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NORTH SHORE HEALTH DEPARTMENT NEWSLETTER

H I G H L I G H T S 
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) results in an alteration of brain function, usually due to a violent blow or jolt to the head. A TBI can affect how a person feels, thinks, acts, and learns. TBIs are a major cause of death and disability in the United States, contributing to about 30% of all injury deaths. A concussion is a type of TBI caused by trauma to the head and a common occurrence in sports. Sports-related concussions often result in mental and physical symptoms (inability to concentrate, forgetfulness, headache, fatigue, dizziness). Some individuals may not develop symptoms immediately after a head injury which is why it is important to have a medical evaluation before returning to play. 

The good news is that most TBIs can be prevented:
  • Always wear a properly-fitted helmet and replace it after a serious fall.
  • Have fun, but know your limitations—start slow, take lessons if new to a sport, and make sure children are supervised.
  • Be familiar with your surroundings and stay alert to blind spots or changes in terrain.
Know the warning signs of a concussion:
  • Headaches
  • Weakness or numbness
  • Coordination or balance impacted
  • Confusion or slurred speech
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Not feeling “quite right”
If you or a loved one has a concussion, take time to recover before putting yourself into a high risk situation again. Rest is the most appropriate way to allow your brain to recover from a concussion. Your doctor will recommend that you physically and mentally rest to recover from a concussion.This may include avoiding activities that increase any of your symptoms, such as general physical exertion, sports or any vigorous movements, or playing video games, watching TV, schoolwork, reading, texting until these activities no longer provoke your symptoms. your physician will tell you when it is safe to return to normal activity. 

 
For more information on brain injuries, including concussions, visit the CDC’s website at: https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/basics/index.html

HEALTH TRENDS 

	In 2013, there were: 2.5 million emergency department visits, 282,000 hospitalizations, 56,000 deaths related to TBI


MARCH HIGHLIGHTS


March is Nutrition Month.  Learn more

Gonorrhea Infections on the Rise. Learn more 

What is Antibiotic Resistance? Learn more 

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Learn more

Car Seat Safety. Learn more

Heath Director Ann Christiansen, was interviewed on TMJ4 about our Heroin and Prescription Drug Resource Guide. Watch the interview on our website: http://www.nshealthdept.org/heroin
 

C L I N I C S 

Upcoming Immunization Clinics (appointment required) - Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414-371-2980.

Tuesday, April 11th 10:00-11:00 am-Brown Deer  
Thursday, April 13th  -3:00-4:30 pm-Shorewood
Tuesday, April 18th -7:30-9:00 am-Shorewood
Wednesday, April 19th -3:30-4:30 pm-Brown Deer         
Tuesday, April 25th -3:30-4:30pm-NS Library


Upcoming Adult Health Clinics (appointment required) – Blood analysis for cholesterol, glucose and triglycerides, blood pressure, weight check and a nurse consultation.
Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414-371-2980.

Wednesday, April 19th- 8:00-10:00am- Brown Deer
Tuesday, April 25th- 8:00-10:00am - Shorewood


Upcoming Blood Pressure Screenings (walk-ins welcome – no appointment necessary)

Wednesday, April 5th -12:45-1:15 p.m. Dolan Comm Ctr (4355 W Bradley Road)                                    
Wednesday, April 26th -3:30-4:30 p.m., Shorewood
Tuesday, April. 25th - 1:30-2:30 p.m., Whitefish Bay (5205 Lydell Avenue)
 

Can't get out for your flu shot?
Flu vaccinations available for home bound residents of the North Shore- Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, River Hills, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay. Call the health department and schedule your appointment today! View the flyer here

U P C O M I N G  E V E N T S 

Car Seat Round-Up Day
Saturday, April 22, 2017
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
North Shore Fire/Rescue Station 82
5901 N. Milwaukee River Pkwy, Glendale, WI 53209

Is your child’s car seat or booster seat:

  • Over 6 years old?
  • From a garage sale or thrift store?
  • Involved in a car crash?
  • Damaged?
  • Not being used?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, please help get these car seats out of use. They could be putting children at risk of injury.

Bring your old, used or damaged car seats to Car Seat Recycle Day. For more information visit www.safekidswi.org

Help us Take 1 Billion Steps

Help us take 1 Billion Steps by the end of National Public Health Week! Walking is one of the easiest ways to improve your health — and it’s more fun if we do it together. That’s why the North Shore Health Department is participating in APHA’s 1 Billion Steps Challenge. We’ve created a team called "North Shore Health Department." When you join you’ll be able to track how many steps you take, see total steps for our team and the collective progress of all teams toward the goal of 1 Billion steps. You can sync your step counting device or enter steps manually if you don’t have a device. So register today, and let’s get walking! We’ll have a lot of fun, improve our heath, and walk more than any other team! Join today! Get the link on our website at nshealthdept.org
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