Webster County
Health Department
Current Happenings

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723 1st Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Phone: 515-573-4107
Fax: 515-955-1682
Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday
Email: public_health@webstercountyia.org



Upcoming Events
  First Thursday of the Month Board of Health Meeting  

 

Event Details

08-01-2017

World Breastfeeding Week 2017
Learn More at https://lovingsupport.fns.usda.gov/

10-18-2016

Walk-In Flu Clinic

Prepare yourself and family for the upcoming flu season. 

The Webster County Health Department is offering Walk-in Flu Shots

Daily from 2:00-4:00 located at our location:
Webster County Health Department
723 1st Avenue South
Fort Dodge, Iowa

Cost is $25. All insurances including Medicare and Medicaid will be accepted. 
For more information contact the Webster County Health Department at 573-4107.


9-23-2016

Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

Prepare yourself and family for the upcoming flu season.  Walk, run, bike or even drive!! The Webster County Health Department is hosting their 7th annual “Drive-Thru Flu Clinic” on:

Saturday, October 1st between 9am – 11am located at our location:
Webster County Health Department
723 1st Avenue South (west side of building)
Fort Dodge, Iowa

Cost is $25. All insurances including Medicare and Medicaid will also be accepted.  For more information about the “Drive-Thru Flu Clinic” on September 26th, contact the Webster County Health Department at 573-4107.


5-7-2015
Tick Season Underway in Iowa
ImgDeerTick     194 cases of Lyme disease reported in Iowa in 2014

Spring in Iowa means planting fields and gardens, outdoor recreation, warm days, cool nights and, as a reminder from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), it also means the start of tick season.  IDPH encourages Iowans to enjoy the many opportunities to be active outdoors, while remembering to protect against ticks. Ticks can carry the organisms that cause Lyme disease (the most common tick-borne disease), Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Ehrlichiosis. In 2014, there were 194 confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease in Iowa; so far this year, there have been two cases.
“The best way to prevent tick bites is to avoid wooded and tall grassy areas, where ticks are usually found,” said IDPH Public Health Veterinarian & Deputy State Epidemiologist, Dr. Ann Garvey. If you do spend time in these areas:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long, light-colored pants tucked into socks or boots.
  • Stay on trails when walking or hiking and avoid high grass.
  • Use insect repellants that contain DEET. Read and follow the label directions for application (DEET is not recommended for use on children under 2 months of age.)
  • Check yourself, your children and your pets for ticks as soon as you get back home. Ticks tend to prefer the back of the knee, armpit, scalp, groin, and back of the neck.

Not everyone who gets Lyme disease will have the same symptoms, but the best and earliest sign of infection is a rash that may appear within a few days to a month, usually at the site of the tick bite. The rash will first look like a small, red bump, then expand until it begins to look like a bull’s eye, with a red center and a red ring surrounding a clear area. It is important to contact your health care provider immediately if you develop this type of rash.
The Iowa State University Medical Entomology laboratory conducts tick surveillance across the state and encourages Iowans to send in tick samples for identification. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1F5Zloa or call 515-294-0581.  To learn more about Lyme disease, visit http://bit.ly/1FPGoEN.



New Programs!

We have free radon test kits available from January 15 - April 30, 2014
We offer free self management chronic disease classes.
The classes are called Better Choices, Better Health.
Please call Lindsay at the Health Department for more information.

Smoking Cessation Program

Trinity Regional Medical Center and Webster County Health have teamed up to help you become smoke free. Let us help you quit during an eight week class. The first class will be Tuesday January 14th, 2014 at 5:30 pm. Each week we will focus on different topics:
     • Thinking About Quitting
     • Learning not to Smoke
     • Wanting not to Smoke
     • Quit Day
     • Winning Strategies
     • The New You
     • Staying Quit
     • Celebration  

The  class is only $25, which covers the cost of materials you will receive.  For more information call (515) 574-6258.

Click on the link below to register or obtain more information.


 

Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic

Prepare yourself and family for the upcoming flu season.  Walk, run, bike or even drive!! The Webster County Health Department is hosting their 5th annual “Drive-Thru Flu Clinic” on:

Saturday, September 28th between 9am – 12pm located at our new location:
Webster County Health Department
723 1st Avenue South (west side of building)
Fort Dodge, Iowa

Cost is $20. All insurances including Medicare and Medicaid will also be accepted.  For more information about the “Drive-Thru Flu Clinic” on September 28th, contact the Webster County Health Department at 573-4107.


 

Starting October 1st anyone 18 and older can stop by our office M-F between 1-4 and receive their flu shot. Cost is $20 Medicare is also accepted.

Also after October 1st, Medicaid Title 19 will be accepted for anyone 19 years and older, YOU MUST PRESENT CARD TO RECEIVE FLU VACCINE.

 


 

Board of Health Meetings

Health Dept. Office - 723 1st Ave South

 Agenda is posted at the Health Dept

September 14, 2017

 


Weekly Health Tips

     
  05-17-13
February is American Heart Month
May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Did you know stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States? Cigarette smoking is a certain behavior that greatly increases your risk for stroke. If you smoke, quitting is a very important step in reducing your risk. Quitline Iowa is a free program designed to help you quit smoking successfully. Please call toll-free at 1-800-QUITNOW, visit www.QUITLINEIOWA.org, or contact the Webster County Health Department for more information.

 

 
  02-14-13
February is American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for developing heart disease. If you smoke, quitting as soon as possible will benefit your heart and overall health.

If you are ready to quit smoking, Quitline Iowa can help! Join the FREE program and talk to a trained coach who will listen and give you the support you need to live the rest of your life as a non-smoker. Please call toll-free at 1-800-QUIT NOW today, visit www.QUITLINEIOWA.org, or call the Webster County Health Department for assistance at 515-573-4107.

 

  01-11-13

Protect Yourself from the Flu: Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow; Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer; and Contain germs by staying home when sick.  

Flu Shots available from 8:30-4:00pm, Monday, January 14th

Ages 6 months and older

Cost $20, or Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross Blue Shield Alliance Select Accepted

At the Webster County Health Department, 330 1st Ave N, Fort Dodge, IA

 

  11-15-12

*November is lung cancer awareness month*

 Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer for men and women in the U.S. Quitting smoking is a very important step in reducing your cancer risk. If you are ready to quit, Quitline Iowa can help!

  • Experience a FREE program that has helped smokers quit for almost 25 years
  • Increase your chances of quitting successfully
  • Talk to a trained coach who will listen and give the support you need
  • Enjoy the rest of your life as a non-smoker!

If you are ready to quit and want to enroll in Quitline, please call 1-800-QUITNOW, visit www.QUITLINEIOWA.org, or contact the Webster County Health Department for assistance at 515-573-4107

 

 

6-20-12

Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injury & death in Iowa adults age 65 & over. Slipping or tripping falls are the most common type. The cost of hospitalization care in Iowa for falls is approximately $92 million annually & emergency visits due to falls are approximately $35 million per year.

Older adults should take the following precautions to prevent them from the risk of falling:

  • Take time getting out of chairs slowly. Sit for a moment before getting out of bed.
  • Wear sturdy & well-fitting shoes with low heels & non-slip soles.
  • See an eye doctor once a year. Poor vision can increase the chance of falling.
  • Beware that some medications have side effects that cause dizziness.
  • Regular exercise increases balance & strength.

Follow these tips to make living areas safer & help reduce the risk of falls:

  • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub & on shower floors.
  • Install grab bars next to the toilet & in the tub or shower.
  • Have handrails on both sides of stairways.
  • Adequate lighting throughout home.
 

  5-25-12

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2009–2010

  • More than one-third of adults and almost 17% of youth were obese in 2009–2010.
  • There was no change in the prevalence of obesity among adults or children from 2007–2008 to 2009–2010.
  • Obesity prevalence did not differ between men and women.
  • Adults aged 60 and over were more likely to be obese than younger adults.
 

  4-27-12
Falls and Slips are costly
Falls account for more than 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%).  Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of total falls.  (Source: National Floor Safety Institute)  

  4-2-12 National Public Health Week is April 2 through April 6.  

  3-19-12 Pertussis activity is continuing to be seen in the state of Iowa, particularly in eastern Iowa.  Pertussis is what causes whooping cough.  To protect yourself from this please stop and see the health dept for your Tetanus/Pertussis vaccine today.  It is recommended that adults  (including women who may become pregnant and adults 65 and older) who expect to have close contact with a baby younger than 12 months of age should get a dose of Tdap to help protect the baby from pertussis. Cost at the health dept is $50.   

  2-29-12

Shoveling Safely

  • Use a lightweight smaller shovel rather than a heavy metal larger one
  • Pick up small loads and do by sections
  • Take breaks
  • Go inside if you get overheated or become cold
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Do not fling snow long distances
  • STOP if you feel any pain
 

 

2-14-2012

Moving Naturally is a Prescription to Good Health

Instead of buying another gym membership, consider building low-intensity activities you already enjoy into your daily routine such as:

  • Taking a break from your car and bike to work.
  • Walking the dog or letting him walk you - whatever it takes.
  • Having fun playing with your kids, instead of watching them have fun.
 

  2-8-2012 You still have time to come and get your flu shot! 19 years and older, M-F 2:00 to 4:00, $20.00. We take Medicare and Medicaid.  

 

1-19-2012

• 1.2 million people in the United States have HIV; 1 in 5 people don’t know they have it.
• There is a new hope for stopping the spread of HIV: HIV medications & care help keep people with HIV healthy & can prevent HIV transmission to others.
• There are more proven prevention tools than ever before to help stop the spreading of HIV; however, continued & intensified efforts are still needed.
 

 

1-12-12

 

Live Healthy Iowa

Webster County Health Dept. is a large supporter of the Live Healthy Iowa Program. Live Healthy Iowa brings together friends, families, businesses, and communities in a team-based wellness challenges designed to promote positive lifestyle change.

To encourage local businesses to support wellness programs and to encourage participation in the LHI program, the WCHD is offering incentives for employ...ees and local businesses in Webster County that form a team. Enter your activity EVERY WEEK! You could have a chance to win in a random drawing:

$100 visa gift card: If your teams completes the program (each team member entering their time every week) will be placed in a random drawing. 5 teams will be drawn, and each team member will receive visa gift card.

10 I-Pods: Each participant will be placed in a random drawing and 10 names will be picked!

10- Lunch Card passes to the FD Rec Center: Each participant will be placed in a random drawing and 10 names will be picked!

Each participant will only be eligible for one incentive.

Cost is $20, HyVee is offering $5.00 off the registration fee per participant. Registration deadline is January 23rd 2012. Call WCHD to get more information 515-573-4107.

 

 

1-6-12

Watch a video about making Fort Dodge a Blue Zone!

Help make Fort Dodge a Blue Zone

Let's Make Iowa #1 in Well-Being!

There are two initiatives in our area to help citizens live a healthier life:

   Blue Zone Project

  • Blue Zone Project is a collaboration between Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Healthways to help make Iowa #1 in the nation for well-being.  
  • Please, go online and visit http://bluezonesproject.com/  to support Fort Dodge as a Blue Zone If you want to register but do not have a computer, please call the health department at 515-573-4107.
  • The traits include getting more physical activity, knowing personal purpose, relaxing, eating in moderation, eating more plant-based foods, consuming moderate amounts of alcohol, investing in family time, belonging to a faith-based group and being friends with healthy-minded, supportive people.

   Live Healthy Iowa

  • Live Healthy Iowa is an Iowa Sports Foundation program that brings together friends, families, businesses and communities in team-based wellness challenges designed to promote positive lifestyle change.
  • Since 2002, Live Healthy Iowa has helped more than 197,000 participants lose 811,617 pounds and log more than 34 million miles of physical activity.
  • So grab your friends, families & co-workers and join live healthy today.  To sign up your team go to www.livehealthyiowa.org and start a healthier you.
 

  12-23-11fallingonice

Winter not only brings the cold and flu season, but also other health risks. Falls are the second leading cause of injury death in Iowa behind motor vehicle crashes and are the leading cause of death for Iowans over the age of 65. Falls are preventable by:

  • Keep walkways clear of snow and ice to reduce slippery surfaces, traction devices for boots, and look before you start walking on outside surfaces.
  • Fall risk factors for older Iowans include medication combinations that may affect balance, declining vision, reduced strength in lower extremities, and unsafe home conditions.
  • Seniors should “fall-proof” their homes for areas that may be slippery or have low-lighting, maintain bone health through strengthening exercises, and use assistive devices (such as canes) for walking.
 

  12-16-2011DON'T text and Drive

Texting and driving is a deadly combination. You are 23 times more likely to be in a crash texting while driving. A study found that four out of every five accidents (80%) are attributed to distracted drivers. In contrast, drunk drivers account for roughly one out of three (33%) of all accidents nationally.

The next time your phone rings with a text message pull over or wait until you arrive at your destinations before you read or respond! It can be a matter of life or death!

 

 

12-12-2011Tooth

 

Did you know.... Baby teeth are important for children to eat, speak and have a confident smile. These teeth are all lost, starting at age 5-6, and finishing at age 11-12. That is why it is very important to take care of a child's baby teeth! Brush after breakfast and before bed daily. Don't put a child to bed with a bottle or sippy cup containing anything but water. Any other liquid in the bottle will cause cavities. If you have any oral health questions you can contact Angie at 515-573-4107.  

  12-9-2011 WIC Has Room to Grow
Do you know someone who:
• Is pregnant or recently had a baby?
• Has an infant or child less than five?
• Could use some help with their food bill?
     Tell them about WIC
WIC provides healthy foods that families need to grow and develop. WIC helps families, but it is not a welfare program. Most WIC participants work, but still qualify for services based on their incomes. You may qualify and not even know it!
Click here for more info and Income Guidelines
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12-2-2011Bedbug Info

 

 

 

Bedbug Information
  Bedbug Information
Bedbug Fact Sheet
Bedbug Slide Show
 

  11-25-2011

Personal action to prevent the spread of illness

• Clean your hands frequently
• Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve
• Contain germs by staying home when ill, fever free for 24 hours before returning to work or school
• Get your seasonal influenza vaccination

 

 

 

 

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