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Iron County Health Department ~ Public Health
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Sunday, February 26, 2017
   
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INFLUENZA

 

As the yearly flu bug travels around the area, Iron County Health Department officials are advising residents on the different types of flu, specifically the difference between influenza and norovirus.

While both are often referred to as the flu, Iron County Health Officer Katie Hampston, said only influenza is technically the flu.

“A lot of people will say, ‘I have the flu.’ But you have to clarify the real flu — influenza — is respiratory and the stomach flu is norovirus … and is the vomiting and diarrhea,” Hampston said. “They’re not, in any way, related.”

Hampston said the health department is seeing an increase in cases of both diseases, which is normal for this time of year.

Influenza symptoms include fever, chills, headache, dry cough and aching in the muscles and joints, according to information from the Wisconsin Division of Public Health.

Norovirus is marked by vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. While norovirus’ symptoms can also include a mild fever, head and muscle aches, chills and fatigue; Hampston said it usually takes longer to get over influenza.

Influenza symptoms usually appear one to three days after exposure, according to the state’s information, while norovirus symptoms generally start 12 to 48 hours after being infected.

One of the key reasons to know the difference between influenza and norovirus, according to Hampston, is influenza can be treated.

“With norovirus — your typical norovirus stomach flu — a lot of people, it just kind of passes on its own,” Hampston said. “Influenza, if you are treated within 48 of your influenza symptoms starting, there is medication a doctor can prescribe.”

She also encouraged residents to get vaccinated against influenza by getting a flu shot.

Vaccine still available at the health department and at atleast some area clinics.

There is no vaccine for norovirus, Hampston said.

As with most other illnesses, handwashing is an important way to prevent the prevention of both influenza and norovirus. Norovirus can survive on surfaces for 14 days or longer, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Health, making it all the more crucial that people take steps to prevent its spread.

Hampston also encouraged people to consider taking a sick day if necessary.

“When you’re sick, stay home. Don’t get others sick — they both spread very easy,” she said.

 

FEBRUARY IS AMERICAN HEART MONTH

During the month of February, Americans see the human heart as the symbol of love. February is American Heart Month, a time to show yourself the love. Learn about your risks for heart disease and stroke and stay "heart healthy" for yourself and your loved ones.
Take It One Step at a Timecan control a number of risk factors for CVD, including:

Diet
Physical activity
Tobacco use
Obesity
High blood pressure
High blood cholesterol
Diabetes

♥Plan for Prevention

♥ Work with your health care team.

Get a checkup at least once each year.


♥ Monitor your blood pressure.

High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so be sure to have it checked on a regular basis.


♥ Get your cholesterol checked.


Eat a healthy diet.

Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables-adults should have at least five servings each day. Eating foods low insaturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol and high in fiber.

Maintain a healthy weight.calculate a number called body mass index (BMI)


Exercise regularly.


The Surgeon General recommends that adults should engage in moderate-intensity activity for at least 150 minutes per week.


♥ Don't smoke.


Limit alcohol use.

Women to have no more than one


Manage your diabetes.

 


Take your medicine.

 

 

2017 Winter Session

 

Starting January 10 – March 30, 2017

Hurley Senior Center

308 3rd Avenue S

Hurley, WI, 54534

Wakefield Senior Center

900 Pierce Street

Wakefield, MI 49968

 

For Details click on Evidence Based Programs to the left of this page

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WINTER TOOL KIT

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p0/p00652.pdf

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Winter Weather Health and Safety Tips

Winter in Wisconsin can be fun and exciting, but sometimes the conditions can become dangerous. Winter storms can sweep through bringing high winds, large amounts of accumulating and drifting snow, ice, and extreme cold temperatures.  Being prepared ahead of a storm will help you get through it safely.

 

More Information on winter weather safety:

Assemble an emergency supply kit.

Assembling an emergency supply kit (link is external) both at home and in your car during winter can save your life if there is a severe winter storm or extreme cold.

Check on your neighbors.

Isolated or elderly individuals can be unaware of rapidly changing weather conditions and may not be able to sense and respond to low temperatures during winter.

Protect yourself from extreme cold.

Protect yourself by wearing loose layers of clothing underneath a wind and weather resistant coat. Look for symptoms of hypothermia including shivering, exhaustion, confusion, and slurred speech.

 

DHS. WISCONSIN.GOV

FACT SHEET ON OUR NEW WEBSITE

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has upgraded our website to better serve Wisconsin citizens. Our agency meets many different needs-but as a whole we are here to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin. A modern, well‐designed, and more responsive website will help us to achieve that.

We are using a web development tool called Drupal that has been adopted widely across both business and government. Drupal is an open source web content management system with an active development community. In other words, it is a free tool for building websites that has caught on as a practical and innovative solution worldwide.

The user experience is extremely important to us, and this upgrade has allowed us to greatly improve it.

**We studied how people navigate and why they come to   the website-and applied what we learned. Overall, visitors to our website should find it less complicated to browse, search, and find what they want.

**We are also using best practices for design. The new look is uncluttered and easier on the user's eyes.

**Our website is now optimized for mobile, which means you can view our site on any device with ease.

**We continue our ongoing agency commitment to accessibility and compliance with federal regulation, sec

 

Stepping On

Stepping on programs are beginning in Springstead and Mercer.

You can get more information on the classes by clicking on the Evidence-base Prevention Programs to your left or call the Iron County Health Department @ 715-561-2191.

 

Our Mission

The Iron County Wisconsin Health Department is here to serve the residents of Iron County Wisconsin by promoting health, protecting the enviroment, and preventing disease and injury.

 

 

 

   

Office Information

Department Head: Katie Hampston, BSN, RN
Address:
502 Copper Street
Suite 2
Hurley, WI 54534
Phone: 715-561-2191
Toll Free: 888-561-2191
Fax: 715-561-2836
Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
   

Events Calendar

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Latest Events

Tue Feb 28 @02:00PM - 03:00PM
Wakefield Strong Women
Tue Feb 28 @04:00PM - 05:00PM
Hurley Strong Women
Wed Mar 01 @08:30AM - 12:00PM
Walk in Clinic
Wed Mar 08 @09:00AM - 03:00PM
WIC