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 Flu Continues to Claim Lives

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Carbon Monoxide Dangers

Each year, an average of 430 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, and there are more than 20,000 visits to the emergency room with more than 4,000 hospitalizations. Carbon monoxide-related deaths are highest during colder months. ]]>
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:14:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/carbon-monoxide-dangers https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/carbon-monoxide-dangers 0
Take it off Oklahoma!

Join us for the next three months on a journey to help Oklahoma lose weight! Take It Off Oklahoma is a three-month weight loss challenge coordinated by FOX 25 News and the Oklahoma City-County Health Department.]]>
Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:00:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/TakeItOffOklahoma https://www.occhd.org/TakeItOffOklahoma 0
Cold Weather Dangers

If you detect symptoms of frostbite, which is the freezing of the skin and body tissue beneath the skin, in either yourself or another person, seek medical care IMMEDIATELY. Additionally, hypothermia occurs when one’s body temperature drops to dangerously low levels, so, before addressing symptoms of frostbite, first determine whether you or someone else is showing signs of hypothermia.]]>
Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:02:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/cold-weather-dangers https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/cold-weather-dangers 0
Be Prepared for Winter Weather Travel

OCCHD advises residents not to take chances on dealing with dangerous winter conditions, especially when traveling this holiday season. Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Blaine Bolding advises travelers to check local media reports of weather forecasts before making travel plans and to know what the National Weather Service winter storm and blizzard watches mean.]]>
Fri, 22 Dec 2017 14:46:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/be-prepared-winter-weather-travel https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/be-prepared-winter-weather-travel 0
Flu Claims the Lives of Two

​OCCHD epidemiologists confirm two influenza-associated deaths in Oklahoma County for the 2017-2018 flu season. Flu has now claimed the lives of six Oklahomans this season. Oklahoma County’s hospitalizations for the season now stand at 74.]]>
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Flu Hospitalizations on the Rise

OCCHD Epidemiologists confirm 44 hospitalizations for the 2017-2018 flu season with no reported deaths to date in the county. Statewide, 179 influenza-related hospitalizations have been noted since September 1, 2017. The largest segment of flu-hospitalizations is coming in persons age 65 and older (44%) followed by 50-64 years (21%) and children from birth to 4 years (15%).]]>
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Be Smart. Take Part. Prepare

Learn how to stay safe before, during, and after ice/snow storms by following our safety tips.]]>
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Traveling While Pregnant

There are some pregnancy and travel related concerns; however, the information provided in this article will help make your trip the safest and most comfortable it can be.]]>
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Survive Winter Weather Travel with 7 Essentials Tue, 28 Nov 2017 21:18:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/survive-winter-weather https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/survive-winter-weather 0 Do You have Diabetes?

The following symptoms of diabetes are typical. However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed. Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes.]]>
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:42:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/do-you-have-diabetes https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/do-you-have-diabetes 0
Treat Your Diabetes Well

November is National Diabetes Month. Here’s to managing your diabetes for a longer, healthier life. There isn’t a cure yet for diabetes, but a healthy lifestyle can really reduce its impact on your life. What you do every day makes the difference: eating a healthy diet, being physically active, taking medicines if prescribed, and keeping health care appointments to stay on track.]]>
Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:13:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/treat-your-diabetes-well https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/treat-your-diabetes-well 0
Take 3 Steps to Fight the Flu

OCCHD Epidemiologists advise the current flu vaccine can keep you from getting the flu, make the illness less severe if you do get it, and keep you from spreading the virus to family and friends. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over six months of age and are approved for use in pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions. There are flu shots specifically for use in people as young as 6 months of age and older.]]>
Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:26:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/take-3-steps-fight-flu https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/take-3-steps-fight-flu 0
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.]]>
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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. ]]>
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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.]]>
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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. ]]>
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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.]]>
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