The mission of the Greene County Health Department is to Protect, Preserve and Enhance the public health of Greene County through a commitment to the principles of public health practice in our community.
Michael Rhodes, Director
227 Kingold Boulevard, Suite B
Snow Hill, NC 28580
Phone (252) 747-8183
Fax (252) 747-4040
CDC Releases Interim Estimates on Flu Vaccine Effectiveness as Flu Remains Widespread
in North Carolina
RALEIGH — With flu activity in North Carolina remaining widespread, state health officials are continuing to encourage North Carolinians to get vaccinated. Interim estimates of vaccine effectiveness released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the vaccine is approximately 36 percent effective this season and 59 percent effective for children 6 months to 8 years old. During the 2016-17 flu season, the vaccine was estimated to be 39 percent effective, close to the CDC’s initial estimate for this season.
“Overall, the vaccine has reduced the risk of getting sick from the flu and having to go to the doctor by about a third,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Zack Moore. “While we all wish the flu vaccine could be more effective, this information emphasizes the importance of making sure young children get vaccinated. It’s better to get vaccinated earlier in the season, but it’s still not too late.”
Even though the vaccine doesn’t prevent all flu infections, it has been shown to protect people at higher risk of complications, like older adults, young children, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions. It can also make the illness milder in the event someone who was vaccinated does get the flu.
So far, there have been 165 flu-associated deaths reported to the Division of Public Health this flu season. Of those, 118 deaths have involved people 65 and older.
People who think they have the flu should contact their doctor right away to see if they need treatment with a prescription antiviral drug such as Tamiflu. Early treatment with an antiviral drug can help prevent flu infections from becoming more serious. Treatment with a prescription antiviral drug is especially important for hospitalized patients, people with severe flu illness and those who are at high risk of serious flu complications based on their age or health.
Other precautions to protect against the spread of flu and other viruses include:
- Staying home when sick until fever-free for at least 24 hours
- Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then discarding the tissue promptly
- Washing hands frequently, preferably with soap and water
Flu Shots Available at Greene County Department of Public Health
Greene County Department of Public Health is now offering flu shots. Flu shots are available Monday through Friday by appointment only. To schedule your appointment, please call the Health Department at (252) 747-8181.
Flu shots are $30. Cash, checks, MasterCard, VISA and Discover Card are accepted. If you receive Medicare Part B or Medicaid, please bring your card with you. Other insurances will be accepted, once authorized by our insurance/eligibility staff.
Attention WIC Shoppers: NC eWIC is coming
Simple - No more paper! Your NC eWIC card will replace your food instruments.
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Convenient - Buy only the foods you need when you shop. See your benefits balance and approved products list on your smartphone.
Learn More - Ask about NC eWIC at your local WIC office. Located at Greene County Department of Public Health, 227 Kingold Boulevard, Snow Hill. Phone (252) 747-3244
Click here for the English flyer. Click here for the Spanish flyer.
Greene County encourages residents to take easy steps to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases
Mosquito-borne diseases are most commonly acquired from June to September, but residents of Greene County can “Tip and Toss” to eliminate mosquito breeding areas and take preventive measures to reduce the likelihood of mosquito bites.
“Mosquitoes are common in our area, but we can take measures to limit the risk of being bitten and contracting a mosquito-borne infection,” said Michael Rhodes, Greene County Health Director. “With concerns around the spread of the Zika virus, we can use the Tip and Toss practices to protect ourselves and our neighbors from the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases.”
By knowing how to control mosquito breeding areas and how to protect yourself from being bitten, you can join us in taking precautions against the Zika virus, as well as other more common mosquito-borne illnesses in our community.
Prevent Mosquito Breeding:
Here are a few ways you can get rid of standing water and reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and property.
Protect Yourself - Reduce Exposure:
Follow these simple steps to protect yourself and your family & friends from mosquito-borne illnesses.
- Tip or empty containers in your yard that can collect standing water from flowerpots, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes and birdbaths at least weekly.
- Securely cover unused swimming pools and cement ponds.
- Clean gutters so water runs freely.
- Be sure to tightly secure screens on all openings on rain barrels used for water conservation.
- Mosquito-proof your home by installing or repairing screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside, and use air conditioning if you have it.
- Toss or throw away any trash or leaves that may be around your home or in rain gutters.
- Use repellents that contains DEET (30% or less for adults, 10% or less for children) to prevent mosquito bites.
- Wear clothing, such as long pants, long sleeve shirts and socks if possible.
- Avoid activities in areas with lots of mosquitoes, and going outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
2016 State of the County Health Report
Greene County Health Department is pleased to share the 2016 State of the County Health (SOTCH) Report. This report provides an annual review of the health of our community, tracks progress regarding health priorities and concerns, and identifies new initiatives and emerging issues that affect the health status of Greene County residents. The information is designed to educate and update community members, community leaders, elected officials and local agencies. Click here to view the 2016 SOTCH Report.
For more information about how public health is working for you, feel free to contact Joy S. Brock by phone (252) 747-8183 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
County residents are also encouraged to attend regular meetings of the Greene County Board of Health to learn more about public health in the county. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Health is Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Health Department.
2015 Community Health Assessment
The Community Health Assessment process is a four‐year cycle in which local health departments across North Carolina are charged with the responsibility of conducting a Community Health Assessment (CHA) in their respective counties. The CHA is required of public health departments in the consolidated agreement between the North Carolina Division of Public Health and the local public health agency. Furthermore, a CHA is required for local public health department accreditation through the NC Local Health Department Accreditation Board (G.S. § 130A-34.1).
Community Health Assessments are the foundation for improving and promoting the health of the community. The role of the assessment is to identify factors that affect the health of a population and determine the availability of resources within the community to adequately address those issues. The completed CHA serves as the basis for prioritizing the community’s health needs and culminates in planning to meet those needs.
To view the 2015 Community Health Assessment for Greene County, please click here.
Community Health & Wellness Resource List
Click here to access the Greene County Community Health & Wellness Resource List
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For more information regarding public health issues or health department services, contact Joy S. Brock at (252) 747-8183 or email@example.com.