Juneau County Health Department
Major Measles Outbreak at Disneyland Shows Why Vaccinations Are So Important Families urged to include vaccinations in spring break plans
A recent outbreak of 70 measles cases traced to Disneyland shows that it’s a small world after all, and health officials are encouraging families to make sure they are current on all recommended vaccinations, especially before any spring break trips.
“One of the best ways to protect the health of our families is to get vaccinated against diseases that can do far more than ruin a family vacation, but can also cause serious illness and complications,” said Karen McKeown, State Health Officer. “By getting vaccinated, we are looking out for our children’s classmates, people we work with, our neighbors – our communities.”
The measles outbreak affected not only Disneyland visitors from several states, but also children and employees in nearby counties who were potentially exposed. The theme park is discouraging families who are not vaccinated from visiting. “This outbreak reminds us that vaccination is always important, whether families plan ‘staycations’ in Wisconsin or head to out-of-state destinations,” McKeown said.
Measles begins with cold-like symptoms, including a cough, runny nose, high temperature and red, watery eyes. By the second day after onset, a red, blotchy rash appears at the hairline and spreads to the arms and legs. Complications can include ear infections, pneumonia, encephalitis and death.
To check on which immunizations you and your family need, visit the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR).
More Information on vaccine-preventable illnesses.
Health Officials Urge Residents to Stay Home if They're Sick
Wisconsin is experiencing an especially bad influenza season, and the state Department of Health Services (DHS) is urging people who may have the flu, or other illnesses, to stay home from work or school to avoid spreading sickness. “People may think they’re being tough and responsible by showing up at work or school when they aren’t feeling well, but the fact is they’re doing their co-workers or classmates a disservice by potentially spreading an illness to others,” said Karen McKeown, State Health Officer.
People over the age of 65 have been especially hard-hit this influenza season, and DHS also urges state residents to avoid visiting elderly family, friends, or anyone in a long-term care facility, such as a nursing home, if they are under the weather.
For more information visit: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/news/releases/011415.htm
Please call the Juneau County Health Department 608-847-9373 for more information on influenza or the influenza vaccine.
Warming Centers Available
Juneau County has several warming centers available where people can seek relief from the cold. A listing of all the warming centers throughout Wisconsin can be found by calling 2-1-1 or at http://readywisconsin.wi.gov/
Below is a listing of the sites in Juneau County that are open during normal business hours. Questions on warming sites can be directed to Juneau County Sheriff’s Office at 608-847-5649 or Juneau County Emergency Management at 608-847-9393.
Radon Test Kits Available
Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is produced by naturally decaying uranium and radium. To find out the quantity of radon in your home, you have to test your home for radon. Test kits are available for $10 at the Juneau County Health Department and the Elroy and Necedah Village Offices. For more information on Radon visit: http://www.healthhouse.org/radon/general.cfm
Properly Maintained and Working Home Heating Devices and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives
The National Weather Service predicts this could be the coldest November on record for parts of Wisconsin. That means furnaces, fireplaces, and other heating equipment will be getting a work out, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) wants to remind residents to take action to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. To read more visit: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/News/PressReleases/2014/112114.htm
At high levels, carbon monoxide can cause death within minutes. Symptoms of overexposure to carbon monoxide include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea, and confusion. If you suspect you may be experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning, or your detector sounds an alarm, head outside immediately for fresh air and call 911.
For more information about carbon monoxide, visit: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/epht/CO/index.htm
To view the carbon monoxide detector requirements for Wisconsin, visit: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/sps/safety_and_buildings_and_environment/326_360/328.pdf
To learn more about properly installing a carbon monoxide detector, visit: http://dsps.wi.gov/Documents/Industry Services/Forms/Fire Prevention/Publications/SB-FormFirePrevCOAlarms10882.pdf
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Wisconsin Launches Ebola Information Line
Toll Free Line and Website Provide State Residents with Information about Ebola
MADISON—The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced that in addition to the information available on the DHS website (www.dhs.wisconsin.gov), a toll free line is now available for state residents with questions about the Ebola virus. Residents can dial 1-844-684-1064, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The calls are free, confidential, and multi-lingual.
DHS has partnered with 2-1-1 Wisconsin to establish the information line.
For more information about Ebola and Wisconsin’s preparedness efforts, visit: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/communicable/diseasepages/ebola.htm