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Buchanan County Public Health Department in no way recommends one source of information over another.   But we do recommend using reliable sources of information.  This page is simply a list of reliable web page links and other files that may be helpful to you.

Public Health Links 

Resources for Teens (and their parents)

Preparedness Tip Sheets
  – Free publications to help you and your family prepare for health related emergencies - please use the search feature below, or click on the category listed below.  You will need Adobe Reader installed on your computer to view any of the following forms.

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General Fact Sheets

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Emerging Infectious Diseases - What Are They?
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Keeping Food and Water Safe in an Emergency.
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How to get ready for heat waves
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How to get ready for winter storms

'Health'-ful Apps

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Montezuma's revenge, Delhi belly, or travelers' diarrhea-whatever you call it, an illness from unclean food or water can ruin your international trip. Help prevent travelers' diarrhea and other illnesses by using CDC's Can I Eat This? app. Select the country you're in and answer a few simple questions about what you're thinking about eating or drinking, and Can I Eat This? will tell you whether it's likely to be safe. With Can I Eat This?, you can be more confident that your food and drink choices won't make you spend your international trip in the bathroom.  Key Features  • Authoritative recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention • Access recommendations offline (no data connection needed) • Easy to use and fun
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Easy to use Spanish language toggle to switch translation directly inside the app.  HEAT STROKE AND RELATED CONTENT NOW INCLUDED IN LEARN AND EMERGENCY TABS  Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through everyday first aid scenarios.  Fully integrated with 9-1-1 so you can call EMS from the app at any time.  Videos and animations make learning first aid fun and easy.  Safety tips for everything, from severe winter weather to hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes help you prepare for emergencies.  Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet connection. Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your lifesaving knowledge.
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The FEMA App contains preparedness information for different types of disasters, an interactive checklist for emergency kits, a section to plan emergency meeting locations, information on how to stay safe and recover after a disaster, a map with FEMA Disaster Recovery Center locations (one-stop centers where disaster survivors can access key relief services) and Shelters, general ways the public can get involved before and after a disaster, and the FEMA blog.

Healthy Lifestyles

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The amount of whole fruit* children, 2-18 years old, ate increased by 67% from 2003 to 2010 and replaced fruit juice as the main contributor of fruit to children's diets. Experts recommend that most fruit come from whole fruit, rather than juice. The amount of vegetables children ate did not change from 2003 to 2010. Moreover, in 2007- 2010, children did not meet recommendations for the amount of fruit and vegetables they should eat.
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Going to college is an exciting time in a young person's life. It's the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. College is a great time for new experiences, both inside and outside the classroom. Here are a few pointers for college students on staying safe and healthy.
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Cancer Screenings that can save YOUR life!  Free Mammogram & Pap Smear.  Colon Cancer Screenings.  Do you qualify? - please click for more information.

Illness Prevention

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Hand-washing tips for parents and caregivers
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WASH UP!  Tips for Preschools
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Clean is cool: Wash your hands!
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Good clean fun: A hand-washing guide for teachers and day care providers
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Staying healthy, preventing disease:  Vaccines for kids
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Staying healthy, preventing disease: Vaccines for adults
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Staying healthy, preventing disease:  The importance of vaccines
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Staying healthy, preventing disease: Vaccines for teens

Pandemic Flu

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Pandemic Flu - It's not the flu you're used to.
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Get the Facts on Pandemic Flu
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Leaving No One Behind
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What is the Flu - a simple guide for children
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Cold & Flu Supplies - what you need when your are home sick.

Gambling Prevention

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When gambling becomes more than a game, no one wins.  For more information, please click the link. 
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A "yes" answer to any of the questions means the person is at risk for developing a gambling problem.

Tobacco Cessation

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Quitting tobacco isn't easy, but taking the first step is the best way to get in the game.  Use these tips to become tobacco free and block your cravings for good. 
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Your support goes a long way in helping someone quit tobacco.  Here are some ways you can help keep your loved one on track as they try to beat their addiction.
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Adolescent years are times of important brain development.  Brain development begins during the growth of the fetus in the womb and continues through childhood and to about age 25.
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The Buchanan County Tobacco Coalition is on facebook! 
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It can be hard to quit using tobacco, but it is one of the best ways to protect your own health and your baby's health. No matter how far along you are, it is never too late to quit!
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Summary - Point of Sale Tobacco Products in Buchanan County
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Referral FAQ
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Executive Summary of from the Surgeon General.  A full report is avialable at the CDC's website: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/2016_SGR_Full_Report_non-508.pdf

Vector Borne Diseases

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Travelers to tropical and other destinations should take steps to prevent bug bites. 
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Dengue: What you need to know.
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Protect yourself from mosquito-borne diseases
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As mosquito populations rise, Iowans urged to protect and prevent  Recent rains have resulted in more mosquitoes buzzing through the Iowa air. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) urges Iowans to take action to protect themselves against mosquito bites, and to prevent the mosquito population from growing. Although mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus typically are not seen until late summer through early fall, one case of West Nile virus has been reported in Iowa this year and surrounding states have also reported cases of the disease caused by mosquito bites. This makes it even more important to use insect repellents properly.