Public Health Week is April 1-7th. This is a week to recognize the efforts of public health to create the healthiest nation in one generation. This year’s theme is: Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For Health. You may wonder what we do at Public Health.
Here are the Top 4 Things you should know about Waukesha County Public Health:
1. We provide Screenings & Immunizations for the Community:
2. We’re here to support Parents & Children:
3. Education is our passion!
4. We help Waukesha County Prepare for Emergencies
Public Heath Week Events
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Three common STDs—chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis—are surging across the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Young people are especially hard-hit. In fact, because reported cases only account for a fraction of the national burden, CDC estimates 15-24-year olds account for half of all new sexually transmitted infections each year. Waukesha County is no exception. In 2018 alone, there were 576 reported cases of chlamydia, 62 reported cases of gonorrhea, and 3 reported cases of syphilis among this same age group.
“The consequences of STDs are especially severe for young people,” said Gail Bolan, M.D., director of CDC’s Division of STD Prevention. “Because chlamydia and gonorrhea often have no symptoms, many infections go undiagnosed and this can lead to lifelong repercussions for a woman’s reproductive health, including pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.”
Early detection through testing is key to avoiding these consequences, yet research has shown many adolescents don’t talk with their providers about sexual health issues at all during annual health visits.
Those who are not comfortable talking with their regular healthcare provider about STDs can access CDC’s online testing locator to find a convenient testing site that is free or low cost.
Getting tested for STDs is one of the most important things a person can do to protect their health, but it’s not the only thing. There are several ways to prevent STDs. The most reliable way is to not have sex (vaginal, oral, or anal), but there are many other tried-and-true options: talking openly with partners and healthcare providers about STDs; using condoms the right way from start to finish; and reducing the number of sexual partners. Those who test positive for an STD should get treated right away – and be sure their partner is also treated to lower the risk of getting infected again.
Visit our webpage for more information on STD testing and prevention.
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Tuesdays (10:30 AM – 6:30 PM)
Walk-in Clinic Nurse Services are available:
Mon., Wed., Thurs., & Fri. (8 AM – 4 PM)
Tuesdays (10:30 AM – 6:15 PM)
WIC Walk-in Benefit Pick up is available:
Mondays (8:15 AM – 4 PM)
Tuesdays (3 – 6:30 PM)
Fridays (8:30 – 11:30 AM)
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please contact a medical professional or call 911.
The Public Health Division will be closed to the public for 2019 holiday observances on the following dates: