6th Graders: Stay on Track

6th Graders: Stay on Track

Due to a North Carolina law, all students are required to receive the Tdap & MCV vaccines before starting 7th grade or 12 years of age.  Both vaccines will be offered to 6th graders school during the week of April 23. Transylvania Public Health school nurses will administer the vaccines to students who have written parental permission; if you wish to have your child vaccinated at school, please complete the permission form and return it to school. Completed permission forms must be returned by March 29. Your student has received a permission packet at school. Forms are also available here. Students who do not receive the vaccines at school will be required to get them at their doctor’s office or Transylvania Public Health prior to entering 7th...
Beat the Flu

Beat the Flu

Worried about flu? Here are 5 ways to protect yourself: Wash hands. Use soap and warm running water. Scrub all surfaces for as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. Dry with a disposable paper towel. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is okay if you don’t have access to a sink, but hand-washing is best. Hands off. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. That’s how most germs find their way into your body. Cover up. Don’t share your germs! Be sure to cover your coughs and sneezes. It’s best to use your upper arm. If you use your hands or a tissue, be sure to wash your hands (see #1). Stay home. If you don’t feel well, don’t go to work, school, church, or the store. Just stay home and rest so your body can recover (and so you don’t spread whatever you’ve got to everyone else). Get the shot. Believe it or not, it’s not too late to get a flu shot. Even in years when the shot isn’t a great match for the flu strain that’s circulating, it still provides protection against more severe symptoms. And it’s not possible to get flu from the shot because the shot doesn’t contain the full virus. Both regular and high-dose flu shots are still available at Transylvania Public Health: walk in on Fridays from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, or call 828-884-3135 for an appointment on other...
Not feeling so jolly this holiday season? You’re not alone.

Not feeling so jolly this holiday season? You’re not alone.

For many people and for many reasons – including the death of a loved one, job loss, illness, loneliness, and the long, dark nights of winter – the holidays are not “the most wonderful time of the year.” Know that you’re not alone. Help is available. Find resources in Transylvania County here or call 211. If you are experiencing a crisis, call 888.573.1006 for behavioral health professionals available 24/7/365 through RHA’s Mobile Crisis Team. This service is free and they will come to you, wherever you are. Community organizations are also offering events to share hope and encouragement, such as the “Service of the Longest Night” sponsored by St. Timothy UMC and the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. (learn...
2017 School Flu Immunization Information Now Available

2017 School Flu Immunization Information Now Available

Transylvania Public Health is partnering with Transylvania County Schools and Brevard Academy to offer flu vaccinations at your child’s public schools throughout the county. Only injectable flu shots are recommended for use this season, and FluMist will not be offered by Transylvania Public Health or Hendersonville Pediatrics for 2017-2018. The flu can be serious, especially in young children, and can cause fever, headache, extreme tiredness and body aches. Flu is very contagious and children can be sick for a week or more, causing them to miss school. The single best way to help prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination each year. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that all children be vaccinated against the flu. Local medical providers support flu vaccination and are encouraging increased vaccination rates among school-aged children. The goal of this school site immunization initiative is to increase vaccination rates, prevent students from getting and spreading the flu, and ultimately reduce the burden of the flu on the community. For students in K through 12th grade, flu vaccines will be offered at school during the school day. Transylvania Public Health nurses will coordinate with school personnel to schedule exact dates and times, but all vaccines will be offered during the month of October. The vaccine will be given by Transylvania Public Health nurses to students with a completed IMMUNIZATION PERMISSION FORM and who qualify to receive flu vaccine. Click here for the IMMUNIZATION PERMISSION FORM and  more information about the flu vaccine. The IMMUNIZATION PERMISSION FORM must be returned to your child’s school by October 2, 2017.  We will be unable to vaccinate anyone...
Fight The Bite

Fight The Bite

Mosquito and tick bites can be more than just annoying. They can make you really sick. It’s important to protect yourself, your family, and your home from the diseases they carry. Take our 2-minute survey. Click here to learn more about how to protect yourself from mosquitoes and...
It’s Not Too Late To Get Your Flu Vaccine!

It’s Not Too Late To Get Your Flu Vaccine!

Flu is now widespread throughout North Carolina and Transylvania County is starting to see flu cases, but it’s not too late to get your flu shot. It can take up to two weeks for the antibodies in the flu vaccine to become effective, so it’s best to get vaccinated as soon as possible. But even if you’re not fully protected when you get exposed, the vaccine help make your illness shorter and less severe. As long as the flu virus is active and causing illness, it’s not too late to be vaccinated. The flu season typically peaks between December and March, but can be active as late as May. A late vaccine can protect you against getting sick for the remaining flu season. In fact, even if you have already had the flu this year, the CDC still recommends that you get vaccinated to avoid getting sick again with a different strain of the virus. Flu vaccine is still available at Transylvania Public Health. Immunizations are available on Fridays from 8:30am to 4:30pm and other days by appointment: call 828.884.3135. More information, including payment and insurance is available here. Not to be confused with other illnesses like the norovirus stomach bug, flu is a respiratory virus that causes symptoms that include fever, chills, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, headache, and fatigue. Flu can be a serious illness, especially for adults over age 65, children under 5, pregnant women, and those with a medical condition such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease. As of January 12, seven people in North Carolina have died from the flu, and other flu-related deaths likely go undiagnosed or unreported. The CDC estimates...