Flu vaccines available
As flu season is among us, the Jackson County Department of Public Health urges all residents to protect themselves by getting vaccinated against the flu. Remember that flu can be a serious illness, especially for adults over the age of 65, children under 5, pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.
The health department is offering flu vaccines to the public. Stop by the Health Department Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-4:30 p.m. throughout October to get the vaccine. Prices range from $35 to $60, depending on the type of vaccine administered. No appointments are necessary and a variety of insurances are accepted.
For questions about the flu, call the Flu Line at 587-8201 or the Health Department’s main line at 586-8994.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is a group of diseases that affects breast tissue. Though this disease can affect both men and women, breast cancer is much more common in women, affecting more than 270,000 women in the United States annually.
This cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Jackson County Department of Public Health encourages all women to get a mammogram, if recommended.
Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends that an average-risk woman who is 50-74 years old should have a mammogram screening every two years. As always, women should speak with their provider about their risk to identify their screening schedule.
While mammograms are covered by most health insurance programs at low or no-cost, the Health Department works to ensure that mammograms are available to all women, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. To help women in need, the Health Department offers the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program which provides free or low-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings and follow-up to eligible women. To qualify for the program, women must be 40 years or older, meet the financial guidelines and be uninsured, underinsured or have high insurance deductibles.
For more information about this program, contact the Health Department at 587-8289.
Diabetes Prevention Program starts in January
The Jackson County Department of Public Health and Jackson County Department on Aging are partnering to offer the Diabetes Prevention Program at the Senior Center. The program is for people 50 years and older who have prediabetes or may be at risk for type 2 diabetes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prediabetes is a health condition that is serious. In the United States, more than one in three adults has prediabetes, though 90 percent are unaware they have prediabetes. Major risks of having prediabetes includes heart disease, stroke and developing type 2 diabetes.
Additionally, you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes if you have prediabetes, are overweight, are 45 years or older, have a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes, are physically active less than three times a week, have ever had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or given birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds, are African-American, Hispanic/Latino American, American Indian or Alaska Native. Some Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans are also at a higher risk.
Lifestyle changes such as eating healthy, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight can have a positive impact for those who have prediabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program is a proven lifestyle change program focusing on adopting these healthy behaviors over the course of a year, from January-December 2020. Participants will attend interactive, small group classes taught by two trained lifestyle coaches – Lee Lillard, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, and Janelle Messer, a health educator, both with the health department. The program will meet on Fridays at 11 a.m. at the Jackson County Senior Center. There is a one-time registration fee of $25 to cover the cost of materials.
Registration is required, and spaces are limited. To register for the program, visit the Jackson County Senior Center at 100 County Services Park. To learn more, call Messer at 587-8238.