Hurricane Preparedness Week in
North Carolina is May 24-30
The North Carolina coast is the most vulnerable to a direct hurricane strike, but inland cities and towns across the state can also be devastated by the high winds and potential tornados, storm surges, flooding and landslides from hurricanes and tropical storms.
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Rabies is a vaccine preventable disease
Rabies is a vaccine preventable disease in humans, dogs, cats and ferrets as well as some domestic livestock. All mammals are susceptible to rabies and it is nearly always fatal. Read more about rabies.
Learning the hard way about rabies vaccinations
Read about the importance of the rabies vaccine for all pets in the May Public Health column.
Protect against tick and mosquito bites
as summer approaches
The NC Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health recommends taking precautions to protect against tick and mosquito bites as summer weather approaches.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Tuesday, June 2, 8:30 - 5:00 p.m.
This 8-hour training teaches key skills to help youth who are developing a mental health or substance use problem or who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Topics include common disorders and potential crises such as helping a person who is having a panic attack, is contemplating suicide or is struggling with substance use. It will be held in the Community Education Room at Blue Ridge Community Health Services, 2579 Chimney Rock Road. Contact Michelle Tyler at 800-893-6246 ext. 5125 or register online.
Changes in NC School Vaccination Requirements
Do you have a child entering kindergarten or
7th grade? Learn more about immunizations.
Data collection taking place to help improve Henderson County health
Henderson County is one of sixteen counties involved in telephone surveys that are underway across western North Carolina to gain better insight into the current health of the region. Read more.
The Department of Public Health will be closed Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day.
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North Carolinians ready to quit smoking may call
1-800-784-8669. QuitlineNC operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For service in Spanish call 1-855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569).
NC Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Help Line 1-800-737-3028
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