Summer is here! We can finally get out to the beach, or go for that long hike in the woods, and plant that garden. When you go out and enjoy your summer activities, BEWARE! A tiny animal that lives in the brushy, wooded areas here in Wisconsin can cause huge problems, and that animal is the deer tick. The deer tick is so small that often times, a person may never know that they have had it on their skin at all. These ticks can be the carriers of several different bacteria, viruses, and parasites. One of the most familiar here in Wisconsin is Lyme disease. These bacteria can cause several symptoms that may affect the skin, nervous system, heart, or joints. The most widely recognized symptom of Lyme is the erythema migrans rash, or “bull’s eye” rash, but not everyone gets that rash. Fear not! There are ways to protect yourself from getting this disease. When going out in these tick habitats, you can wear pants and long sleeves. If it is too hot, wear lighter colored clothing to identify ticks more easily. You can also use insect repellents containing 20-30% DEET, or 0.5% permethrin. Because it takes 24 hours of skin attachment before bacterium transmission, be sure to remove any ticks found as soon as possible. Perform thorough tick checks after leaving any tick habitat. Stay safe and help us Fight the Bite!
Feel free to contact the health department if you have any questions! 262-896-8430
Vaccines are not just for babies. Some of the vaccines that babies get can wear off as kids get older. As kids grow up they may come in contact with different diseases than when they were babies. There are vaccines that can help protect your preteen or teen from these other illnesses.
What vaccines does my child need?
Meningococcal Vaccine: Meningococcal conjugate vaccine protects against some of the bacteria that can cause meningitis (swelling of the lining around the brain and spinal cord) and septicemia (an infection in the blood). Preteens need the first meningococcal shot when they are 11 or 12 years old. They need a second meningococcal shot at age 16.
Tdap Vaccine: This vaccine helps protect against three serious diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Preteens should get Tdap at age 11 or 12. If your teen didn’t get a Tdap shot as a preteen, ask their doctor or nurse about getting the shot now.
HPV Vaccine: Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines help protect both girls and boys from HPV infection and cancer caused by HPV. All 11- and 12-year-olds should receive two shots of HPV vaccine 6-12 months apart. Preteens and teens who haven’t started or finished the HPV vaccine series should ask the doctor or nurse about getting them now.
Flu Vaccine: The annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances of getting seasonal flu and spreading it to others. Even healthy
How can I get help paying for these vaccines? Preteens and teens can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. While all preteens and teens should get a flu vaccine, it’s especially important for those with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease to get vaccinated.
The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program provides vaccines for children ages 18 years and younger, who are uninsured, Medicaid-eligible, American Indian or Alaska Native. You can find out more about the VFC program by visiting our Immunization Page or call us at 262-896-8430