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Extreme Heat Safety

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As temperatures have approached the 90’s several days in the past few weeks, it is important to remember how to stay safe in extreme heat situations. 



Here are some tips:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
  • Fans are not enough when temperatures are in the high 90’s.  Try to stay in an air conditioned environment.
  • Drink plenty of water, unless you have a health condition that requires you to limit your fluid intake.  Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and drinks containing large amounts of sugar as these may cause you to lose more fluid.
  • Wear light-weight, light-colored, loose fitting clothes.
  • Be aware of the more at-risk people around you, such as infants and young children, people over 65, people with mental illness, and those who are ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure.  Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and watch them for signs of heat stress.
  • If you are going to be outside, use a broad spectrum sun screen with SPF of at least 15 and wear a wide brimmed hat.

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Vehicle Safety for Kids

Vehicle Safety for Kids

KidsCarsWebWith summer vacation upon us, it is even more important that we are aware of the safety of our youngsters in and around cars.

If you have a child who needs at car seat or booster seat, you can verify that you have the right seat for that child and that it is safely installed by having the seat checked by a child passenger safety technician. It is important to know that as you travel across state lines, you are held to the child passenger safety laws of the states you are visiting. Be sure to register your car seat so that you receive recall information. If you do not have the postcard to register the seat, you may do so at the seat manufacturer’s website. You can also check recalls at

Children can suffer from heat stroke much more easily than adults, and it is one of the leading causes of death in children. Remember to always “Look before you Lock” EVERY time you get out of the vehicle, not just when you have your kids with you. We all know not to leave our kids unattended in a car; changes in routine are a risk factor for doing so.

Teach your kids to stay away from vehicles, especially when the vehicles are running. The blind spot of your vehicle is probably larger than you realize. Depending on the height of the driver, the average small sedan has a blind spot of 12 – 24 feet, the average minivan has a blind spot of 15 – 26 feet, the average midsize SUV has a blind spot of 18 – 29 feet, and the average pickup has a blind spot of 23 – 34 feet. Walk around your vehicle before backing up and open your windows so that you can hear outside the car. Be aware that kids move quickly and unpredictably and actively check your mirrors as you back up.

Children can be hurt playing with power windows and loose seat belts. Teach them that these are not toys. Properly restrain children so that they cannot reach these items and NEVER leave them unattended in the car. Secure spare seatbelts by fastening them and activating the locking mechanism by pulling the belt all the way out, then slowly allowing it to retract. Teach kids to not lean or stand on the armrest of the car door.

Prevent trunk entrapment by teaching children that trunks are for storage, not play. Always close the trunk, lock the car, and take the keys out of the car. Check the trunk first when kids are missing; it can quickly become too hot for a child in the trunk of a vehicle.

It is sometimes possible to shift a vehicle out of “park” when the key is in the ignition. Prevent rollaway by always using the parking brake, remove the keys from the car, and of course, always supervise kids when they are in or around a vehicle.

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You can schedule an appointment to have your car seat checked with Shelby County Public Health at 755-4422. For further information on vehicle safety, please contact Rhonda Anderson, Parent Educator, at 755-4421.

Myrtue Medical Center Named A 5-Star Hospital


Only 7% of the 4,100 Medicare-Certified hospitals in the U.S. received the highest 5-Star Rating.

Myrtue Medical Center has been rated as a 5-star hospital for patient experience by
the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the most recent quarter. This rating is based on a national survey that asks patients about their experiences during a recent hospital stay.

Only 7% of the 4,100 Medicare-certified hospitals in the United States, which includes large facilities, received the highest 5-star rating for patient satisfaction. In Iowa, only
11 hospitals received this rating.

Medicare’s new summary star rating, posted on the Hospital Compare, is based on 11 facets of patient experience, including how well doctors and nurses communicated, how well patients believed their pain was addressed, and whether they would recommend the hospital to others. Hospitals collect the reviews by surveying adult patients – not just those on Medicare — after they leave the facility.

“Myrtue Medical Center is proud of the efforts of its physicians and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving these recognitions,” said Barry Jacobsen, CEO of Myrtue Medical Center. “We are honored to be rated in the top 2% of Critical Access Hospitals in the nation. We know this is only possible with the support of our patients and communities.”


Myrtue Medical Center Named Among Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals In The Country


Named one of the 20 highest ranked Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) – Selected from a list of more than 1,300 CAHs.

Myrtue Medical Center, Harlan, was recently named one of the Top 20 Critical Access
Hospitals (CAHs) in the country by National Rural Association, as scored by iVantage Health Analytics.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, including Myrtue, scored best among critical access hospitals based on overall hospital performance in ten indices of strength using the iVantage Hospital Strength INDEX, the first nationwide hospital rating system to evaluate U.S. acute care hospitals. The ten indices of strength include: competitive strength, competitive intensity, market size and growth, population risk, cost, charge, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, and financial stability. The medical center was ranked in the Top 20 nationally and selected to the elite group from a list of more th

an 1,300 critical access hospitals in the United States. In the previous year, Myrtue was named Top 20 “best practice” hospital for quality.

Public Immunization Record Access

Public Immunization Record Access gives people the ability to look up immunization records in Iowa’s Immunization Registry Information System (IRIS). To use this feature, search for the record using the first name, last name, date of birth, and either the social security number or Medicaid ID.

The system looks for a record that matches all the data entered. It will display a list of immunizations the person has received. The system will also list the vaccines that the person currently needs.

It is possible that the system will not be able to find the record. Please check the spelling and format of the information you have entered in each field. Use of IRIS is not mandatory among Iowa health care providers. Therefore, not all immunization records may be found.

If unable to find the record in IRIS, it may be because a record for the person is not in the registry or the social security number or Medicaid ID for the person has not been entered in the registry. Please contact Shelby County Public Health to receive immunization information or for further information.

Prepare Your Smart Phone

smartphonePrepare your smart phone:

During an emergency, your smart phone may be the first place you seek help.  There are many apps that you can download for use to prepare for and respond to emergency situations.  Here is an overview of three of them:


NOAA Now App:  This app provides the latest information on severe weather, including weather alerts and satellite views.

Red Cross First Aid App:  This app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies right at your finger-tips.  It includes videos, interactive quizzes, and step-by-step advice.

FEMA App :  This app provides tools for preparing for disasters, as well as tips for staying safe during and recovering from disasters.  It helps you create your emergency kit and plan emergency meeting locations, as well as find open shelter locations.

 Additional Apps can be found at:

National Infant Immunization Week

niiw-logo-color-englishApril 18 – 25, 2015

  • Since 1994, local and state health departments, national immunization partners, healthcare professionals, community leaders from across the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked together through National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) to highlight the positive impact of vaccination on the lives of infants and children, and to call attention to immunization achievements
  • Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.
  • Immunization is a shared responsibility. Families, healthcare professionals, and public health officials must work together to help protect the entire community. Immunizations for all ages are available at the medical clinics and for children 0-18 years of age at the Department of Community Health.
  • Health care professionals remain parents’ most trusted source of information about vaccines for their children playing a critical role in supporting parents in understanding and choosing vaccinations.
  • Most parents choose the safe, proven protection of vaccines. Giving babies the recommended immunizations by age two is the best way to protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases, like whooping cough and measles. Parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s doctor to ensure that their infant is up-to-date on immunizations.
  • Because of the success of vaccines in preventing disease, parents and the public may not have heard of some of today’s vaccines or the serious diseases they prevent. These diseases can be especially serious for infants and young children. That is why it is important to follow the recommended immunization schedule to protect infants and children by providing immunity early in life, before they are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases.
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