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This Month's Health Tip

FALL into a Health Routine
Lead the family in a taste test of different varieties of one kind of food. Have everyone choose their favorite. For example, an apple could be prepared as apple snack wedges, applesauce, apple cider, and baked apples. You could also present similar types of vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and mustard greens. Talk about differences in their taste. Share your fall favorites, or be adventurous and try new things.

Schools play an important role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behaviors. Parents, students, educators, and community members can all take action to keep children healthy and safe--in and away from school. Make sure your child knows what to do in an emergency. Away from school, children may face an increased risk for pedestrian and motor vehicle injuries. You can help by learning more about these risks and steps you can take.

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  Division of Epidemiology 



  5 Easy Steps
Here are five easy steps you can take to help protect yourself and your loved ones from getting sick:
1. Wash your hands!
Wash your hands after you go to the bathroom, wash your hands before you cook, wash your hands before you eat, wash your hands before you hold a baby, wash your hands after changing a diaper, wash your hands after handling money, wash your hands after touching animals, wash your hands, wash your hands, and wash your hands.
2. Cook food thoroughly, especially poultry. 
Food can carry lots of harmful bacteria that can make you very sick, but being sure to cook it thoroughly will kill the bacteria and keep you healthy.
3. Wash fruits and vegetables.
Just like meat, fruits and vegetables can carry harmful bacteria as well.  Be sure to was them thoroughly, especially those that you plan to eat raw or uncooked. 
4. Clean.
Use anti-bacterial sprays or wipes, such as Lysol or Clorox, and clean common surfaces around your home such as countertops, door knobs, toilets, and faucets. Bacteria and viruses can live on surfaces anywhere from a couple of minutes to days on end. A little clean up can go a long way in preventing illness.
5. Stay home if you are sick! 
If you're feeling ill, stay home from work and other activities because you may cause others to get sick as well. A common cold that is just an inconvenience for you could be a life-threatening illness for an infant, an elderly person, or anyone with an underlying health condition. Do yourself, and everyone else, a favor and stay home until you feel better!


  Additional Information

Vaccine Information for the Public and Health Professionals

Vaccine Safety

WV Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)



  Get vaccinated!

Vaccinations exist for all kinds of different illnesses and will not only help protect yourself from getting ill, but it will help protect those around you as well. 

Vaccines are quick, easy, and very safe. Many vaccines are given in a single dose, while others may require additional doses or a booster later on in life. 

Some vaccines can provide lifelong protection against a disease, such as the hepatitis B vaccine, however others may only provide temporary protection such as the influenza vaccine, aka the flu shot.

Here is a list of diseases that can be prevented by vaccines:

  • Diptheria
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hib
  • HPV
  • Influenza
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Meningitis
  • Mumps
  • Pertussis
  • Pneumonia
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Rotavirus
  • Rubella
  • Shingles
  • Smallpox
  • Tetanus
  • Varicella

KCHD offers dozens of vaccines for children and adults at a low cost.  For more information about the vaccines we provide, visit our Clinical Services webpage, or call (304) 348-8080.