Entries by David Heaton

Flu Prevention

UPDATE: Influenza activity is elevated in most of the United States. Learn more about stating healthy with the following information: What is the flu? The flu (influenza) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, even hospitalization or death in some cases. People over 65, young children, […]

Hepatitis A

UPDATE: Customers who used the restroom or ate at at the following Spanish Fork restaurants during the times listed may have been exposed to hepatitis A: Sonic Drive-In (971 North Main Street, Spanish Fork) from December 23-24 Olive Garden  (1092 North Canyon Creek Parkway, Spanish Fork) from December 21-30 Tabitha’s Way Local Food Pantry (South […]

Precautions if you (or family members) are sick

E. coli precautions: For people who are sick or who have family members who are sick, it’s important to follow precautions to prevent passing the infection to other people: Wash your hands with soap and warm water immediately after using the restroom or changing a diaper. Wash your hands before and after preparing food or […]

Outbreak Updates (2017)

Update (7-21-17, 5:00pm): While the investigation continues into a source for this E. coli outbreak, we’ve determined ground beef is not a likely cause.  The advisory not to consume previously purchased ground beef is discontinued. In the meantime, health officials encourage you to follow these practices to prevent infection: Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after preparing or […]


Update (7-28-17, 1pm): The investigation of the E. coli outbreak in the Hildale/Colorado City area is drawing to a close. It has been determined that the likely source of the disease was infected animals, followed by person-to-person contact. Several livestock tested positive for the E. coli strain involved in this outbreak. Their owners have been […]

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). See below for […]

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 […]