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Flu is a potentially serious, contagious disease. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu can lead to hospitalization and even death. CDC recommends a three-step approach to fight flu:

  1. Get a flu vaccine. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting a flu vaccine every year provides the best protection against the flu.
  2. Take everyday actions to stop the spread of germs. Try to avoid close contact with sick people, and if you become sick, limit your contact with others. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands often.
  3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. If you get sick with flu, prescription flu antiviral drugs can be used to treat flu illness. Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications.

Learn more about how you can fight flu this season.

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Three Points Against Diabetes

The best offense against diabetes is a good defense.Without lifestyle changes, people with prediabetes are very likely to progress to type 2 diabetes.If you think you may be at risk for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, take these 3 steps: screen, test, and act today.

  1. SCREEN:

    Take a quick quiz to see if you are at risk of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.
  2. TEST:

    Schedule an appointment with your doctor to have your blood tested for diabetes.
  3. ACT TODAY:

    Eat more fruits and vegetables, less sugar and salt. Get active! Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day 5 days a week reduces your risk of developing diabetes by 50%.

Click here for more info.

At the Jefferson County Department of Health we are concerned about threats to the health of young people in our community. The decisions they make today can affect their health for a lifetime. Tobacco use continues to be a leading cause of preventable illness, disability and premature death. This includes regular cigarettes, but also other forms of tobacco, including vaping products or e-cigarettes that contain nicotine and other harmful ingredients.

Over the last several years we have seen a decrease in the number of teenagers who smoke regular cigarettes. Unfortunately, we have recently seen a dramatic increase in the number of teenagers who use e-cigarettes or vaping products. Many vaping liquids contain chemicals that can damage the lungs or cause cancer. Most contain nicotine, which is highly addictive. Nicotine use before the age of 25 can damage parts of the brain linked to concentration, learning, and mood. Teens who use electronic cigarettes are four times more likely to smoke regular cigarettes. They may also be more likely to become addicted to cocaine and other harmful drugs. Watch Dr. Wilson's video on e-cigarettes and vaping here.

Please take time to learn the facts about these products and their harms. Share these facts with your kids and encourage them to make healthy decisions. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is a good source for more information which you can view here.

 
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Central Health Center
(Guy M. Tate)

1400 Sixth Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
Programs and Clinics
(205) 933-9110
Eastern Health Center
601 West Blvd Roebuck
Birmingham, AL 35206
Programs and Clinics
(205) 591-5180
Western Health Center
631 Bessemer Super Hwy
Midfield, AL 35228
Programs and Clinics
(205) 715-6121
Hours of Operation:
All Centers 7:45am - 4:30pm   |  For more information, call  (205) 588-JCDH (5234)
 



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