Sharon Yerdon LPN, Immunization Program nurse at Wayne County Public Health would like to remind the public that it is not too late to receive a flu shot. Influenza can be a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Anyone can get sick from the flu. Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. At this point we do not have any confirmed cases of influenza in Wayne County. It is being reported sporadic in surrounding counties. This immunization can begin as early as 6 months of age. If you are still in need of a flu shot contact your primary care physician, pharmacy, or Wayne County Public Health at 946-5749. Public health professionals are: Health commissioners/directors, environmental sanitarians, technicians or engineers, public health nurses, epidemiologists, public health educators, doctors, nutritionists, scientists, and dentists and dental hygienists.
Public Health professionals work in many different settings, including state and local health departments, hospitals, health clinics, universities and laboratories and schools.
The New York State and Local Health Departments (LHDs) have the primary responsibility to promote and protect the health of the public in New York state.
Local Health Departments protect you from everyday threats to your health. The safe tap water you drink and food you eat at restaurants, the response to a health emergency or bioterrorism, and the prevention of disease are all made possible by the local health department.
LHDs protect the health of entire towns, cities and counties. They focus on health threats that can hurt everyone, such as contagious disease or dangerous unsanitary conditions. For example, when a contagious disease or epidemic like West Nile Virus or the flu threatens your neighborhood or school your local public health department acts to stop it from spreading.
LHDs help keep children healthy. They encourage mothers to get regular prenatal care to give their babies a healthy start. They make sure children get shots to prevent childhood diseases and regular check ups from the family doctor.
LHDs teach community residents how to protect their own health. They help people exercise more, eat right, quit smoking and wash hands to keep from spreading illness.
LHDs address the emerging health issues of our time. For example, LHDs address childhood obesity and other chronic diseases, ensure widespread vaccination for influenza, and help communities prepare for natural or manmade emergencies.
Doctors and hospitals take care of people one at a time. LHDs protect the health of entire communities. LHDs focus on preventing illnesses and resolving health threats that affect everyone.
LHDs must always be prepared to deal with the unknown, whether that is a new threat like SARS or a sudden terrorism attack. They protect you from disease and harm before, during and after emergencies.
Local health departments are funded by the local, state and federal governments. Investment by local government is essential to get state support for county activities.
Wayne County Public Health has been providing our community with quality health services since 1933. Over the years, services have been updated to meet the changing needs of our growing community; but our commitment to health promotion and disease prevention has remained a prime objective. For more information about our services, please contact: Wayne County Public Health, 1519 Nye Road, Suite 200, Lyons, NY 14489, call 946-5749 or (800) 724-1170.