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Pike County Health Department Now Offers Flu Shots & Mist During Walk-In Hours

The Pike County Health Department is urging residents to protect themselves, as well as others this flu season by being proactive and getting vaccinated.

Research has proven that the single best way to prevent the flu is through receiving a flu vaccine every year. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive an annual influenza (flu) vaccination. Due to this need the Pike County Health Department strongly urges residents to take advantage of receiving this vaccination and will now be offering the vaccinations during office walk-in hours (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8a-12p & 1-4p.)

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Opportunity for Flu Vaccines at Your Place of Business

Flu Vaccinces at Work

Businesses contact Rhonda Stumbaugh to set up a time for her to come to your place of business to give staff their flu vaccine.

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WHERE’S BABY? LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK!

Temperatures in cars soar quickly.  Even with a window cracked, the temperature inside a car can reach very high and dangerous temperatures within minutes.  In these extreme conditions, children can die or suffer a permanent disability in a matter of minutes.

  • NEVER leave children alone in or around vehicles, not even with the windows down (This applies to pets as well). If a child is left alone in a vehicle for a short time there is danger of heat stroke, dehydration, overheating, hyperthermia, injury, abduction and even death.
  • Always keep car keys and remote openers out of reach of children.
  • Keep vehicles locked at all times, even at home, and remind your friends and neighbors to do the same.  Unlocked cars pose a risk to children who are naturally curious and often fearless.
  • Teach your children the dangers of a car and let them know it is not a toy or playground.
  • Make your child as visible as possible.  Place rear-facing car seats in the middle of the back seat.
  • Establish a routine of checking the back seat every time you exit the car to ensure no one is left behind.  Don’t overlook sleeping infants.
  • Place your child’s diaper bag or a small toy in the front seat to serve as a constant, visible reminder of your child’s presence in the car.
  • Place your purse, briefcase or other personal item in the back with the child to serve as an additional reason to check the back seat.
  • Ask your babysitter or childcare provider to call you if your child hasn’t arrived as scheduled.
  • Try to plan ahead when you have errands.   Run errands when your spouse, trusted neighbor or friend can watch your child.
  • Remember to use the drive-through convenience provided by banks, dry cleaners, pharmacies, restaurants and other businesses.
  • Pay at the pump at gas stations.
  • When a child is missing, check vehicles and trunks immediately.
  • If you see an unattended child in a car, call 911 immediately.

This article provided by Pike County Health Department, Home Health and Hospice.
For additional information visit:  KIDS & CARS and Safe Kids USA.


Breastfeeding Newsletter - "World Breastfeeding Week "

World Breastfeeding Week is August 1-7, 2014. Additionally, Missouri recognizes the whole month of August as Breastfeeding Month. This year’s theme is "Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life", which asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is the optimal way to feed infants and the health benefits can be found in both mother and child throughout their lives. This theme celebrates the team effort needed to help mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals by making breastfeeding easier.

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