OKC-County Health News Latest news from the Oklahoma-City County Health Department. Zend_Feed_Writer 2 (http://framework.zend.com) https://www.occhd.org/pressroom Holiday Food Safety

Many people don't realize that food safety is the most important ingredient in preparing food for the holidays. This article includes some helpful food safety resources to keep your holidays happy.]]>
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:16:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/holiday-food-safety https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/holiday-food-safety 0
Skeeter Meter Status - Normal

OCCHD epidemiologists will use data from the following sources: temperature, mosquito trap counts, disease rate within captured mosquitoes, complaints from residents, human surveillance which includes West Nile Virus (WNV) cases in the state and throughout the Oklahoma County area to determine the risk.]]>
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/new-skeeter-meter-tool https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/new-skeeter-meter-tool 0
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

​Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. ]]>
Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:40:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/october-breast-cancer-awareness-month https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/october-breast-cancer-awareness-month 0
Lightning Safety and Outdoor Sports Activities

It’s a common situation — a thunderstorm is approaching or nearby. Are conditions outside safe, or is it time to head for safe place? Not wanting to appear overly cautious, many people wait far too long before reacting to this potentially deadly weather threat.]]>
Wed, 04 Oct 2017 16:50:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/lightning-safety-and-outdoor-sports-activities https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/lightning-safety-and-outdoor-sports-activities 0
It’s Open Season on Ticks

Protect yourself from tickborne disease this hunting season! Ticks feed on the blood of animals (such as rodents, rabbits, deer, and birds), but will bite humans too. Ticks live in grassy or wooded areas, or on the animals themselves. Hunting brings you in closer contact with the ticks, so take the proper safety precautions to reduce your chances of being bitten. ]]>
Fri, 29 Sep 2017 22:08:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/its-open-season-ticks https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/its-open-season-ticks 0
Pilot project could improve health, cut costs Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:14:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/pilot-project-could-improve-health-cut-costs https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/pilot-project-could-improve-health-cut-costs 0 OCCHD offers flu vaccines starting Oct 2nd

OCCHD will launch their seasonal flu-vaccine clinics on Monday, October 2nd. The cost for the flu shot is $25. Payment can be made in the form of cash, check or credit card. The vaccine is available at no cost for those who qualify for Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, while supplies last.]]>
Tue, 26 Sep 2017 17:18:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/occhd-offers-flu-vaccine-starting-oct-2nd https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/occhd-offers-flu-vaccine-starting-oct-2nd 0
Financial Preparedness Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:47:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/financial-preparedness https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/financial-preparedness 0 Child Passenger Safety Week Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:40:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/therightseat https://www.occhd.org/therightseat 0 2017 Summit: A Focus on Poverty

The Infant Mortality Alliance 2017 Summit: A Focus on Poverty presents an opportunity for our community to take steps in understanding the impact that poverty has on our most vulnerable families.]]>
Sat, 16 Sep 2017 02:38:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/2017-summit-focus-on-poverty https://www.occhd.org/2017-summit-focus-on-poverty 0
Make A Family Communication Plan

Emergencies can happen at any time. Does your family know how to get in touch with each other if you are not all together?]]>
Wed, 13 Sep 2017 02:31:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/family-communication-plan https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/family-communication-plan 0
Get Involved Before The Next Disaster

There are many ways to Get Involved especially before a disaster occurs, the content found on this page will guide you find ways to take action in your community. Community leaders agree the formula for ensuring a safer homeland consists of trained volunteers and informed individuals taking action to increase the support of emergency response agencies during disasters.]]>
Tue, 05 Sep 2017 02:47:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/get-involved-next-disaster https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/get-involved-next-disaster 0
National Preparedness Month

This September, National Preparedness Month (NPM) will focus on planning, with an overarching theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” We should all take action to prepare! We are all able to help first responders in our community by training how to respond during an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes — where we live, work, and visit. ]]>
Sat, 02 Sep 2017 00:43:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/preparednessmonth https://www.occhd.org/preparednessmonth 0
September is Sexual Health Awareness Month!

September is Sexual Health Awareness Month! OCCHD clinics and staff are dedicated to providing testing and education on reducing your risk for sexually transmitted infections. OCCHD tests for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV and trichomoniasis (females), and provides on-site treatment for some of these infections. Need testing?]]>
Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/september-sexual-health-awareness-month https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/september-sexual-health-awareness-month 0
Make a Disaster Plan

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.]]>
Wed, 30 Aug 2017 04:02:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/Make-a-Disaster-Plan https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/Make-a-Disaster-Plan 0
Two People in OKC Confirmed with West Nile Virus Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:53:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/two-people-okc-confirmed-west-nile-virus https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/two-people-okc-confirmed-west-nile-virus 0 August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children, and teens from 16 potentially harmful diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or even be deadly — especially in infants and young children.]]>
Tue, 01 Aug 2017 03:44:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/august-national-immunization-awareness-month https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/august-national-immunization-awareness-month 0
Time For Back to School Immunizations Fri, 14 Jul 2017 05:03:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/back-school-immunizations https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/back-school-immunizations 0 Thunder Family Fun Fest Wed, 12 Jul 2017 04:07:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/thunder-family-fun-fest https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/thunder-family-fun-fest 0 2017 Wellness Score Available Online

OCCHD) has released the new 2017 Wellness Score online, outlining improvements in many of the 14 measured health outcomes ranging from deaths due to heart disease, stroke, cancer and even suicide. The report provides zip code level data, making it relevant to residents and community leaders in both quality of life and planning efforts.]]>
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:23:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/2017-wellness-score-available-online https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/2017-wellness-score-available-online 0