Health Department Mission
To protect and promote the health and safety of Chatham County residents.
It's time to get your flu shot!
With flu season upon us, it is important to get vaccinated. Last season, over 200 North Carolinians died from the flu. The best way to protect yourself, your family, your classmates and your co-workers against the flu is to get the annual flu vaccination. With many local options available, including pharmacies and drug stores, getting vaccinated is more convenient than ever.
It is recommended that everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu vaccine. For people who are high risk, the flu can be especially dangerous. This includes people over 65 years old and those with chronic medical conditions. If you are a caregiver or family member of someone who is high risk, it is also very important that you are vaccinated. If you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine, have had Guillain-Barré Syndrome, or are not feeling well, please let your doctor or the person who gives the vaccine know beforehand to determine what is best for you.
Also, remember that personal hygiene habits, such as frequent hand washing with soap, use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, covering coughs and sneezes with tissue or sleeve, and staying home when ill, help to prevent the spread of the flu.
In response to the changing needs of our community, the Chatham County Public Health Department is focusing its flu vaccination outreach efforts this year on Chatham County residents who are unable to leave their homes to get the flu vaccine. If you or someone you know is homebound due to medical or physical disabilities and would like to receive the influenza vaccine, please contact Bonnie Dukeman at the Chatham County Public Health Department at 919-742-5641.
In addition to outreach efforts to the homebound, the Chatham County Public Health Department will give flu vaccine at its Siler City clinic location beginning Thursday, October 1st. Please call 919-742-5641 to schedule your appointment.
Most insurance is accepted, and the cost without insurance is $30.00 for the shot. The public health department does not have currently have intranasal vaccine (FluMist) available.
For additional information, please visit www.chathamnc.org/flu.
Join us for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The Chatham County Public Health Department continues its commitment to provide access to breast cancer screenings and educational opportunities for women in North Carolina.
According to North Carolina’s State Center for Health Statistics, 9,772 women in North Carolina will be diagnosed with and 1,391 will die of breast cancer in 2015. It is more important than ever that we spread the message that early detection and prompt treatment of breast cancer saves lives. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, celebrating the lives of the many women who survived, and remembering those lost.
The Chatham County Public Health Department will be putting the spotlight on breast cancer. Health department staff will be available to provide information and answer any questions you may have at the Goldston Old Fashioned Day on October 10, 2015. If your organization is interested in a breast cancer presentation, please call the health department at 919-742-5641 and you will be directed to the appropriate person.
Breast cancer remains the most frequently occurring cancer in women and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths of women in North Carolina, but early diagnosis can make a difference. Ninety-six percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer-free after five years.
The Chatham County Public Health Department encourages all women to take charge of their health by going for regular screening to check a woman’s breasts for cancer before noticeable signs or symptoms are present. There are three main tests used to screen for breast cancer.
Breast self-exam is when you check your own breasts for lumps, swelling, changes in size or shape of the breast, and any other changes in the breast or underarm.
Clinical breast exam is a breast exam by a doctor or nurse, who uses his or her hands to carefully feel for lumps or other changes in the entire breast area.
Mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. Mammograms are the best method to detect breast cancer early when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause other symptoms.
We urge every woman to talk with their healthcare provider about which screening is right for you.
The Chatham County Public Health Department along with many other local health departments offers free breast screenings, education and referral services to eligible women through the NC Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP). To learn more about the NC BCCCP, visit www.bcccp.ncdhhs.gov
or call 919-707-5300.