#1 Flu Misconception

The flu vaccine gives you the flu. A flu shot cannot give you the flu illness They do not contain live/active virus. The most common reactions people have to flu vaccine are considerably less severe than the symptoms caused by the actual flu illness. Side effects of a shot may include soreness, redness, tenderness or…

Know When to See Your Doctor

Four signs to look for: Ear pain, facial pain or tooth pain Vomiting or diarrhea High fever with chest pain, pressure, or difficulty breathing Bothersome and persistent cough for more than 10 days   High Risk Group: Pregnant 5 years and younger 65 years and older Medical Conditions: Asthma Blood disorders (sickle cell) Chronic lung…

Influenza (Flu)

Signs and Symptoms: Fever Cough Sore throat Runny or stuffy nose Body aches Chills Fatigue Children Diarrhea Vomiting Severe illness and complications possible Transmission: Contagious 1 day before symptoms until 5-7 days after symptoms start Person-to-person through water droplets Cough, sneeze Indirect or direct Touching infected surfaces (indirect) Getting coughed/sneezed on (direct)

Thorough Hand Washing Technique

Using this technique will help you get rid of germs that cause illness. Always remember to wash your hands before and after eating and using the restroom.

Prevent the Flu

Things to do: Wash hands frequently and thoroughly (with soap) Get vaccinated yearly Avoid contact with sick individuals Avoid touching your face   IF YOU ARE SICK Stay home Cover nose and mouth wash hands frequently and thoroughly (with soap)

Water Conservation

What to do: Check around the house for leaks Plumbing, faucets, toilets Water your yard less frequently 2-3 times a week Don’t water between 9am-5pm Put a nozzle on your hose Use low-flow fixtures Install water efficient plumbing fixtures Take shorter showers DON’T LET THE FAUCET RUN! Turn off while brushing teeth Turn off between…

Before and After a Water Outage

Before: Sealed drinking water (bottled water) Keep in a cool, dark place for use in an emergency Be sure to rotate out (“use by” date) MAKE SURE YOU HAVE WATER FOR PETS TOO! Household Bucket Fill bathtub/buckets with water to: Flush toilet Rinse off Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer Shut-down heating system Prevents over heating/catching on fire…

Water Sanitization in Emergencies

Boiling Heat and strain water through clean cloth Boil water vigorously for 2-3 minutes Allow water to cool. Adding a pinch of salt per quart removes flat taste Or, pour between clean containers several times   Chemically Chlorine Any household bleach solution (plain, not scented) that contains hypochlorite may be used for disinfection. Drops per…

Hurricane Fernanda

Hurricane Fernanda is currently a major hurricane in the Pacific. Fernanda is expected to weaken, but residents and visitors should be prepared for high winds, surf, and rain associated with hurricanes. If Hurricane Fernanda hits Maui County, we would see the effects early next week. Get prepared NOW! Check your emergency kit. Do you have…

Zika Virus

Zika Virus is a virus spread primarily through mosquitoes. This virus can be very dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn child.

Rat Lungworm Disease

Angiostrongyliasis, also known as rat lungworm infection, is a condition that can affect the human brain and nervous system. Learn about how you can protect you and your family from Rat Lungworm Disease.