Public Health News

Lane County Public Health Sends Out 1,606 Exclusion Day letters; Hosts 2-Day Walk-In Exclusion Day Immunization Clinic
02/14/2018
To help parents get their child’s immunizations up-to-date for this year’s Exclusion Day, Lane County Public Health’s (LCPH) Communicable Disease section will be hosting a 2-day immunization clinic, Tuesday, February 20 and Wednesday, February 21. Every year, Lane County Public Health officials review more than 50,000 records in order to make sure children’s immunizations are up-to-date. For those children whose immunization record is incomplete, a letter has been sent out to their parents asking them to schedule the required immunizations for their child.
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Reminder: Get immunizations updated before School Exclusion Day February 21
02/09/2018
The Oregon Immunization Program and Lane County Public Health are reminding parents that children will not be able to attend school or child care starting February 21—School Exclusion Day—if their records on file show missing immunizations.
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RAISING OF AMERICA EP 4&5 - INVITATION TO A SCREENING AND DISCUSSION
12/28/2017
Public Health to host a free screening and discussion of The Raising of America, Episodes 4 & 5, on January 9.
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Vital Records fee change effective January 1
12/12/2017
Vital Records fees are changing January 1, 2018.
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Community members urged not to use kratom
11/21/2017
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a strong warning last week to consumers to stay away from the botanical product known as kratom, citing 36 deaths linked to products containing the substance. Since kratom has not been approved by the FDA for many of the uses it is being advertised for, and is available in Lane County without age restriction, Lane County Public Health (LCPH) is urging residents not to purchase or use kratom until the FDA has made a final determination regarding its safety.
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Environmental Health presenting two webinars on Norovirus next week
11/20/2017
The Environmental Health section of Lane County Public Health will present two webinars on Norovirus on November 29, 2017: one focused on school settings and the other on group living environments.
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Lane County Public Health Urges Community Members to Get a Flu Shot Early This Year
09/26/2017
Lane County Public Health (LCPH) is urging community members to get the flu shot early in order to prevent as much influenza in our community as possible. During the 2016-2017 flu season, Lane County saw an alarming prevalence of flu throughout the county and, as a result, double-digit deaths attributed to influenza. Getting an annual flu vaccine, and getting it early in the season, is the first and best way to protect yourself, your family and your community from the flu.
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Prepare for Heat and Smoke This Labor Day Weekend
09/01/2017
Temperatures are forecast to be in the upper 90s over the holiday weekend and along with the high temperatures ,air quality is likely to dip back into the “unhealthy” category. Due to the combination of heat, smoke, and the fact that people all over Lane County will likely be heading outdoors, Lane County Public Health is advising community members to take special precautions in order to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy.
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Eclipse Tips for Lane County Residents and Visitors
08/18/2017
Lane County is gearing up to help residents and visitors make the most of the 2017 solar eclipse on August 21st!
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Lane County Public Health Reminds Community Members to Prepare for Extreme Heat
08/01/2017
Temperatures are forecasted to surpass the century mark this week, giving rise to unique heat-related illnesses. Heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn and heat rash, happen when the body is not able to properly cool itself. While the body normally cools itself by sweating, during extreme heat this might not be enough. In these cases, a person’s body temperature rises faster than it can cool itself down. This can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs.
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National HIV Testing Day - Get Tested for Free!
06/23/2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 is National HIV Testing Day. HIV Alliance will be providing free, rapid HIV tests at two locations: Lane County Public Health in Eugene and RiverStone Clinic in Springfield. Support the Oregon's initiative to End HIV by learning your HIV status!
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Summer Food Program Begins Next Week
06/20/2017
Food for Lane County invites all children and youth (18 and under) to eat lunch for free during the summer.
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Jocelyn Warren and Patrick Luedtke to participate in The Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health initiative
04/12/2017
Warren and Luedtke selected to participate in leadership cohort and will receive grant to do transformative work in Lane County
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Public Health to host a free screening and discussion of The Raising of America
03/28/2017
You are invited to a screening and discussion of The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of our Nation
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School Exclusion Day 2017
02/10/2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 is School Exclusion Day. On or by February 15, the school or facility needs to see proof of immunization, history of the disease, valid medical exemption(s), or valid non-medical exemption(s). Failure to provide the above by February 15 means the child cannot attend school.
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Mind Your Mind Project to Award Local Businesses for Promoting Mental Wellness
01/30/2017
For the third year in a row, the Mind Your Mind Project will launch a local campaign to promote mental wellness and National Mental Health Awareness Month.
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Influenza Outbreaks in Lane County - Not too late to vaccinate!
01/05/2017
Lane County Public Health today confirmed 11 outbreaks of influenza like illness have been reported within the last 30 days in Lane County, 6 of which have been within the last week. In this same time span in the County, 7 people have died due to influenza like illness, 4 in the last week.
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World AIDS Day 2016
12/01/2016
December 1 is World AIDS Day. The state of Oregon has released a five-year plan to eliminate new HIV infections in the state. Local commemorations of the day include an event hosted by HIV Alliance.
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Guidance on Lead in Drinking Water
11/03/2016
Guidance on Lead in Drinking Water
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Syphilis Rates Increasing Rapidly in Lane County
10/27/2016
The STD syphilis has increased exponentially in Lane County over the last ten years. There are now 41 cases in Lane County, spread nearly equally between men and women.
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