• Post: April 2, 2015

    CHECK IT OUT!!!!

    Your very own Lafayette County

    is ranked 18 out of the 72 counties

    in Wisconsin!

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute have released the sixth annual County Health Rankings.  The County Health Rankings show us where we live matters to our health and provide counties with an annual check-up of their health.  The Rankings provide local-level data that allows each state to see how people from one county to another compare on a range of factors that determine health unemployment, education, community
    safety, diet and exercise, and other areas to ensure that every community is a healthy place to live, learn, work, and play.  Learn more at www.countyhealthrankings.org.



    February 23, 2015

    Lafayette County Health Department to hold Measles Vaccination Clinic on March 5th

    From January 1 to February 20, 2015, 154 people from 17 states and Washington DC were reported to have measles according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Measles is a serious disease.  It spreads easily among people who are not vaccinated.   Unvaccinated people put themselves and others at risk for measles complications such as pneumonia, seizures, brain damage and death.   This outbreak is not because the measles vaccine doesn’t work but rather because of it not being used.  The majority of people who got measles in this outbreak were unvaccinated.

    Most school aged children in Lafayette County have received 2 doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.  The first dose is given at 12 months of age and the second upon school entry at 4-6 years of age.   It would help if all children who are able to get vaccinated would do so.  This increases the “herd immunity” and decreases the risk of measles to the community.  It would also help if all adults who are not immune to measles were vaccinated. 

    The Lafayette County Health Department is encouraging you to check your immunization record to see if you have received the MMR vaccine.  Here are some key points:

    •  Adults born prior to 1957 are generally considered immune to measles.  They will not need to be vaccinated.
    • Adults who may have received an earlier ineffective measles vaccine prior to 1968 or who are unimmunized because they graduated from school prior to mandatory measles vaccination should be vaccinated.  (School requirements in Wisconsin began in July 1975.)


    ·         Many adults have had only 1 dose.  Receiving 2 doses of the vaccine is 97% effective in preventing measles. 


    ·         Pregnant women should wait until after they deliver to receive the vaccine.

    • The MMR vaccine is a routine vaccine that can be received at your primary medical provider’s office or at your local health department.

    The Lafayette County Health Department will hold an immunization clinic on Thursday, March 5 from 8:30AM-6:00PM for anyone in need of the MMR vaccine.  There will be no cost for the vaccine but a free will donation will be accepted.  Please call (608)776-4895 to schedule an appointment.

    State of Wisconsin
    Department of Health Services
    Scott Walker, Governor
    Kitty Rhoades, Secretary

    For Immediate Release Contact: Jennifer Miller
    January 23, 2015 (608) 266-1683


    Families urged to include vaccinations in spring break plans
    MADISON – 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)
    Information on vaccine-preventable illnesses.


    Health Officials Urge Residents to
    Stay Home If They’re Sick

    MADISON—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.
    “We also want to stress that it’s never too late to get a flu shot, and we encourage anyone who hasn’t done so to get vaccinated as soon as they can,” McKeown added. “Even though this year’s flu shot is not as good a match as it has been in most other years, it still can reduce the severity of flu symptoms among those who get the flu, and reduce rates of hospitalization and death.”
    Influenza is a contagious disease that infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs). Symptoms can come on suddenly with fever, headache, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches. The illness can be mild to severe, and can sometimes lead to death. Nearly 3,000 people have been hospitalized with laboratory confirmed influenza in Wisconsin this season. Of those who have been hospitalized, 72 percent are over age 65.
    In addition to influenza, Wisconsin has also seen an increase in cases of pertussis (whooping cough), and in outbreaks caused by norovirus. Symptoms of norovirus infection typically include nausea, stomach cramping, vomiting, and diarrhea. Norovirus infection is often mistakenly referred to as “stomach flu,” but is unrelated to influenza.
    Along with staying home when sick, DHS urges residents to avoid illnesses through frequent and thorough hand washing, covering the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, eating nutritious food, exercising, and getting enough rest.