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Tag Archives: Pittsboro
Get ready folks, the ninth annual Active Chatham 5k Reindeer Run/Walk and Rudolph’s Family Fun Run are just around the corner! On Saturday, December 14, 2013, people from far and wide will come to Pittsboro for some holiday-themed physical activity fun. The race will start promptly at 8:00 a.m. at the Central Carolina Community College campus, where runners and walkers will begin the USATF certified 5K (3.1 mile) course on the T.H.A.N.K.S. Trail, run through scenic downtown Pittsboro and finish back at the community college. The 1-mile Rudolph’s Family Fun Run, which will start at 9:00am, is free for all and children age 12 and under who participate will receive a medal. Learn more!
As flu season gets underway, it is important to protect yourself with the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is the most important step you can take to prevent the flu. Since it takes about two weeks for protection to develop after being vaccinated, be sure to get the vaccine as soon as possible. To get the vaccine, please schedule an appointment with the clinic near you. Appointments for Pittsboro can be made by calling 919-542-8220 and for Siler City by calling 919-742-5641.
The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older and provides protection for one full flu season. Each year, a new vaccine is developed to prevent the most common types of the virus.
For people who are at high risk, it is especially important to get vaccinated, as the flu can lead to severe medical issues like pneumonia. High risk groups include: people with chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes, asthma, and chronic lung disease), pregnant women, and people age 65 years and older. It is also important for caregivers or family members of people in these high risk groups to be vaccinated.
Flu shots are $30 and the flu nasal spray (mist) is $37. If you have health insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare, please be sure to bring in your insurance card as it may cover some or all of this cost.
For more information about the flu, vaccination, and scheduling an appointment with the Chatham County Public Health Department, please visit www.chathamnc.org/flu or call 919-542-8220 (Pittsboro) or 919-742-5641 (Siler City).
Given the ever-growing concerns of obesity and diabetes in our county and across the country, the Chatham County Public Health Department has prioritized programs that target nutrition. Whether through educational outreach, health screenings, support groups for those with diabetes, or promoting and marketing healthy local food options, we are determined to tackle these issues head on.
Thanks to the Healthy Communities grant, we have added another healthy food initiative to the list: a community garden. Click here to read on and see pics of the garden!