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POISON CONTROL CENTER
McCook, NE – When people call the Nebraska Regional Poison Center (NRPC), one of their first questions is:  “Do I need to go to the Emergency Room?”  A large majority of the callers are reassured to learn that their exposure will be safely managed at home. In fact, 75% of callers to the poison center will avoid a trip to the hospital.  The registered nurses and physician assistants will give the callers information on what to do, what to watch for, and will often make follow-up calls to see how the patient is doing . Before you head out to the emergency room for a poisoning – call the poison center first.  The call is free to the public and you will be given expert advice.  By calling 1-800-222-1222 you will be taking advantage of one of the best health care deals around.
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Immunization Press Release from the Red Willow County Health Department
Back-to-School Immunizations at the Red Willow County Health Department
McCook, NE – When students return to school in the fall, it usually means shopping for school supplies, extracurricular activities and cooler weather around the corner. It is also a time for parents to check that their children’s immunizations are up-to-date. “All students returning to school this fall must have up-to-date immunization records,” explained Dawn Garcia, RN, MSN, School Nurse for McCook Public Schools. “Immunizations help children remain healthy, which gives them the best chance for success at school,” she continued.
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Mosquitos and West Nile Virus
The time is now to take measures to avoid mosquito bites. Prevention is the key to staying clear of the West Nile Virus infection. These measures include using insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535; dressing in long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks when outside; limiting outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active and eliminating standing water breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Read More…

Here are some links to West Nile Virus Public Service Announcements to promote use of insect repellent.
Nebraska has had 13 cases as of 8-16-12 with NO deaths.
Radio:

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/psa_audio/WNVprevRadioPSAEngSp/Track01KeepItCloseEng30.mp3

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/psa_audio/WNVprevRadioPSAEngSp/Track02KeepItCloseEng15.mp3

Spanish radio psa:
 http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/psa_audio/WNVprevRadioPSAEngSp/Track03KeepItCloseSp30.mp

A variety of print information can be found at this link:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm

Skin Cancer
Summer is here, time for fun in the sun! But, did you realize that childhood exposure to the sun will affect children the rest of their life? Damage from the sun to a child’s skin can actually increase the odds that they will develop skin cancer as adults. Keep them out of the sun during mid-day. Cover them up. Give them hats and teach them to use sunscreen. Children should always wear protective clothing or SPF-15 or higher sunscreens. Consult your doctor before using sunscreen on an infant less than six months old.Read More…

Don’t Let This Product Torch Your 4th of July Plans
Last year, in the days leading up to the 4th of July, several people across the country were poisoned by torch fuel. The Nebraska Regional Poison Center would like to once again remind parents about this product and the dangers associated with it. The fluid that goes into the outdoor tiki- style torches contains a hydrocarbon, which is similar to lamp oil and gasoline. Read More…

<Poison Center Laundry Detergent Press Release
Poison Centers across the country have seen an increase in calls about pediatric exposure to a new formulation of laundry detergent.  These new laundry products contain concentrated liquid detergent in a bubble or pod enclosed by a membrane that dissolves when the packet comes in contact with water.Read More…

Meningitis Press Release from Red Willow County Health Department, 2/2/11
Contact: Darcey Hansen, RN
Recent cases of meningitis in children in Southeast Nebraska have prompted the local and district health departments to inform the public about prevention of meningitis. Did you know that there are approximately 1,000-1,200 cases of meningococcal disease in the United States each year? Meningococcal disease, a type of bacterial meningitis, can be very serious — even life-threatening — in 48 hours or less. Read More…

Prevention is Best Treatment For Carbon Monoxide Poisonings, 1/5/11
Just in the last two weeks: Maryland: two deaths, Florida: five deaths, Texas: one death, New York: 45 in the emergency room, Connecticut: 40 children in the emergency room, Colorado: one death and three unconscious, Arizona: nine hospitalized, Massachusetts: one death and 18 hospitalized–all from carbon monoxide poisoning. Each year, carbon monoxide poisoning kills nearly 500 people nationwide and sends over 15,000 to the emergency room. The Centers for Disease Control ranked Nebraska as the state with the highest reliable mortality rate from carbon monoxide. Read More…