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January 2017 NewsletterPike County Health Department - January 2017 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Over 500 children enjoy another Cookies and Cocoa with Santa event!
  • Save the date for the Home Care & Hospice Foundation’s 6th annual Valentine Gala!
  • Home Care & Hospice Foundation annual giving campaign is a continued success and board approves new logo
  • Ice Cream Socials; a tasty new tradition
  • Join us, we are hiring!
  • Walk-In Clinic and Agency Service Fees cut out
  • New Sign Installation
  • Mary Jo celebrates almost 4 decades with PCHD
  • January Employee and Event Spotlight

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Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace

Join us in the Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Work-site Program

December 29, 2016....The Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Program is offering a grant to businesses that want to make their building breastfeeding friendly. Breastfeeding is the optimal way to feed a baby. There are numerous health benefits for both the child and the mother. Most mothers begin breastfeeding their baby, but the returning to work is often a challenge and may cause breastfeeding to end. It is important that the businesses in our community support these mothers.

Women who wish to continue to breastfeed after returning to work have few and simple needs. The Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Program is a state-wide initiative to increase the number of businesses that provide their employees with breastfeeding support services. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is offering up to $500 to Missouri employers interested in creating or improving lactation support policies and programs at their worksite. This program is part of a nation-wide campaign by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to encourage women to breastfeed their infants for a longer duration after they return to work.

To be eligible to receive a mini-grant, the business must create and provide a written breastfeeding support policy before funding is reimbursed. Leah Diffey at The Pike County Health Department can help with this simple process. 

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It’s not too late to vaccinate – Get your flu vaccine today!

National Influenza WeekDecember 5, 2016...This fall, when you see signs reading "Get Your Flu Vaccine," you might ask "Isn’t it too late to get vaccinated?" No, it’s not too late! CDC recommends that flu vaccination efforts continue throughout the flu season. While the sooner you get vaccinated the more likely you are to be protected against the flu when activity picks up in your community, vaccination into December and beyond can be beneficial during most flu seasons. View CDC’s influenza summary map for a weekly update on flu activity in the United States.

"Flu season most often peaks between December and March, but activity can occur as late as May," says Dr. Dan Jernigan, Director of the Influenza Division at CDC. "We are encouraging people who have not yet been vaccinated this season to get vaccinated now." It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against influenza virus infection to develop in the body, so it’s best to get vaccinated early.

For millions of people every season, the flu means a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue, and miserable days spent in bed. Millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu each year.

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December 2016 NewsletterPike County Health Department - December 2016 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Cookies & Cocoa with Santa
  • Annual 5K Another Success
  • Thank You Veterans
  • Circle of Hope Bracelets
  • Pike County Hospice Hosts Grief Recovery Seminar
  • Annual Giving Campaign
  • Tina Meier Speaks About Suicide and Bullying
  • December Employee Spotlight
  • December Events

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Breastfeeding Newsletter - "Breastfeeding Through The Night"

By Leah Diffey, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

“How is your baby sleeping?”
“Does he sleep through the night yet?”
“Have you thought about giving him cereal so he will sleep through the night?”
“Aren’t you going to train her to sleep so you can get your rest?”

Many new mothers hear questions like these in the first year of their baby’s life.  These questions imply that an infant should sleep through the night as soon as possible which may cause a mom to second guess her baby’s frequent waking, but the research shows that it is normal and healthy for babies to wake throughout the night. This helps with development, bonding, and milk supply. The good news for breastfeeding moms is that they get better sleep than those who supplement. Responding to a baby’s natural night waking with breastfeeding produces a happy and healthy mom and baby!

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