In The News
Flu Season 2014
Sullivan County Regional Health Department is currently giving flu vaccines in the school systems. The flu vaccine can prevent you from contracting the illness and it can make the illness less severe if it is contracted. This can decrease the numbers hospitalizations and deaths from the flu. While protecting you from the flu, it also protects those around you. Those with chronic illness and infants under 6 months of age need this extra protection. Women who receive the vaccine during pregnancy can provide protection for the baby for up to a 6 months.
Remaining Flu School Clinics:
October 6-7 Bristol TN City School System
October 8-10 Kingsport City School System
October 13-17 Sullivan County School System
Consent forms have already been sent home. Parents should have received and returned the forms back to the school if they desire that their child receive the vaccine during these school based clinics. Contact your school nurse if you have any questions.
A new mosquito-related illness called Chikungunya has been discussed in the news recently. In order to keep the community better informed, we are sharing this fact sheet with some general information about the illness. More information can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/
The Tennessee Department of Health continues to provide assistance to patients affected by contaminated methylprednisolone acetate, including new outreach efforts to some who may develop localized infections. Click HERE for the latest update.