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National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children's Dental Health Month.  This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, health care providers and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.

Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. To access free online resources that can help you with teaching children about good oral health, visit ADA.org, click on Public Programs and then National Children's Dental Health Month.    

                   

Tips for healthy teeth for children:

  • Visit a dentist by age 1.
  • Limit sugary beverages and snacks.  Teach your children to love water!
  • Brush twice daily, morning and bedtime with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily.

Check out Northwoods Dental Project under Services to see all the ways we help your children keep their teeth healthy!

Did you Test for Radon?

Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas. You can't see, smell or taste radon. Radon gas is made by the decay of uranium which is naturally found in soil and water. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and about 20,000 Americans die from radon each year. The US Surgeon General and EPA recommend that all homes, schools and other buildings be tested for radon.

You can get your radon screening test kits from the Vilas County Public Health Department, 302 W. Pine Street, Eagle River, WI  54521. For more information you can log on to www.epa.gov/radon or call the Health Dept. at (715) 479-3656.

We Have Winners!

In the fall of 2015, residents were asked to provide their input on various health related topics.  These responses will be used to help make county health programming decisions and to aid in creating a Community Health Plan. We drew five winners from the people who completed the survey in Vilas County.  Congratulations to Joyce and the rest of the winners!

It's Winter!

Some cold weather dangers are easier to see than others.  Sometimes, you might not even think it's very cold, but a cold-related illness or injury can still harm you.  So when you are outside this winter, be prepared and be aware.

Hypothermia

One of the biggest dangers from working in the cold can be the hardest to recognize. Hypothermia happens when your body temperature drops below 95° F. Mild hypothermia can make you feel confused. Being too cold can also cloud your judgment.

Early symptoms (or signs) of hypothermia include:

  • Shivering,
  • Feeling tired,
  • Loss of coordination, and
  • Confusion.

As your body loses more heat, the shivering will stop, your skin may turn blue, the pupils of your eye will dilate, your pulse and breathing will slow, and you will lose consciousness.

Frostbite

Many parts of the body are prone to frostbite, including your fingers, toes, nose, and ears. Frostbite happens when a part of the body freezes, damaging the tissue. If the tissue can't be saved, the body part may need to be removed to prevent even worse health problems.

Warning signs of frostbite include:

  • Numbness or tingling,
  • Stinging, or pain on or near the affected body part.

If the temperature and or the wind shield are at dangerous levels, do not go outside if you do not have to. 

Avoid hyperthermia and frostbite by being aware of the weather and wear the right clothing for the weather, such as:

  • Several layers of loose clothing,
  • Warm gloves and hats
  • Waterproof and Insulated shoes.

The colder it is, the faster hypothermia and frostbite can set in and so you shouldn't stay in the cold any longer than you needed.

Here is more information: Cold Weather Stress Fact Sheet

Other tips to help you prepare for the winter months, such as winterizing your home, car safety and emergencies, can be found here:  Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

Zika virus

The Zika virus has been in the news due to the first person being confirmed ill in Brazil in May 2015.  It is now being seen in the US due to travelers. There isn't any known spread of the Zika virus due to mosquitos in the continental United States.

The virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms or signs of Zika virus disease are:

  • Fever,
  • Rash,
  • Joint pain, and
  • Conjunctivitis (red eyes).

The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease that requires being in the hospital is not common.

For more information:

"If You See Something, Say Something™"

"If You See Something, Say Something™" is a national campaign to prevent crimes of terrorism.  Not only does the campaign raise awareness on possible crimes related to terrorism, it stresses the importance of reporting suspicious activites to law enforcement.

Informed, alert communities play a critical role in keeping our nation safe.  To report suspicious activity, contact your local law enforcement agency. Describe with as many details as you can what you saw and include:

  • Who or what you saw;
  • When you saw it;
  • Where it occurred; and
  • Why it's suspicious.

If there is an emergency, call 9–1–1.  For more information on the campaign visit: http://www.dhs.gov/see-something-say-something

Ebola Information

For up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding Ebola, click here.

Source: CDC