Welcome to North Shore Health Department North Shore Health Department Highlights 1/14/2020 Did you know? Governor Tony Evers proclaimed January 2020 as Cervical Health Awareness Month here in Wisconsin. NSHD is working with the Wisconsin Immunization and Wisconsin Well Woman programs to raise awareness of cancers, including cervical cancer, caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV). The best protection against HPV related cancers is vaccination for both boys and girls at ages 11-12 years. In 2016, about half of preteens and teens in Milwaukee County reported having received at least one HPV vaccine (in the series). Many teenagers remain unprotected against HPV related cancers because they never start or don’t finish the full series of vaccination. By remaining incompletely vaccinated, these adolescents remain vulnerable to cancers caused by HPV infections. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to talk to their child’s doctor or nurse at their next health care visit. If a preteen has not received all doses of the HPV vaccine, make an appointment to get him or her vaccinated today! For more info regarding the HPV vaccine, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/hpv/index.html. Regular screening for cervical cancer via the Pap test and/or HPV testing is another effective way to protect cervical health. According to the American Cancer Society, all women should begin cervical cancer testing (screening) at age 21. For more information about cervical cancer screening tests, schedules and recommendations, visit: https://www.cancer.org/content/cancer/en/cancer/cervical-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/cervical-cancer-screening-guidelines.html Information about free local screening tests for cervical cancer is available at Wisconsin Well Woman. Through this program, women aged 45-64 years may be eligible for services if they meet certain income and insurance guidelines. To learn more and see if you qualify, visit the website. Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.