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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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Pike Co. Health Dept. November 2016 NewsletterPike County Health Department - November 2016 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Veteran Appreciation Fair
  • Let's Talk Turkey information - A consumer guide to Safely Roasting a Turkey from the USDA.
  • A Hospice Thanksgiving
  • National Palliative Care Month
  • Cookies & Cocoa with Santa
  • Poster Contest
  • November Employee Spotlight
  • National Hospice & Palliative Care Month

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Pike County Health Department Now Offering Flu Shots During Walk-in Hours

September 9, 2016...The Pike County Health Department is urging residents to protect themselves, co-workers, family and friends by being proactive and getting vaccinated this flu season. The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine every year. CDC now recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive an annual influenza “flu” vaccination.

The Pike County Health Department is now offering the vaccinations during Walk-in hours Mondays – Fridays from 8 am-12 pm & 1-4 pm.

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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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