Have you gotten your flu shot?

The holidays are quickly approaching. Have you had a flu shot yet? The Southern Nevada Health District encourages everyone to protect themselves and their loved ones during the holiday season by getting a flu immunization. National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 8-14, is an opportunity to remind people that flu vaccines are beneficial and effective even if they are received in December and January. Flu shots are $40 and the inhaled mist is $43. For more information, contact the health district’s immunization clinic at (702) 759-0850 or visit www.SNHD.info.

2018-10-17T11:10:36+00:00

Southern Nevada Health District Outbreak Investigation

Based on the results of positive laboratory testing, the Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed the illnesses it is currently investigating among a group of attendees of the National Youth Football Championship event as norovirus. As part of this type of investigation the health district often obtains appropriate samples in an effort to confirm the cause of the illness. Norovirus is common and can spread easily through person to person contact. It can also be difficult to eliminate.

2018-10-17T11:18:20+00:00

Health District commemorates World AIDS Day, Dec. 1

The annual World AIDS Day is Sun., Dec. 1. In commemoration, the Southern Nevada Health District and its community partners will observe the occasion with free testing at several locations on Mon. Dec. 2. For more information, contact the Southern Nevada Health District Sexual Health Clinic (702) 759-0702 or visit www.SNHD.INFO for additional testing sites. The theme for World AIDS Day is “Getting to Zero:” zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero discrimination affecting people with HIV and/or AIDS.

2018-10-17T13:13:47+00:00

The Great American Smokeout, Nov. 21

The Great American Smokeout debuted in 1976 as an opportunity for smokers to give up the habit for just one day with hope the decision would lead to a permanent change. This year, the American Cancer Society has designated Thursday, Nov. 21 as the Great American Smokeout. The Southern Nevada Health District encourages smokers in the community to participate and to commit to a long-term plan to quit for good.

2018-10-17T13:54:46+00:00

November is National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month and diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States. The American Diabetes Association reports that approximately 7 million of the nearly 26 million Americans with diabetes are undiagnosed.

2018-10-17T14:31:22+00:00

Check your stocks as you reset your clocks, Nov. 3

The switch back to Standard Time this Sunday, Nov. 3, is the perfect opportunity for Southern Nevadans to check their family emergency stockpiles, change batteries in radios, replace expired food items, rotate items in the kit, update family information, or determine if there are any items that are missing. The Southern Nevada Health District has information about emergency preparedness as well as a calendar to help develop a family kit on its website, www.SNHD.info.

2018-10-17T14:43:36+00:00

The Get Healthy Holiday Challenge registration is open

The holiday season is almost here and that means— temptation! From the parties to the shopping, it’s easy to take a break from healthy habits. Registration is open for the Southern Nevada Health District’s Get Healthy Holiday Challenge. The Challenge will help participants stay healthy during the holidays.

2018-10-17T14:58:51+00:00

Southern Nevada Health District tuberculosis investigation

The Southern Nevada Health District is currently investigating a tuberculosis exposure that occurred via a patient within Summerlin Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit this past summer. Hospital management and staff have fully cooperated with every step of the investigation and continue to partner with the health district to respond to this incident.

2018-10-17T15:03:16+00:00

Health District to offer flu shots, Sept. 23

This flu season the Southern Nevada Health District offers the newly available quadrivalent influenza vaccine, which protects against four strains of the flu. Health district clinics will begin at 8 a.m., Monday, Sept. 23. This is the first time the health district will offer the four-strain vaccine and it is the only type of vaccine that will be available for adults.

2018-10-17T15:41:00+00:00

September is ‘Emergency Preparedness Month’

The Southern Nevada Health District encourages everyone to develop preparedness plans that can be implemented in an emergency. An emergency preparedness kit is a first step to ensure families and businesses can sustain themselves in the event of an illness outbreak or a natural disaster. For more information about emergency preparedness or how to develop an emergency preparedness kit, visit www.SNHD.info.

2018-10-18T15:05:49+00:00

Health District offers Certified Food Safety Manager Card

The Southern Nevada Health District will offer an enhancement of its food safety training program with the introduction of a Certified Food Safety Manager Card. The new card is optional and offers food safety professionals with additional training and education. The new card is $20; however, training and certification costs will vary depending upon which program applicants utilize. For information, visit the health district website, www.SNHD.info. The Certified Food Safety Manager card will be available Tuesday, Sept. 3.

2018-10-18T15:18:38+00:00

Still time to visit back-to-school immunization clinics

The Southern Nevada Health District provides back-to-school immunizations at its public health centers year round. Early August is an excellent time to bring in pre-schoolers, kindergartners, and 7th graders for their mandatory vaccinations. For information, contact the health district’s immunization clinic, (702) 759-0850 or visit www.SNHD.info.

2018-10-18T15:42:02+00:00

Coleman withdraws CHO application

The Southern Nevada Health District’s Director of Community Health, Dr. Thomas R. Coleman, has withdrawn his application for consideration for the position of the chief health officer due to personal family matters.

2018-11-07T14:07:30+00:00

Health District offers back-to-school immunization clinics

The Southern Nevada Health District provides back-to-school immunizations at its public health centers year round and summer is an excellent time to bring in pre-schoolers, kindergartners, and 7th graders for their mandatory vaccinations. For information, contact the health district’s immunization clinic, (702) 759-0850 or visit www.SNHD.info.

2018-11-07T14:34:41+00:00

Health District reports additional West Nile case

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting an additional case of West Nile illness in an adult, over the age of 50 who is hospitalized with the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness. This is the fifth case reported in Clark County in 2013. In addition, West Nile positive mosquitoes have been detected in the 89122 zip code.

2018-11-07T14:37:58+00:00

Health Districrt reports 2 additional West Nile cases; one death

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting two additional cases of West Nile virus in Clark County for 2013. The patients are a 77-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman both of whom were hospitalized with the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness. To date, there are four cases of West Nile illness in 2013; one patient has died. This is the fifth West Nile-related death in Clark County since 2003.

2018-11-07T14:48:45+00:00

Health Alert: Hepatitis a Outbreak

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting one case of hepatitis A linked to a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A being investigated in collaboration with the Nevada State Health Division, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The outbreak is associated with frozen Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend of berries sold at Costco

2018-11-08T10:35:02+00:00

Health Alert: Rabies and Bats

The Southern Nevada Health District investigated a potential exposure to a rabid bat found in the yard of a Las Vegas home. Because the bat tested positive for rabies, the health district is reminding Clark County residents that bats can be dangerous to people. Although the majority of bats are healthy and good for the environment, a small number are infected with the rabies virus and people should avoid contact with them.

2018-11-08T10:45:46+00:00

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

Are you at risk for hepatitis? May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. For information about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) hepatitis awareness program, visit http://www.cdc.gov/Features/HepatitisAwareness/.

2018-11-08T10:59:32+00:00

Food Handler Safety Training Card Services end at Cambridge Community Outreach Center, May10

The Southern Nevada Health District will discontinue offering Food Handler Safety Training Cards at the Cambridge Community Outreach Center today, Friday, May 10. Food Handler Safety Training Card services are available at the East Las Vegas Public Health Center, the North Las Vegas Public Health Center, the Henderson Public Health Center and at the new, main public health center at 330 S. Valley View Blvd. Visit www.SNHD.info for program service hours.

2018-11-08T13:31:03+00:00

Street Teen Outreach Day, May 4

Did you know that 2.2 percent of Southern Nevada’s homeless population consists of teens? A special outreach event called Street Teen Outreach Day is scheduled from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, May 4, at the Shannon West Homeless Youth Center, 1417 N. Las Vegas Blvd. The event will offer free toiletry “care packages,” free dental and HIV/STD screenings, and free haircuts for teens between the ages of 13 and 19. In addition, information about free community resources will be available.

2018-11-08T14:37:04+00:00

Health District announces 2013 Public Health Heroes

The Southern Nevada Health District announced its annual Public Health Heroes, recognition given to individuals or organizations whose efforts positively affect the health and well-being of the community. This year’s winners will be honored at the April 22 Southern Nevada District Board of Health meeting.

2018-11-09T10:17:14+00:00

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition offers 4th workshop for parents and guardians

The Southern Nevada Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition is hosting its fourth free workshop for parents and guardians interested in developing skills to effectively talk to their pre-teen and teen children about sexual relationships, preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. For more information, or to sign up for a workshop call (702) 759-0831. Space is limited.

2018-11-09T10:25:02+00:00

April is STD Awareness Month

Get tested . . . that’s the message from the Southern Nevada Health District as it encourages Valley residents to discuss their sexual health with their health care providers and their partners, especially during STD Awareness Month.

2018-11-09T10:54:16+00:00

Birth and death certificates, food handler safety training now available at Valley View

The Southern Nevada Health District is now offering full services at its newest location at 330 S. Valley View including food safety training cards and birth and death certificates. The center also offers a range of nursing and environmental health services, and houses its EMS/trauma system office, human resources and administrative offices. The public health center is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Hours of operation vary by program. Check the health district’s website, www.SNHD.info for information on specific program hours of operation.

2018-11-09T10:57:52+00:00

World TB Day, March 24

This Sunday, March 24, is World TB Day, the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced he identified M. tuberculosis, the bacteria responsible for one of the world’s most dreaded diseases. Today, tuberculosis affects approximately two billion people worldwide. In 2012, there were 70 cases in Clark County and a total of 85 reported throughout the state.

2018-11-09T11:07:51+00:00

Passport to Immunizations & Health Fair, April 20

The Southern Nevada Health District and the United Way are sponsoring a Shots 4 Tots event, Passport to Immunizations and Health Fair, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at the health district’s main public health center, 330 S. Valley View Blvd., at the corner of Meadows Lane. The event kicks off National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 20-27. This free event will offer no cost childhood immunizations for eligible children up to age 36 months, health screenings, family resources, and well-baby checks on a first come-first served basis. Parents should bring their children’s immunization records. For more information about the clinic or immunization services, contact the Southern Nevada Health District’s immunization clinic, (702) 759-0850 or visit www.SNHD.info.

2018-11-09T11:15:40+00:00

Kick Butts Day, March 20

If it’s March 20 . . it’s Kick Butts Day. Members of Evolvement, a smoke-free youth group, will participate in Kick Butts Day, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 20. A display of 100 Rebel mustaches will be placed in the grass of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas free speech area, with 82 of those representing the percentage of non-smokers on campus. Youth members will collect message cards in support of a smokefree college campus. Kick Butts Day is a nationwide initiative, sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to stop tobacco use by children and young adults.

2018-11-09T13:18:01+00:00

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition offers 3rd workshop for parents and guardians

The Southern Nevada Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition is hosting its third free workshop for parents and guardians interested in developing skills to effectively talk to their pre-teen and teen children about sexual relationships, preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. For more information, or to sign up for a workshop call (702) 759-0831. Space is limited.

2018-11-09T13:21:32+00:00

March is National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is the perfect opportunity to visit the local farmers’ markets throughout Southern Nevada. This month, the Southern Nevada Health District and its partners encourage everyone to “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” with farm fresh food (F2OOD: Farm Fresh Out of the Desert.) The health district, Las Vegas Farmers’ Market®, fresh52 Farmers’ Market, and two Bet on the Farm farmers - Van Dyke Farms and Cowboy Trails Farms - are joining the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) to commemorate the observance.

2018-11-09T13:38:29+00:00

Check your stocks as you reset your clocks, March 10

The switch to Daylight Savings Time this Sunday, March 10, is the perfect opportunity for Southern Nevadans to check their family emergency stockpiles, change batteries in radios, replace expired food items, rotate items in the kit, update family information, or determine if there are any items that are missing. The Southern Nevada Health District has information about emergency preparedness as well as a calendar to help develop a family kit on its website, www.SNHD.info.

2018-11-09T13:40:40+00:00

Health District to offer quarterly shot clinics in Laughlin, March 1

The Southern Nevada Health District will offer immunization clinics for adults and children on a quarterly basis at its Laughlin Public Health Center. The first clinic is scheduled for Friday, March 1. Additional dates for the remainder of the year are tentatively scheduled in the spring, and summer prior to the start of the school year, as well as fall.

2018-11-09T13:43:47+00:00

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Feb. 7

Thursday, Feb. 7 is the annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and the Southern Nevada Health District is encouraging everyone to learn their HIV status. In Clark County, approximately 25 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS are African-American. Testing is always available at the health district and no appointment is necessary. For additional information and testing information, contact the health district’s Sexual Health Clinic, (702) 759-0702 or visit www.SNHD.info.

2018-11-09T13:49:40+00:00

Health District partners with Community Counseling for hepatitis testing project

Community Counseling Center and the Southern Nevada Health District will kick off a hepatitis education campaign today. Testing for hepatitis B and C, and hepatitis immunizations will be administered along with free HIV testing at the Community Counseling Center, 714 E. Sahara Ave., Ste. 101, every Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., and 8 a.m. – 1p.m. on Thursdays. For information, contact the Community Counseling Center, (702) 369-8700 or the health district’s Sexual Health Clinic, (702) 759-0702.

2018-11-09T13:55:49+00:00

Health District commemorates American Heart Month; joins Million Hearts™ campaign

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in Nevada and across the country. In 2009, heart disease caused the deaths of more than 4,000 Nevadans. To commemorate American Heart Month, the Southern Nevada Health District’s office of chronic disease prevention & health promotion is joining the national Million Hearts™ campaign to prevent more than one million heart attacks and strokes in the United States.

2018-11-09T14:08:10+00:00

It’s back…the10-in-10 Challenge kicks off Feb. 4; signups begin Jan. 28

Ten pounds in 10 weeks . . . really? The Southern Nevada Health District will launch its 10 in 10 Challenge, the online program to help participants cut calories they eat and increase the number of calories they burn. The free program kicks off Monday, Feb. 4 and signups begin Monday, Jan. 28 on the Get Healthy Clark County website, www.GetHealthyClarkCounty.org. The program is also available in Spanish.

2018-11-09T14:23:49+00:00

Southern Nevada experiencing moderate influenza activity

Currently Southern Nevada is experiencing moderate influenza activity. However, with reports of widespread activity throughout the country, cases are expected to increase locally. The Southern Nevada Health District is reminding Valley residents, especially those most at risk from complications from the illness, that it is not too late to get vaccinated. Influenza season typically peaks in Southern Nevada in January or February and an influenza immunization is the best method to prevent illness. For more information, contact the health district’s immunization clinic at (702) 759-0850 or visit www.SNHD.info.

2018-11-09T14:19:28+00:00

Teen Pregnancy Coalition offers workshops for parents and guardians

The Southern Nevada Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition is hosting a series of free workshops for parents and guardians interested in developing skills to effectively talk to their pre-teen and teen children about sexual relationships, preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. For more information, or to sign up for a workshop call (702) 759-0831.

2018-11-09T14:49:42+00:00