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SUMMER 2012

New & Noteworthy

Changes in health card process

Over the summer, the Health Card program leapt into the 21st century. The days of temporary health cards and watching a food safety movie are now history. Additionally, food safety training is now only required for the food handler and child care categories.

To get a health card in the food handler or child care categories, simply complete and pay for the online food handler training at www.SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict.org/health-cards, print the certificate and visit to the health district to pick up your card. To get a health card in other categories, go the health district to apply for a new (or renewal) card.

A new home for the district

We’re starting off the next 50 years in a new facility! Four months following the closure of our main facility, we have secured a building to serve as our new home. The building, centrally located at 330 S. Valley View Blvd., is walking distance to the Springs Preserve and Meadows Mall, and minutes from Interstate 95.

Because so many employees were displaced after the closure in April, the move will occur in phases. Key public services are slated to be operational within the next couple of months.

During the transition, we will continue to offer immunizations at our new location, which was used to accommodate the back-to-school rush. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and until further notice, no other health district services will be available at this location.

For up-to-date information about available services at our new location, call (702) 759-INFO (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.) or go to www.SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict.org/building-closure.php.

An increase in pertussis cases

Whooping cough, or pertussis, may seem like an illness from yesteryear; but this vaccine-preventable disease is making a notable comeback. Much like the rest of the country, we continue to see an increase in pertussis cases throughout the Valley.

As of Aug. 30, a total of 39 cases have been reported since January; already surpassing last year’s total by 19. Eight of these cases have occurred in children less than 1 year of age. The epidemiological investigation of cases has not linked patients who are not living in the same household directly to one another, which could mean the illness is circulating in the community and is under-reported.

In an effort to protect the community from this developing public health issue, the health district is working with community partners to implement immunization strategies, outreach events and educational initiatives.

UNLV Coaches Challenge

The UNLV Athletic Department and the Southern Nevada Health District invite teachers to sign up for the UNLV Coaches Challenge, a program designed to encourage elementary students to eat healthy and be physically active. Students and teachers earn points each day for eating fruits and vegetables and being physically active while learning the importance of making healthy choices.

This free program takes very little class time, aligns with language arts and mathematic state standards and is open to all second-through-fifth-grade classes in the Clark County School District. For more information, email gethealthy@snhdmail.org or call 759-1270.

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