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JULY 2016

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Get Back-to-School Immunizations


The state of Missouri requires students to be up-to-date on specific immunizations before starting the new school year. To help meet these requirements, and to minimize the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, our Immunization Clinic provides all necessary vaccinations.

Scheduled appointments can be made by calling 636-949-1857, or you can take advantage of several “Walk-In” clinics that provide back-to-school immunizations. These clinics will be offered on the following days:

  • Thursday, July 14:  8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 21:  8:30 to 11 a.m.
  • Thursday, July 28:  8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 4:  8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 7 p.m.

A parent or guardian must accompany students for the appointment or walk-in clinics. To ensure students receive all necessary vaccinations, please bring a current immunization record.

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Go Online to Control Mosquitoes


Each month in this newsletter, we have discussed several issues related to nuisance mosquitoes and the diseases they may carry. If mosquitoes are a problem in your neighborhood, you now can make an online request for treatment by our Mosquito Control staff.
 
By registering and using St. Charles County’s Report a Concern application, residents living in unincorporated St. Charles County and several municipalities can request mosquito treatment. Those who do not have access to the Internet, can call 636-949-1800. Residents of O’Fallon, St. Charles and St. Peters should contact their respective city halls regarding mosquito control programs.


Pet of The Month


Biscuit is a five-year-old, spayed female who is up-to-date on all her shots. She is friendly with people, kids, dogs and cats. Well-trained, she knows many commands, walks well on leash and is housebroken. An extremely laid back and easy-going dog, she would be perfect for a family looking for a low-maintenance addition to its home.

This pet was available for adoption as of July 1, 2016.


(View videos and photos of animals available for adoption at St. Charles County's Pet Adoption Center, located at 4850 Mid Rivers Mall Drive - across from the community college.)

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Don't Cut to the Quick


Trimming your dog’s nails is more than just a way to protect your floors and furniture — it is an important step in keeping your pet healthy and happy. Owners should trim the nails when they start to touch the ground, so if you hear a clicking noise while he or she is walking, it’s time to take action.
 
You can do the clipping on your own using nail clippers or make routine trips to the groomer or veterinarian for professional help.
 
If you do clip the nails yourself, here are a few suggestions...


READ MORE ABOUT NAIL CLIPPING

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Celebrate a Safe and Happy 4th


For many, fireworks are a central part of their Independence Day celebration, but fireworks are explosives that can be dangerous. Whether you’re at spectacular community displays or a backyard gathering, those bangs, booms and sparks can scare or cause harm to people and pets.

Every year, more than 6,000 people end up in hospital emergency rooms during the Fourth of July season.

If fireworks are legal where you live, please read and review all warnings and instructions before using them...


READ MORE ABOUT FIREWORK SAFETY

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Cool Preparation Beats the Heat


Summers in our area are infamous for high temperatures and high humidity. That combination of heat and humidity causes many dangers – to people, pets and infrastructure.
 
People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies cannot properly cool themselves. Normally, the body cools itself through sweating, but when humidity is high, sweat will not evaporate and cooling doesn’t occur. 
 
The first sign of overheating is...


READ MORE ABOUT HEAT ILLNESS

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NUTRITION NUGGET


Summer heat is here; making proper hydration very important. The obvious choice to stay hydrated is to drink plenty of water, but many foods can help as well. Keep watermelon, celery, cucumbers, strawberries, and lettuce in mind as a way to consume more liquids in a flavorful way. In addition, beverages like fat-free/skim milk, smoothies, sports drinks and coconut water can all count toward your goal of at least eight cups of water a day.

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Farmers Markets Feature
Flavorful Food


Local produce stands have delivered goods for centuries, and today’s farmers markets offer a host of tasty treats. Along with whole fruits and vegetables, many Missouri markets now offer packaged foods, fresh meats, eggs, cheeses, hand-made crafts and other products.

Summer is a wonderful time to visit these markets, as fresh fruits and vegetables will bring great flavor to your meals and deliver many important nutrients that will improve your overall health.

The Division of Environmental Health and Protection works with area vendors to help ensure that local markets sell safe products. While not all market vendors require a division permit, if one sells potentially hazardous goods, environmental health professionals will inspect their products before they open.


READ MORE ABOUT FARMERS MARKETS

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Find Us on Facebook


We recently launched a Department of Public Health Facebook page and are excited about the opportunities this gives us to keep St. Charles County residents better informed! Along with our Twitter account, this new platform provides news, events, programs and educational opportunities to improve the well-being of St. Charles County residents, pets and area businesses. We’d love to have you “like” us and “share” our material by visiting our site today.

We hope that you will follow, like and share this information with your friends and family. If you have suggestions for content, please email us.


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Health eNews is produced monthly by the St. Charles County Department of Public Health for its subscribers. For information on the department, please visit our website; call (636) 949-7400; follow us on TwitterFacebook and YouTube; or email us at pubhealth@sccmo.org.

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