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Put Cancer Prevention on Your Back-to-School List

It’s August, which means the first day of school is fast approaching.  School supplies are loaded into backpacks and outfits have been chosen to make that perfect first impression of the new school year, but are your children up-to-date on their vaccinations?

Don’t forget to schedule well-child visits or sports physicals to make sure your children are healthy and protected from vaccine-preventable illnesses like whooping cough and meningitis.  At the appointment, be sure to ask your doctor about getting your sons and daughters vaccinated against HPV.

The HPV vaccine protects against a number of cancers, including cervical, vaginal, vulvar, throat, tongue, tonsil, penile, and anal cancer.  HPV, or human papillomavirus, is very common – around 79 million people in the United States are currently infected with HPV, most in their teens and early 20s.

HPV vaccination is given in a series of three doses and is most effective when provided to children age 11 or 12 years, but it’s not too late if your children weren’t vaccinated at that age.  The HPV vaccine is recommended for teens and young adults up to age 26 years.

The Chatham County Public Health Department offers HPV vaccination at our Siler City clinic.  The vaccine is available for females and males age 9 to 26 years; your insurance will be billed or you will be charged a flat fee of $170 at the time of visit.  The HPV vaccine is available at no charge for children age 9 to 18 years who are uninsured, underinsured, Medicaid eligible, American Indian or Alaskan Native, or an unaccompanied minor with no proof of insurance.

The clinic is located at 1000 South 10th Avenue in Siler City and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.  Call (919) 742-5641 to set up an appointment.

For more information about the HPV vaccine, visit:

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/HPVvaccine/index.html.

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Remember to get your flu vaccine!

There is still time to get vaccinated against influenza. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most flu activity does not peak until January or later. However, it can take several weeks for the vaccine to take effect, so get vaccinated as soon as possible (CDC, 2012).

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recently reported two deaths in the state caused by the flu. Neither victim had received the flu vaccine. In addition, flu activity is increasing rapidly across the state. Click here to read on.

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Rabies Prevention

September is a great month for everyone, school has just started back, fall weather including cooler temperatures is approaching, and lastly World Rabies Day! September 28th is World Rabies Day and it has never been a better time to get your pets vaccinated. Rabies is a 100% preventable and Chatham County Public Health Department’s Animal Control staff can help members of the community take those steps to stay clear of exposure to rabies. Click to continue reading.

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Pertussis Update

In the news this week many people were shocked and saddened to learn that a 2 month old child had died from whooping cough. Here is some important information to help protect you and your family

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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. The goal is for people to be aware of this disease and to prevent infection. Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. It can be caused by excess alcohol, drugs, and certain medications. 

The most common cause of hepatitis is a viral infection. The liver performs many vital functions in the body and any damage to the liver is serious. Hepatitis B and C account for the majority of chronic liver disease and liver cancer. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • The best way to prevent Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B is by getting vaccinated.
  • All children should be vaccinated against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B.
  • Many adults are at risk for Hepatitis A and/or Hepatitis B and should also be vaccinated.
  • There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C but you can prevent Hepatitis C by:
    • Not sharing needles or other equipment to inject cosmetic substances, drugs, or steroids,
    • Not using personal items that may have come into contact with an infected person’s blood, such as razors, nail clippers, toothbrushes, or glucose monitors and, by
    • Not getting tattoos or body piercings at an unlicensed facility or in an informal setting.  

Ask your healthcare provider about hepatitis vaccines or call the health department at 919-542-8220 in Pittsboro or 919-742-5641 in Siler City.

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