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Iron County Health Department ~ Public Health

Office Information

Department Head: Katie Hampston, BSN, RN
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



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


Hurley Maganese Water Testing



City of Hurley Manganese Testing

The City of Hurley is continuing to cooperatively work with The City of Ironwood, Iron County Health Department, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, The Wisconsin Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, and the Michigan Department, Great Lakes, and Energy to investigate potential manganese levels in homes.

The City of Hurley currently obtains water from the City of Ironwood, which initially began to investigate potential elevated manganese levels in the water system earlier this month.

During the first round of manganese testing the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department initially sampled the feed point to the City of Hurley, WI (located on Silver Street at the Montreal River Bridge), the feed point measured 45 ppb (parts per billion).

Additionally, the City of Hurley Public Works in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Iron County Health Department sampled the feed point to Hurley after the recent fire in downtown Ironwood.  These results read at 76 ppb (parts per billion).

Results from both testing done were under the EPA advisory level of 300 parts per billion for children under 12 months of age.  As a precautionary measure the City of Hurley Public Works Department, Iron County Health Department, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be doing additional sampling sites from other locations throughout the City of Hurley.

The advisory for infants less than 12 months continues to remain in effect until additional samples are analyzed and results are available.  Bottled water remains available at the Hurley Police Department (HPD) located at 405 5th Ave N. Hours of pick-up at HPD will be Monday through Friday from 9am-3pm.  Water is also available at the Ironwood Public Safety Office located 123 West McLeod Avenue.  The pickup hours will be Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm.


For more information about manganese and your health, Hurley residents can contact the Iron County Health Department at 715-561-2191 or the City of Hurley Public Works Department at 715-561-4715 from 8am-4pm.


August is Recognizing National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)

NIAM draws attention to immunization in August each year.

Each year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan. Activities focus on encouraging all people to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases. In 2014, the National Public Health Information Coalition is coordinating NIAM activities.

Get Toolkits to Help You Raise Awareness About Immunization

The National Immunization Awareness Month Communication Toolkit , developed by NPHIC in collaboration with CDC, focuses on four weekly themes:

· A Healthy Start (Aug. 3-9)

· Back to School (Aug. 10-16)

· Off to the Future (Aug. 17-23)

· Not Just for Kids (Aug. 24-30)

A key message for our nation

People of all ages can protect their health with timely vaccination.

The toolkit includes key messages, sample media materials, social media content, and event ideas. You can also get eye-catching NIAM logos and banners for each weekly theme to place on your websites and social media platforms. These branding elements highlight your participation in NIAM.

The National Health Information Center offers a toolkit with NIAM resources through

August National Health Observances (2014) [11 pages]

Find CDC Resources for National Immunization Awareness Month

For a complete list of resources, download this sell sheet for NIAM [2 pages].

CDC develops immunization materials our partners can use in local outreach and education efforts during NIAM and year-round. Below are links to materials you can use during NIAM to

· Encourage parents of young children to get recommended immunizations by age two; reach out with posters, video PSAs, tweets [2 pages], Facebook posts [3 pages], and more

· Help parents make sure older children, preteens, and teens have received all recommended vaccines by the time they go back to school; share information geared toward parents of 9-18 year olds.

· Remind college students to catch up on immunizations before they move into dormitories

· Educate adults, including healthcare workers, about vaccines and boosters they may need

· Educate pregnant women about getting vaccinated to protect newborns from diseases like whooping cough (pertussis)

· Remind everyone that the next flu season is only a few months away

Check with your state or local health department to see if they have additional immunization resources you can use during NIAM, or plans to celebrate the month.




Immunization, or vaccination, helps prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. Immunization isn’t just for kids — to stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and pneumonia, adults need to get vaccinated too.

National Immunization Awareness Month is a great time to promote vaccines and remind family, friends, and coworkers to stay up to date on their shots.

How can National Immunization Awareness Month make a difference?

We can all use this month to raise awareness about vaccines and share strategies to increase immunization rates with our community.

Here are just a few ideas:

· Talk to friends and family members about how vaccines aren’t just for kids. People of all ages can get shots to protect them from serious diseases.

· Encourage people in your community to get the flu vaccine every year.

· Invite a doctor or nurse to speak to parents about why it’s important for all kids to get vaccinated.

How can I help spread the word?

We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference! This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:

· Add information about immunizations to your newsletter.

· Tweet about National Immunization Awareness Month.

· Host a community event where families can get together and learn about immunizations.

· Add this Web badge to your website, blog, or social networking profile.



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.