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May 15, 2024 in News, Public Health

Preventing Tick and Mosquito Bites

With warmer weather approaching, Delaware County Public Health is sharing the importance of knowing how to prevent tick and mosquito bites.  The best way to protect yourself from bite exposure is to wear long sleeves and pants. Treat your clothing with insect repellent before spending time outside and remember to...

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May 8, 2024 in Family Practice, News, Public Health, Regional Medical Center

Measles in the Midwest

Measles cases continue to spread throughout the United States and the Midwest. To date, cases have been reported in the bordering Iowa states including Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Of the total cases in 2024, 53% of cases were hospitalized. Measles is an airborne virus. It is extremely contagious and...

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April 12, 2024 in Family Practice, News, Public Health, Regional Medical Center

Measles Can Be Very Serious

Measles is NOT just a little rash. Measles can be very dangerous, especially for babies and young children. According to the Centers for Disease Control: As of April 4, according to the Iowa Health and Human Services, a total of 113 measles cases have been reported in 18 states. These...

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November 9, 2023 in News, Public Health

Flu Season is Here

Influenza or the “flu” season is here. When you get the flu, you experience primarily respiratory symptoms which can range from mild to severe. Symptoms usually come on suddenly and may include some or all of these symptoms: The flu is contagious. Reduce your risk from seasonal flu by getting...

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October 25, 2023 in Emergency, News, Public Health

Not All Medical Alert Systems Are Alike

With aging family members and those with health challenges, medical alert systems are helpful to assure your loved one is safe in their home. However, it is important to realize not all medical alert systems are alike as they operate differently with different pricing structures and features. “On occasion our...

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October 9, 2023 in Family Practice, News, Public Health

Get Your Updated COVID-19 Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine ahead of the fall/winter virus season. Like seasonal influenza or the flu, the virus that causes COVID-19 is always changing and protection from previous vaccine declines over time. This is why...

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September 19, 2023 in News, Public Health

Who Needs a Flu Shot?

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot every year. Getting the influenza or flu vaccine is especially important for people who are at higher risk of developing serious complications from the flu. How can I benefit from a flu shot? A flu vaccination can help you reduce...

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August 3, 2023 in Family Practice, News, Public Health

Vaccines Prevent Diseases

This August during National Immunization Month, Delaware County Public Health encourages all Iowans of all ages to protect themselves against vaccine-preventable diseases. The pandemic affected everyone in a variety of ways, including individuals attending routine healthcare appointments and receiving routine immunizations “Now is the time to look to your trusted...

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June 8, 2023 in News, Public Health

Summer Safety Tips

As the summer season kicks off, Delaware County Public Health wants to remind everyone to stay active and have fun this summer but to do so safely. Remember Sunscreen. Whenever you are outdoors wear SPF 15 or higher sunscreen, putting it on 30 minutes before going outside. One common misconception...

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April 12, 2023 in News, Public Health

Rabies Prevention Awareness

Rabies is a preventable viral disease. When a person is exposed to the rabies virus, it infects the central nervous system. If the person does not receive the right medical care after a rabies exposure, the virus can cause disease in the brain, resulting in death. How can you prevent...

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January 19, 2023 in News, Public Health

Cervical Cancer & HPV Awareness

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month–a time to talk about cervical cancer, the HPV virus and how it can affect you and/or your loved ones. Worldwide, cervical cancer is the fourth most frequent cancer in women. Cervical cancer is a disease where cells in the body, starting in the cervix,...

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November 30, 2022 in News, Public Health

Learn How to Help Prevent Suicide

Unfortunately, more and more lives are being touched by suicide. Anyone can learn steps to help prevent suicide. Delaware County Public Health (DCPH) is hosting a FREE Suicide Prevention QPR Training on Tuesday, February 7, 2023. The training sessions will be held at Regional Medical Center in Manchester in the...

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