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North Shore Health Department Highlights 1/21/2020

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January is National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Month.  Every year millions of people in the US participate in winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating and hockey.  These are fun activities that encourage physical activity and get people outside during winter, however the high speeds and slippery surfaces can also lead to serious injuries.  TBIs result in an alteration of brain function, usually due to a violent blow or jolt to the head. Concussions are one type of TBI.

Brainline.org offers some injury prevention tips to protect yourself and your loved ones when participating in winter sports:

1. Always wear a properly-fitted helmet designed for the specific sport and ALWAYS replace it after a serious fall.

2. Have fun, but know your limitations—start slow, take lessons for new sports, and make sure children are supervised.

3. Be familiar with your surroundings and stay alert to blind spots or changes in terrain or weather.

4. Know the warning signs of a concussion:

  • Headaches
  • One pupil larger than the other
  • Weakness or numbness
  • Altered coordination or balance
  • Confusion or slurred speech
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness (passed out/knocked out). Even a brief loss of consciousness should be taken seriously.
  • Not feeling “quite right”

5. If you or a loved one has a concussion, take time to recover before putting yourself into a high risk situation again. 

For more information on brain injuries, including concussions, visit the CDC’s website at: https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/basics/index.html

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North Shore Health News

Come Join Our Team!!

January 13th, 2020 - The North Shore Health Department is recruiting for a Public Health Program Manager. The Manager will manage a broad spectrum of public health programs including public health emergency preparedness and community health initiatives in the North Shore. The complete position description and application information can be found on the Village of Brown Deer's website.

For more information contact Ann Christiansen at achristi@nshealthdept.org.


January 15th, 2020 - Romaine Lettuce Outbreaks Declared Over - Consumer Advisory Lifted

The FDA is lifting the consumer advisory to avoid romaine lettuce from Salinas as the growing season for this region is over, and there is no longer a need for consumers to avoid it. There is also no need to avoid other produce products from Salinas.

 The FDA and CDC have been tracking two multi-state romaine lettuce outbreaks. Today, federal health officials are declaring both multi-state romaine lettuce outbreaks over. One of the outbreaks sickened 167 people in 27 states. The other outbreak, linked to Fresh Express salad kits, sickened 10 people in five states. See the FDA's website for more details.


Fisher-Price Recalls Rock 'n Play Sleepers Due to Reports of Deaths


Hazard: Infant deaths have occurred in Rock 'n Play Sleepers, after infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained, or under other circumstances. Full details on the recall and remedy are available on the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website.

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.

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.


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.