Entries by David Heaton

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

Due to high temperatures affecting southwestern Utah, the Southwest Utah Public Health Department is advising the public to take precautions to avoid heat-related injury; especially children, people over 65 years of age or having health issues, and new residents who are not familiar with the climate. Try to stay indoors in an air-conditioned environment during the […]

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 […]

Study: healthy fats won’t boost weight

Healthy Fats in Mediterranean Diet Won’t Boost Weight Vegetable oils, nuts can be a part of a healthful diet, experts say By Robert Preidt Monday, June 6, 2016 An eating plan that includes healthy fats such as olive oil and nuts isn’t likely to cause weight gain, a new study finds. That’s good news for […]

St. George Marathon Charity Entries

            The Southwest Utah Public Health Foundation is an official charity for the St. George Marathon and has been allocated a certain number of marathon entries. Runners who were not selected through the lottery can donate funds to the Foundation and be eligible to receive a guaranteed entry in to the 2016 […]

The Zika Virus: What You Should Know

Updated 8-11-16 What is Zika? Zika is a virus related to dengue, yellow fever, and West Nile virus. How is it spread? Zika is spread to humans primarily by the Aedes species of mosquito. This species is rarely, if ever, found in Utah. Sexual transmission is possible, but rare. What are the symptoms and how dangerous […]