TriCounty Health Department is encouraging the community to protect their children and immunize by 2 against 14 serious diseases. The CDC estimates that vaccines will prevent 855,000 deaths in the lifetime of children born between 1994 and 2016. “What an amazing thing that we have vaccines to be able to protect our kids. We need to utilize what we have so we can protect them and create a brighter future,” shares vaccine coordinator Cynthia Mattinson. “As a parent and grandparent, vaccinations help give me peace of mind knowing all that they do to protect those I love.” To learn more information about vaccines, visit www.cdc.gov or speak with a nurse at TriCounty Health Department. TriCounty Health is holding a coloring contest and drawing for children that receive immunizations in April. The health department’s website is www.tricountyhealth.com
An upcoming Easter activity is health department approved. TriCounty Health’s Women, Infants and Children program, also known as WIC, is adding a twist to the traditional Easter egg hunt by holding its first annual Healthy Easter Egg Hunt next week for kids ages 5 and under. “Unlike traditional egg hunts during the Easter season,” shares TriCounty Health, “WIC is ensuring the event be candy-free. Children who attend will receive healthy treats. Prizes during the egg hunt will encourage the children to get active, get outside and play.” The Easter Bunny is also making an appearance for kids to meet and get a photo with. The hunt will be held March 28th from 11am to noon at the Vernal TriCounty Health location, 133 South 500 East. Children are asked to bring their own basket.
TriCounty Health Department is always welcoming new recruits to volunteer organizations including the Medical Reserve Corps or MRC. “We can always use more people, more hands on deck,” shares TriCounty representative Liberty Best. The Medical Reserve Corp is among other volunteer organizations under the Citizens Corp which President Bush started in 2002 as a way to organize and utilize volunteers during emergencies. More recruits are needed in the local Medical Reserve Corp. “We do bi-monthly trainings and get together with Citizens Corp and learn about personal preparedness, ways to get ready for a disaster, and once a year drills to learn what their part is in a disaster,” shares Best. “Recruits are only activated if something major were to happen and the Director of the Health Department would have to say we need more volunteers.” Those interested in joining need to be at least 18 years old and a background check will be performed. Learn more at www.tricountyhealth.com.