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At El Paso County Public Health, we're dedicated to providing important health and safety information to help keep you abreast of current events, news, and facts that can help keep you and your family secure. Our experts are devoted to making El Paso County a safer, healthier place to live, as well as keeping the community informed of possible health risks and environmental concerns.
October 16, 2013
With more electronic entertainment options than ever before, it can be harder to get children up and moving. Setting limits on time spent with electronic devices is important. During the last 20 years, the number of children in the United States who are physically active has decreased while the number of children who are overweight has doubled.
September 10, 2013
Parents and caregivers have plentiful options when choosing beverages for children. One choice can make a big difference in your family’s health – rethink your drink and choose water instead of juice or soda.
May 21, 2013
El Paso County residents from randomly selected households in Cascade, Manitou Springs, Pleasant Valley, Mountain Shadows and Old Colorado City participated in a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) survey on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, 2013. The information gathered will be used to help residents and first responders prepare for and respond to flooding and other emergencies.
April 1, 2013
El Paso County Public Health 2012 Annual Report
February 11, 2013
When it comes to making changes, every day is a chance to make healthy choices. By focusing on small steps at home, such as skipping sugary drinks or keeping fresh fruit for snacks, you can prevent a variety of health concerns while teaching children the importance of good nutrition.
January 14, 2013
Secondhand smoke is linked to influenza complications, bronchitis, pneumonia, wheezing, coughing, increased ear infections and more frequent and severe asthma attacks. Tobacco use is a major preventable cause of premature death and disease worldwide. In this country alone, an estimated 443,000 people die prematurely from diseases caused by smoking or secondhand smoke exposure each year.
December 4, 2012
El Paso County Public Health, following national immunization guidelines issued by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends anyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccination. Although the flu vaccine is safe and offers the best protection currently available against the flu, common myths about the vaccine may keep some people from seeking the flu shot.
November 16, 2012
The Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs (HCP) at El Paso County Public Health help families find appropriate specialty doctors, and connect them to new resources or programs that could benefit families. Public Health nurses also reach out to support groups if needed, and are the calming voice on the phone when road blocks are encountered within the health care system. The HCP staff include two full-time nurses and a registered dietician. Also called care coordinators, they give referrals for medical and developmental services and information, promote independence, provide education and guidance to families about coordinating health care, help families learn about options to help pay for health care, and more.
October 15, 2012
Parents and caregivers often are aware of the importance of whooping cough vaccines for children – and it’s just as important to remind adults that they need the vaccine, too. Increasing the Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) vaccination among adults helps prevent the spread of disease and protects the most vulnerable, particularly young infants.
October 1, 2012
The flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children, and the single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each year. Late summer or early fall are the best times to get the flu vaccine to reduce your chances of getting sick with the flu.
September 1, 2012
A healthy diet plays a critical role in children's overall health and school performance.
August 1, 2012
This summer, do something for your child and your school – get your vaccinations up to date so you can avoid being part of the back-to-school rush.