This flu season Influenza A (H3N2) has been the most common strain circulating. When this happens we tend to have more severe illness and mortality, especially in older adults and younger children. There are early indications that this season may be severe. Lewis County Public Health along with the CDC urges everyone 6 months of age and older to receive their flu vaccine. While some of the viruses spreading this season are different than those in the vaccine, vaccination can still provide protection and might reduce severe outcome such as hospitalization and death. For more information on this flu season and the flu vaccine visit the CDC Website.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State Health Departments are investigating a multi-state outbreak associated with travel to Disneyland Resort Theme Parks. Measles is a highly contagious, acute viral illness. Measles can casue severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis, and death. Measles is transmitted by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing; infected people are contagious from 4 days before their rash starts through 4 days afterwards. After an infected person leaves a location, the virus remains viable for up to 2 hours on surfaces and in the air. For More information on how to protect your family from Measles click here.
Are you sick? Have you traveled recently? Is it Flu or Ebola? Click here for more information.
Have questions on Ebola??? Call the New York State Department of Health Ebola Information Line 1-800-861-2280, or visit the New York State Department of Health Website.
For information that is updated daily in regards to traveling and the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa visit the CDC Website. Still have questions? Call Lewis County Public Health at (315) 376-5453. Keep yourself healthy and informed!
Lewis County Public Health is excited to announce the new Take Charge with Diabetes Program, a health education program designed to complement and enhance medical treatment and Diabetes management. This is a 6 session program where participants will learn techniques to handle fatigue, stress, pain and the emotions of Diabetes. Participants will also learn appropriate exercise for their condition, healthy eating and monitoring, skin and foot care, and appropriate use of medciation. The first class is scheduled to being in January 2015. For more information on the program call Lewis County Public Health at (315)-376-5453
Lewis County Public Health is excited to announce the new NYS Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) , a proven way to prevent diabetes in people who have prediabetes or are at risk for diabetes, by making small lifestyle changes. The DPP meets in a small group for just one hour every week for 16 weeks. Trained lifestyle coaches leads the weekly sessions to help you improve your food choices, increase physical activity, and learn coping skills to maintain weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes.To find out more information call LCPH at (315) 376-5453.