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Monday, May 6th, 2013

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching; the day we salute those who gave birth to our future.  Flowers, cards, hugs and kisses are all gifts of love and expressions of gratitude for what mothers mean to us.  While this is a joyous occasion to celebrate, we should pause to say a prayer for those families whose children are not here to celebrate, and then reflect on the success for those babies born healthy.  (more…)

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Friday, April 19th, 2013

The Guilford County Department of Public Health and Cone Health are partnering to address a regional outbreak of measles. None of the individuals infected were vaccinated against the disease.

Several of these individuals were treated by Cone Health. Cone Health medical staff and the Health Department communicable disease division are working to identify any individuals who may have been exposed.

Measles can be prevented by the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. It is important for all individuals 12 months of age and older to be vaccinated. Once an individual has had measles or has been vaccinated with two doses of the MMR, they are protected for life. Measles is very rare in N. C. because most people have been vaccinated or contracted the infection when it was a common childhood illness.

“Measles is a highly contagious and very serious illness. I can’t overemphasize the importance of vaccination,” says Dr. Tim Lane, infectious diseases specialist, Cone Health. “The vaccine has been widely available since 1963 and required for school attendance since 2001. It has been used by millions of people to the great benefit of public health.”

Symptoms of measles include having fever, cough, runny nose, and watery, red eyes, followed by a rash spreading to face and body.

Measles can lead to pneumonia and other complications, especially in young children. The disease poses serious risks for pregnant women who have not been vaccinated, since it can cause miscarriage and premature birth.

If you think you have been exposed to measles and have symptoms as noted above, call your doctor’s office or healthcare facility before you go so they can prepare for your visit and protect other patients from exposure.

If you have not had measles or if you were born after 1957 and have not received two doses of the MMR vaccine, you should get immunized.  Vaccine is available through the Guilford County Department of Public Health by appointment.  Call 336-641-3245.

More information about measles is available at http://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/cd/diseases/rubeola.html

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Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Guilford County Department of Public Health will again offer QuitSmart®, a unique tobacco-use cessation program which has been proven to be more effective than other stop-smoking programs. Participants who enroll in the class will learn proven coping strategies and should anticipate quitting by the fourth class session. Classes will be held 6-7:30 p.m. on four consecutive Thursdays (January 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2012). Participants must plan to attend all four sessions.

QuitSmart® is open to any Guilford County adult resident. There is no cost to the participants for the program or materials (a $50 value). Class size is limited and registration is required. To register, call (336)641-4718. All sessions will be held at the Department of Public Health’s 1100 E. Wendover Avenue location in Greensboro.

To learn more about QuitSmart®, visit www.quitsmart.com.

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Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), through the Center for Sharing Public Health Services, has awarded Guilford County Department of Public Health and Cabarrus Health Alliance one of 18 nationwide two-year grants of $125,000.  Guilford and Cabarrus will use their award to address the continuing need to improve access to dental services for uninsured children and adults.  (more…)

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