Entries by David Heaton

Kane County “Flu Shootouts”

The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) will be holding its annual Flu Shoot-outs in Kane County starting in September. Residents can get a free flu shot while helping the SWUPHD and community partners practice their emergency pandemic response plans. The Shootouts are held throughout the five-county district before flu season arrives. The Centers for […]

Rabies Article

By David W. Blodgett, MD, MPH SWUPHD Director & Health Officer   I sometimes have the opportunity to speak to local middle school-aged students about how various diseases spread.  Knowing this can make all the difference in keeping disease from spreading and avoiding infection in the first place. One of the points I always make […]

E. coli Bacteria Risks

Update: Health Advisory: By Order of the Health Officer: Drinking, swimming, or other contact with the water at Nisson Park in Washington City, Utah is not  recommended, while the water is being tested for possible E. coli contamination. As more information becomes available, it will be posted this website.   Recent news about E. coli outbreaks […]

Kane County Dental Clinic

Each year, the Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) partners with a mobile dental clinic to provide services for uninsured adults and children living in Kane County.  Adults with Non-Traditional Medicaid will will also be accepted. There is a $30 co-pay per person, which covers the exam, x-rays, cleaning, sealants, fillings, and extractions. All exams will be […]

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 […]