On Monday October 27, we will see our first patients on our Mobile Dental Unit. We are excited to be stationed at Glenwood Elementary!
This is truly a great collaboration between many groups including the Rutherford-Polk-McDowell District Health Department, the Collins Dental Center, the McDowell County Schools, the McDowell County Department of Social Services and the McDowell County Board of Commissioners. Each has brought important tools to the table to get this project going. This will be a great opportunity to have a positive impact on the dental health of the children of our community.
The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the first cases of Ebola transmission in the United States. There are no confirmed cases of Ebola in Rutherford, Polk or McDowell
Counties. There are many concerns and questions that you may have. The North Carolina Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control have great information and tools availabe to educate our communties about Ebola. The State of North Carolina has also established a Ebola Public Information Line - you can call 1-844-836-8714 should you need additional information.
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Ebola Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Ready Campaign established four universal building blocks of emergency preparedness: Be informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved. America's PrepareAthon! builds on this foundation by encouraging millions of Americans to focus on a simple, specific activity that will increase preparedness.
America's PrepareAthon! is a new national community-based campaign for action that focuses on increasing emergency preparedness through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises. National PrepareAthon! Days are held every spring and fall. During National Preparedness Month we ask you, your family, community, school and workplace to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30th. We recommend using digital media tools as a way to promote National Preparedness Month, September 1st-30th.
The 2014 National Preparedness Month theme is: "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare."
This October, the Rutherford Polk McDowell District Health Department is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women.
About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it's found and treated early.
- If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
- If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. *You may also choose to get them more often.
Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours has had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.
To learn more please visit:
The American Cancer Society
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
We all need shots (also called vaccinations or immunizations) to help protect us from serious diseases. To help keep our community safe, [your organization] is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month.
Shots can prevent serious diseases like the flu, measles, and tuberculosis (TB). It's important to know which shots you need and when to get them.
Everyone age 6 months and older needs to get a flu shot every year. Other shots work best when they are given at certain ages.
• If you have a child age 6 or younger, find out which shots your child needs.
• Find out which shots adults and teenagers need. (http://www2.cdc.gov/nip/adultImmSched/)
• Use this chart for adults to see if you are up to date on your shots. (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule-easy-read.pdf)
• If you are pregnant, check out this recommended immunization schedule. (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/downloads/f_preg_chart.pdf)
Talk to your doctor or nurse to make sure that everyone in your family gets the shots they need. For more information, contact one of our offices to speak with a immunization nurse.