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It is recommended for private water well owners to test their water every 1-3 years for bacteria and nitrates.
September 2019 is National Preparedness Month! The first true responders in any emergency are the everyday people living and working in their communities. Think about emergency preparedness in every part of your community, and help your workplaces, schools, churches, and community groups plan and prepare for any kind of disaster.
E-cigarette aerosol contains harmful chemicals, such as ultrafine particles, volatile organic compounds, heavy metals like nickel, tin and lead, and other cancer-causing chemicals. E-cigarettes, vapes, e-pipes, and other vaping products are battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale aerosolized liquid.
E-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and harmful to the adolescent brain. Nicotine can impact learning, memory and attention span, and contributes to future addiction to tobacco and other substances.
While many of the long-term health impacts of e-cigarette use are not fully known, the causes for alarm are mounting. As of Jan. 1, the KDHE has seen approximately 20 emergency department visits throughout the state for patients with a history of vaping and some of the above-mentioned respiratory symptoms.
The FDA also recently announced that it is investigating 127 reports of seizures and neurological symptoms related to vaping, particularly among children and young adults.
Additionally, recent data related to behavioral health risks among youth has shown that Kansas students who reported using traditional tobacco products, e-cigarettes or vaping are at an increased risk of behavioral health problems.
In 2017, 10.6% of Kansas high school students reported current use of electronic vapor products. In the same year, 4.6% of Kansas adults aged 18 years and older reported current use of electronic cigarettes. Nationally, statistics show a 78% increase in e-cigarette use among high schoolers between 2017 and 2019.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a 3-step approach to fighting the flu
CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommend annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older who do not have contraindications with any licensed, age-appropriate influenza vaccine. Flu vaccine has been shown to reduce flu related illnesses and the risk of serious flu complications that can result in hospitalization or death.
Flu vaccinations should be received by the end of October, if possible. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating and unexpired flu vaccine is available then flu vaccinations should be given. Health care providers are encouraged to provide flu vaccinations during routine health care visits and hospitalizations when vaccine is available.