According to Kenneth G. Pearce, Lorain County General Health District Health Commissioner, residents should continue to getting rid of places where water collects and sits to help reduce mosquitoes – because when water sits it makes a perfect place for mosquitoes to live and multiply.
“Eliminate any standing water that collects on your property,” emphasizes Pearce. Some of the places to be sure to double check include the following:
- Check trees for holes that hold water and fill with soil, gravel or sand.
- Make sure roof gutters drain properly.
- Clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall.
- Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, tires or similar water-holding containers.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep empty and cover if not in use.
- Drain collected water from pool covers.
- Change water in birdbaths at least once per week.
- Clean ditches or obstructions so they drain properly.
- Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
- Remove discarded tires on your property.
The Lorain County General Health District also gives residents the following advice to help from getting mosquitoe bites:
If outside during the hours between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, wear protective clothing such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts and socks.
- Consider the use of an insect repellent containing DEET. Use DEET according to manufacturer’s directions.
- Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
Whether you’re a grandfather, an aunt, a neighbor or a soon-to-be mother, there are 5 things everyone should know about breastfeeding.
1. Breastfeeding gives baby a healthy start: Protects against SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), Strengthens baby’s immune system, Baby has a higher IQ, and Protects against obesity later in life.
2. Breastfeeding protects mother from breast cancer: The longer mother breastfeeds and the more breastfed babies she has, the better protected she is from breast cancer.
3. Families save money: Breastfeeding saves $1,250 a year compared to formula-feeding families.
4. Communities benefit from breastfeeding: When babies are breastfed, both mother and baby are healthier throughout their lives. This translates to lower health care costs and reduces costs spent by families and employers, as well as the community and government medical programs.
5. Good for the environment: Breastfeeding uses none of the tin, paper, plastic, or energy used for preparing, packaging, and transporting formula
Want to learn more about breastfeeding? Go here.
Have questions? Call 1-800-994-9662 to talk to a trained breastfeeding counselor today.
If you’re pregnant or a new mom, we know you want the best possible start for your baby.
Text4Baby can guide you from pregnancy through your baby’s first birthday with weekly text message tips- straight to your cell phone. Text4Baby messages are free, and it’s simple to sign up. Topics include tips on prenatal care, labor signs and symptoms, nutrition, breastfeeding, safety, baby’s development, and more.
Get Started for the Health of Your Baby
- Sign up at www.text4baby.org or from your cell phone when you text the word BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to the number 511411.
- Enter your baby’s due date or your baby’s birthday and your zip code.
- Once registered, you will start receiving free messages with tips for your pregnancy or caring for your baby.
- Messages are timed to your due date or your baby’s birth date. If you are pregnant and your due date changes, text UPDATE to 511411 to enter your new due date. Once you have your baby, be sure to text in UPDATE with your baby’s birthday so you keep getting messages through baby’s first year.
- If you want to stop receiving messages from text4baby, text STOP to 511411. To start receiving the messages again, you will have to enroll again by sending BABY to 511411 (BEBE to 511411 for Spanish messages).
Encouraging families to make healthy choices for a lifetime is important to Lorain County General Health District. For more information about Text4Baby, visit www.text4baby.org.
Text4Baby should not be used in place of regular care by your family doctor.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for Lorain County and northeast Ohio. The watch is in effect through Friday, July 22, 2011.
Temperatures will reach into the low to mid-90′s across Ohio, according to the National Weather Service. These high temerperatures, combined with the high humidity, will make it feel like it’s between 105 and 110 degrees.
Heat-related illnesses are possible, but can be prevented. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms, and keep out of the sun. Also, never leave kids in the car alone, and be sure to check on elderly relatives and neighbors.
The Safety tips follow or For more heat safety tips, visit the National Weather Service.
Child Safety Tips
- Make sure your child’s safety seat and safety belt buckles aren’t too hot before securing your child in a safety restraint system, especially when your car has been parked in the heat.
- Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down.
- Teach children not to play in, on or around cars.
- Always lock car doors and trunks–even at home–and keep keys out of children’s reach.
- Always make sure all children have left the car when you reach your destination. Don’t leave sleeping infants in the car ever!
Adult Heat Wave Safety Tips
- Slow down. Reduce, eliminate or rescheduled strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, senior and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
- Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
- Put less fuel on your inner fires. Foods, like meat and other proteins that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.
- Drink plenty of water or other non-alcohol or decaffeinated fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease, are on fluid restrictive diets or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids. Do not drink alcoholic beverages and limited caffeinated beverages.
- During excess heat period, spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, go to a library, store or other location with air conditioning for part of the day.
- Take a cool Bath.
- Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn reduced your body’s ability to dissipate heat.
- Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.
Heat Disorder Symptoms
SUNBURN: Redness and pain. In severe cases swelling of skin, blisters, fever, headaches. First Aid: Ointments for mild cases if blisters appear and do not break. If breaking occurs, apply dry sterile dressing. Serious, extensive cases should be seen by physician.
HEAT CRAMPS: Painful spasms usually in the muscles of legs and abdomen. Heavy sweating. First Aid: Firm pressure on cramping muscles or gentle massage to relieve spasm. Give sips of water. If nausea occurs, discontinue water.
HEAT EXHAUSTION: Heavy sweating, weakness, skin cold, pale and clammy. Pulse thready. Normal temperature possible. Fainting and vomiting. First Aid: Get victim out of sun. Once inside, the person should lay down and loosen clothing. Apply cool, wet cloths. Fan or move victim to air conditioned room. Offer sips of water. If nausea occurs, discontinue water. If vomiting continues, seek immediate medical attention.
HEAT STROKE (or sunstroke): High body temperature (106° F or higher). Hot dry skin. Rapid and strong pulse. Possible unconsciousness. First Aid: HEAT STROKE IS A SEVERE MEDICAL EMERGENCY. SUMMON EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE OR GET THE VICTIM TO A HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY. DELAY CAN BE FATAL. White waiting for emergency assistance, move the victim to a cooler environment Reduce body temperature with cold bath or sponging. Use extreme caution. Remove clothing, use fans and air conditioners. If temperature rises again, repeat process. Do not give fluids. Persons on salt restrictive diets should consult a physician before increasing their salt intake.
Are you drinking enough water this summer? Kenneth G. Pearce, MPH, Health Commissioner for the Lorain County General Health District reminds residents, “Water is the most important nutrient to the body; making it especially important to focus on re-hydrating in the summer months.” Water helps maintain body temperature, carry nutrients and oxygen, and protects our bodies by cushioning joints and organs.
Stay ahead of dehydration. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by the time you feel thirsty, your body has already lost one percent of its total water amount. It is important to drink fluids before you feel thirsty.
- Drink up! Women should drink nine cups of water a day and men should try for 13, according to the National Institute of Health
- Avoid drinking large amounts of beverages containing caffeine, alcohol or sugar
- Drink two cups of water two hours before physical activity, and re-hydrate often both during and after exercise.
Think you’re dehydrated? Stop what you are doing and take care of yourself. Symptoms of dehydration include dry mouth, dizziness, weakness, muscle cramps, fainting and dark yellow colored urine.
This 12 hour course is for caregivers and those that work with individuals that may have had prenatal exposure to alcohol/drugs. Participants will learn what fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is and how to work with the individual (of all ages) in order to succeed. In-class activities and out-of-class reading and practice of strategies learned in class contribute to knowledge learned.
- This is an evidence-based curriculum funded through CDC.
- Contact hours available.
The 12 hour series will be held Tuesday Evenings from 6-9pm
- August 9: Section 1, 6-9pm
- August 16: Section 2, 6-9pm
- August 23: Section 3, 6-9pm
- August 30: Section 4, 6-9pm
Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Service & Support Administration Bldg.
9740 Murray Ridge Road, Elyria, 44035
Watch for Large White Envelope! Lorain County Health Partners Engage Residents Seeking Community Health Needs
You may be randomly chosen to participate in a community health survey. The surveys will arrive in a large white envelope containing a blue survey booklet, a self-addressed, stamped envelope to return the completed survey, and a $2.00 bill to keep. If you are randomly selected to receive this research survey, your anonymous and confidential answers will be added to those from several hundred adults in Lorain County. Only group results will be analyzed.
Lorain County Health Partner Chairperson Kenneth G. Pearce, Lorain County General Health District Health Commissioner thanks residents in advance for taking the time to share their opinion. Pearce states, “Your opinion means a lot to us. It is important that every survey respondent do their best so that the most important health priorities for our county can be identified. If you receive a survey in the mail, please complete it and send it back promptly.”
Lorain County Health Partners are represented by many agencies including: Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County, Amherst Exempted Village School District, Center for Health Affairs, City of North Ridgeville, Communities that Care of Lorain County, EMH Healthcare, Educational Service Center of Lorain County, Elyria City Health District, Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Lorain County Board of Mental Health, Lorain County Children and Families Council, Lorain County General Health District, Lorain District Municipal Board of Health, Lorain County JVS, Lorain County MetroParks, Mercy Regional Medical Center, Oberlin College, Oberlin Police Department, Public Services Institute at Lorain County Community College and United Way of Greater Lorain County.
Please view attached media release for additional details. The final Health Assessment report will be available in late fall of 2011. Questions regarding the Lorain County Community Health Assessment can be directed to the Lorain County General Health District at 440.322.6367.
Summer is the perfect time to get your children prepared for the 2011-2012 school year, and it starts with getting immunizations up-to-date. Making sure that children of all ages receive their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things parents can do to ensure their children’s long-term health; not to mention the wellbeing of friends, classmates and others in the community. It is true that some vaccine-preventable diseases have become very rare thanks to vaccines. However, outbreaks can still happen, and this is why immunizations are important to everyone’s health. There is still a need to protect those who come in contact with unvaccinated people.
Kenneth G. Pearce, MPH, Health Commissioner of the Lorain County General Health District provides reasons for receiving immunizations:
- These simple shots can potentially be life-savers. Many diseases can become life-threatening, and vaccines are created to prevent disease.
- Vaccines protect from the side-effects of acquiring major diseases. Many diseases can be prevented.
- Vaccinations not only help as a kid, but also in the future as one grows older. Vaccinate for a lifetime of health!
Check out a timetable that gives a quick schedule of when to get kids from birth to 18 years of age vaccinated, here www.loraincountyhealth.com/files/resources/When_Do_Kids_Get_Vaccinated.pdf.
The Lorain County General Health District reminds all to check immunization records and get immunized on time, but it is never too late to start or get back on schedule. Make an appointment with your pediatrician soon or visit a Lorain County General Health District Child Immunization Clinic. For schedules call (440) 322-6367 or visit www.loraincountyhealth.com/immunizations to find an immunization clinic that fits your schedule.
Routine immunizations are imperative For the Health of Us All… Connect with the Lorain County General Health District all summer long for tips to keep safe and healthy: visit www.loraincountyhealth.com, follow us on Twitter @LorainCoHealth and join us on Facebook.