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June 20, 2014

Child Immunization Project

Parenthood means there are lots of decisions to be made on your child’s health. Some have questioned the decision to vaccinate or not. If you are a parent who questioned vaccination, but decided to vaccinate after all, we would like to hear your story of how you came to that decision.

>> Please contact Debbie Dakins with Healthwise in Boise.
ddakins@healthwise.org
208.331.6992

2011 Vital Statistic report reveals low marriage rate, decrease in divorce and births

March 21, 2013

These are the days of our lives, according to Vital Statistics, an annual report compiled by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

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Madison County is Healthiest in Idaho; Bear Lake County is Least Healthy, According to New Rankings

March 20, 2013

Annual Rankings Show Where Idaho Counties Do Well and Opportunities for Improvement.

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Don’t let your chickens or ducks make you sick

March 4, 2013

It’s chick and duckling season and some parents may be considering chicks and ducklings as Easter gifts. Public health and agriculture officials encourage everyone to be aware of the risks of acquiring Salmonella from the birds.

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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

February 21, 2013

Colon cancer is preventable, so why take the risk? In Idaho, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death.

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Protect your family from accidental poisonings

March 18, 2013

This week is National Poison Prevention week, a good time to learn about the dangers of accidental poisonings and prevention strategies.

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New Fit and Fall Proof™ Classes at Lake Hazel Library

February 28, 2013

Southwest Boise residents are invited to join the new Fit and Fall Proof™ classes being offered every Tuesday and Friday at the Lake Hazel Library.

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Groundwater Awareness Week: March 10-16

February 25, 2013

CDHD Offers Free Nitrate Water Tests

Learn why it's a good idea to have your water well checked annually.

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Free Fluoride Varnish Treatment at McCall Office

February 22, 2013

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) in McCall will be holding a Free Fluoride Varnish dental treatment clinic for children age five and under from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Wednesday February 27, 2013.

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Flu-related deaths in Idaho now number 21 and include two children

February 5, 2013

Public health officials in Idaho are reporting two influenza-associated deaths among children younger than 18, bringing the total flu-related deaths to 21 since the start of the flu season on Oct. 1, 2012.

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Referee a Safe Super Bowl Party

January 28, 2013

When it comes to the Super Bowl, defense matters. When it comes to planning a Super Bowl XLV party, a good defense against foodborne illness matters even more.

Tom Schmalz, CDHD Food Safety Program Manager provides tips to make your Super Bowl party super safe

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Flu-related deaths now number 15 in Idaho

January 23, 2013

Public health officials are reporting an increase in the number of influenza-related deaths in Idaho. Fifteen people have died since the beginning of this flu season on Oct. 1. All were older than 50.

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More than 20 percent of Idaho homes tested contain radon

January 22, 2013

Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, after smoking. It has been found in homes all across Idaho.

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CDHD Recruiting Fit and Fall Proof™ Instructors

January 3, 2013

The Fit and Fall Proof™ program in the Boise area needs more volunteer class leaders and CDHD will soon be offering a FREE Volunteer Instructor Training class on January 24th.

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CDHD Offers Flu Walk-in Flu Clinic

January 18, 2013

CDHD will hold a walk-in flu clinic open to all children ages six months to 18 years on Tuesday January 22, 2013 from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. at its Boise office.

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Idaho Flu Season on Track to be More Serious than Past Years

January 11, 2013

Idaho medical providers and hospitals are reporting an increase in visits for influenza-like respiratory illnesses across the state, with the 2012-2013 influenza season shaping up to be more serious than the past several years.

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Help in the New Year: FREE Tobacco Cessation Classes

December 21, 2012

If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to kick tobacco, the Central District Health Department (CDHD) has the help you need to be successful with free Tobacco Cessation classes in January & February.

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Medications, cigarette butts top list of calls to poison center during holidays

December 20, 2012

The holiday season is a time for celebration and happiness, but the number of poisoning incidents involving children increases during the holidays.

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Health officials report first flu-related deaths this year in Idaho

December 3, 2012

Public health officials are reporting this week that three women have died from influenza-related causes.

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It’s not too late to vaccinate – Get your flu vaccine today!

December 3, 2012

National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 2 - 8

Now that it’s December, many people are probably wondering if it’s too late to get the flu shot.

The answer is No!

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Every Day is World AIDS Day at CDHD

November 30, 2012

December 1, 2012 is World AIDS Day, a time to pay tribute to those living with HIV/AIDS and commemorate those who have died. While many organizations involved in the prevention of HIV/AIDS will offer special testing clinics, the Central District Health Department (CDHD) considers everyday World AIDS Day.

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Holiday Survival Guide

November 26, 2012

Let’s face it, the holidays can be hard on our health. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Follow the link to learn how to avoid some of the common pitfalls of celebrating the holidays.

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Holiday Food Safety

November 12, 2012

The holidays are a good time to remember some basic food safety techniques that will ensure you and your guests remain safe and healthy.

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Influenza activity on the rise in southwestern Idaho

November 15, 2012

Health officials with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare are already reporting early cases of influenza in schools and long-term care facility residents in Southwest Idaho.

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One Church, One Child: Idaho communities learn how to help children in foster care

November 8, 2012

A National Service Grant seeks to reverse the sometimes grim future faced by Idaho's foster children.

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Have a glowingly safe Halloween

October 26, 2012

Little ghouls will be hitting the sidewalks after dark to collect their treats on Oct. 31st. Let's keep them safe.

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Lead-Free Kids For a Healthy Future

October 18, 2012

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week’s theme "Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future" underscores the serious health effects lead poisoning can cause your children and the importance of testing your children and home.

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Patients Who Received Drugs Being Investigated Are Asked to Report Infection Symptoms

October 17, 2012

The Division of Public Health has notified all nine Idaho medical facilities that received the drugs being investigated to contact patients treated with the drugs, asking them to report any symptoms for infection or meningitis.

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Eastern Idaho Man Diagnosed with Fungal Meningitis

October 10, 2012

An eastern Idaho man who received an epidural steroid injection in September has been diagnosed with fungal meningitis that is believed to be associated with a national outbreak being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Idaho Public Notified of Meningitis Risk

October 5, 2012

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Public Health Districts are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and two Idaho medical facilities in a 23-state investigation of non-contagious fungal meningitis in patients who received epidural steroid injections, commonly used to control back pain.

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Fit and Fall Proof™ Instructors Needed in Valley County

Free Training Offered

October 5, 2012

The Fit and Fall Proof™ classes sponsored by the Central District Health Department (CDHD) in McCall and Cascade need of more instructors, so CDHD is recruiting volunteers to sign up for training to lead the classes.

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Governor announces funding solution for children with TRICARE insurance

October 4, 2012

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter announced that the state will contribute funding to the budget of the Idaho Immunization Program to ensure that children covered by TRICARE remain eligible for state-supplied vaccine.

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Idaho Public Health Districts Unveil Statewide Network of Care for Public Health

September 22, 2012

Idaho will soon become the first state to adopt the Network of Care for Public Health, a community-based Web portal that serves as a resource for individuals, families, and agencies concerned with community health.

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Reduce your exposure to smoke from wildfires

September 21, 2012

Air quality continues to be problematic for most of the state, and public health officials are reminding Idaho residents to take precautions this weekend when they are outside.

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See the HBO documentary “The Weight of the Nation" Followed by Panel Discussion - September 26th

September 13, 2012

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Number of West Nile cases in Idaho continues to rise

September 5, 2012

Idaho currently has eight reported cases of human West Nile infection, with five additional reports of illness under investigation.

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TB Clinic is Moving to Family Medicine Health Center

August 30, 2012

Effective September 4, 2012 the Tuberculosis (TB) Clinic, long housed at the Central District Health Department (CDHD), will be located at the Family Medicine Health Center, 6094 W Emerald Street, Boise.

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Fifth bat tests positive for rabies in Ada County

August 28, 2012

Another bat from southwest Idaho has tested positive for rabies this week, bringing the total in Ada County to five and the statewide total to 13.

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CDHD to Observe Falls Prevention Awareness Week

August 23, 2012

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) and Idaho’s six other local public health districts will join 44 other states in declaring Falls Prevention Awareness Week, September 16-22, 2012.

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Elmore County Man Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

August 14, 2012

An Elmore County man in his 50s has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This is the third human case of West Nile fever reported in Idaho for 2012.

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Crypto Numbers Rise, CDHD Issues Warning

August 9, 2012

Within the last ten days the Central District Health Department (CDHD) has seen 19 cases of cryptosporidiosis (crypto). As a result, CDHD is urging the public to take precautions to prevent the spread of the disease.

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Twin Falls County Woman Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

July 30, 2012

A Twin Falls County woman in her 40s has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). She is the first human case of West Nile fever reported in Idaho for 2012.

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Mountain Home School Sports Physicals

July 26, 2012

CDHD will be providing an immunization record assessment and administering vaccines at the August 3, 2012 high school sports physical event at Trinity Mountain Medical Clinic in Mountain Home.

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Humphrey’s Heroes Get Free Game Tickets

June 19, 2012

The Boise Hawks home opener is Wednesday June 20, 2012, and again this year children ages 4 to thirteen can become one of Humphrey’s Heroes and earn a ticket voucher by being up-to-date with their immunizations.

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Idaho Nutrition Program Adopts New Income Guidelines

June 13, 2012

Idaho’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program will implement new income guidelines effective July 1, 2012. The changes raise household income eligibility limits to help offset cost-of-living increases.

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CDHD Has Limited Supply of Adult Whooping Cough Vaccine

June 5, 2012

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) has obtained a limited amount of Tdap booster vaccine to provide to adults who are household contacts of infants younger than six months of age.

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Rabid Bat Found in Boise Prompts Warning

June 4, 2012

On May 30, 2012 a bat was found on the sidewalk near Madison and 28th Street in Boise. It was tested by the Idaho State Laboratory and found to be rabid. The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is urging everyone enjoying outdoor activities to be aware of their surroundings and avoid all contact with bats.

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Immunizations Part of High School Sports Physicals

June 1, 2012

CDHD will provide immunization record review and will make available four different vaccines to students participating in the June 7, 2012 high school sports physicals event at Boise State University.

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CDHD Mountain Home Offers Back-to-School Immunization Clinic

May 25, 2012

On Saturday June 23rd the Central District Health Department (CDHD) will host a special back-to-school immunization clinic from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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“Don’t Fry Day” is Friday before Memorial Day

May 16, 2012

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day, May 25, 2012, as “Don’t Fry Day.”

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HBO Series The Weight of the Nation Inspires Conversation

May 11, 2012

Starting Monday May 14, 2012, HBO will start airing a multi-part series entitled The Weight of the Nation. It is a series three years in the making and is designed to stimulate conversation about the nation’s obesity epidemic.

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CDHD Hosts Walk-in Immunizations Clinics

May 10, 2012

On May 14th and 15th the Central District Health Department (CDHD) will host walk-in immunization clinics designed to bring children up-to-date with back-to-school immunization requirements.

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CDHD Participates in Public Health Leadership Program

May 4, 2012

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) has been selected to participate in the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health program.

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Flood Information

May 3, 2012

The National Weather Service in Boise is continuing the flood warning for the Boise River in Ada and Canyon counties. The Boise River is expected to remain above flood stage for the next several days.

Would you know what to do if your property were flooded? CDHD has a page with resources about flooding. Follow this link to learn more.

Fit and Fall Proof™ Classes at Hillcrest Retirement Center

May 3, 2012

Fit and Fall Proof™ classes are returning to the Hillcrest Retirement Center every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.

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Free Tobacco Cessation Class in Garden City

May 1, 2012

Central District Health Department (CDHD) is offering a free Tobacco Cessation class in Garden City starting May 31st.

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Kids Urged to Get Off the Couch April 21 - 28 for Unplug and Be Outside

April 19, 2012

Improve the physical, mental and emotional health of our kids by getting them off the couch! From April 21-28, you are invited to “Unplug and Be Outside” by participating in more than 100 free or low-cost activities offered in Boise, Nampa, Meridian and Caldwell.

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In Honor of National Volunteer Week, Join the MRC

April 12, 2012

The week of April 15-21 is the 2012 National Volunteer Week. This time is dedicated to encouraging and supporting the many volunteer organizations that help make the community better, like the Medical Reserve Corps.

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Baby Fowl Can be Dangerous Easter Gifts

April 5, 2012

Baby chicks and ducklings may look like cute Easter gifts, but the young fowl can be dangerous for children. State health officials are warning Idahoans to resist the temptation to purchase them as holiday presents.

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Blaine County is Healthiest in Idaho, According to New Rankings

April 3, 2012

Blaine County has the healthiest residents in Idaho and Shoshone County remains the least healthy county in the state, according to the third annual County Health Rankings, released today by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

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Free Fit and Fall Proof™ Instructor Training

March 26, 2012

The Central District Health Department is looking for volunteers to lead Fit and Fall Proof™ classes in the Boise and Meridian areas. A free instructor training class will be offered on Wednesday April 11, 2012.

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It’s Time to Kick Your Tobacco Habit

March 23, 2012

CDHD is offering a free Tobacco Cessation class beginning April 3rd at the Boise Public Library! downtown.

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Millions of Americans Have Diabetes and Don’t Know It

March 12, 2012

On Diabetes Alert Day - March 27th - Take Action to Learn Your Risk and Take ‘Just One Step’ Toward Better Health

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March 11 - 17 is National Ground Water Awareness Week

March 9, 2012

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is recognizing National Ground Water Awareness Week March 11-17, 2012.

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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

February 22, 2012

Colon cancer is a killer, but it doesn’t have to be. Learn more about this largely preventable disease.

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Let’s Raise the Tobacco Tax to Protect Our Youth

February 16, 2012

Guest Opinion by CDHD Board of Health Chairman Arlie Shaw. Shaw is also Chair of the Elmore County Commission.

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Public Potentially Exposed to Hepatitis A at Boise Restaurant

February 10, 2012

CDHD is alerting patrons of the Cheesecake Factory in Boise that they may have been exposed to hepatitis A if they dined at the restaurant between December 13, 2011 and January 22, 2012. The risk to public health is extremely low but there is the possibility that patrons could have been exposed to hepatitis A.

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Community Health Screening

February 8, 2012

CDHD is one of the partners in a Free Community Health Screening for low income adults in Ada County. The screening will take place Thursday February 16th at the Western Town Building at Expo Idaho, 5610 N Glenwood Street. Click on the flyers below for complete information.

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The Business Case for Hiring
Tobacco-Free Employees

February 2, 2012

Guest Opinion by CDHD Director Russel Duke and Ada County Commissioner Sharon Ullman.

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City of Boise Given Leadership in Public Health Award

January 24, 2012

Central District Health Department Director Russ Duke today presented Mayor David Bieter and the Boise City Council with the district’s Leadership in Public Health award on January 24th.

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Want “No Smoking” Signs for your Business?

January 3, 2012

Boise businesses seeking no smoking signs should contact the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

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Ten Resolutions the Health Department Can Help You With

December 28, 2011

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CDHD Initiates No Nicotine Hiring Policy

December 14, 2011

On Friday December 9, 2011, the Central District Health Department (CDHD) Board of Health voted unanimously to expand the district’s pre-employment drug and alcohol screening to include nicotine.

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The Flu Vaccine - Protection from the Flu, Peace of Mind for You

November 30, 2011

As a parent, you do everything you can to protect your children. How about also making sure they get a flu vaccine?

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Laurie Valdes Achieves IBCLC Certification

November 18, 2011

Laurie Valdes, a Clinical Assistant with the WIC program at the Central District Health Department, is now an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

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Making Healthy Choices for Thanksgiving

November 14, 2011

CDHD Dietitian Nancy Rush tells a personal tale of reducing fat, sugar and salt in the annual Thanksgiving feast.

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CDHD Plans School-Based Flu Vaccination Clinics

October 19, 2011

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is working to improve influenza vaccination rates among Mountain Home school children by offering a series of school-based flu clinics beginning Thursday October 27th.

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Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future

October 18, 2011

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week October 23-29

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Talking to Teens – A How-To Lesson for Parents

October 17, 2011

Here are some sobering statistics:

  • Nearly half of Treasure Valley teens have had sex by the time they graduate from high school.
  • In 2009 over 700 Treasure Valley teens were diagnosed with Chlamydia, the most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease.

What’s a parent to do? St. Luke’s Health System and the Reproductive Health program at Central District Health want to help.

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Free Fit and Fall Proof™ Instructor Training

October 13, 2011

The Central District Health Department is again looking for a few good folks to lead Fit and Fall Proof™ classes in the Boise area. A free instructor training class will be offered on Wednesday, November 2.

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CDHD Has Flu Vaccine for Children

October 12, 2011

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) has seasonal flu vaccine for children and is ready to take appointments. Vaccine is available for children ages 6 months to 18 years. Vaccine is available in shot form and nasal mist.

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Vasectomy Information Class at CDHD

October 6, 2011

The Vasectomy Information Class at CDHD is ordinarily held on the second Monday of each month has been moved to Monday October 17, 2011 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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Recalled Cantaloupe Were Distributed in Southeast Idaho

September 29, 2011

Idaho public health officials have learned that 43,000 pounds of cantaloupes possibly contaminated with Listeria were shipped to southeast Idaho in late August and donated to the public.

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Idaho WIC Program Receives National Award for Breastfeeding

September 19, 2011

The Idaho Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program was awarded a $1.1 million high performance bonus for attaining one of the highest breastfeeding rates in the nation.

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Falls Prevention Awareness Day at Garden City Library

Flu Shots and Bone Density Screening also available

September 19, 2011

On Thursday September 22, 2011 the Central District Health Department (CDHD) will recognize National Falls Prevention Awareness Day with a walk and information fair at the Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood Street.

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Tobacco Cessation Class Starts October 5th

September 16, 2011

Quitting your tobacco habit just got a little easier. The Central District Health Department is offering a Free Tobacco Cessation class beginning October 5th at the Boise Public Library! - Collister, 4724 W State St, Boise.

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CDHD and St. Luke’s Work Together to Educate Parents of Teens

September 14, 2011

St. Luke’s Health System and the Reproductive Health program at Central District Health will be offering a presentation for parents and those involved in a teen’s life designed to help them talk to their teens about sex, sexually transmitted disease, reproductive health and risk reduction.

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First West Nile Virus of the Season Confirmed

August 31, 2011

The first indications of West Nile virus activity in 2011 are prompting health officials to remind people to take precautions to “Fight the Bite”

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Idaho’s Breast Cancer Screening Rate Lowest in the U.S.

August 23, 2011

More than a third of Idaho women over 40 did not receive important breast cancer screening in the last two years, making Idaho last out of 50 states and the District of Columbia in cancer screening mammogram rates.

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Tobacco Cessation Class Starts September 13th

August 26, 2011

Help is on the way for those wanting to kick the tobacco habit. The CDHD is offering a Free Tobacco Cessation class beginning September 13th at the Boise Public Library!, 715 S Capitol Blvd, Boise.

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WIC Services Available to Adams County Residents

August 1, 2011

To ensure families in Adams County have access to the Women, Infants and Children program, the Central District Health Department wants residents to know options may be closer than they think.

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Free Fit and Fall Proof™ Instructor Training

August 8, 2011

Garden City Needs Instructors

The Central District Health Department is looking for folks to lead Fit and Fall Proof™ classes in the Boise area. A free instructor training class will be offered on Tuesday August 23rd from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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CDHD to Provide Immunizations Record Review and Vaccinations at Sports Physical Event

August 4, 2011

On Thursday August 11th the Central District Health Department (CDHD) will be at Mountain Home High School to provide immunization record review and vaccination as part of the high school sports physicals from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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Idaho Statesman Posts Daycare Inspections Online

July 26, 2011

The Idaho Statesman will now be providing the results of CDHD Daycare Inspections every Wednesday on its website.

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CDHD Teams Up with Boise Hawks to Encourage Vaccinations

July 21, 2011

The Boise Hawks and the Central District Health Department (CDHD) are teaming up to reward children who’ve hit a home run with their immunizations. Kids ages 4 – 13 who are current with their immunizations will be eligible to get a voucher for a free ticket to one of two Hawks Immunization nights.

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Payette Lake Fish Advisory Issued for Lake Trout

July 13, 2011

The Idaho Division of Public Health is issuing a mercury advisory for lake trout in Payette Lake.

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People Urged to Take Precautions Around Bats

July 7, 2011

Public health officials are warning people to take precautions around bats and to make sure that their dogs, cats, and horses are adequately vaccinated against rabies.

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Idaho Nutrition Program Adopts New Income Guidelines

June 23, 2011

Idaho’s special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) will implement new income guidelines effective July 1, 2011, that raise household income eligibility limits to help offset cost of living increases.

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Two New Tobacco Cessation Classes Start in July

June 15, 2011

Research has shown that enrolling in a Tobacco Cessation class is among the most effective methods of quitting a tobacco habit. The Central District Health Department wants to help you quit by offering two Free Tobacco Cessation classes in July.

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Is Sunscreen Enough on “Don’t Fry Day”?

May 23, 2011

To help reduce rising rates of skin cancer, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day, May 27, 2011, as “Don’t Fry Day.”

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Enjoy the Water and Stay Healthy

May 16, 2011

The week before Memorial Day (May 23–29, 2011) is Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week.

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Coping With the Medicare Part D Doughnut Hole

May 4, 2011

Central District Health Now Offering Help

One of the most frustrating aspects of Medicare Part D is the so-called Doughnut Hole in coverage that occurs when an individual reaches a certain level of drug expenditures.

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Free Tobacco Cessation Classes in New Locations

April 28, 2011

For those wanting to kick the tobacco habit, there are three new Free Tobacco Cessation classes being offered by the Central District Health Department (CDHD) at different locations around Boise.

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Free Fit and Fall Proof™ Instructor Training

May 4, 2011

Regular and fill-in instructors needed in Boise area

The Central District Health Department is looking for a few good men and women to lead Fit and Fall Proof™ classes in the Boise area.

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Changes to Idaho’s Immunization Rules, What It Means for Your Child

April 21, 2011

There are new rules governing childhood immunizations that mean children in childcare, those entering kindergarten and seventh grade this fall will be required to have certain immunization in order to attend.

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Bob Jue Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

April 15, 2011

Bob Jue, an Environmental Health Specialist with the Central District Health District since 1976, was recently honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Idaho Environmental Health Association.

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Baby Chicks Can Be Dangerous Easter Gifts

April 14, 2011

Baby chicks and ducklings may look like cute Easter gifts, but the young fowl can be dangerous for children. State health officials are warning parents to resist the temptation to purchase them as holiday presents.

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County Health Rankings Show Range of Health Issues in CDHD’s Counties

March 30, 2011

According to the annual County Health Rankings, released today by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ada County is the healthiest of the four counties of the Central District Health Department.

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Free Texting Service Helps Educate New Moms

March 24, 2011

New Idaho moms and moms-to-be now have access to a free mobile information service with tips to improve their health and the health of their infants.

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Salmonella Contamination Prompts Cantaloupe Recall

March 23, 2011

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. is recalling approximately 60,000 cantaloupes that were distributed at Costco warehouse stores because of possible Salmonella contamination. There are currently no confirmed Idaho cases linked to the outbreak, although the product was distributed in the state.

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CDHD Promotes Poison Prevention Week

March 18, 2011

The week of March 20-26, 2011 is designated as National Poison Prevention Week and the Central District Health Department (CDHD) is highlighting the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them.

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Idaho Works with National Partners and Other States to Monitor Japanese Nuclear Situation

March 16, 2011

Idaho public health and environmental safety officials are closely monitoring information on the radiation release reported from Japan’s damaged nuclear power facilities.

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Earthquake in Japan Highlights Importance of Earthquake Preparedness

March 15, 2011

Joint Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security/Idaho Department of Health and Welfare News Release

News following Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunamis shows how important it is to be prepared for an emergency. The Pacific Northwest is earthquake country, with much of Idaho’s beauty formed by the seismic forces beneath our feet.

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Local Businesses Help Promote Colon Cancer Awareness Month

March 14, 2011

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and ten local businesses are helping to raise awareness of the number two cause of cancer-related deaths in Idaho by putting messages on their sign boards.

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Enroll in Free Living Well in Idaho Classes at CDHD

March 11, 2011

The Central District Health Department is hosting a series of six free Living Well in Idaho classes designed to help people manage ongoing health problems. The classes start on March 16th and will run every Wednesday through April 20th from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March 1, 2011

Talking about colon cancer is uncomfortable, but consider this: colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Idaho, behind only lung cancer for both men and women.

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Star Area Seniors Need You!

Their independence depends on volunteers

February 14, 2011

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is planning on offering the popular Fit and Fall Proof™ classes to Star seniors beginning in mid-April, but first the program needs to recruit some volunteer class leaders. The training is free, the time commitment is only two days a week for just over an hour and rewards are priceless.

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Referee a Safe Super Bowl Party

February 3, 2011

When it comes to the Super Bowl, defense matters. When it comes to planning a Super Bowl XLV party, a good defense against foodborne illness matters even more.

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Suspected Meningitis Case at U of I No Cause for Alarm

February 2, 2011

The Idaho North Central Health District is working with officials from the University of Idaho to identify close contacts with a student suspected of having bacterial meningitis. Bacterial meningitis can be a very serious disease that causes a swelling of the tissues covering the brain and spinal cord. Still, the risk of close contacts contracting the disease is low, and extremely low for the general student population.

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Enroll Now In Free Tobacco Cessation Classes

January 25, 2011

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is offering another series of Free Tobacco Cessation classes starting February 1st. If you have resolved to quit your tobacco habit but haven’t done it yet, research shows enrolling in a class is the most effective method of quitting. The classes involve 5 sessions over 4 weeks, and are scheduled for afternoon and evening hours to fit your schedule.

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Owyhee Elementary Students Learn the Importance of “What’s for Breakfast?”

January 24, 2011

Students at Boise’s Owyhee Elementary will be learning about the importance of eating breakfast through classroom instruction and activities in the next few weeks, thanks to a partnership between the school, Central District Health Department (CDHD), the Idaho Dairy Council and dietetic master’s candidate Deena LaJoie.

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Flu illness begins to increase in Idaho; people urged to take precautions

January 11, 2011

Idaho health officials are beginning to get reports of flu-like activity from around the state, prompting them to remind Idahoans to get vaccinated against the flu.

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New Website Reveals What’s Real

December 27, 2010

The Reproductive Health program at the Central District Health Department (CDHD) recently launched a new website, www.reveal4real.org, designed to provide the real facts about sex, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. The website primarily targets teens and young adults, but provides solid information for everyone, including parents.

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CDHD Offers Free Tobacco Cessation Classes

December 20, 2010

If you have resolved to quit smoking for the New Year the Central District Health Department (CDHD) is here to help. Starting January 5th CDHD will host a series of FREE Tobacco Cessation classes.

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National Influenza Vaccination Week to be held December 5-11, 2010

December 5, 2010

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has set aside the week of December 5-11, 2010 to observe this season's National Influenza Vaccination Week NIVW).

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Let’s Talk Turkey About Holiday Food Safety

November 19, 2010

Food Safety Manager Tom Schmalz Talks About Holiday Food Safety

All across the country families will gather for meals together this holiday season. This makes it the perfect time to remind you of some food safety techniques that will help ensure your holidays are safe and healthy.

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73% of Idaho Voters Favor $1.50 Tobacco Tax Increase to Cut State's Budget Deficit, Fund Health Care

Tobacco Tax would bring in $ 52.3 million in new revenue, reduce youth smoking

November 18, 2010

Faced with a growing budget deficit, a new poll released today shows that 73 percent of Idaho voters support raising the tobacco tax by $1.50 per pack to address the state’s Medicaid shortfall and fund programs to help current smokers quit.

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Peer Counselors Work with Breastfeeding Moms

November 12, 2010

Expectant moms enrolled in the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program at the Central District Health Department have a new resource to help get their babies off to a good start.

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Lead-Free Kids For A Healthy Future National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week October 24 - 30th

October 24, 2010

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week’s theme, "Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future," underscores the importance of testing your children and home, and learning how to prevent lead poisoning’s serious health effects.

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CDHD Ready to Provide Flu Vaccine to Children

September 22, 2010

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is ready to take appointments for seasonal flu vaccine for children. Doses for children of all ages are available including the nasal spray.

CDHD has all formulations of flu vaccine, including preservative-free injectable vaccine.

To make an appointment for your child, call CDHD Immunizations at 327-7450.

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CDHD Recognizes Falls Prevention Day

September 17, 2010

On September 23, 2010 the Central District Health Department (CDHD) will recognize National Falls Prevention Awareness Day with a walk and information fair at the Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood Street.

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HIV Is a Preventable Disease

September 15, 2010

Health privacy laws prevent CDHD from being able to reveal the name of the suspect.

In the wake of the arraignment Tuesday of a Boise man on charges of knowingly transferring the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the Central District Health Department (CDHD) wants to remind the public that HIV is preventable disease.

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Ada County Man Arraigned for Knowingly Transferring HIV

September 14, 2010

Health privacy laws prevent CDHD from being able to reveal the name of the suspect.

A Boise man was arraigned Tuesday September 14, 2010 on a charge of knowingly transferring the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

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New Drug of Concern - Spice/K2

August 23, 2010

Spice is a new synthetic drug being smoked to produce a high similar to marijuana or hashish. It has not yet been banned in Idaho and is marketed and sold online and in local smoke shops as an incense blend "not for human consumption." Despite this warning, Spice is being used as an alternative to marijuana by many who are unaware of the dangers.

For more information contact the Idaho Office of Drug Policy at (208) 854-3040 or click on this link.

Nationwide Egg Recall

Eggs in Their Shells May Put Consumers at Risk for Salmonella

August 20, 2010

The current recall of eggs in their shells, or “shell eggs,” is part of an ongoing and intensive investigation by local, state, and federal officials into the cause of recent cases of Salmonella Enteritidis.

The eggs do not appear to have been distributed in Idaho. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the latest information on the recall. Click on the link below to be taken to the FDA website.

FDA website

Child Exposed to Rabid Bat in Garden Valley

August 5, 2010

An Oregon boy under the age of 10 who was visiting Idaho is undergoing medical treatment for a rabies exposure. A bat swooped down and scratched the boy while he was swimming in a pond in Crouch earlier this week. The child’s father captured the bat and then worked with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Central District Health Department to have the bat tested.

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Food Safety at the Farmers Market

August 5, 2010

Farmers markets are more popular than ever, and Idaho has seen the third fastest growth of farmers markets in the country. So how do you stay food safe when buying at farmers markets?

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Whooping Cough on the Rise in Idaho and U.S.

July 22, 2010

More cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, have been reported in Idaho this year at the same time a pertussis epidemic in California has caused 6 infant deaths in that state. These events have prompted concern in Idaho health officials, causing them to urge people to make sure their families are up-to-date on vaccinations against this disease.

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Blaine County Man Begins Treatment After Contact with Rabid Bat

July 15, 2010

A Blaine County man encountered an aggressive bat last weekend while fishing in a tributary of the Wood River west of Hailey. The bat later tested positive for rabies. The man began medical treatment, which is highly effective against rabies exposure.

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California Pertussis Epidemic Sends Warning

June 25, 2010

The state of California has declared an epidemic of Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough, on the heels of more than 900 confirmed cases and the deaths of five babies. While there is no evidence of a similar rise in pertussis cases in Idaho, public health officials in southwest Idaho believe this is a good time for parents to check the immunization status of their children.

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Health District Releases HIV/AIDS Report

June 24, 2010

Sunday June 27th is National HIV Testing Day, a day established to reinforce the importance of knowing one’s status in the interest of preventing the spread of the disease. The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is taking this opportunity to issue a report on the impact and trends of HIV/AIDS in Health District 4.

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Immunization Reminder Service Changes July 1st

June 23, 2010

Starting July 1, patients receiving immunizations at the Central District Health Department (CDHD) and other immunization providers throughout the state will be automatically enrolled in Idaho’s Immunization Reminder Service (IRIS).

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Wet Spring Weather Could Lead to Increase of West Nile Virus Infections

June 22, 2010

An unusually wet spring and localized flooding in some Idaho communities have public health officials concerned about higher than normal mosquito populations that could spread West Nile virus.

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Salmonella Outbreak Prompts Alfalfa Sprouts Recall

May 26, 2010

Public Health Officials are Tracking Idaho Cases

Idaho Public Health officials are warning consumers about a nationwide recall of alfalfa sprouts produced by Caldwell Fresh Foods located in Maywood, California (not Caldwell, ID) and sold under several label names in states located in the West, Midwest and South.

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Prepare for a Safe and Fun Holiday Weekend

May 24, 2010

Summer fun officially kicks off for Idaho travel and outdoor enthusiasts this Memorial Day weekend. As residents prepare for coming months of outdoor recreation, a few health tips can make your travel and adventures more enjoyable and rewarding.

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CDHD Offers Food Safety Tips for a Successful Summer Grilling Season

May 24, 2010

As you make plans to entertain with barbecues this summer, the Central District Health Department (CDHD) reminds you that safe food handling is the key to making your cookout a big hit with your guests.

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Enjoy the Water and Stay Healthy

Area Pool Operators Join Forces in Support of 2010 National Recreational Water Illness (RWI) Prevention Week

May 17, 2010

The week before Memorial Day (May 24–30, 2010) is National Recreational Water Illness (RWI) Prevention Week. The Central District Health Department (CDHD) and area pool operators want to raise awareness about healthy swimming behaviors, including ways to prevent recreational water illnesses (RWIs).

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No Travel Vaccinations at CDHD

April 22, 2010

If you’re making travel plans that include going to foreign countries, you may need special immunizations. Unfortunately, the Central District Health Department (CDHD) doesn’t offer travel immunizations any more.

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CDHD McCall Office Still Open for Business

April 14, 2010

On April 6, 2010 the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) announced it would be closing nine field offices, including the one in McCall. The announcement will not affect the operations of the Central District Health Department (CDHD), which also has an office in McCall.

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Health and Welfare Closes Nine Field Offices, Lays Off 126 Workers Due to Budget Deficit

April 6, 2010

Note: This announcement does not affect CDHD offices or personnel

As part of a series of measures to address a personnel budget shortfall, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will close nine of its 29 offices statewide within the next two months and lay off 126 workers.

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Baby Chicks Can be Dangerous Easter Gifts

March 25, 2010

Signs advertizing baby chicks or ducklings for sale are beginning to show up around the state, and parents might be tempted to purchase them as Easter gifts. But the young fowl can be dangerous for young children...

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CDHD Shuts Down H1N1 Flu Incident Command

March 23, 2010

On Monday the Central District Health Department (CDHD) quietly disbanded its Incident Command System for the H1N1 (swine) flu after nearly 11 months of operation.

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Area Seniors Need You!

Their independence depends on volunteers

March 19, 2010

The Central District Health Department’s Fit & Fall Proof classes are more popular than ever, leading to full classrooms and a shortage of volunteer instructors.

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High Demand Ends Home Energy Assistance Program Early

March 12, 2010

High demand for the federally funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has exhausted Idaho’s allocation sooner than usual this winter, causing the program to close almost three weeks early.

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March Madness Wraps up H1N1 School Vaccinations

March 5, 2010

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) will wrap up its school-based H1N1 vaccination campaign next week with a little “March Madness.” Teams of nurses will be administering second doses of vaccine to children under the age of 10 in thirty Meridian Elementary schools, in just two days on March 9th & 11th.

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Dept. of Health and Welfare Expands Office Hour Closures

February 26, 2010

Due to additional state agency budget reductions announced last week, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is expanding its office hour closures from a half day every other Friday to a full day on those Fridays. The closures will begin next week, and continue through June 11th.

Note - This does not affect office hours for CDHD.

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Boise State University Given Leadership in Community Public Health Award

February 23, 2010

On Monday February 22, 2010 the Central District Health Department recognized Boise State University with the district’s “Leadership in Community Public Health” award.

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Grants Hope to Improve Idaho Immunization Rates

February 22, 2010

Trial program at CDHD would aim to better educate and train vaccine providers

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) has been awarded nearly $70,000 in grants aimed at improving immunization rates.

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CDHD Looks at County Health Rankings

February 17, 2010

A new report released today indicates that Ada County, in the Central District Health Department area of jurisdiction, is one of the healthiest counties in the state. However, the district’s other three counties each present challenges to healthy living.

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February is National Teen Dating Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month

February 16, 2010

February has also been designated as the national Teen Dating Abuse Awareness and Prevention month.

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CDHD Still Offering Free H1N1 Vaccine

Flu Hotline to Shut Down

February 8, 2010

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is still offering free H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine by appointment at the health district office, 707 N Armstrong Place., Boise. Effective Tuesday February 16th those interested in making appointments will be asked to call the regular Immunizations appointment line at 327-7450.

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CDHD Receives Grant from Idaho Community Foundation

2/4/10

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) has received a grant of $1,230 from the Idaho Community Foundation to provide American Red Cross First Aid/CPR classes for the Somali Bantu community in Boise. The project is called “Hands Helping Hearts.”

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Don’t Forget the Second Dose of H1N1 Vaccine For Young Children

2/2/10

Even though it seems like the worst of the H1N1 (swine) flu has passed, history tells us there may be a third wave of the disease. The young are at greatest risk of serious illness and parents should ensure they get vaccinated. This is especially true for children under the age of 10 who need two doses of the vaccine, separated by at least four weeks, for full immunization against H1N1 flu.

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Healthwise Donates Popular Spanish-Language Self-Care Guides To Idaho Nutrition Program

2/1/10

Healthwise has donated 5,000 copies of La salud en casa: Guía práctica de Healthwise, the Spanish-language version of the popular Healthwise® Handbook, to the Women, Infant and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) in Idaho. The gift is equivalent to a $50,000 donation.

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Department of Health and Welfare Closes Offices Every Other Friday Afternoon

1/15/10

Due to budget reductions, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) will close all 48 of its offices for a half day every other Friday afternoon until the end of the current fiscal year.

Note: This announcement does not affect the hours of the Central District Health Department.

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Central District Health H1N1 (swine) Flu Information Page

1/8/10

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) kicks off Sunday January 10th and continues through January 16th. The week was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season.

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Idaho H1N1 Weekly Update: January 7th

1/7/10

It’s easier than ever to protect yourself and your loved ones from H1N1 influenza. More and more pharmacies throughout the state are offering the H1N1 vaccine, and private providers and local health districts are continuing to offer the vaccine by appointment and in clinics.

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CDHD Adjusts H1N1 Appointment Schedule

12/31/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is continuing to offer free H1N1 flu vaccine by appointment only at the health department office, 707 N Armstrong Place, Boise, but is scaling back the number of days appointments can be made.

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Idaho 2009 H1N1 Weekly Update: December 30th

12/30/09

Influenza activity has significantly decreased in the past few weeks, but public health officials are cautioning Idahoans not to become complacent.

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Resolve to Eat Better, More Nutritious Foods for Less in 2010

Central District Health Department Provides Tips to Healthier ‘On-the-Go’ Eating

12/28/09

As Treasure Valley residents look to 2010 with new resolutions to eat healthier in the New Year, the Central District Health Department, together with the Nutrient Rich Food Coalition and McDonald’s of the Treasure Valley, is dedicated to helping residents make healthier, more nutrient-rich meal and snack choices…even on a budget.

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CDHD to Offer H1N1 Appointments

12/23/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) will begin offering free H1N1 flu vaccine by appointment only beginning Monday December 28th at the health department office, 707 N Armstrong Place, Boise.

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Voluntary Non-Safety-Related Recall of Specific Lots of Nasal Spray Vaccine for 2009 H1N1 Influenza

12/22/09

Link to CDC

CDHD Announces Final Public Flu Clinics of the Year

12/17/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) has scheduled a pair of Point of Dispensing (POD) H1N1 flu clinics Monday December 21st. The two clinics will be the last offered this year and are the public’s best opportunity to get free vaccinations against the H1N1 flu before the holidays.

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Idaho 2009 H1N1 Weekly Update: December 16th

12/16/09

As supplies of H1N1 vaccine continue to improve, public health officials are encouraging all Idahoans to get vaccinated against the 2009 H1N1 vaccine before the holidays to help prevent the spread of illness as families and friends gather together.

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Non-Safety-Related Voluntary Recall of Certain Lots of Sanofi-Pasteur H1N1 Pediatrict Vaccine

12/15/09

Link to CDC

CDHD to Hold Downtown H1N1 Clinic

12/14/09

State employees and downtown workers encouraged to get vaccinated

Central District Health Department has arranged a downtown flu clinic at the Boise Centre on the Grove Wednesday December 16th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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More Options for H1N1 Vaccine

12/14/09

Health District Adds Pharmacies to List of Private Providers

With increasing supplies of H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine, the Central District Health Department (CDHD) is continuing its efforts to make the vaccine more widely available in the community.

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All I want for Christmas is to Have No Flu

12/10/09

Health Districts Lift All Restrictions on Vaccine

While reports of flu-like illness have tapered off considerably in the past few weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that the holidays may bring more than Santa and his reindeer. As people travel they’ll be sharing the flu virus, which is much worse than getting coal in your stocking.

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More People Eligible for H1N1 Flu Vaccine

12/04/09

When the Central District Health Department (CDHD) opens the doors to its Point of Dispensing (POD) clinic Monday, more people will be eligible to get the H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine. Because of increasing vaccine supplies, Idaho health officials have agreed to make the vaccine available to all people under the age of 65.

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Idaho 2009 H1N1 Weekly Update: December 4

12/04/09

On Thursday, Dec. 3, public health officials met to discuss the increasing supplies of 2009 H1N1 vaccine and agreed to make it available to all Idahoans under the age of 65 immediately, including healthy adults.

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Ada County Cities Launch Drug Drop Off Programs

12/03/09

The cities of Boise and Meridian will soon be offering citizens new options for conveniently and safely disposing of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications.

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Fraudulent emails referencing CDC-sponsored State Vaccination Program

12/03/09

CDC has received reports of fraudulent emails (phishing) referencing a CDC sponsored State Vaccination Program.

Link to CDC

H1N1 Vaccinations Return to Boise & Meridian School Districts

11/30/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is getting ready to resume school-based H1N1 flu vaccinations for students in the Meridian and Boise school districts beginning Tuesday December 1st and continuing through mid-January.

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Idaho Facing HIV for World AIDS Day

11/27/09

Nearly 1,200 Idahoans live with HIV or AIDS, with more than 50 new cases reported in Idaho in 2009. People can show support for those affected, their families, caregivers and friends – and take advantage of HIV testing – at a number of events around the state on Tuesday, World AIDS Day.

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Idaho 2009 H1N1 Weekly Update: November 25

11/25/09

With the start of the holiday season this week, influenza-like illness will likely continue to spread as people travel and gather together. Lab-confirmed H1N1 infections continue to be reported, with 28 additional infections reported during the past week.

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1600 Doses of H1N1 Vaccine Available Monday November 30th

11/24/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) will have 1600 doses of H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine available Monday November 30th at its only Point of Dispensing (POD) location in Boise.

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1600 Doses of H1N1 Vaccine Available Monday

11/20/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) will have 1600 doses of H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine available Monday November 23rd at its only Point of Dispensing (POD) location in Boise.

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Let’s Talk Turkey About Holiday Food Safety

11/18/09

All across the country families will gather for meals together this holiday season. This makes it the perfect time to remind you of some food safety techniques that will help ensure your holidays are safe and healthy.

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Idaho 2009 H1N1 Weekly Update: November 18

11/18/09

Influenza-like illnesses continue to be reported throughout the state. During the past week, 26 additional lab-confirmed H1N1 infections have been reported, bringing to 768 the total number of confirmed cases since Sept. 1.

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CDHD Shifts Gears with POD Plan

11/17/09

CDHD will continue to operate a POD at the former Comp USA store at 1195 N Milwaukee Street, Boise, but will shift operations from Saturdays to Mondays. Beginning Monday November 23rd the POD at the former Comp USA store will operate from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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CDHD Mountain Home Office Offers H1N1 Flu Vaccine

11/13/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) Mountain Home office has H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine and will be making it available to Priority Group members by appointment only on Saturday November 21st from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Idaho 2009 H1N1 Weekly Update: November 13

11/13/09

Reports of influenza-like illnesses are widespread throughout the state. This coincides with the national report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in which most states are reporting widespread activity.

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H1N1 Vaccine Availability for Week Four

11/13/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) will have 2500 doses of vaccine available for the Point of Dispensing (POD) operation scheduled for Saturday November 14th.

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2009 H1N1 (swine) Flu Infection Contributes to Death of Elmore County Woman

11/12/09

The 2009 H1N1 (swine) flu virus has contributed to the death of an Elmore County woman in her 30s who had underlying medical conditions. This is the first confirmed death associated with the H1N1 flu virus in Elmore County and for the Central District Health Department (CDHD).

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Weekend POD Could Be the Last for Awhile

11/10/09

On Saturday November 14th the Central District Health Department (CDHD) will operate a single Point of Dispensing (POD) for H1N1 (swine) flu vaccinations at the former Comp USA store at 1195 N Milwaukee Street, Boise.

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CDHD McCall Office Offers H1N1 Flu Vaccine

11/06/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) McCall office has H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine and will be making it available to Priority Group members by appointment only on Saturday November 14th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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CDHD Resumes School Vaccinations

11/06/09

Teams of nurses from the Central District Health Department (CDHD) will begin vaccinating students in the Mountain Home and Kuna schools the beginning the week of November 9th.

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Revised H1N1 Vaccine Availability for Week Three

11/06/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) has revised its estimates of vaccine availability for the Point of Dispensing (POD) clinic scheduled for Saturday November 7th. There will be no vaccine available for children under 4 years of age.

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Idaho 2009 H1N1 Weekly Update: November 4

11/04/09

Reports of influenza-like illnesses are widespread throughout the state. This coincides with the national report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in which most states are reporting widespread activity.

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CDHD Adjusts POD Schedule for Week Three

11/03/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) will open a single Point of Dispensing (POD) location this Saturday November 7, 2009, at the former K-Mart store, 1001 Park Center Blvd.

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CDHD Expands Priority Groups at Ada County PODs

10/31/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is expanding the Priority Groups at its two Ada County Point of Dispensing (POD) clinics effective immediately. Now more people will be able to get H1N1 (swine) flu vaccinations.

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Red Cross Assists at Ada County PODs

10/30/09

The American Red Cross of Greater Idaho will be providing assistance to the Central District Health Department (CDHD) at its two Ada County Point of Dispensing (POD) locations Saturday October 31, 2009. The Red Cross will be serving hot drinks and water to members of the public waiting in line for the H1N1 (swine) flu vaccinations.

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CDHD Point of Dispensing (POD) Locations Reopen Saturday

10/29/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) will open its two Ada County Point of Dispensing (POD) locations again Saturday October 31st at 10:00 a.m. with more than twice as much H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine as was available on October 24th.

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Idaho 2009 H1N1 Weekly Update: October 28

10/28/09

Reports of influenza-like illnesses are widespread throughout the state. This coincides with the national report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in which most states are reporting widespread activity.

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Pediatric Seasonal Flu Clinic Scheduled

10/26/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) has just received a shipment of pediatric seasonal flu vaccine and will be offering a special walk-in clinic on Monday October 26th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Milwaukee Point of Dispensing (POD) site, the former Comp USA store, 1195 N Milwaukee Street – not at the health district office.

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Tips for a Better Point of Dispensing (POD) Experience

10/23/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) will open its Point of Dispensing (POD) locations in Ada County Saturday October 24th at 10:00 a.m. We are well aware of the great public interest in getting the H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine. What follows are some suggestions for making your experience at the PODs better.

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Limited Supply of H1N1 Flu Vaccine for Weekend PODs

10/21/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) will open its two Ada County Points of Dispensing (POD) locations as planned Saturday October 24th at 10:00 a.m. However, planners warn that the vaccine will be in extremely short supply and that only Priority Group members will be served.

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CDHD Narrows Definition of H1N1 Vaccine Priority Groups - Suspends School Vaccination Program

10/20/09

In response to smaller than expected deliveries of H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine the Central District Health Department (CDHD) is narrowing its definition of Priority Groups and suspending its school-based vaccination program.

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Ada County H1N1 Vaccination Clinics to Open October 24th

10/15/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) will open its two Ada County Point of Dispensing (POD) facilities Saturday October 24th to deliver H1N1 flu vaccine for Priority Groups.

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H1N1 Flu Delivery Campaign Starts with Schools

10/15/09

As more H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine becomes available, the Central District Health Department (CDHD) is implementing plans for distributing the vaccine starting in the state’s two largest school districts.

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CDHD Getting Close to Delivering H1N1 (swine) Flu Vaccine

10/14/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is getting more shipments of H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine every week and is close to being able to open large-scale vaccination clinics for priority groups.

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Idaho 2009 H1N1 Weekly Update: October 14

10/14/09

Reports of influenza like illnesses are widespread throughout the state. This coincides with the national report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in which most states are reporting widespread activity.

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H1N1 Pandemic Flu Infection Contributes to Death of Latah County Woman

10/08/09

The 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu virus has contributed to the death of a Latah County woman in her 50s who had underlying medical conditions. This is the third death associated with the 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu virus in Idaho.

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CDHD Out of Seasonal Flu Vaccine

10/07/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) has exhausted its supply of children’s seasonal flu vaccine and is encouraging the public to seek the vaccine from other providers in the community.

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H1N1 Influenza Infection Contributes to Death of a Bannock County Teen

10/07/09

The 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu virus has contributed to the death of a Bannock County teen. The adolescent, who had underlying risk factors, died from flu complications during the past week. This is the second Idaho death related to H1N1 infection, but the first in a person under the age of 25.

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H1N1 Rarely Requires Hospital Care

10/07/09

Reports of flu-like illness are on the increase across the nation and in Idaho. Most people suffering from the flu don’t need to see a doctor and will recover completely with proper care at home.

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2009 H1N1 Pandemic Flu Infection Contributes to Death of Canyon County Man

09/28/09

The 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu virus has contributed to the death of a Canyon County man in his 50s who had an underlying medical condition. This is the first death associated with the 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu virus in Idaho.

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CDHD Provides Strategy Details for Upcoming Flu Season

09/18/09

In the coming weeks the Central District Health Department (CDHD) will implement plans for protecting the residents of Ada, Elmore, Boise and Valley counties from the H1N1 (swine) flu. The initial strategies are designed to reduce the spread of the disease, especially among those vulnerable to the most serious effects of the flu.

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Arm Yourself: Get Your Seasonal Flu Vaccination Today!

09/16/09

Early shipments of seasonal flu vaccine are arriving in Idaho, prompting public health officials to urge people to receive a seasonal flu vaccine to protect themselves and their families.

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Three Elmore County Residents Test Positive for West Nile Virus

09/4/09

Three Elmore County women have tested positive for the West Nile virus. Two of them, one in her 30s and another in her 60s from Mountain Home, had symptoms severe enough to require hospitalization. Both have since been released and are recovering at home. The third case involved a woman in her 70s from Glenns Ferry.

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Twin Falls County Man Dies from West Nile Infection

08/24/09

West Nile virus has contributed to the death of a Twin Falls County man. The man, who is over the age of 60, is the first Idaho resident to die from West Nile infection this year.

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Foiling the Flu this Fall and Winter

08/21/09

Tips on dealing with the seasonal flu and the Pandemic H1N1 flu.

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CDHD Holds Back-to-School Immunization Clinics for Insured Children

07/29/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is offering a series of special ‘Back-to-School’ Immunization Clinics designed to assist the parents of insured children in getting their kids ready for school.

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People Urged to Take Precautions Following Rabid Bat Discovery

07/27/09

A bat in Ada County has tested positive for rabies, prompting Idaho health officials to remind people throughout the state to take precautions around bats and make sure that their dogs, cats and horses are adequately vaccinated against rabies.

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Information for Physicians - West Nile Testing Information

07/02/09

Complete information on testing procedures.

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Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy Available Again

07/01/09

As of July 1, Idaho smokers looking for help in kicking the nicotine habit can once again request free Nicotine Replacement Therapy through the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Project Filter.

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First West Nile Virus of Season Confirmed

06/30/09

A Bonneville County man in his 70s has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) and has been hospitalized. The case is the first reported WNV infection of the season.

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FDA Warns Consumers Not to Eat Nestlé Toll House Prepackaged, Refrigerated Cookie Dough

06/19/09

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning consumers not to eat any varieties of prepackaged Nestlé Toll House refrigerated cookie dough due to the risk of contamination with E. coli O157:H7 (a bacterium that causes food borne illness).

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Idaho Nutrition Program Adopts New Income Guidelines

06/16/09

Idaho’s special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) implements new income guidelines effective July 1 that raise the household income eligibility limits.

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South Central Public Health District Announces Three Confirmed H1N1 Infections

06/16/09

A 16-year old Minidoka County male, a 16-year old Twin Falls County female, and a 18-year old female visiting Blaine County have all tested positive for the novel H1N1 influenza virus infection.

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Blue Cross Partners with State to Provide Childhood Vaccines

06/15/09

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) and Blue Cross of Idaho are forming a partnership to help ensure Idaho children get the vaccines they need.

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CDHD Advises Testing For Waterborne Illness

06/12/09

Contaminated water in two Eagle subdivisions may have exposed residents to multiple contaminants beyond the E. coli detected by United Water.

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Business As Usual In Response to WHO Pandemic Announcement

06/11/09

Even though the World Health Organization (WHO) has elected to move to Phase 6 – the highest level in its six phases of pandemic preparedness and response recommendations – it remains business as usual at Central District Health Department (CDHD).

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Novel H1N1 Influenza A Confirmed in Idaho County Resident

06/09/09

Public Health Idaho North Central District received confirmation that a man in his 20s is the first confirmed case of novel influenza A H1N1 in Idaho County.

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H1N1 Virus in Bonner and Boundary Communities

06/08/09

A group visiting Bonner and Boundary counties from out of state includes one person with a confirmed case of H1N1 influenza and seven people with possible H1N1 flu.

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First H1N1 Case Confirmed In Canyon County

06/5/09

A Canyon County woman in her 40s is the first confirmed case of H1N1 (swine flu) virus infection in Southwest Idaho.

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Bonneville County Resident Has Novel H1N1 Flu Infection

05/27/09

A 17-year old Bonneville County girl has tested positive for Novel H1N1 flu according to the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories.

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It’s B-a-a-a-c-k! - Pertussis Hacks Back in Ada County

05/18/09

Behind all the excitement surrounding the novel H1N1 influenza virus, a more common disease is attracting the attention of the Central District Health Department (CDHD). Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough, is making a comeback in Ada County schools.

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Ada County Has Three Confirmed H1N1 Infections And Two More Probables

05/14/09

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today confirmed that a 33-year-old Ada County woman did indeed have the novel H1N1 influenza virus infection. The woman is recovering at home and her medical provider recommended anti-virals for close family contacts. The number of cases now confirmed in Ada County stands at three.

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Enjoy the Water but Be Safe - 2009 National Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week

05/13/09

The week before Memorial Day (May 18–24, 2009) has been designated as National Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week. Central District Health (District 4) and Southwest District Health (District 3) are combining efforts to raise awareness about healthy swimming behaviors, including ways to prevent recreational water illnesses (RWIs) and injuries.

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Nicotine Replacement Therapy Fund Depleted by High Demand

05/13/09

A record-breaking number of Idahoans sought help in kicking the nicotine habit in April and March, temporarily depleting the funding for Idaho Project Filter’s free Nicotine Replacement Therapy program. Funding for the program will continue when the new state fiscal year begins on July 1.

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Ada County Has Another Probable H1N1 Infection - Two Previous Cases Confirmed

05/12/09

A 33-year-old Ada County woman is the latest to be reported with a probable case of H1N1 (swine flu) virus infection. The woman has received treatment and is being monitored by her health care provider. Her sample has been forwarded to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation.

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Foodbank Offers Free Cancer Screening Info To Low-Income Women

05/11/09

The Women’s Health Check program in the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is partnering in May with the Idaho Food Bank to educate low-income women about free breast and cervical cancer screening services.

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Madison County Man Has Probable H1N1 (swine flu) Infection

05/08/09

A Madison County man in his 30s has a probable test for H1N1 infection, with samples sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation.

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Ada County Infant Has Probable Test for H1N1 (swine flu) Infection

05/05/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is announcing that an Ada County baby girl less than one year old has a probable test for H1N1 infection, with samples sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation. The infant was not hospitalized and is recovering at home.

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Ada County Has Second Probable Test for H1N1 (Swine Flu) Infection

05/07/09

A 13-year-old Ada County girl is the latest to have a probable test for the H1N1 (swine flu) virus, according to the Central District Health Department (CDHD).

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CDC Confirms Swine Flu Infection in Kootenai County Woman

05/03/09

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed swine flu infection in a Kootenai County woman, the first confirmed case of swine flu in Idaho.

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Kootenai County Woman Has Probable Test for Swine Flu Infection

04/30/09

The Idaho State Laboratory sent Idaho’s first probable case of swine flu to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday for confirmation. The patient is a Kootenai County woman in her 60s who recently traveled to Texas. So far, 38 other lab samples have tested negative.

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State Monitors Flu Reports; Prepares for Possible Infections

04/29/09

The Idaho State Laboratory continues to test samples from people with flu-like illnesses from across the state. However, no positive samples have been detected.

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Swine Flu Guidance For Child Care Facilities and Schools

04/29/09

With all the attention being paid to the Swine Flu outbreak child care operators and schools officials may be wondering what to do if one or more of their students becomes ill with flu-like symptoms. CDHD offers some help.

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Idaho Health Officials Preparing for Possible Swine Flu Cases

04/27/09

Idaho public health officials are asking medical providers to continue monitoring respiratory illnesses that might be related to the swine flu outbreak. Although the number of reports of respiratory illnesses in the state has been decreasing in recent weeks, public health officials are asking healthcare providers to consider swine flu in people who exhibit flu-like symptoms, especially those with a travel history to affected areas.

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Swine Flu Outbreak: Recommendations for Idahoans

04/24/09

An outbreak of swine flu in Mexico may be related to eight cases of swine flu in California and Texas. Because of this, Idaho healthcare officials are issuing an advisory.

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More Idaho Smokers Seek Help In Kicking Habit

04/10/09

A record number of Idaho smokers are taking advantage of free Idaho Project Filter services to help kick the nicotine habit as the federal tax increases on tobacco products.

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Baby Chicks Can be Dangerous Easter Gifts

04/09/09

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is urging people not to purchase baby birds as children’s Easter gifts.

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Parents of Insured Children Will be Responsible for Vaccine Costs

04/08/09

Federal stimulus money the Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) had anticipated using to purchase children’s vaccines is less than projected, with DHW now moving forward with its original plan of having families with insurance coverage being responsible for their children’s vaccinations. Beginning July 1st, insured families will be required to pay insurance deductibles and copays for their children’s vaccines.

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National Public Health Week - April 6-12, 2009

04/06/09

Since 1995, when the first full week of April was declared as National Public Health Week (NPHW), communities across the country have celebrated NPHW to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the public’s health.

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CDHD Transitions Out Of Senior Nutrition Programs

04/02/09

After 35 years, health district can no longer afford to subsidize program.

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Eating Right When Money Is Tight: Advice for People with Diabetes

03/24/09

Making healthy food choices on a budget can be a challenge for anyone. But for the 86,000 Idahoans living with diabetes, eating right when money is tight is critical in managing this chronic disease.

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Meals On Wheels Needs Drivers

03/20/09

The Meals On Wheels program needs additional volunteer drivers to deliver meals to homebound elderly in the Boise area. There are two routes in need of drivers.

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Get Your Tickets for the 12th Annual Culinary Walk-About

03/16/09

Tickets are now on sale for the 12th Annual Culinary Walk-About, a fundraiser for the Meals On Wheels program in Ada and Elmore counties. The popular event will be held from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, April 9, 2009 at the Boise Centre on the Grove.

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CDHD Discontinues Immunizations Services in Boise County

03/11/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is today announcing the end of Immunizations services in Boise County.

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Colon Cancer in Idaho

02/27/09

The face of colon cancer is strikingly familiar. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women, claiming more than 49,000 lives a year in the U.S.

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Idaho Flu Reports Increase; People Urged to Take Precautions

02/26/09

The flu is beginning to sicken increasing numbers of Idaho residents, prompting health officials to urge people to get vaccinated and take precautions to protect their health.

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CDHD Announces Major Changes to Immunizations Program

02/19/09

Today the Central District Health Department (CDHD) is announcing a major restructuring of its Immunizations program. Effective March 1st, CDHD will no longer be offering Adult or Travel immunizations.

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Who Pays? - Health Districts Seek to Increase Food Establishment License Fees

02/18/09

The seven Idaho public health districts are asking the Legislature to allow them to increase the fees charged to food establishments, in an attempt to bring the fees closer to the actual cost of providing the services.

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Number of Pertussis Cases Continues to Rise

02/04/09

The number of pertussis (Whooping Cough) cases in Ada and Elmore counties has now climbed to 18 according to disease investigators at the Central District Health Department (CDHD).

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Boise Seniors Invited to Lunch and Fitness Classes

02/05/09

The Boise Senior Activities Center offers hot lunch every weekday and Fit & Fall Proof classes every Tuesday and Friday.

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Meals On Wheels Valentine-A-Grams Are Back!

01/16/09

Following on the heels of last year’s successful Valentine-A-Gram fundraiser, the Meals On Wheels program is again offering to deliver a box of heavenly treats for your sweetie.

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Idaho Health Officials Advise Avoiding Products Containing Peanut Butter

01/29/09

Idaho health officials urge Idahoans to check their shelves for peanut butter-containing products that may be implicated in a multistate outbreak of Salmonella serotype Typhimurium.

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Salmonella Outbreak May Have Contributed to Idaho Man’s Death

01/15/09

Idaho health officials are reporting that a Salmonella infection from a strain that has been linked to a multistate outbreak may have sickened at least 10 Idahoans and contributed to the death of an Eastern Idaho man over the age of 65.

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Bus Travelers May Have Been Exposed to Meningitis

01/15/09

Idaho health officials are asking people who traveled on a Greyhound bus from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Boise, Idaho, on Jan. 11, 2009, to contact the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare immediately at (208) 334-5939 due to possible exposure to meningitis.

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CDHD Offers Free Flu Shots To Vulnerable Populations

01/13/09

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) will be offering free flu shots to residents of the Latah Village Apartments in Boise on Friday January 16th.

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CDHD Reports Pertussis Cases in Ada County

12/30/08

In the last week 2 new cases of pertussis have been reported in Ada County. One case was in a teenager and one in an adult male.

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Central District Health Announces Holiday Closings

12/19/08

The Boise office of the Central District Health Department (CDHD) will be closed Christmas Day Thursday December 25th and New Year’s Day Thursday January 1st, 2009. The office will be open the day after Christmas, December 26th and the day after New Year’s, January 2nd, but not all services will be available as noted below.

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A Third of Idaho Children Are At Risk of Being Overweight

12/17/08

A new study shows that nearly a third of Idaho third graders are overweight or at risk for becoming overweight, increasing their chances of health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes.

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Pertussis Confirmed in Canyon County

12/12/08

Southwest District Health confirms two positive cases of pertussis with more cases under investigation.

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CDHD Concerned About Pertussis Outbreak

12/11/08

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) has been tracking a number of pertussis (Whooping Cough) cases in Mountain Home since mid-September. To date there have been eight cases, of which six were teenagers and two were adults.

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Holiday Giving Opportunities for Meals On Wheels

12/1/08

In addition to the traditional methods of donating to Meals On Wheels, there are a variety of ways to enhance the lives of seniors on the program.

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CDHD Promotes National Influenza Vaccination Week

12/01/08

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated the week of December 8-14, 2008, as National Influenza Vaccination Week.

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Meals On Wheels Seeks Small Gifts for Seniors

12/01/08

The Meals On Wheels program provides hot nutritious meals to about 600 homebound seniors in Ada and Elmore counties every week day throughout the year, but during the holidays the volunteers like to deliver a little something extra.

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Central District Health Department Closes for Staff Meeting

11/28/08

All offices of the Central District Health Department (CDHD) will be closed on Friday December 12, 2008 for an all-staff meeting.

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Foodbank, Humane Society and Meals On Wheels Team Up to Assist Families with Pets

11/24/08

The Idaho Foodbank, the Idaho Humane Society and Meals On Wheels have formed a unique partnership to help people feed their pets during this time of financial distress.

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Central District Health Announces Thanksgiving Holiday Closings

11/19/08

All offices of the Central District Health Department (CDHD) will be closed for the Thanksgiving Day holiday Thursday November 27th. In Boise only the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program will be closed on Friday November 28th.

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Purchase Morningside Products and Help Meals on Wheels

11/18/08

Morningside Products, a Boise-based distributor of bath and body products, has announced that the Meals On Wheels program will be among the recipients of a new charitable giving program called "Shop and Share."

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Meals On Wheels, Banfield & Petsmart Accepting Food for Senior's Pets

11/11/08

For many seniors living alone having a pet is a great comfort. But rising prices are forcing some seniors to make tough choices between feeding their pets and feeding themselves. In an effort to help seniors feed their pets, the Meals On Wheels program is once again joining forces with Petsmart and Banfield, The Pet Hospital to collect dog and cat food through the Season of Suppers™.

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Idaho’s Diabetes Rates More Than Triple in Past Decade

11/06/08

The prevalence of diabetes in Idaho has more than tripled in the past decade, rising from 3 percent to almost 10 percent of the Idaho adult population.

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First Confirmed Flu Case in Ada County

10/31/08

Flu season has officially arrived in Ada County. The first confirmed case of influenza was found in an Ada County woman in her thirties.

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CDHD Offers Additional Resources for Continuity of Operations Planning

10/31/08

As part of its ongoing efforts to help the community plan for disasters, the Central District Health Department’s (CDHD) Public Health Preparedness program has posted new resources specific to businesses on the CDHD website. Continuity of Operations or COOP Planning attempts to mitigate the impact of natural and human-caused disasters.

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Idaho’s First Flu-Related Death Reported in Panhandle

10/29/08

Idaho health officials are reporting a recent influenza-related death this month of a woman over the age of 50 in the Panhandle. This is the first flu-related death of the season reported in Idaho.

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CDHD To Hold "Vote & Vax" Flu Clinics on Election Day

10/27/08

On Election Day 2008, those who cast their ballots at the Central District Health Department (CDHD) in Boise will find that they can do more than vote—they can also get a flu shot.

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Time Change a Good Time to Check Your Emergency Supplies, says Idaho Public Health Association

10/29/08

When’s the last time you’ve checked your stash of spare batteries? How about your first aid kit?

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Southern Idaho McDonald’s Serves Up Wholesome ‘Good Fit Meals™’.

10/07/08

Central District Health Department Certifies 13 Meals Now Available in 32 Treasure Valley Area McDonald’s

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Idaho Unveils Website to Help Idahoans Prepare for Pandemic Influenza

10/06/08

Is your family prepared for school closures, empty food shelves and no available medical care? Could your business still function with 40% of workers staying home?

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Get Ready For Flu Season

09/26/08

CDHD OFFERS WALK-IN FLU CLINICS - Flu season will soon be upon us and the Central District Health Department will begin offering adult flu vaccinations on a walk-in basis at all three of its office beginning in early October.

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National Preparedness Month, 2008

09/08

September is National Preparedness Month 2008, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s READY Campaign. The Public Health Preparedness (PHP) Program at Central District Health is taking part in this effort by encouraging all citizens to take steps to prepare for emergencies.

Visit Ready.gov or contact the PHP Program for more information.

Two More Elmore County Residents Test Positive for West Nile Virus

09/08/08

On Friday September 5th Central District Health Department (CDHD) announced the first laboratory-confirmed case of human West Nile virus infection in Elmore County this year. Today CDHD is announcing two more human cases of West Nile infection in Elmore County.

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Elmore County Resident Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

09/05/08

An Elmore County woman in her 30’s has tested positive for West Nile virus infection. She is the first Elmore County resident with laboratory-confirmed, West Nile infection reported to the Central District Health Department in 2008.

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Idaho Health Officials Urge Parents to Check Children’s Immunization Records

09/05/08

State’s Low Immunization Rate Raises Concern for Possible Disease Outbreaks.

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CDHD Offers Posters to Pool Operators

08/19/08

In response to the record number of cases of Cryptosporidiosis last year in Idaho the Central District Health Department (CDHD) is teaming up with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to fight the disease this summer.

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Idaho Issues Statewide Fish Advisory for Bass

08/18/08

Idaho health officials are advising women of childbearing age, women who are pregnant or nursing and children 15 years of age and younger to limit their consumption of bass caught in Idaho waters.

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Make Sure Your Teen Is Up-To-Date On Needed Immunizations

08/04/08

Do teens need shots? Yes, teens need immunizations, too, and many people do not know they are just as important for teens as they are for children and infants.

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Ada County Resident Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

07/25/08

An Ada County man in his 30’s has tested positive for acute, West Nile virus infection. He is the first Ada County resident with laboratory-confirmed, West Nile infection reported to the Health Department in 2008.

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Heat Stress and the Elderly

07/25/08

Rocks Natural Idaho Spring Water Donates to Meals On Wheels

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West Nile Cases Are Increasing

07/24/08

Southwest District Health (SWDH) officials have confirmed the first human case of West Nile in Canyon County, as the cases in the state begin to rise.

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First Human Cases of West Nile Virus Reported in Idaho

07/21/08

Two Idahoans have tested positive for West Nile virus. They represent the first, locally-acquired human infections to be reported in the state this year.

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Mountain Home Mosquito Pool Tests Positive For West Nile

07/15/08

Mosquitoes collected in a trap in Mountain Home have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to results released Monday July 14, 2008 by the Idaho State Bureau of Laboratories.

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Idaho Health Officials Addressing Growing Diabetes Epidemic

06/30/08

The number of Idaho adults diagnosed with diabetes is on the rise, increasing from 72,000 in 2006 to 87,000 in 2007.

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Health District to go Tobacco-Free July 1st.

06/12/08

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is today announcing that as of July 1, 2008 all of its campuses, in Boise, Mountain Home and McCall, will go tobacco-free.

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Skyrocketing Gas and Food Prices Put Hungry Seniors at Greater Risk

06/05/08

A survey of Meals On Wheels programs in all 50 states, conducted by the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) between May 22 and May 30, paints a graphic and disturbing picture of the serious impact that skyrocketing gas and food prices are having on Senior Nutrition Programs.

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Rabies Season Begins - Use Caution!

06/04/08

Spring is the time of year when bats and other wild animals come out of hibernation. Some of these animals - especially bats - may be infected with the rabies virus.

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Prepare for a Safe and Fun Holiday Weekend

05/23/08

High river flows and lingering snow pack will greet many Idaho outdoor enthusiasts this Memorial Day weekend, the traditional kick-off for summer fun and travel. As residents prepare for coming months of outdoor recreation, a few health tips can make your travel and adventures more enjoyable and rewarding.

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A Clean Pool Is a Healthy Pool

05/22/08

The week of May 19 – 25 is Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week, a time for the Central District Health Department (CDHD) and local pool operators to remind the public that they hold the key to preventing illnesses associated with swimming pools and splash pads.

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Prepare for a Safe and Fun Holiday Weekend

05/16/08

What could be more American than summertime picnics, barbeques and camping? As you prepare for holiday travel and activities the Central District Health Department (CDHD) wants to share some tips on how you can protect yourself, your family and friends from foodborne illness when preparing, storing and cooking food outdoors.

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Project Filter Asks Smokers: “Tell Us” How to Help You Quit Smoking

05/12/08

The number of Idaho adults who smoke dropped a full percentage point to 16.8 percent between 2005 and 2006, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s “Project Filter – Idaho Fights Tobacco” is asking for the public’s help to keep up the momentum.

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Spring Brings More Than Flowers

05/06/08

Health District Warns of Hantavirus.  With warmer weather and melting snows, people are returning to their shuttered mountain cabins and out buildings. When they get there they may find evidence of some unwelcome guests.

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CDHD Hosts Annual Pandemic Summit

04/18/08

On Wednesday April 23, 2008 the Central District Health Department (CDHD) will host another in a series of Pandemic Influenza Summit meetings at the Boise Centre on the Grove.

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2006 Idaho Vital Statistics Report Is Out

04/15/08

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Idaho Vital Statistics 2006 report is out, offering a wealth of information about the major life events happening in the state.

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Health Officials Urge Parents to Protect their Children from Measles

04/09/08

Idaho parents are urged to check the immunization records of their children, as outbreaks of measles have erupted in two western states this year, California and Arizona. Public health officials are worried that the highly contagious, respiratory illness could be imported and spread in Idaho because many children are not up-to-date on their immunizations.

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CDHD Offers Information on Hepatitis A

04/01/08

It has now been two weeks since the Red Feather Lounge employee with hepatitis A last worked at the establishment. Anyone potentially exposed to the disease between March 5th and 17th will no longer be eligible for a vaccination because it would not be effective.

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Healthy Habits Can Reverse Pre-Diabetes Diagnosis

03/20/08

After a lifetime of unhealthy eating and little physical activity, Deb Filler, a project manager in the Department of Health and Welfare’s Information Technology Division, found herself diagnosed with type-2 diabetes at age 45.

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Easter Sunday & Meals On Wheels

03/18/08

The annual tradition of Easter meal deliveries continues this Sunday when Meals On Wheels volunteers deliver hot meals to about 120 homebound seniors in Ada County.

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Learning All Five Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms Could Save Your Life

03/17/08

Do you know all the signs and symptoms of a heart attack? If not, now’s the time to commit them to memory. Taking time to recognize all five signs and symptoms of a heart attack can save your life or the life of someone you love.

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Mayors to Deliver Meals On Wheels

03/14/08

In recognition of National Mayors for Meals Day, every Ada County Mayor and the Mayor of Mountain Home will be delivering Meals On Wheels next week.

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Area Agencies Team Up on Mercury Awareness

03/10/08

In the past three weeks there have been four mercury spill incidents in the Treasure Valley, two in area schools, one in a private home, and one on a public street. While none of these incidents has resulted in any long-term problems for people or the environment, they do serve as a reminder that mercury can pose dangers.

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It’s Time to Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks!

03/06/08

Daylight saving time begins this Sunday, March 9. As you set our clocks forward, it also is a good time to check your stocks; that is, your emergency stockpile of food and other essentials. These are the things you and your family will need if a disaster or disease outbreak strikes.

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Health Officials Report First Flu-Related Deaths in Idaho This Year

03/05/08

Health officials are reporting two influenza-related deaths this week; one from Southeast Idaho and one from Southwest Idaho. Both deaths involved women over the age of 50 and are the first reported flu-related deaths in Idaho this year.

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Elmore County Commissioner Connie Cruser Named to CDHD Board of Health

02/27/08

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) Board of Health announces the appointment of Elmore County Commissioner Connie Cruser to the Board of Health.

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Health District and BSU Graduate Students Conduct Community Assessment

02/21/08

The Central District Health Department (CDHD), with the help of Boise State University Master of Health Science graduate students, will be conducting door-to-door interviews with residents of Boise and Garden City.

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Influenza on the Rise, Vaccines Protect Against Respiratory Diseases

02/05/08

Health officials are now reporting widespread flu-like activity in Idaho.

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Meals on Wheels Offers Valentine-A-Grams

01/22/08

With Valentine's Day just around the corner you might be thinking of what you're going to get that special someone. You could be traditional with flowers and chocolates, or you could be among the first to order a Valentine-A-Gram from the Meals On Wheels program.

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USDA and CDHD Give Food Safety Advice to Kick Off Your Super Bowl Party

01/28/08

Millions of Americans will settle down in front of the television on Super Bowl Sunday to cheer on their favorite team, making this the second highest day of food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving.

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Health Districts Release West Nile Study Results

01/22/08

Today the Central and Southwest District Health Departments are releasing preliminary results of a study of those affected by the West Nile virus outbreak of 2006.

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Free Radon Test to the First 1,000 Callers

01/11/08

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's Indoor Environment Program is offering a free radon test kit to the first 1,000 callers during the month of January, which is National Radon Action Month.

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Holiday Break A Good Time For a Flu Shot

12/20/07

It's the holidays. The kids are home from school, the relatives are in town and the last thing you want to worry about is getting sick. Why not take this opportunity to bring the family in for a seasonal influenza vaccination?

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Meals On Wheels Seeks Small Gifts for Seniors

11/28/07

The Meals On Wheels program provides hot nutritious meals to more than 600 homebound seniors in Ada and Elmore counties every day throughout the year, but during the holidays the volunteers like to deliver a little something extra.

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CDHD Supports National Influenza Vaccination Week

11/20/07

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in recognizing the week after Thanksgiving, November 27 to December 2, as National Influenza Vaccination Week.

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Holiday Food Safety Tips

11/16/07

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) encourages consumers to pay special attention to the handling and preparation of foods during the upcoming holiday season.

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Meals On Wheels Joins National Effort To Feed Pets

11/13/07

The pets of seniors who receive Meals On Wheels will soon be getting home-delivered meals of their own.

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Hot Meals and Flu Shots

10/24/07

Today a select group of Meals On Wheels recipients will receive a free flu shot along with their daily meal delivery. The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is staging a Public Health Preparedness exercise to test its plans to serve special populations in the event of a health emergency.

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People Urged to Get Vaccinated as Idaho’s First Influenza Case is Reported

10/18/07

Idaho’s first confirmed case of seasonal influenza has been reported, prompting health officials to urge people to get vaccinated. Every year the flu contributes to the deaths of 36,000 people in the United States, causing over 200,000 hospitalizations.

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Salmonella Illnesses Linked to Poultry Pot Pies

10/09/07

Eight Salmonella infections reported in Idaho are being investigated and may be related to pot pies containing poultry meat.

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West Nile Contributes to Death of Payette Woman

10/02/07

A Payette County woman in her 70s has died from complications of West Nile virus.

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Get Ready for Flu Season

10/02/07

CDHD offers walk-in flu clinics. On Tuesday October 16th the Central District Health Department (CDHD) will start offering walk-in flu clinics for adults.

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Boise Family Begins Treatment After Rabid Bat Found in Home

09/19/07

A bat found last week in a Boise home has tested positive for rabies. The couple and their two children living in the home all had potential exposures to the rabid bat and have sought medical care.

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Crypto Cases Continue To Rise

09/11/07

The Central District Health Department has investigated over 100 confirmed cases of Cryptosporiodosis (crypto) since the beginning of August.

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Rise in Crypto Cases Prompts Warnings

08/29/07

The number of cryptosporidiosis cases reported to the Central District Health Department continues to rise. As of Thursday September 6, 2007 the district had 76 confirmed cases. Most cases have been reported in the last 30 days.

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Public Health Officials Issue Warning About an Increase in Recreational Water Illnesses

08/23/07

The Idaho Division of Health and state District Health Departments are warning people about an increase of cryptosporidiosis cases associated with swimming in recreational waters, including lakes, rivers, canals, swimming pools, waterparks, and splash fountains.

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Wildfires Spark Health Advisory for Idaho Residents

08/16/07

The Idaho Departments of Health and Welfare and Environmental Quality are warning people across Idaho of potentially unhealthy and even hazardous air quality conditions from wildfire smoke.

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Good Deeds

08/06/07

The Meals On Wheels program of the Central District Health Department would like to thank Idaho Central Credit Union (ICCU) for donating nearly $520 through its "Coins That Care" program.

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Wildfires Spark Health Advisory for Southwest Idaho Residents

08/02/07

The Idaho Departments of Health and Welfare and Environmental Quality are warning people of potentially unhealthy and even hazardous air quality conditions from wildfire smoke.

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Valley County Crow Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

07/31/07

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game office in McCall has confirmed that a crow found in the McCall area on July 23rd has tested positive for the West Nile virus, the first confirmation in a bird this year in Valley County.

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Botulism Fears Prompt Recall of Canned Food for Humans and Pets

07/24/07

A nationwide recall of canned meat products possibly contaminated with botulism toxin has been jointly announced by U.S.D.A's Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Food and Drug Administration.

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Good Deeds

07/19/07

The Meals on Wheels program at the Central District Health Department is pleased to announce the gift of 26 cases of bottled water from Nagel Beverage Company.

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