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Health Department Mission
To protect and promote the health and safety of Chatham County residents.
Chatham County Animal Shelter Seeks Donations for ‘Wishmas Tree’
PITTSBORO—Chatham County’s Animal Shelter is hosting its second annual ‘Wishmas Tree’ to collect much-needed donations of specified toys to make the shelter stays more pleasant for furry friends. Such items benefit the sheltered animals’ mental and physical well-being.
Starting Nov. 25, 2013, the shelter accepts donations during its public hours on Monday-Friday, 11 am to 4 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to noon. The shelter is located about five miles west of Pittsboro just off US 64 on Landfill Road.
“We especially need donations of stimulant and enrichment toys, such as Kong Chew Toys, Nylabones, and Tuff Toys. Any donations of rugged toys of all sizes are appreciated,” said Leigh Anne Garrard, director of Chatham County Animal Control.
Garrard also notes that this is the time of year that some households considering giving pets as gifts. “Holiday giving of pets should be done with a great deal of thought about what is involved in caring for the family addition.”
If families do decide that a pet is an appropriate home addition, Garrard encourages people to consider adopting deserving cats and dogs from the shelter. “We are offering $20 adoptions on all dogs and cats from Dec. 9-21. Our hope is that all of our shelter pets will find a ‘Home for the Howlidays’.”
Ninth Annual 5K Reindeer Run/Walk Set for December 14th
On Saturday, December 14, 2013, community members, partners and volunteers with the Active Chatham Coalition will join together for the Ninth Annual 5K Reindeer Run/Walk plus the 1-mile Rudolph’s Family Fun Run in Pittsboro, NC. The race will start promptly at 8:00 a.m. at the Central Carolina Community College campus, where runners and walkers will begin the 3.1 mile USATF certified 5K course on the T.H.A.N.K.S. trail, run through scenic downtown Pittsboro and finish at the community college. The Rudolph’s Family Fun Run is free for children age 12 and under and we invite the entire family to join in on this fun, 1-mile physical activity challenge. We hope everyone will join us to engage in physical activity in a fun and safe way.
The 1-mile Rudolph’s Family Fun Run will start at 9:00am. Santa will be making a special visit from the North Pole to visit with children from 7:00am to 8:00am.
We invite you to walk, run, volunteer or sponsor this year’s event. 5K Reindeer Run proceeds are used to enhance facilities in Chatham County to support park, trail, and playground development to increase opportunities for physical activity. 2012 proceeds went to support the development of the Pittsboro Skate Park.
Runners and walkers can register online at www.chathamnc.org/ReindeerRun
For more information you can look on the Events Page and read what Jennifer posted on the Reindeer Run, Rudolph’s Fun Run or to volunteer. Please contact Jennifer Park at (919) 545-8444 or at email@example.com. for additional questions.
Flu Vaccine Now Available
The 2013-14 seasonal flu vaccine is currently available at the Chatham County Public Health Department. To get the vaccine, please schedule an appointment with the clinic near you. Appointments for Pittsboro can be made by calling 919-542-8220 and for Siler City by calling 919-742-5641.
The flu vaccine is the most important step to prevent the flu. Since it takes about two weeks for protection to develop after being vaccinated, be sure to get the vaccine as soon as possible.
The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older and provides protection for one full flu season. Each year, a new vaccine is developed to prevent the most common types of the virus.
For people who are at high risk, it is especially important to get vaccinated, as the flu can lead to severe medical issues like pneumonia. High risk groups include: people with chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes, asthma, and chronic lung disease), pregnant women, and people age 65 years and older. It is also important for caregivers or family members of people in these high risk groups to be vaccinated.
Flu shots are $30 and the flu nasal spray (mist) is $37. If you have health insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare, please be sure to bring in your insurance card as it may cover this cost.
For more information about the flu, vaccination, and scheduling an appointment with the Chatham County Public Health Department, please visit www.chathamnc.org/flu or call 919-542-8220 (Pittsboro) or 919-742-5641 (Siler City).
Health Department Notices
The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects your private health information. Please read the HIPAA policy of the Chatham County Public Health Department here.
Spanish language interpretation services are available at health department sites. Other languages are assisted by a telephone hotline.
This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully. Click here for the notice in English. Click here for the notice in Spanish.
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Encuesta en la Comunidad
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Layton Long, MSA, REHS