/27/19, there have been no confirmed cases of infected humans in WI. Approximately 80% of people infected with WNV do not show symptoms.  The other 20% may experience fever, rash, headache, fatigue, and joint pain. Immunocompromised people (such as infants, elderly and the ill) may be hit particularly hard. WNV is spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito and is not transmitted person to person. There is no specific treatment. Prevention is the way to go.

The NSHD reminds individuals to take steps to prevent mosquito bites, including:

    • Apply an insect repellant with DEET, IR 3535, Picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus to clothing as well as exposed skin (see restrictions for use in children).
    • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to cover exposed skin.
    • Limit time outdoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitos are most active.
    • Prevent mosquitos from breeding by removing stagnant water from areas such as flowerpots, plastic containers, gutters and downspouts. Water in birdbaths and pet dishes should be changed at least every three days. Swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs should be cleaned and chlorinated.
    • Trim tall grass, weeds, and vines as mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours, and regularly assess landscaping to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas. 
    • Report sick or dead birds to the Dead Bird Hotline at 1-800-433-1610; the line is open each year from May 1st – October 31st.
    • Mosquito-proof your home by fixing holes in screens, windows, and doors.


North Shore Health Department Highlights 6/25/19

In Wisconsin bats and skunks are the leading carriers of rabies, but in the U.S. bats are responsible for the greatest number of rabies infections. Annual rabies cases have decreased due to routine pet vaccines  and postexposure prophylaxis (PEP), which is a preventative medical treatment started immediately after exposure. While rabies is one of the most deadly infectious diseases, it is also very preventable.

How to protect yourself:

  • Never touch or feed wild animals and avoid contact with unfamiliar dogs and cats.
  • If you see an animal acting strangely, unusually vicious or aggressive, or having trouble walking, report it to local animal control.
  • After an animal bite, gently clean out the wound with soap and water.
  • If necessary, receive PEP early to prevent development of rabies infection. 
  • If there is no bite, but you think you may have been exposed, talk to a healthcare provider to determine if you need PEP. Once symptoms develop, rabies is almost always fatal.

To learn more about symptoms, postexposure prophylaxis, and rabies vaccines, go to https://www.rabieswatch.com



North Shore Health Department Highlights 6/18/19


Did you know?

Men have higher rates of death than women for most of the leading causes of death (CDC). The top causes of death for men, in the United States, are:

  1. Heart Disease
  2. Cancer
  3. Injuries

Why are men at higher risk?

  • A report from the CDC in 2001 revealed that women are 100% more likely to pursue preventative care and have an annual appointment with their physician than men.
  • Men are more often employed in dangerous occupations than women.
  • Men may lead less healthy lifestyles and participate in more risky activities in their younger years (Men’s Health Network).

The good news is that many health conditions can be prevented. Ways to reduce your risk include:

  • Annual check up with a doctor: this can help address any issues before symptoms become unmanageable
  • A balanced diet high in vitamins and minerals
  • Regular exercise
  • Connection with others
  • Stress reduction
  • Avoidance of drugs, alcohol, and smoking

For more information on men’s health, visit http://www.menshealthnetwork.org/healthfactsand

https://www.cdc.gov/features/healthymen/index.html.



North Shore Health Department Highlights 6/11/19


Did you know? 

The North Shore Health Department investigates several tickborne infections including Lyme disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and rocky mountain spotted fever. Lyme disease is the most frequently reported tickborne illness in Wisconsin (3105 cases in 2018), but numbers for the other conditions are increasing. Common symptoms of tickborne diseases may include fever, chills, muscle aches, headaches and a circular rash. Preventing tick bites is the key to reducing your risk of tickborne diseases. 

 

During high tick season, April through September:  

• Avoid areas with tall grass and brush where ticks are common.  

• Apply repellents that contain at least 20%–30% DEET. 

• Wear long pants, tall socks, and a long sleeve shirt to minimize exposed skin. Light colored clothing makes ticks easier to spot. 

• Wear clothing treated with 0.5% permethrin. 

• Shower soon after coming indoors. 

• Perform daily checks. Check your entire body after being outside even if you were only in your yard. Concentrate on the hairline, abdomen, groin, armpits, and behind the knees. 

 

It is important to remember that ticks are present in all counties in Wisconsin. People living in any county in Wisconsin can contract Lyme disease or other tick-borne diseases. Ticks must be attached for at least 24 hours to spread Lyme Disease, so remove ticks as soon as they are found. 

 

For a map showing Lyme disease incidence in Wisconsin by county, visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/tick/lyme-data.htm

 

For information on how to safely remove a tick, visit https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/removing_a_tick.html

 

For more information on Lyme Disease, including photos of blacklegged ticks and what the characteristic Erythema migrans rash looks like, visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/tick/lyme.htm



North Shore Health Department Highlights 6/4/2019

Did you know?

The North Shore Health Department receives a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), through the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct beach monitoring for presence of E. coli at the three Lake Michigan beaches in our area—Atwater in Shorewood, Klode in Whitefish Bay, and Doctor’s/Tietjen in Bayside/Fox Point. We work with the Shorewood DPW and the North Shore Water Commission to test water at least twice a week using the Most Probable Number (MPN) method. Look for beach advisory signs to gauge safe water conditions.  Green signs represent <235 MPN/100 mls of water tested, indicating that the water is unlikely to contain disease causing levels of organisms. Yellow signs signify levels of 235-1000 MPN/100mls and an Advisory (Caution) level. If 1000 or greater MPN/100 mls is measured, the beach will be closed, signified by a Red sign. If you would like to check before you head for the beach, current status of E. coli levels in most Wisconsin beaches, including the North Shore beaches, is also available at: https://www.wibeaches.us.

Please note that as water conditions can change rapidly, should you choose to swim in open water; showering immediately afterwards is always recommended, as is thorough hand washing before consuming any picnic items you may have brought along.



North Shore Health Department Highlights for 5/28/2019

Did you know?

Last week was the CDC’s Annual Healthy and Safe Swimming Week which focuses on simple steps swimmers and pool operators can take to help ensure a safe swimming experience for all. Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) are caused by germs in contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks or play areas, lakes, or other recreational water. RWIs can also be caused by chemical treatments in the water or that evaporate from the water, causing air quality problems. Diarrhea is the most common RWI, but other common RWIs include skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic, and wound infections. Children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk for RWIs.

Below are some simple steps to protect your health, and the health of others, every time you swim.

  • Don’t swim or let children swim if sick with diarrhea, colds or open wounds. (If you are diagnosed with cryptosporidiosis, don’t swim for an additional 2 weeks after diarrhea has resolved.)
  • Shower for a full minute before entering a pool or hot tub to remove dirt and germs.
  • Check for the presence of lifeguards and/or signs at the beach designating water quality. Wisconsin beach water quality testing begins this week and results can be accessed at https://www.wibeaches.us                     

Once in:

  • Don’t swallow the water.
  • Don’t pee or poop in the water.
  • Keep a close eye on children at all times--kids can drown in seconds and in silence.

Every Hour, Everyone Out:

  • Take kids on bathroom breaks and check diapers every hour. Change diapers in the bathroom or diaper changing area--not poolside--to keep germs away from the water.
  • Reapply sunscreen and stay hydrated.
  • Always wash hands after swimming and before eating and shower after swimming.  
  • Dry ears thoroughly with a towel.

For more information on health swimming, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/swimmers/swim-healthy.html



North Shore Health Department Highlights for 5/21/2019

Did you know?

As we (tentatively) approach warmer weather, more of us will be out biking, skateboarding and playing sports. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the US in 2015 over 1,000 U.S bicyclists died and there were almost 467,000 bicycle-related injuries.  Bicycle helmets reduce the risk of head and brain injuries in the event of a crash. All bicyclists, regardless of age, can help protect themselves by wearing properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. The North Shore Health Department would like to remind everyone, especially parents, to check the fit of their and their children’s bikes AND helmets. Now is the perfect time to replace helmets if they are too old or too small.   Like car seats, bicycle helmets are only effective for a limited time and if they are involved in a substantial crash should be replaced. Temperature extremes impact helmets, causing the components to rapidly lose their strength and risk failing after about five years. Note that while many sports require helmets for safe participation, bicycle helmets are not the right helmet for all sports. If you have helmet questions or need help determining if a helmet fits correctly, contact the North Shore Health Department. Our trained staff will assist you and your family with a helmet fitting. We have Bell bike helmets available for $10 if you have it fitted by our staff. Schedule a fitting at either location (Brown Deer or Shorewood) by calling 414-371-2980.

For more bike safety information, please consult:  https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/bicycle/


North Shore Health Department Highlights for 5/14/2019

Did you know?

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for US teens.  School is almost out for summer, which will likely translate to more teen drivers (with friends along) on the roads for the next few months.

According to the CDC, driver inexperience is a main cause of fatal crashes for teen drivers. Fortunately, many motor vehicle crashes are preventable, and parents can make a big difference in keeping teen drivers safe.

The more time teens spend behind the wheel, supervised by a parent truly present in the role of driving instructor, the better.

Here are some effective ways to get involved in your teen’s driving:

  • Ride along with your teen for at least 30-50 hours offering calm, helpful advice-at different times of day and night, in all kinds of weather and traffic patterns.
  • Understand Wisconsin’s Graduated Driver’s Licensing Laws. Go to: https://www.ghsa.org/state-laws/issues/teen%20and%20novice%20drivers or watch the Crossroads videos below.
  • Consider using a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement that spells out rules of the road, thus setting clear expectations and limits.

For a template, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/parentsarethekey/pdf/PATK_2014_TeenParent_Agreement_AAP-a.pdf

  • Be a good role model for your teen--always put down the cell phone and buckle up.

Refusing to drive distracted and always wearing seat belts are simple ways for teens and all of us to prevent car crash injuries and death.

For a new video series about teen driving, go to https://www.crossroadsteendriving.org/Crossroads or on https://www.youtube.com/, search Crossroads Teen Driving.

Crossroads is a program of Children’s Hospital of WI, and the videos were produced in partnership with State Farm and WI Department of Transportation and feature WI teens.


North Shore Health Department Highlights 5/7/2019

It’s the time of year when everyone is happy to be outside-including mosquitos and the birds that feed on them. West Nile Virus (WNV) is a mosquito-transmitted virus that causes most cases of West Nile infection. Wisconsin tracks the presence of WNV in the state by testing birds—specifically Corvids (crows, blue jays or ravens), which are more likely to die when infected with WNV.

Call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline (800-433-1610 or 608-837-2727 from a non-WI area code) to report a sick or dead bird, and coordinate West Nile virus testing. The hotline is open from May 1 to October 31 each year. Note that once a county has one positive dead bird result, testing of other dead birds in that county for West Nile virus will be stopped until the next season begins. The North Shore Health department recommends the following tips to prevent mosquito bites:

• Limit time spent outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

• Apply insect repellent to clothing as well as exposed skin.

• Ensure window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquito entry.

• Limit standing water by properly disposing of items that could hold water, cleaning roof gutters and downspouts, and cleaning and chlorinating swimming pools and hot tubs.

• Trim tall grass, weeds, and vines where mosquitoes collect.

Learn more about WNV at: https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html 

https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/resources/pdfs/13_240124_west_nile_lifecycle_birds_plainlanguage_508.pdf

North Shore Health Department Highlights 8/21/2018

Did you know?

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Immunizations have positively impacted the lives of infants, children and adults.

Why should you vaccinate?

Immunizations can save your child’s life. Because of advances in medical science, your child can be protected against more diseases than ever before.

Vaccination is very safe and effective. Vaccines are only given after a long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and healthcare professionals.

Immunization protects others you care about and the community. Immunizing individual children helps to protect those people who cannot be immunized (children who are too young to be vaccinated, or those who can’t receive certain vaccines for medical reasons), and the small proportion of people who don’t respond to a particular vaccine.

Immunizations can save your family time and money. A child with a vaccine-preventable disease can be denied attendance at schools or child care facilities. Some vaccine-preventable diseases can result in prolonged disabilities and can take a financial toll because of lost time at work and medical bills.

The North Shore Health Department prevents vaccine-preventable diseases through our Immunization Program. Immunizations are provided to uninsured, underinsured and, in limited cases for some vaccines, private payers. Additionally, the health department provides education and outreach to residents, healthcare providers, school nurses, media, and others on the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases and current vaccine recommendations.



North Shore Health Department Highlights 8/14/2018

Did you know?

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. About 1 in 6 children in the United States has obesity. Certain groups of children are more affected than others.  Children with obesity are at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions and diseases, such as asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, and type 2 diabetes. They also have more risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure and high cholesterol than their normal weight peers. Children with obesity can be bullied and teased more than their normal weight peers. They are also more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression, and lower self-esteem.

Childhood obesity can be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for kids to eat healthier and get more active. Some tips include:

  • Providing nutritious, lower-calorie foods such as fruits and vegetables in place of foods high in added sugars and solid fats. Try serving more fruit and vegetables at meals and as snacks.
  • Making sure drinking water is always available as a no-calorie alternative to sugary beverages and limit juice intake.
  • Helping children get the recommended amount of physical activity each day. Find age appropriate activities here: https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/children/what_counts.htm
  • Be a role model! Eat healthy meals and snacks and get the right amount of physical activity every day.

To learn more visit: https://www.cdc.gov/features/childhoodobesity/index.html or

https://www.aap.org/




North Shore Health Department Highlights 8/7/2018

Did you know…

The North Shore Health Department participates in a variety of community events throughout the summer including: National Night Out, Safety Days, Farmers’ Markets, Car Seat events, and many more. Community events build cohesion and resiliency among residents, businesses, government and community groups to make communities and neighborhoods safe and free of crime and violence. Community cohesion is the coming together of people with a shared vision and sense of belonging in which the diversity of people’s backgrounds and circumstances are valued and appreciated. Community resilience is the sustained ability of a community to utilize available resources to respond to, withstand and recover from adverse situations.  Both community cohesion and resiliency are important elements in a safe and healthy community and are fostered through fun events and activities involving the whole community. Earlier this summer we participated in Farmers’ Markets in Fox Point and Brown Deer and last week we participated in Glendale’s National Night Out. In September we will be at the Bayside Picnic on September 8th, Shorewood Farmers’ Market on September 15th and Whitefish Bay’s Farmers’ Market on September 22nd.

Kudos to Health Department Staff

Earlier this spring, Sanja Miljevic, one of the NSHD’s four Public Health Nurses, won the Carol Graham Scholarship for Emerging Leaders in Public Health Nursing. As an award recipient Sanja received a paid registration to the Wisconsin Public Health Association’s Public Health in Practice Conference. Sanja attended the conference in Stevens Point last week to develop her skills and learn of resources to improve community health. Sanja has been with the NSHD for four years and in that time has become one of our primary nurses working on communicable disease investigations, including managing several active TB patients. In her time with the Department, she has become a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and a Rabies Control Program Trained Observer. Sanja also helped develop and onboard staff to our new scheduling and billing software system, allowing us to expand our Medicare billing options for flu vaccine. Congratulations, Sanja, on your award and your achievements in public health.



North Shore Health Department Highlights 7/31/2018

Did you know…

The North Shore Health Department receives a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), through the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct beach monitoring for presence of E. coli at the three Lake Michigan beaches in our area—Atwater in Shorewood, Klode in Whitefish Bay, and Doctors in Bayside. We work with the Shorewood DPW and the North Shore Water Commission to test water at least twice a week. Signs are posted at each beach, indicating whether a beach is open (green), closed (red) or has elevated levels of E. coli detected (yellow). Current status of E. coli levels in most Wisconsin beaches, including the North Shore beaches, is available at: https://www.wibeaches.us.

In 2017, two drownings occurred on North Shore beaches. Seeing a need for more urgent response and rescue equipment, a Whitefish Bay resident, 17-year-old Matthew Pomes, worked in conjunction with the North Shore Health Department and the Village of Whitefish Bay to design and install a beach rescue equipment kiosk at Klode Beach for his Eagle Scout project. Congratulations, Matthew, and thank you for helping make Klode Beach a safer place to swim!

Photo caption: Eagle Scout Matthew Pomes and North Shore Health Director/Officer Ann Christiansen

What is the health department working on?

Last Thursday the North Shore Health Department hosted a Community Conversation at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center to help us in developing the North Shore Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). We had a great turnout and many suggestions for us to integrate into the CHIP.

If you were unable to make the Community Conversation, you can still view the information from posters, and provide feedback on the topic areas electronically. Visit:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NSHealthConversation.

North Shore Health Department Highlights 7/24/2018

The North Shore Health Department will be hosting a Health and Well-Being Community Conversation at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. Stop by between 3:00-6:30pm on Thursday, July 26, to prioritize community health issues and action steps for the North Shore Health Improvement Plan. Please register online at http://ow.ly/QkMn30kEWII or by calling (414) 371-2980.

The North Shore Health Department reports a dead crow found in Milwaukee County has tested positive for West Nile virus.  West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds. The majority of people (80%) who are infected with West Nile virus do not get sick. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash, and fatigue. Less than 1% of people infected with the virus get seriously ill with symptoms that include high fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, mental confusion, tremors, confusion, paralysis, and coma. Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal.

The North Shore Health Department recommends the following:

  • Limit time spent outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Apply an insect repellant with DEET, IR3535, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus to exposed skin and clothing.
  • Make sure window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquito entry.
  • Prevent mosquitoes from breeding by removing stagnant water from items around your property, such as tin cans, plastic containers, flower pots, discarded tires, roof gutters, and downspouts.
  • Turn over wheelbarrows, wading pools, boats, and canoes when not in use.
  • Change the water in bird baths and pet dishes at least every three days.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs; drain water from pool covers.
  • Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas, and trim tall grass, weeds, and vines since mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services will continue surveillance for West Nile virus until the end of the mosquito season. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, please call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.

Listen to Ann Christiansen, Health Director, discuss West Nile virus on WUMW Lake Effect:  http://wuwm.com/post/tuesday-lake-effect-spread-insect-borne-illnesses-designer-donna-ricco-royal-roost

For more information on West Nile virus: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/arboviral/westnilevirus.htm


North Shore Health Department Highlights 7/17/2018

The North Shore Health Department is hosting our first broad community discussion to help us in developing the North Shore Community Health Improvement Plan. The CHIP is a 5-year plan that identifies health priorities, develops and implements strategies to address the priorities, and lays out the means to measure health improvements.

Please consider joining us on Thursday, July 26th, 2018 at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center where we will review the community health issues that emerged from the North Shore Community Health Assessment and discuss potential action steps for improvement. We invite you to stop by anytime between 3:00pm – 6:30pm to meet with stakeholders and staff, review the potential topic areas, and provide input on what is being or could be done to make our communities healthier and safer. If you can’t join the discussion on July 26th, please let us know as there will be other opportunities to provide input and get involved.

The event is free, but we would like everyone to register through the link on our website (https://nshealthdept.org).


To view the 2017-2021 Community Health Assessment and the 2014-2019 Community Health Improvement Plan visit: http://www.nshealthdept.org/Reports.aspx



North Shore Health Department Highlights 7/10/2018

The North Shore Health Department investigates several tickborne infections including Lyme disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and rocky mountain spotted fever. Lyme disease is the most frequently reported tickborne illness in Wisconsin, but numbers for the other conditions are increasing. Common symptoms of tickborne diseases may include fever, chills, muscle aches, headache and rash. Preventing tick bites is the key to reducing your risk of tickborne diseases.

  • Avoid areas with tall grass and brush where ticks are common.
  • Apply repellents that contain at least 20%–30% DEET.
  • Wear clothing treated with 0.5% permethrin.
  • Shower soon after coming indoors.
  • Perform daily checks. Check your entire body after being outside even if you were only in your yard.

It is important to remember that ticks are present in all counties in Wisconsin. People living in any county in Wisconsin can contract Lyme disease or other tick-borne diseases.

For information on how to safely remove a tick, visit https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/removing_a_tick.html

For information on Lyme disease incidence in Wisconsin, visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/tickborne/lyme/index.htm

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North Shore Health Department Highlights 7/3/2018


Summer is in full swing and Fourth of July is here! As you celebrate with friends and family this week, it is important to remember some key safety tips about the use of fireworks. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, 280 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. Per the North Shore Fire Department, sparklers, smoke bombs and snakes are the only fireworks that have been identified as legal in the State of Wisconsin and the North Shore. 

If you are travelling somewhere where fireworks are legal and you plan to use them, stay safe and follow these tips:

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.

If you will be grilling for the holiday follow these steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard barbecue:

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  • Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
  • Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
  • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
  • Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.

For more safety tips visit: www.fireworkssafety.org, www.nfpa.org