Protect your Children by Vaccinating on Time

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By Jo Perkins

(Madison County, NY- April 2013) Parents agree that healthy eating and sleep schedules are important to help keep their children healthy. The same goes for childhood immunizations. Vaccinating children on time is the best way to protect them against 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before their second birthday.

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Volunteer Services Alliance Launched

Volunteer Services Alliance launch was well attended. Pictured in left row from left are Mark Christensen; Denise Adams, Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association; Tara Truett, Madison County Reads Ahead; and Jo Perkins Madison County Health Department. Right row from left includes Steve Eddy; Hank Leo, Tri Valley YMCA; and Barb Church, Community Action Partnership.

(Madison County, […]

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Cases on the Rise in Madison County

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By Jo Perkins

(Madison County, NY – Dec. 2012) Pertussis (Whooping Cough) cases are on the rise in Madison County and across the state. Most of the cases are in children between the ages of 10 and 16 years. There are also many cases in babies less than 1 year of age. Vaccination […]

Lead: the Hidden Poison

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By Jo Perkins

(Madison County, NY – Oct. 2012) Anyone can suffer from lead poisoning, but children are especially at risk because they like to put things in their mouths and their bodies absorb lead more easily than adults’ bodies.

Pregnant women can also pass lead through their bodies to their babies.

Lead […]

Health Information on the Internet

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By Jo Perkins

(Wampsville, NY – Sept. 2012) Lots of people search for health information on the internet. Sometimes the information found is just what they need. Other searches end in frustration or worse: finding incorrect, even dangerous, information.

To find reliable health information on the internet, ask yourself the following questions:

Can […]

Whooping Cough, Measles? I Thought Those Diseases Were Gone!

 

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By Jo Perkins

(Wampsville, NY – Feb. 2012) As a parent, you do whatever it takes to keep your child healthy and safe. You make sure they ride in a car seat and baby proof the house to protect them from getting hurt.

Did you know that you can now help […]

Lead Poisoning: If You Don’t Test, You Won’t Know

 

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By Jo Perkins

(Wampsville, NY – Oct. 2011) What you don’t know can hurt. Each year, thousands of children go untested for lead poisoning, allowing the damage to their bodies to continue. Many children have no symptoms but potentially permanent damage can still be occurring.

This underscores the importance of testing […]

No Shots, No School! Is your child up-to-date?

 

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By Jo Perkins

(Wampsville, NY – Aug. 2011) The new school year finds many parents busy shopping for school supplies. The Madison County Health Department is reminding parents that in addition to supplies, schools require students to be vaccinated against certain diseases.

Make sure your child’s shots are up-to-date before starting […]

Maintaining Your Health is like Maintaining Your Car

 

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By Jo Perkins

(Wampsville, NY – June 2011) Did you know that, on average, men are less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than women? Men are more likely to engage in unhealthy behavior, and less likely than women to adopt preventive health measures.

They’re also less likely to have […]

Sale and Distribution of ‘Bath Salts’ Banned in State

 

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By Jo Perkins

(Wampsville, NY – May 2011) New York State Commissioner of Health Nirav R. Shah, M.D. has banned the sale and distribution of dangerous amphetamine-type substances marketed as “bath salts” that are sold over-the-counter at many convenience stores. All stores must immediately stop the sale of these items and […]