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ALONG CAME THE SUMMER!!

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Summer time does not come alone!!  It brings on summer dangers right alone with the cook-outs, swimming and other outdoors activites. We must be aware of the many things that may occur during the summer.  Here are a few to wrap our minds around:

 Sunburns-Many have become very sick from too much sun explosion.  Too much sun exposure can have serious repercussions.  Sun exposure damages us through radiation, which is why we can be burned while snow skiing as easily as a hot day on the beach.

 Camping-The fire department recommends people use a flame-retardant tent, and always pitch it away from a campfire.

 Driving/ Biking - 
Summertime is vacation time and now more than ever that means a road trip. The more vehicles on the road, the greater the potential for traffic accidents and injuries. When school is out of session, there will be more young, inexperienced drivers behind the wheel, adding to the risk of accidents. Distracted driving is on the rise, making summer time driving the scariest time for teens, as well as, adults.  Cell phone talking and texting has caused drivers to lose control and caused driving to become even more dangerous! And let’s not forget, highway construction projects.

Fireworks- It wouldn't be summer without the Fourth of July fireworks, Fireworks accidents, unfortunately, are as predictable as ants at a picnic. The National Safety Council reports that, in 2005, an estimated 10,800 people were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries, nearly half of whom were under 15 years old.
Injuries are not limited to large fireworks with a massive explosive potential. About a third of the injuries were from small firecrackers, bottle rockets, and sparklers.  

Swimming and it's dangers are a top hazard that will be discuss in an additional enclosed article.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 May 2010 09:29
 

MEDICINE CABINET MAKEOVER

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             Get Ready to Shoo the Flu:Medicine Cabinet Makeover

Giving your medicine cabinet a “flu redo” now can save you a trip to the store when you’re sneezing and coughing.  No one wants to get out when they are feeling awful. So NOW is the time to get your medicines cabinet upgraded.  Since you never quite know when the flu bug strikes, it is important to have your medicine cabinet fully stocked before the flu season comes to pounce on you and your family members.

 Before you come down with the flu, please follow these simply tips to make over your medicine cabinet for a more comfortable home recovery:

  1. Check the Dates:  Check for expiration dates and discard any expired medications.  Expired medicine can lose its effectiveness.  Restock & replace any tossed out medicines.
  2. Soothe the Side Effects:  Lips may become drier than usual because of congestion. Some antihistamines medications can dry out your skin and lips. Doctor’s believes that severely chapped & cracked lips can make you more susceptible to infections. To prevent this, make sure that you stock your medicine cabinet with lip balm that contains an external analgesic, such as Blistix Medicated Lip Ointment, that will directly medicate and soothe damaged lip tissue.
  3. Just Because You Fell Sick Doesn’t Mean You Have to Look It:  Invest in a heavy facial moisturizer to soothe and prevent scaly skin around the nose and cheeks, which may come from even the softest tissue.  To help with red, irritated eyes, keep an eye mask and eyedrops on hand.
  4. Stop the Spread:  Stock up on soap, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers (containing at least 60% ethanol or isopropanol).  Keep tissue fully stocked and remember to use them once and immediately throw them out. 

While you’re at the store getting things for your medicine cabinet makeover, try getting items that will help prevent you from getting sick in the first place: Carry a travel size hand sanitizer, tissue, and lip balm at all times.  These little foresights may help you conquer and survive the dreadful flu season.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 November 2009 16:06
 

PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGE

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HELPING TO "NOT"
SPREAD THE FLU
                                                                                                                                

1. Practice good hand hygiene

  • Wash with soap & water for 20 seconds or more
  • Or use hand sanitizer

2. Cover coughs and sneezes!!

  • Sneeze or cough into the bend of your arm…NOT YOUR HAND!!

3. IF YOU ARE SICK, PLEASE STAY HOME!!

  • Avoid going around others when you or others are sick

4. Get your flu vaccine!!

  • Yearly
  • H1N1—(call your local health clinic or family doctor)

For additional information:

   www.cdc.gov/flu
   www.texasflu.org
   www.pandemicflu.gov
  www.211Texas.org or dial  211
   1-800-CDC-INFO  (1-800-232-4636)

Scurry County Health Unit

325-573-3508 

911 26th St. ( corner of 26th & J)

Last Updated on Friday, 29 January 2010 08:45
 

Staying at Home Safely with the FLU

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 Staying at Home Safely with the FLU

These guidelines will be revised as the situation evolves.

The new type of influenza, H1N1 influenza (sometimes called swine flu) in humans can vary in severity from

mild to severe. So far in the United States and most countries, mild to moderate disease has occurred.

Almost all people in Texas with confirmed H1N1flu (swine flu) have had a fever (50% had a temperature

greater than 102.5°F) and cough; most have also had a sore throat. Almost everyone has stayed home and

recovered in a few days. Symptoms of H1N1 flu are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular

human seasonal influenza (see below)

                                                 Symptoms

fever, very tired, cough, sore throat, headache, runny nose, lack       

of appetite; some may have GI symptoms (nausea, diarrhea, vomiting)

Symptoms of influenza tend to be mild and usually last 3 to 4 days. In most cases H1N1 flu will resolve

without medical attention. Sometimes pneumonia, ear infection, or sinus infection may occur at the same

time as or after the flu. Some people have additional risks for developing severe complications with flu.

 Most illnesses with congestion and mild fever are NOT caused by this new type of flu.

 

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 29 January 2010 08:39
 

Cold symptoms – vs - H1N1 Flu Symptoms

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Cold symptoms – vs -  H1N1 Flu Symptoms 

     Symptoms

     Cold

     H1N1 Flu 

    Fever
     Fever is rare with a cold.

     Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases.=2 0A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3        
     to 4 days is assocated with the flu.

      Coughing

     A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.

     A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry
     cough).

    Aches

     Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.

     Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.

    Stuffy Nose

     Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.

     Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.
 
    Chills

     Chills are uncommon with a cold.

     60% of people who have the flu experience chills.

    Tiredness

     Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.

     Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.

    Sneezing

     Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.

     Sneezing is not common with the flu.

    Sudden Symptoms

     Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.

     The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches  
     and pain.

    Headache

     A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.

     A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.

    Sore Throat

     Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.

     Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.

    Chest Discomfort

     Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.

     Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.

 The only way to stop the spread of the epidemic is to spread the awareness.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 30 October 2009 08:49
 


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