Welcome and thank you for choosing the Pike County Health Department. Your source for good health!
The Pike County Health Department utilizes "same day scheduling." This means you will call or walk-in the day you need an appointment and make arrangements for that day. No longer do you have to remember to call ahead and set up an appointment and then remember to keep that appointment. If you call before 9 AM you are almost guaranteed to be seen on that day. You may also walk-in without calling to make an appointment. Walk-ins must check in by 8 AM to guarantee availability.
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.
The good news? If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, six out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Communities, health professionals and families can work together to encourage people to get screened. Please contact your primary medical physician to discuss your screening.
For more information please visit the CDC website(external link).
Prevent the Flu
Don’t wait for the flu to catch you. There is a lot you can do to help minimize the risk of getting the flu, even if you’re exposed.
Good preventive health habits, an annual flu shot, and prescription antivirals can help keep you and your family flu-free — even during flu season.
For flu prevention tips visit www.flufacts.com(external link).
Flu shots are available. Get yours today!
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease - The Facts
Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than five (5) years old. However, it can sometimes occur in adults. Symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease include fever, blister-like sores in the mouth and a skin rash.
There is no vaccine to protect against the viruses that cause hand, foot and mouth disease. A person can lower their risk of being infected by:
- Washing hands often with soap and water, especially after changing diapers and using the toilet.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and soiled items including toys.
- Avoiding close contact such as kissing, hugging or sharing eating utensils or cups with people with hand, foot and mouth disease.
Hand, foot and mouth disease is often confused with foot-and-mouth disease (also called hoof-and-mouth disease), a disease of cattle, sheep and swine. However, the two diseases are caused by different viruses and are not related. Humans do not get the animal disease, and animals do not get the human disease.
For more information, please visit the CDC website(external link).