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Health Department offering Extended Walk-In Clinic Hours
Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice offers a variety of services to the public. As a new service, we will be extending our walk-in clinic hours to Monday through Friday 8 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm beginning February 2nd. Contact (573) 324-2111 if you have any questions or concerns regarding services offered to you at little or no cost.
The Learning Center becomes a Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite
January 23, 2015 - Bowling Green, Missouri – The Learning Center joined a growing number of Missouri businesses by becoming a Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite. Breastfeeding friendly employers proactively support employees who choose to breastfeed their infants. They provide time, space and other benefits to maintain breastfeeding after a mom returns to work. Employers who provide these supports see a positive impact on their business’s bottom line.
Employers that provide lactation support services report higher employee retention, lower absenteeism, higher morale, greater productivity, and reduced health care costs. Many studies have also shown improved short- and long-term health of the breastfeeding mother and her child.
Birth Defects Prevention and Awareness Month
January is recognized as Missouri Birth Defects Prevention and Awareness Month to remind all women of childbearing age that steps can be taken to promote a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Since nearly half of all pregnancies are unplanned, it is critical that all women capable of becoming pregnant maintain optimal health before getting pregnant, and between pregnancies, to improve birth outcomes and reduce the risk of birth defects. Take a multivitamin with 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid daily to prevent up to 70% of serious birth defects; abstain from alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs; monitor medication and prescription drugs; avoid exposure to secondhand smoke and harmful chemicals; have a preconception checkup followed by early and regular prenatal care; and learn your family medical history.
Visit http://health.mo.gov/pregnancyandbeyond or call the Bureau of Genetics and Healthy Childhood at 800-877-6246. Pregnancy and Beyond provides important newborn health information and will help you track and record preventive health examinations and promotes prenatal and well-child care for all Missouri families. There is also a link to the “text4baby” program which provides free text messages on prenatal care, baby health, parenting and more.
This article is brought to you by Pike County Health Department, Home Health and Hospice at 573-324-2111.
If You Haven't Gotten Vaccinated, Now's the Time!
January 15, 2015….Have you gotten your flu vaccine yet? If you haven’t, now is the time. As long as the flu is circulating and causing illness, getting a flu vaccine is still beneficial. Yearly vaccination is the first and most important step in protecting against flu and it is recommended that almost everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated each year. It’s your best defense against influenza – and its possible complications. The flu vaccine is safe, and it can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, missed work due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.
Breastfeeding Newsletter - "Breastfeeding: MYTH vs. FACT "
Moms get a wide assortment of parenting advice. Sometimes it’s difficult to sort through all of the information that is out there. Although most advice is well-meaning, it is sometimes not based on fact. There are many myths about breastfeeding. It is important for moms to make an educated decision when it comes to how they feed their baby. So let’s explore the facts concerning some common breastfeeding myths.
Read past issues of the Breastfeeding Newsletter