By: Value News | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: August 2013
The Rogers County Health Department reminds parents and caregivers that now is the time for them to check records and schedule appointments for their children needing vaccines.
Rogers County Health Department officials encourage Rogers County residents to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile virus (WNV), a mosquito-borne illness. Summertime typically marks the beginning of the high risk period for exposure to WNV in Oklahoma, with outdoor activities providing opportunities for encountering WNV-infected mosquitoes. “We want to remind everyone to use insect repellent when outdoors and mosquito-proof their home and yard,” said Rogers County Health Department Administrative Director Mary Beth Murray. Among the precautions to take against mosquito bites are the following:
Preventing Heat Illnesses
The Rogers County Health Department advises everyone to take precautions to protect their health against heat-related illnesses that may cause heat stroke or death. “The elderly, infants and young children are at higher risk of heat-related illnesses. They may not be able to adjust to increases in air temperatures, or may take medications that decrease their ability to deal with heat,” said Murray. “Heat precautions are also advised for persons with heart, lung or kidney problems and persons whose occupations require them to work outdoors.” To reduce the potential for heat-related illnesses:
Immunizations for Next School Year
The Rogers County Health Department reminds parents and caregivers that now is the time for them to check records and schedule appointments for their children entering kindergarten or the 7th grade to receive any needed vaccines. Most children entering kindergarten will need the following required vaccines:
Parents of children who have moved here from other states should check their children’s records for hepatitis A vaccination, which is required for students in all grades in Oklahoma.
Students who will enter the 7th grade are required to have a Tdap booster. Teens in the 8th and 9th grades must also have one dose of Tdap if they have not received it already. Tdap protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough), which continues to circulate in Oklahoma causing serious illness in babies and toddlers.
The Rogers County Health Department also encourages parents to consider the following two vaccines for their preteens and teens: HPV (human papillomavirus vaccine) and MCV4 (meningococcal vaccine). For more information about childhood immunizations and schedules, contact the Rogers County Health Department at (918) 341-3166 or visit online at http://rogers.health.ok.gov
Rogers County Citizens for Growth is a grassroots effort led by caring citizens whose goals are to increase business opportunities for our local restaurants and bars, an…... Read more »
Prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem. The problem is so critical that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified it as an epidemic. ... Read more »
On Sunday, June 30, Rhema Bible Church will present Rockets Over Rhema, a special celebration for the entire family. ... Read more »
It started out over 15 years ago in the old Claremore Armory on the corner of Patti Page and Lynn Riggs Boulevards. ... Read more »