Give yourself the gift of health this holiday season

Holiday cheer isn’t the only thing that’s contagious this time of year. Winter months are prime time for the spread of colds and flu viruses. 

 

The Worcester County Health Department encourages residents to give themselves the gift of health this holiday by getting flu shots. The health department is promoting flu vaccination as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week December 2-8.

 

“Many people think it’s too late to get a flu shot after Thanksgiving, but it’s actually the best time,” said Health Officer Debbie Goeller. “A flu shot is a gift you can give yourself and your family. It can give you the peace of mind that you will not be sidelined by the flu illness during the holidays.”

 

Each year the flu poses serious health risks for thousands of Americans. Flu season generally peaks between January and March. Vaccination is the first and most important step in protecting against the flu.  The vaccine is available at the health department’s Snow Hill, Berlin and Pocomoke offices.  To make an appointment, call our office. The Snow Hill number is 410-632-1100; Berlin is 410-629-0164; Pocomoke is 410-957-2005.

 

Flu vaccine is $15 for self pay clients. Medicare is billed when cards are presented. No one will be denied service due to inability to pay.

 

This year’s vaccine provides protection against three strains of flu virus expected to circulate this season. Two of the strains are different from the 2011 vaccine. Last year’s vaccine will not protect against this year’s flu viruses. All people including pregnant women and those with medical conditions are strongly recommended to get a flu vaccine each year.

 

People age 65 years and older who visit the Worcester County Health Department have the choice of receiving a high dose flu vaccine which will result in a stronger immune response against the flu. 

 

For more information visit the Worcester County Health Department‘s website at http://worcesterhealth.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

 

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(Snow Hill, MD)- The 22nd Annual “Tortoise & Hare Dare” 5K walk/run will be held at 9 am, on Saturday, April 6, with a rain date of April 13, at Pocomoke River State Park-Shad Landing, Snow Hill, Maryland. Registration begins at 8:30 am. This is a FREE event and is Pet-Friendly and will be led by Smokey the Bear. The first 100 runners/walkers to check-in on the day of the event will receive a free commemorative T-shirt. There is no cost to take part in the Tortoise and the Hare Dare. The Worcester County Health Department, Worcester County Department of Recreation & Parks, and Pocomoke River State Park all co-sponsor the 5k.

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(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department is pleased to announce new funding awarded through the Maryland Department of Health, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, to put into action community-based projects that support physical activity in Worcester County. This new grant funding will help WCHD create projects that line up with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Healthy People 2020 campaign.

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Worcester County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program provides consultation to parents, home owners, renters, landlords, medical offices, and other concerned community members on the lead poisoning, prevention, testing, and regulations. Education and case management is provide to parents with children with elevated blood lead levels. Call 410-632-1100 for more information. 


What is lead poisoning?

Lead poisoning is one of the most common environmental child health problems in the United States and effects 3 to 4 million children. Lead is especially harmful to children younger than 6, but anyone who eats, drinks, or breathes something which has too much lead can get lead poisoning. Although chipping paint and paint dust are the most common sources of lead, lead can also be found in ceramic cups and dishes, fishing sinkers, craft supplies, leaded crystal, spray paint, and even in soil and water.

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Flu season is fully underway but it's not too late to reduce your risk. Flu vaccines are still available in Worcester County and simple, everyday precautions such as washing your hands, staying home when you're sick, and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze can help stop the spread of the flu. To learn more call 410-632-1100 or click the image below to visit the CDC page on flu prevention. 

 

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Snow Hill Rotary partners with Worcester Health on prescription lockboxes; Health Department to launch new substance abuse awareness campaigns in Spring 2019


(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department and Snow Hill Rotary Club partnered in 2019 to provide free prescription lockboxes to the community. In 2018, the Rotary conducted a needs assessment to determine priorities for where to donate their resources. After having presentations from various organizations, including the Worcester County Health Department, it was determined that the opioid crisis would be a priority area and partnering with the health department to provide lock boxes was the intervention they selected. The Snow Hill Rotary Club also participated in a Naloxone training provided by the health department.

Funded by the Rotary Club, the new lockboxes encourage residents to keep their prescription medications, such as opioids, safe and secure. In addition to promoting responsible opioid storage, Worcester Health will launch several new awareness campaigns this spring focusing on Addiction in the Workplace, Naloxone training, reducing the stigma around recovery as well as promoting the State of Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law.

“I would like to thank the Snow Hill Rotary Club for partnering with the Worcester County Health Department on the lockbox initiative,” said Rebecca Jones, Health Officer for Worcester County. “This is another avenue in which to fight the ongoing opioid crisis.”

 Pictured (left to right): Mimi Dean, Director of Prevention, Worcester County Health Department, Rebecca Jones, Health Officer, Worcester County Health Department, Marty Pusey, Snow Hill Rotary Club, Chris Welch, President, Snow Hill Rotary Club.

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