Summit County News Releases
The 2012 report for the Summit County Health Department is now available by clicking here.
Some of the highlights from 2012 include a review of our role in last summer’s wildfires, an innovative exercise with Park City High School and the University of Utah, along with an update on on-site wastewater issues.
Disasters aren’t just earthquakes and floods. A disaster is any situation that overwhelms your own resources. A house fire, causing you to evacuate your home for a few days can be a disaster. A snow storm that forces everyone to stay in their houses for days at a time can be a disaster.
As a member of the National Association of Counties, Summit County is able to offer a FREE prescription discount card.
Parents agree that feeding and sleep schedules are important to help keep their children healthy. The same goes for childhood immunizations. Vaccinating children on time is the best way to protect them against 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before their second birthday.
Report a Foodborne Illness
Think something you ate might have made you sick? If so, then visit the new Utah Department of Health food-related illness website: igotsick.health.utah.gov
This online self-reporting system will allow the general public to report illnesses that may be related to food they consumed at home, restaurants, group gatherings, etc.
At igotsick.health.utah.gov, users can watch a brief video showing how the system works and complete a form indicating where food was consumed, what was eaten, and other potential high-risk exposures during the time period just before becoming ill.
All information submitted by users is confidential and will automatically be sent to the appropriate local health department. The information will be used by public health to determine whether food caused the reported illness and where the food may have originated. The sooner public health can receive the information and the more people they hear from, the more likely public health is to detect an outbreak, launch an investigation and stop it from spreading.
This guide provides information on how to prevent influenza. It also offers advice on what you can do to care for yourself or loved ones when they are sick with the flu.
With the increase of flu cases this year, it is more important that ever to get vaccinated against the flu. The Health Department has flu vaccine available.
Call the local office for clinic times and to confirm availability:
Park City: 435-333-1500
Kamas: 435-783-4351 ext. 3071
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Want to fill your plate with delicious, healthy foods without breaking the bank?
Good Food on a Tight Budget – the first of its kind and developed by the Environmental Working Group – lists foods that are good for you, easy on your wallet and good for the planet.
The booklet includes food lists, shopping lists, meal planners and price trackers, all designed to help you save time and money.
Secondhand smoke (SHS) is the third leading cause of preventable disease in the U.S. Approximately 50,000 individuals die each year as a result of SHS exposure. Secondhand smoke caused by nearby neighbors can have a negative impact on residents living in apartments and condominiums. Secondhand smoke from one housing unit can seep through air ducts and cracks, or travel by a shared ventilation system and enter into the living space of another resident. According to the 2006 Surgeon General’s Report, “there is no risk-free level of exposure to SHS.” Fortunately, creation of a smoke-free policy can help protect the health of residents of apartments and condominiums.
With the new school year approaching, the Summit County Health Department is reminding all parents of school-age children of the Utah School Immunization Law. The immunization law for students requires proof of shots for children attending public and private schools, grades Kindergarten through 12, nursery schools, licensed child care centers, family home care, and Head Start programs.
With the high potential for a wildfire in Summit County this summer, a new site has been created to provide up-to-date information and resources. This site has been done in partnership with Park City Fire District, North and South Summit Fire, DNR Forestry, Park City Municipal, Summit County, Park City Police and Summit County Sheriff.
For information on air quality visit the Utah Department of Air Quality website at www.airquality.utah.gov.
For more information on wildfires and health threats, please click on the fact sheet below:
Health Threats From Wildfire Smoke-Fact Sheet