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Disease Education & Prevention

Disease Tracking

Disease prevention and follow-up is a key service provided by Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department. Our Public Health Nurses work with the hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and schools in our service area to recommend treatment guidelines for communicable diseases and contain outbreaks. Our nurses also follow up directly with patients and families to try to ensure a healthy outcome and to stop the spread of infectious disease. For the period 7/1/16 - 6/30/17, our staff followed up on 357 illnesses and/or environmental-related health concerns with community members, providers and care facilities - please click here to see the list of illnesses and/or environmental risks for the past year as compared with previous years.

Health care facilities needing to inform us of a reportable condition may call (402)529-2233 or after hours at our on-call number (402)841-8110.

Immunizations/Vaccines

One important way that people can protect themselves is by being up-to-date on all recommended immunizations. We offer vaccine services such as influenza (flu), childhood and adult immunizations at businesses as well as at scheduled community immunization clinics in our service area. Please see our Immunizations & Vaccines page to review the vaccines offer, insurance companies accepted and payment options and the schedule.

Community Education

Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department has several Health Educators and Public Health Nurses with expertise ranging from heart health and diabetes to environmental concerns. We provide community presentations to businesses, organizations and other groups on public health related topics. We invite you to contact us if you would like an education topic presented at your next meeting or event. Some of the topics that we regularly present information on include: heart health, diabetes, flu, distracted driving, radon, colon cancer, nutrition & physical activity, drug and alcohol abuse prevention and preparing for emergencies. 

While the flu and a common cold may feel like the same illness, they are actually caused by completely different viruses.

Influenza and the common cold are both caused by viruses that attack the respiratory tract. The flu virus mutates, so the flu shot you got last year will not help to protect you against this year’s strains. A cold, on the other hand, can be caused by one of over 200 viruses, the most common of which is the rhinovirus.

Cold VS Flu 

While the flu and a common cold may feel like the same illness, they are actually caused by completely different viruses.

Influenza and the common cold are both caused by viruses that attack the respiratory tract. The flu virus mutates, so the flu shot you got last year will not help to protect you against this year’s strains. A cold, on the other hand, can be caused by one of over 200 viruses, the most common of which is the rhinovirus.

Signs and Symptoms

Colds and the flu can have similar symptoms, which can include sneezing, coughing, sore throat, and stuffy or runny nose. While a cold will have a gradual onset (which means that you will gradually feel worse and then better), the flu has a sudden onset (which means that the symptoms will come on suddenly). Flu symptoms will also usually be more severe and can be accompanied by a fever.

It is often very difficult to tell the two apart. The only way to know for sure is to visit a doctor in the first few days of illness and have them run a test. A cold can be annoying, but is not life-threatening. The flu can lead to serious complications which may result in hospitalization or death.

Prevention

Preventing both the flu and the common cold start in the same place: good hygiene. It is important to wash your hands with warm soapy water or an alcohol-based rub. Germs can spread through close contact, so stay away from people who are sick and do not touch your face. If you are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours to avoid infecting others.

When it comes to preventing the flu, it is a good idea for everyone, especially people who already have respiratory complications, those over the age of 65, pregnant women, and healthcare workers, to get a flu shot before the flu season
begins.


Tuberculosis (TB)

Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious disease caused by germs that are spread from person to person through the air. TB usually affects the lungs, but it can also affect other parts of the body, like the brain, the kidneys, or the spine. A person with TB can die if they do not get treatment. For more information click HERE

 

Updated 11/20/2018

 
 
Elkhorn Logan Valley
Public Health Department
2104 21st Circle / PO Box 779, Wisner, NE 68791
Phone: 402.529.2233  - or -  877.379.4400
Fax: 402.529.2211
After Hours: 402.841.8110
Email: info@elvphd.org