Ticks are generally found near the ground, in brushy or wooded areas. They can’t jump or fly. Instead, they climb tall grasses or shrubs and wait for you to brush against them. When this happens, they climb on and seek a site for attachment. Ticks can cause a number of diseases and some can be life-threatening.
Protect yourself from TICKS
- Use a repellent with at least 20 percent DEET, picaridin, or IR3535
- Dress in long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks when you’re outside.
- Shower as soon as possible after being outdoors.
Do frequent tick checks after being outdoors and remove attached ticks promptly by grasping with tweezers as close to the skin as possible and pulling straight out. Then watch for signs of illness such as fever/chills, aches and pains and/or a rash. If you have these symptoms, see your doctor immediately.
Call Public Health Solutions at 402-826-3880 with any questions or concerns.
On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Center at 606 3rd Street, Fairbury, NE. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or call the Sheriff’s Office at 402-729-2284.
Extensive agricultural burns in Kansas have caused temporary air quality issues in our area. Winds carrying particles and gases from these fires can make conditions like heart disease, chronic bronchitis, or emphysema worse and trigger asthma attacks. While most people will not be affected, people with these chronic respiratory health conditions should pay special attention to outdoor air conditions and take appropriate action if necessary.
- Staying indoors as much as possible
- Keeping your windows and doors closed
- Avoiding strenuous activity outdoors
- Making sure that your vehicle’s air conditioner is set to “re-circulate”
If you experience excessive coughing, tightness in the chest, or chest pains, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately.
This kind of planned agricultural burning is common in the spring months. The closest air quality monitoring station is in Lincoln, where they track a variety of air pollutants that can affect our health, including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, and particulate matter.
For more information, contact Public Health Solutions at 402-826-3880.
Free Dental Care for Adults & Children
This spring, Nebraska will host another Mission of Mercy event where children and adults can get free dental care. Over 150 volunteer dentists will provide an estimated 1,200-1,400 patients, with $750,000 in free dental care at the Mission of Mercy event from April 7-8th, 2017.
Thought the first Mission of Mercy (MOM) originated in Virginia, the idea then spread throughout the United States. Nebraska was the fourth state to hold a Mission of Mercy, following Virginia and Texas in 2001 and Kansas in 2003. Mission of Mercy dental programs across the country have provided about 100,000 patients with nearly $50 million in free dental services and treatment since 2000.
The Nebraska MOM program provides care to the uninsured, the under-insured, and anyone who otherwise has difficulty getting to a dentist. Those who show up for care, and who do not have any medically compromising condition that would prohibit them from receiving care, are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis. To attend, please visit 700 E. Stolley Park Road, in Grand Island, NE. Patients will be seen from 5:30am to 5:00pm.
Wear red. Know your numbers. Reduce your risk.
PHS staff members observe national Wear Day to bring attention to women’s heart health.
Five numbers, that all women should know to take control of their heart health are:
- Total Cholesterol
- HDL (good) Cholesterol,
- Blood Pressure
- Blood Sugar
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
Knowing these numbers can help women and their healthcare provider determine their risk for developing cardiovascular disease.
FALAFEL KING ISSUES ALLERGY ALERT
ON UNDECLARED MILK IN “Tzatziki Sauce”
The following recall alert was received from Nebraska Department of Agriculture, after the FDA initiated a recall of Falafel King Tzatziki Sauce.
Falafel King of Boulder, Colorado is notifying the public that its containers of Tzatziki Sauce made with sour cream contains milk, a known allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products
Falafel King Tzatziki Sauce is distributed to retail stores in certain areas of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Nebraska.
Falafel King Tzatziki Sauce is sold in a 10 ounce plastic container with a black rimmed lid with the UPC #822986-70015-2 and a “Sell By” date printed on the top label. The old label on this product will have a “Sell By” date prior to 03/04/17.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with our product.
This Allergy Alert was initiated to protect the consumers after it was discovered that the Tzatziki Sauce made with sour cream was distributed in packaging that did not declare the presence of milk.
Anyone with questions may contact the Falafel King Corporate office at 303-443-1346 and ask for Amnon Gilady, Owner, Monday-Friday, 9:00a.m.–5:00p.m. MST or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the U.S. Food & Drug Administration website for more information regarding recall alerts. www.fda.gov
The flu is different from a cold. A cold will come on gradually with various symptoms, and the flu will come on suddenly. People who have the flu may experience some or all of the following symptoms:
- Fever – chills/feeling feverish
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Vomiting and diarrhea may occur; this is more common in children than adults.
*Not everyone will experience a fever with the flu.
Flu vs. Cold
|Signs & Symptoms||Influenza (Flu)||Cold|
|Fever||Usual; lasts 3-4 days||Rare|
|Aches||Usual; often severe||Slight|
|Chest discomfort, cough||Common; can be severe||Mild to moderate; hacking cough|
For more information go to Center of Disease Control Flu & Symptom Severity
Click here for more information about the PHS Immunization Clinic. You can ask your health provider about immunizations or call PHS at 402-826-3880
Annually, the first Friday in February UNMC College of Dentistry hosts a Dental Day for children across Nebraska. Public Health Solutions has partnered with UNMC to make sure that the uninsured and underinsured children of our district are able to get free dental work. The next Dental Day will be held on Friday, February 3rd, 2017. The deadline to apply is January 20th, 2017. To enroll your children, you can contact Public Health Solutions for more information, or you can fill out the application form and return it to our offices.
Once the form is filled out, signed, and received by Public Health Solutions, we will contact a local dental professional to set up a free pre-screening exam that is needed before the February 3rd clinic. The exam is very quick and simple, and will let the Dental College know your child’s dental needs.
The clinic will be held at the University’s East Campus (40th & Holdredge) in Lincoln and families need to check in at 8:00am. Parents will be able to wait in the clinic’s waiting room while the children are in the clinic or are doing fun and educational activities between treatments. Please be prepared to be there a full day, as some procedures may take a long time. Your child will be given lunch and there are vending machines in the building. Free coffee will be available, and there are also a few restaurants in the area.
If you need transportation, Public Health Solutions can try to help you, so please let us know!
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In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car including:
- Jumper cables: might want to include flares or reflective triangle
- Flashlights: with extra batteries or hand crank flashlight
- First Aid Kit: remember any necessary medications, baby formula and diapers if you have a small child
- Food: non-perishable food such as canned food, and protein rich foods like nuts and energy bars
- Manual can opener
- Basic toolkit: pliers, wrench, screwdriver
- Pet supplies: food and water
- Radio: battery or hand cranked
- Cat litter or sand: for better tire traction
- Small shovel
- Ice scraper
- Clothes: warm clothes, gloves, hat sturdy boots, jacket and an extra change of clothes for the cold
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Charged cell phone: and car charger
Some other tips are:
- Keep your gas tank full or nearly full. Never travel with a low gas tank
- Check windshield wipers and replace if needed
- Keep windshield washer fluid full with a winter solution
- Check or have a mechanic give your a car a “winter check-up” to make sure it is in good working condition and tires do not need replaced
For more tips on preparing your home and vehicles for winter go to https://www.cdc.gov/features/winterweather/index.html