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October 2014

 

Administrative

Office Closed

   October 13, 2014 Holiday

Board of Health Meeting

   October 20, 2014

 

Clinical Programs

Cancer Screening

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Flu Clinics

   October 14, 2014

   October 20, 2014

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Family Planning

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Family Planning

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Immunizations

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STD Testing

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Environmental

Food School

  Cost is $5.00. Call

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Welcome

    Mission Statement

         The mission of the Morgan County Health Department is to provide approved Clinical and Environmental services required by the state of West Virginia in order to protect the health of the general public.  We also plan and mobilize appropriate actions with the community in order to act during a disaster or epidemic and to help provide solutions for a healthier Morgan County.

Volunteers Needed   Healthy Tip of the Month
Medical Reserve Corps

The Morgan County Health Department is recruiting volunteers for the Eastern Panhandle Medical Reserve Corps (EPMRC). If you are interested please contact us today. Your community needs you! For more information about the EPMRC, please check out the Volunteer page.

 

  Staying Active in the Summer Months
  • Hydrate! Drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activity to avoid dehydration. For low-calorie flavor, add slices of your favorite fruits such as melon, oranges, berries or even cucumber or mint to a pitcher of water and refrigerate for two hours.
  • Protect your family from the sun: wear wide-brimmed hats, always apply water-resistant sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and reapply sunscreen every 2 hours.
  • Heat safety: avoid intense activities between noon and 3 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Dress for the heat: wear lightweight, light colored clothing, choose light, breathable fabrics such as cotton, and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Head indoors: when the heat gets unbearable, try indoor activities like basketball, swimming, yoga or racquetball.

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May 2014

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June 2014
 

Time to Prevent Lyme Disease

The spring and summer months are a time to focus on lyme disease education and prevention. Over 25,000 cases of Lyme disease among Americans will be reported this year. Individuals visiting New England, the mid-Atlantic states, and the upper Midwest face a greater risk for exposure. Here are a few tips for reducing your risk of tick-borne disease.

Protect Yourself from Tick Bites

Know where to expect ticks. Blacklegged ticks live in moist and humid environments, particularly in or near wooded or grassy areas. You may come into contact with ticks during outdoor activities around your home or when walking through vegetation such as leaf litter or shrubs. To avoid ticks, walk in the center of trails and avoid tall vegetation.

Use a repellent with DEET (on skin or clothing) or permethrin (on clothing and gear). Repellents containing 20% or more DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) can be applied to the skin, and they can protect up to several hours. Always follow product instructions! Parents should apply repellents to their children, taking care to avoid application to hands, eyes, and mouth. Products containing permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing, and camping gear. Treated items can remain protective through several washings.

Perform Daily Tick Checks

Check your body for ticks after being outdoors, even in your own yard. Conduct a body check upon return from potentially tick-infested areas by searching your entire body for ticks. Use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body and remove any tick you find. Take special care to check these parts of your body and your child's body for ticks:

  • Under the arms
  • In and around the ears
  • Inside the belly button
  • Back of the knees
  • In and around all head and body hair
  • Between the legs
  • Around the waist

Check your clothing and pets for ticks because ticks may be carried into the house on clothing and pets. Both should be examined carefully, and any ticks that are found should be removed. Placing clothes into a dryer on high heat effectively kills ticks.

Remove Attached Ticks Quickly and Correctly

Remove an attached tick using fine-tipped tweezers as soon as you notice it. If a tick is attached to your skin for less than 24 hours, your chance of getting Lyme disease is extremely small; however, other diseases may be transmitted more quickly.

Over the next few weeks, watch for signs or symptoms of Lyme disease such as rash or fever. See a healthcare provider if these develop. For more information, see tick removal.

Be Alert for Fever or Rash

Even if you donít remember being bitten by a tick, an unexpected summer fever or odd rash may be the first signs of a tick-borne disease, particularly if youíve been in tick habitat. See your health care provider if these symptoms develop.

Prevent Ticks on Animals

Prevent family pets from bringing ticks into the home by limiting their access to tick-infested areas and by using veterinarian-prescribed tick collars or spot-on treatment.

Create Tick-safe Zones in Your Yard

Modify your landscaping to create "Tick-Safe Zones." It's pretty simple. Keep patios, play areas, and playground equipment away from shrubs, bushes, and other vegetation. Regularly remove leaf litter, clear tall grasses and brush around your home, and place wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to keep ticks away from recreational areas (and away from you).

  • Use a chemical control agent. Effective tick control chemicals are available for use by the homeowner, or they can be applied by a professional pest control expert.
  • Discourage deer. Deer are the main food source for adult ticks. Keep deer away from your home by removing plants that attract deer and by constructing physical barriers that may discourage deer from entering your yard and bringing ticks with them.

 

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