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A Publication of the Department of Public Health - July 2018

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Remember Vaccinations
As Part of Back-to-School Plans


The state of Missouri requires students to be up-to-date on specific immunizations before attending school. To help parents and students meet these requirements and to minimize the spread of preventable diseases, the Immunization Clinic offers all recommended childhood vaccinations.
 
Appointments may be scheduled from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by calling 636-949-1857. Walk-in clients are welcome from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays. Additionally, the clinic will provide back-to-school vaccinations at walk-in only clinics from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. on:

  • Thursday, July 26
  • Thursday, Aug. 2
  • Thursday, Aug. 9
  • Thursday, Aug. 16
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Don't Wing It with Backyard Chickens


Raising chickens and other birds in backyard coops can be a great learning experience and provide outstanding sources for healthy nutrition.
 
Last month, the St. Charles County Council approved an ordinance that allows those in residentially zoned districts in unincorporated parts of the county to raise up to eight chickens on their property. In addition to County law, please consult local municipal ordinances, as well as homeowner association covenants before opening a chicken coop.
 
Caring for live poultry can lead to health concerns, even if animals appear healthy. Chickens and other poultry can carry Salmonella, Campylobacter, E. Coli and other bacteria on their bodies and eggs and spread the germs to cages, coops, water bowls and other surrounding material. Caregivers can transfer the germs from shoes, gloves and clothes onto surfaces or to other people.


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Get Screened to Know
Your Liver Function Numbers


The liver performs hundreds of functions to keep the body healthy — such as aiding digestion, cleansing the blood and storing nutrients for energy. Exposure to chronic disease, viruses, drugs and other risk factors can damage liver function and cause short- or long-term health issues.

Various types of hepatitis disease are a leading cause of liver damage. To observe World Hepatitis Day this month and help residents know their liver function numbers, the Health Services Clinic will offer free blood draws associated with liver screenings on Tuesday, July 24. No appointments are necessary for this event, but you may schedule a convenient time by calling 636-949-7319.


Look Before You Lock
To Protect Kids, Pets


Even on a comfortable summer day, temperatures inside a closed vehicle can become dangerous in a short time. Studies show that on a 70 degree day, it takes only 20 minutes for interior temperatures to exceed 100 Fahrenheit. Always remember to look before you lock, so you’ll never leave kids or pets inside a stopped vehicle.
 
When heat and humidity rise, older children and adults take steps to keep themselves cool. However, infants, toddlers and pets are extremely susceptible to heat-related illness and must rely on others to protect them. Early signs of heat stress in humans and animals include lack of coordination, a fast pulse, heavy sweating (in people) or panting (in animals), nausea and a loss of consciousness. If a person or pet exhibits any of these signs, move them into a cool area and allow them a small bit of water.


It's Dinner Time for Your Pet


Dogs and cats require different foods to make up their diets. Cats are carnivores, which means they eat only meat and require specific amino acids from their meals. Dogs are omnivorous, which means they get their nutrients from a variety of meats, vegetables, grains and fruits. Pet foods are regulated  to ensure that they are safe, but there are things owners should do to protect their pet's health.

Dog and cat foods come in two varieties — dry (kibble) or wet (fresh or canned products). Either type is specially formulated to provide the basic nutritional requirements, but remember that these requirements differ for various breeds, ages and lifestyles. Consult a veterinarian on the most appropriate food for your pet.

Obesity is a growing problem and leads to many health issues. However, it’s an easily controlled problem, as owners can limit the amount of food their pet eats. Be cautious that some seemingly safe treats for humans can have dangerous consequences when eaten by pets.


READ FOR MORE TIPS ON SAFELY FEEDING YOUR PET.

Go Online for Mosquito Control


Along with the heat and humidity, summer in our area signals the return for mosquitoes. Residents who live in our treatment zones can request mosquito treatment online.
 
Using St. Charles County’s CitizenServe application, residents living in unincorporated St. Charles County or one of our contracted municipalities can request mosquito control treatment in their neighborhood. 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.


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Are You Ready?


Last month’s destructive pop-up storms and flash flooding provided another reminder that our region can encounter emergencies with little or no advanced warning. To assist the community, St. Charles County’s Department of Public Health and Division of Emergency Management coordinate responses with local, state and federal organizations. Even with this comprehensive regional effort in place, part of the responsibility falls upon residents to protect their households and businesses.

The best way to prepare is to follow a three-step emergency plan:

  1. Create a Plan – Establish a policy for reactions and communications in various emergency situations, taking care to develop different plans for staying in place and for evacuation.
  2. Prepare a Kit – Set aside an easily accessible supply of food, water and resources that can protect and sustain loved ones (including pets) until additional help is available. This should be at least a three-day supply of resources.
  3. Listen for Information – Locate resources and communication devices that can provide critical information in times of emergency and act upon that information.


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Helmets, Routine Maintenance
Protect Against Bicycle Injuries


Bicycling through neighborhoods and along St. Charles County’s extensive trail systems offers spectacular summer fun. While the activity offers a great way to stay in shape and enjoy the community, cyclists must take precaution against dangers.
 
Americans of all ages ride bicycles every day, but accidents do happen. In 2015, nearly 500,000 bicycle injuries occurred, and a number of those were head injuries. Cyclists — both children and adults — who wear proper helmets reduce their risk of serious head or brain injury by about 60 percent.
 
Good protection and properly maintained equipment help ensure a safe ride.


READ FOR MORE BICYCLE SAFETY TIPS.

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Mark Your Calendar


July 13 - Breastfeeding Basics (10 a.m.)

July 17 - Breastfeeding Basics (3 p.m.)


July 19 - Basic Food Safety Sanitation Certification (2 p.m.)

July 24 - FREE Blood Draws for Liver Function Testing (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

July 31 - Medical Reserve Corps Membership Meeting (5:30 p.m.)

Aug. 6 - Measurement Monday (10 a.m., every Monday in 2018 except holidays)

Aug. 18 - Pet Food Pantry (10 a.m.)


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