This time of year, many respiratory illnesses like influenza, RSV and COVID-19 spread throughout the community. To limit the spread and impact of these viruses, we can work together and take simple steps to stay healthy during this winter respiratory virus season.
Strengthen immunity by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We can better equip our bodies to help fight viruses by eating well, being physically active, getting enough sleep and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol use.
Prevent the spread of illnesses by getting vaccinated. Annual influenza vaccine and updated COVID-19 boosters provide the best protection against illness and severe infections, including hospitalization and death. Search VaccineFinder.org for nearby vaccine locations.
Take everyday preventative actions. People can stop the spread of germs by washing their hands often with soap and water, avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, covering their cough or sneezes, staying home when sick and avoiding close contact with sick people. Consider wearing a high-quality, well-fitting mask when around others in indoor spaces to protect against both acquiring and spreading these infections to others.
Mpox (or monkeypox) is a rare viral disease spread through close contact with an infected person who has symptoms. Clark County Public Health interviews people who test positive and works with cases to identify and notify anyone they were in close contact with while contagious.
To help stop the spread of mpox virus, Clark County Public Health was allocated a limited amount of the vaccine JYNNEOS, which is approved to protect against smallpox and monkeypox, to be administered in Southwest Washington.
Visit Public Health’s Monkeypox webpage to learn more about mpox and distribution of the vaccine in Southwest Washington.
PFAS in drinking water
Per– and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are a large group of human-made chemicals used for decades in many products, such as water-resistant clothing, non-stick cookware, and cleaning products. When PFAS are made, used, disposed of, or spilled near water sources, like rivers, aquifers or wells, the chemicals can get into drinking water. Because PFAS do not break down easily, they may remain in water supplies for many years and have been found in people, wildlife, and fish.
The presence of PFAS in drinking water can only be determined through laboratory testing. You can’t see, taste, or smell PFAS in your water. Visit the PFAS in drinking water webpage to learn more.
Free online workshops
The Composter Recycler program is offering a free training course for those who have a passion for sustainability and want to make a difference in our community. The course will cover topics such as backyard composting, worm bin composting, green cleaning, food waste reduction and more.
After completing the 7-week training, participants will get to represent the Composter Recycler program at community events and participate in fun volunteer opportunities. Visit the Composter Recycler website for more information.
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