Worcester County Health Department offers heat safety advice for outdoor activities PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md.– The Worcester County Health Department urges all residents to limit heat and sun exposure during the excessive
heat warning in effect through Saturday evening.
 
People at high risk for heat-related illness include infants, young children, people over age 65, and those with chronic lung or heart
disease. However, even otherwise healthy people can suffer from heat related illness or symptoms.
 
If engaging in outdoor activities this week and weekend, drink plenty of fluids watch for the signs and symptoms of heat stroke or
heat stress.
 
People who intend to participate in outdoor activities (work, exercise, recreation) should:
  • Limit outdoor activity between 10am and 2pm during the hottest part of the day.
  • Schedule work and sports events to avoid mid-day heat.
  • Drink 2 to 4 cups of water every hour while working or exercising- don’t wait until you feel thirsty.
  • Avoid use of supplements containing metabolic stimulants or caffeine. Avoid alcohol consumption.
  • Wear a lightweight cap and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Monitor the condition of co-workers, teammates or others engaged in outdoor activities.
  • Seek medical care immediately for symptoms of heat illness.
  • Do not return to heat exposure, work or exercise on the same day as an episode of heat illness.
 
Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are most serious heat-related illnesses. Symptoms may include heavy sweating and weakness,
followed by hot, dry skin, shallow breathing, confusion and potentially fainting. Call for emergency medical treatment. If possible,
relocate the person to a cool area out of direct sunlight or an air-conditioned room while awaiting an ambulance.
 
Heat cramps are painful muscle spasms often in the legs and abdomen and related to exertion and heavy sweating. Discontinue
exercise and do not return to heat exposure or exercise that day. Seek medical attention for worsening muscle pain and dark urine
(cola-colored) that occurs two to four days after exercise or heat-related illness.
 
 
You may also call the Worcester County Health Department at 410-632-1100. Follow our updates on facebook.com/
worcesterhealth and on twitter.com/WorcesterHealth.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 July 2012 07:54
 

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Salisbury, MD. – Dorchester, Somerset, Sussex, Wicomico and Worcester counties invite 
the public to Emergency Preparedness Night on August 23rd at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
 
The Delmarva Shorebirds will play against the Asheville Tourists at 7:05 p.m.
Representatives from local health departments, emergency management agencies, and 
volunteer organizations will host exhibit booths promoting emergency preparedness 
before and during the baseball game. 
 
Come out to the ballpark to support the Shorebirds and learn how you can be better 
prepared for life’s curve balls. 
 
The event is co-sponsored by the health departments and emergency management offices 
of Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties, Ocean City and the Maryland
and Delaware Offices of Emergency Management. 
 
Snow Hill, Maryland- August 1, 2014.  Get fit, lose weight, and improve your health with certified lifestyle coaches through group sessions beginning August 25th in Snow Hill.  The Lifestyle Balance Program is a year-long, healthy eating, physical activity, and weight loss program that has been proven effective in reducing the risk for type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases, assisting in weight loss and maintenance of a healthy body weight, and decreasing the risk for heart disease and stroke.  
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Baltimore, MD (August 11, 2014) --State and local officials have been working since last year to prepare Maryland parents and schools for new school immunization requirements for students entering kindergarten and 7th grade this fall.  All kindergartners must have had two chickenpox (varicella) vaccinations.  All 7th graders must receive a pertussis booster (Tdap) and dose of meningitis vaccines.  School officials and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) are urging parents to make sure their child is appropriately immunized against these diseases prior to the start of school.  Children may be excluded from school if they do not have these vaccinations.
“We have spent the past year helping parents and schools prepare for these school immunization requirements,"  said Dr. Laura Herrera, Deputy Secretary for DHMH Public Health Services.  "We want to be sure all Maryland children start the school year with up-to-date vaccinations and are ready to learn.”
Immunizations are one of public health’s greatest triumphs.  With the exception of safe water, no other health strategy-- not even the creation of antibiotics--has had such a tremendous effect on reducing disease.  Despite the availability of safe and effective immunizations, thousands of cases of vaccine-preventable diseases occur in the United States every year.  Consider the following facts about varicella, pertussis and meningitis: 
 
Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease that can be spread before a person knows they have the disease.
Chickenpox can lead to serious complications, including pneumonia and brain damage.
One out of five people who get meningococcal meningitis experience serious complications, such as the loss of limb(s), permanent hearing loss, or mental impairment.
In recent years, adolescents (11-18 yrs) and adults (19 yrs and older) have accounted for an increasing proportion of pertussis cases. 
Infants who are at highest risk for complications and death due to pertussis are often infected by older siblings, parents or caregivers who might not even know they have the disease.
 
In preparation for the new requirements, local health departments are holding special back-to-school clinics throughout the state.  Parents should call their doctor or local health department to learn if their child needs any of the school-required vaccinations and make arrangements to receive the missing vaccines so their child will not be excluded from school.
 


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