Influenza Death Confirmed in Southwest Utah

News Release (1/6/2020)

Influenza Death Confirmed in Southwest Utah

ST. GEORGE, UT – The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) has confirmed a recent influenza-related death of a resident of the five-county district. The individual was an adult under the age of 65 who was infected with influenza type A.

“We have had 36 people hospitalized from the flu this season,” reports Kassidy Peterson, SWUPHD Epidemiologist. “Their ages range from infants to the elderly. It’s not too late to get vaccinated and we urge everyone to do so, especially those whose age or health condition makes them more vulnerable.”

Type A and B influenza viruses cause epidemics almost every winter in the United States. Influenza is contagious and can spread by droplets from infected people when they talk, cough, or sneeze.

Symptoms may include rapid onset of fever, chills, cough, sore throat, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue, and vomiting and diarrhea (although this is more common in children than adults). People at high risk of flu complications, such as young children, adults 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, and people with chronic medical conditions should consult their doctor if they are experiencing flu symptoms.

The best way to prevent seasonal influenza is to get vaccinated every year. Flu shots are still available at your nearest SWUPHD office. Visit swuhealth.org/flu for locations and more information.

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The mission of the Southwest Utah Public Health Department is to protect the community’s health through the promotion of wellness and the prevention of disease. Visit our website at  www.swuhealth.org


RESOURCES:

  • CDC Flu Prevention – LINK
  • St. George News Article – LINK
  • KSL Article – LINK
  • KUTV Article – LINK
  • Fox13 Article – LINK

$5 A1C Tests During National Diabetes Month

News Release (11/1/2019)

$5 A1C Tests During National Diabetes Month

In recognition of National Diabetes Month, the Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) is offering a free prediabetes risk screening and a $5 A1C test for diabetes and prediabetes throughout November (80% discount). To qualify for the reduced price you must be at least 18 years old and a county resident. You do not need to fast or make an appointment. Just visit the St. George SWUPHD clinic at 620 S. 400 E. between 8am and 5pm on weekdays (closed until 1pm on Tuesdays).

The A1C test involves a simple finger prick and you will know your results within a few minutes. The results will place you in the range of normal, prediabetic, or diabetic.

It is estimated that one-fourth of people with diabetes are unaware they have it, and 90% of people with prediabetes are unaware of their condition. Left untreated, these health conditions can lead to very serious health problems down the road. Diabetes can be managed in many ways, and taking action if you are in the prediabetic range can prevent the disease from developing in the first place. That’s why it’s so important to be screened for diabetes and prediabetes. Plan to get your $5 A1C test in November!

The SWUPHD is also offering a free community forum on how to “Navigate Diabetes in the Grocery Store”, presented by Melanie Taylor, MS,RD,CD on Thursday, November 14th at 6pm (at location listed above). To learn more, visit swuhealth.org/diabetes or call Jeff Smith at 435-986-2552.

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The mission of the Southwest Utah Public Health Department is to protect the community’s health through the promotion of wellness and the prevention of disease. Visit our website at  www.swuhealth.org

Rabies

 

Rabies is a deadly virus spread to people from the saliva of infected animals. In the US, those animals include bats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and skunks. Cases in domestic dogs and cats are fewer in number due to vaccination programs, but can still occur.  Most of the rabies cases identified in Southwest Utah occur in bats or animals that have been bitten by bats. Human cases of rabies in the United States are rare, with only one to three cases reported annually. Some of those cases were infected outside of the country.

 


 

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Steps to a Healthier You (FREE)!

News Release (08/23/2019)

Steps to a Healthier You (FREE)!

KANAB, UT –  The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) is offering “Steps to a Healthier You”, a free 8-week class that helps participants make simple, sustainable changes for a healthier lifestyle. It will be held at the SWUPHD office at 445 N. Main on Tuesdays from 1 to 2:00pm, starting September 3rd. The course also includes  a free A1C test.

“Food choices and lack of physical activity play a major role in putting people at increased risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease,” says Delaney Matheson, SWUPHD Health Educator and class instructor. “By making changes to eat a little better and move more, people can really make a difference in reducing their risk of these serious diseases.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled in the last twenty years as the American population has aged and become more overweight or obese.

Steps to a Healthier You

When: Tuesdays at 1:00pm, starting September 3rd (8 classes)

Where: SWUPHD office (445 N. Main in Kanab)

NO CHARGE, plus free A1C test!

Contact Delaney at 435-644-2537 or dmatheson@swuhealth.org to sign up.

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The mission of the Southwest Utah Public Health Department is to protect the community’s health through the promotion of wellness and the prevention of disease. Visit our website at  www.swuhealth.org

West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus Infographic
The most effective way to avoid getting sick from viruses spread by mosquitoes when at home and during travel is to prevent mosquito bites:
  • Use insect repellent: When used as directed, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Use an external EPA-registered insect repellent with one of the following active ingredients:
    • DEET (typically 30%)
    • Picaridin
    • IR3535
    • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)
    • Para-menthane-diol (PMD)
    • 2-undecanone
  • Cover up: Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Keep mosquitoes outside: Use air conditioning, or window and door screens. If you are not able to protect yourself from mosquitoes inside your home or hotel, sleep under a mosquito bed net.

Resources and Links

Free Car Seat Safety Checks

News Release  – (07/19/2019)

Free Car Seat Safety Checks

KANAB, UT – The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) is now offering free child car seat safety checks and installations for parents and caregivers in Kane County.

“This check is essential for anyone who transports children in their vehicles”, says Delaney Matheson, SWUPHD Child Passenger Safety Technician. “70-90% of car seats are installed incorrectly. Since motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death of children in the United States, this service can really make a difference.”

According to Safe Kids USA, young children properly restrained in child safety seats have an 80 percent lower risk of fatal injury than those who are unrestrained. Whether you’re a first time parent or one with more experience, getting your car seats and booster seats checked will eliminate mistake and familiarize you with passenger safety, car seat laws, and how children should progress in car seats as they get older. Discounted seats are also available for purchase.

Car seat checks and installations are available by appointment. Contact Delaney Matheson at 435-644-2537 or dmatheson@swuhealth.org.

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The mission of the Southwest Utah Public Health Department is to protect the community’s health through the promotion of wellness and the prevention of disease. Visit our website at  www.swuhealth.org

Questions About Diabetes & Nutrition?

News Release – (07/09/2019)

Questions About Diabetes & Nutrition?

The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) will be hosting its monthly Diabetes and Prediabetes Community Forum on Thursday, July 11th (6pm) at its St. George office.

This month’s topic will be the role nutrition plays in the development and treatment of diabetes. You’ll learn how food influences blood sugar levels and how to prepare meals that support diabetes control. The presenter will be Mallory Spendlove, RDN, CD. A question and answer session will follow.

Mallory is a Registered Dietitian and Project Coordinator for the SWUPHD and has been trained in diabetes and heart disease education. She has presented nearly 100 times on self-improvement and nutrition to a wide range of audiences. Her clinical experience includes providing one-on-one and group nutritional consultations in hospital, community, and long-term care settings.

The setting is informal and all are welcome. The Health Department will continue to hold the forum on the second Thursday of each month.

What: Monthly Diabetes & Prediabetes Community Forum (FREE admission)

When: Thursday, July 11th at 6pm

Where: Southwest Utah Public Health Department

            620 S. 400 E. (2nd level conference room), St. George

For more information, visit swuhealth.org or call Jeff Smith at 435-986-2552.

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The mission of the Southwest Utah Public Health Department is to protect the community’s health through the promotion of wellness and the prevention of disease. Visit our website at  www.swuhealth.org

Youth ATV Certification Course Offered

NEWS RELEASE – (07/01/2019) 

Youth ATV Certification Course Offered

KANE COUNTY, UT – In order to help increase the number of minors who are certified to ride ATVs, the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, in partnership with the Utah Division of Natural Resources, is holding an Off-Highway Vehicle Safety Certificate Course for youth. The class will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Kaneplex in Kanab at 8:00 a.m. There is a $30 registration fee and class size is limited.

With summer activities in full swing, there is an increased number of ATVs on the roads and in state parks. This year’s all-terrain vehicle (ATV) season started in tragedy with a crash in an Ogden neighborhood, killing one boy and injuring another. Neither was wearing a helmet. Unfortunately, this story is not uncommon. Twelve percent of Primary Children’s Hospital traumatic brain injury admissions are due to ATV crashes. Studies also show that only 58% of Utahns report wearing a helmet while riding an ATV and only 38% of Utah children (whose parents own an ATV) have taken a training course.

Utah law states that anyone driving an ATV or OHV (off-highway vehicle) without a driver’s license must obtain an Off-Highway Vehicle Safety Certificate and no one under the age of 8 is permitted to operate an ATV. Everyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet that is fitted, fastened, and meets state safety standards.

Parents wanting to register their children (ages 8+ and teens without a driver’s license) for the course can contact Delaney Matheson at dmatheson@swuhealth.org or 435-644-2537.

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“Ask a Doctor” at Diabetes Forum

News Release – (04/26/2019)

“Ask a Doctor” at Diabetes Forum

ST. GEORGE, UT – On Thursday, May 9th at 6 PM, the Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) in St. George will be hosting a Diabetes and Prediabetes Community Forum. This event will provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of medical experts or to learn from the questions of others. The forum is designed to help people (or their loved ones) who are at risk for diabetes or have been diagnosed with the disease.

“It is estimated that 40% of adults in Washington County have diabetes or prediabetes,” says Jeff Smith, SWUPHD Diabetes Program Manager. “These serious health conditions can usually be managed or prevented with a healthier lifestyle. But it can also be extremely difficult to know what to do or where to get reliable information regarding this complex disease.”

The community forum will feature SWUPHD Health Officer David Blodgett, MD, MPH, who earned his medical degree from the University of Utah and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Blodgett is passionate about promoting healthy living and has a wealth of knowledge to share. The Health Department will continue to hold a free public forum on the second Thursday of each month where experts in diabetes care and prevention will take questions from the group.

“This is really a unique opportunity for the public to come together and get answers to tough questions regarding diabetes,” Jeff Smith explains. “We hope people will join us.”

Diabetes & Prediabetes Community Forum (FREE admission)

When: Thursday, May 9th at 6pm

Where: Southwest Utah Public Health Department

620 S. 400 E. (2nd level conference room), St. George

For more information, visit swuhealth.org or call Jeff Smith at 435-986-2552.

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