Entries by David Heaton

Back to School Immunizations

The Southwest Utah Public Health Department is offering required back-to-school immunizations for students entering kindergarten and 7th grade (or for children of any age who need to catch up on vaccinations). Parents can bring their children to any SWUPHD office during business hours (no appointment needed, click HERE for locations and hours) or visit one […]

Accurate Blood Pressure Readings

A 2016 study from the Journal of Clinical Hypertension found that in-office blood pressure measurements were inaccurate more often than not, either causing the misdiagnosis of hypertension (resulting in the inappropriate administration of medication) or causing patients at risk for stroke and heart events to go without necessary intervention or treatment. The Utah Million Hearts […]

Preparedness Buddy

Natural or man-made disasters have the potential to be devastating for all of us, but they are especially serious threats to the elderly and people with disabilities. They can face challenges when it comes to physical mobility and the ability to receive and act upon critical, life-saving information.  The Preparedness Buddy program was specifically developed […]

Rural Preparedness Summit

The Southwest Utah Rural Preparedness Summit will be held on February 27 and 28, 2017 at Dixie State University. The summit is sponsored by the Southwest Utah Public Health Department and its local partners. Who should attend? Emergency managers, first responders, health and medical professionals, emergency volunteers, community leaders, and anyone interested in learning about rural community emergency […]

Flu Vaccine Available

Getting immunized is one of the best ways to protect yourself against influenza. The Southwest Utah Public Health Department is offering flu shots in all our offices (LINK to locations) in preparation for this year’s flu season. It’s inexpensive (or NO CHARGE with some insurances, see below)* and convenient, no appointment needed! * $20 Cash, […]

Why back-to-school vaccines?

(Source: Amy Vance, LiveWell/Spectrum) Vaccines are not made for trivial diseases that are simple to treat. Required childhood vaccines protect against these serious and potentially life-threatening diseases: polio, pertussis (whooping cough), diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis, chickenpox, measles, mumps, and rubella. READ MORE

Zika Precautions

(Daily Herald) – Pregnant women and those trying to become pregnant should avoid or limit travel to areas where Zika is being transmitted. And, they should discuss travel plans to these areas with their doctor. READ MORE

Summer Heat Safety

(Don Gilman, St. George News) -Over the last week, temperatures in Southwest Utah have soared. While excessive heat warnings haven’t been issued yet for St. George, they have been issued for the region from Mesquite to Las Vegas. With temperatures reaching triple digits and looking to stay that way for awhile, it is time to […]

Are plague-infected fleas a concern in southern Utah?

(KCSG.com / Melissa Anderson) It’s known as the “Black Death” or bubonic plague. Recent reports of fleas infected with the bubonic plague in parts of Northern Arizona has caused questions about the potential of the fleas traveling to southern Utah. “Fortunately in Utah, fleas are uncommon in our state because they thrive with humidity, which […]