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North Shore Health Department Highlights 12/3/2019 

Did you know?

It’s not too late to receive your flu shot! December 2-8th is National Influenza Vaccination week.

We may sound like a broken record here, still harping about flu vaccine, but it is for good reason backed by sound data.

Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death, especially in the very old and very young. In Wisconsin alone, just since September 2019, there have been 6 deaths and 57 influenza-associated hospitalizations (3 in the North Shore area) and these numbers will only be climbing as the flu season progresses.

An annual seasonal flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older is the best way to help protect against flu-not only for you, but also for all of those around you.

There are many reasons to get a flu vaccine.

• Reduce your risk of:

  • Flu illness

  • Doctor’s visits

  • Missed work/school

  • Reduce severity of flu illness

  • Protect women before and after pregnancy

  • Protect babies unable to get the vaccine

While CDC recommends getting vaccinated against the flu by the end of October each year, they encourage vaccination through January or later as flu seasons have lengthened over the years. People have been diagnosed with the flu well into the Spring, meaning it is not too late to get your flu shot. Remember that it takes about two weeks after being immunized for your body to develop sufficient antibodies to protect you. Fit in your immunization before holiday gatherings.

The North Shore Health Department offers an assortment of flu immunizations, including:

• Quadrivalent flu shots for $40

• Preservative free quadrivalent flu shots for $45

• High dose flu shots (ages 65 and over) for $65 (We can bill medicare.)

For more data and information on the prevention of influenza through vaccine, please visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/keyfacts.htm?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Ffeatures%2Ffighttheflu%2Findex.html



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North Shore Health News

OFFICES CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY

Please note that our offices will close at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
We will re-open at 8:00 am on Monday, December 2.

We will still have our regular blood pressure clinic in our Shorewood office on Wednesday, November 27th from 3:30pm - 4:30pm.




Romaine Lettuce Recall

FDA, CDC, and state health authorities are investigating an outbreak of illnesses caused by E. coli O157:H7 in the United States. Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicates that romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California growing region is a likely source of this outbreak. Consumers should not eat romaine lettuce harvested from Salinas, California. Additionally, consumers should not eat products identified in the recall announced by the USDA on November 21, 2019.



Severe Pulmonary Disease Among Adolescents who Reported Vaping

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and local health departments are investigating a cluster of people with severe lung disease who all reported recent vaping. Learn more about the investigation at: https://www.dhswisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm.


Environmental Protection Agency's 2018 BEACH Report

The EPA’s Beach program provides funding to monitor 3,943 coastal recreation beaches in the United States. As part of this program, the North Shore Health Department monitors three of these at Atwater, Klode, and Doctors Park. See for the full EPA report: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2019-07/documents/beach-swimming-season-report-2018.pdf.


 Kids in Crisis: You're Not Alone 

Documentary on youth mental health produced in partnership with the USA Today Network-Wisconsin and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Four young people share their mental health journeys in hopes of encouraging others to get help for their mental health challenges. See video at PBS.org.



Business Owners:

We have learned of recent cases where people, posing as health inspectors, obtain financial information or force payment of unpaid fees. In some cases, the impostor has cited inspection reports. As always, it is important to verify that a health inspector is who they claim to be by checking their ID and obtaining a business card. As a reminder, we will not ask for financial information, nor will we accept payment by credit or debit card in person or over the phone. If you encounter potentially fraudulent activity by an individual claiming to work for the North Shore Health Department or North Shore Environmental Health Consortium, or if you would like to verify identity of an inspector, please call us at 414-371-2980.


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

The Wisconsin 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.


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 or e-mail us at nshd@browndeerwi.org 

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.