Working for a healthier community

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Posted 8/10/22

The Harnett County Health Department released a list of upcoming community health and education programs for residents that will be held during the month of August.

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The Harnett County Health Department released a list of upcoming community health and education programs for residents that will be held during the month of August.

Aug. 1-31: National Immunization Awareness Month is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. August is also a critical time for those who are not vaccinated to get vaccinated against COVID-19, reports the Health Department. The COVID-19 vaccines are free of charge to all individuals, regardless of immigration or health insurance status. If you would like to make an appointment, call the Health Department at 910-814-6582 or visit www.harnett.org/health.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens: Getting children and adolescents caught up with recommended vaccinations is the best way to protect them from a variety of  vaccine-preventable diseases. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older and boosters for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible. If you would like to make an appointment, call the Health Department at 910-814-6582 or visit the Health Department’s website at www.harnett.org/health

Aug. 1-31: National Breastfeeding Month and includes World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1-7). The purpose of this campaign is to increase public awareness of the importance of breastfeeding and support. The Harnett County Health Department’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program strives to increase the initiation and duration of breastfeeding among Harnett County women enrolled in the WIC program. For more information about breastfeeding support and resources, contact the Health Department’s WIC program at 910-893-7570.

Aug. 17: Mammography screening remains the best available method to detect breast cancer early. The Health Department, in partnership with Rex Mobile Mammography, provides access to this important screening tool. Screenings will be held Aug. 17. Funding assistance is available for women who are uninsured and meet program criteria. Pre-registration is required.  For more information, call 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550. Applications for the mobile mammography program can be downloaded from the Health Department’s website located at www.harnett.org/health.

Mosquito Dunks: The Health Department is providing free mosquito insecticide to county residents. Mosquito Dunks are placed in water where it floats. Residents can pick up the insecticide at the Health Department located at 307 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd., in Lillington between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Environmental Health Division. For more information, contact Environmental Health Division at 910-893-7547.

Operation Fan and Heat Relief: The summer heat is a serious health concern for many senior citizens. The Harnett County Division on Aging is providing the Operation Fan and Heat Relief program, to help adults at risk stay safe this summer. Harnett County residents who are 60 or older or individuals younger than age 60 with a qualifying disability and have a home situation, where a threat to their health and well-being exists, may be eligible to receive one fan per year.  If you would like information on the Operation Fan and Heat Relief program, and how to receive a free fan, contact the Harnett County Division on Aging 910-814-6074.

For more information, contact the Harnett County Health Department at 910-893-7550 or log onto the Health Department’s website located at www.harnett.org/health.

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