Flu Season 2016-2017

Everyone 6 months and older should receive a yearly flu vaccine. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses and prevent flu-related hospitalizations. It is the single best way to prevent influenza.

Virus strains included in the 2016–17 vaccines will be two Influenza type A (H1N1 & H3N2) and two Influenza type B-like virus. There are several brands and types of flu injections available, but live vaccine (flu mist) is not recommended this year.

Benefits of Getting Vaccinated:

  • Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick with flu, and reduce risk of flu-associated hospitalization.
  • Flu vaccination is especially important for people with chronic health conditions.
  • Vaccination helps protect women during and after pregnancy. Vaccination also protects the developing baby during pregnancy and for several months after the baby is born.
  • Flu vaccination may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
  • Getting vaccinated yourself also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with chronic health conditions.

Ways to Prevent the Flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or into your elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer
  • Clean or disinfect surfaces that are touched often at home, work, or school
  • Get plenty of sleep, stay physically active, eat nutritious foods, drink plenty of fluids

For more information visit: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm or call the Forest County Health Department with any questions at 715-478-3371.


2016 Flu Shot Schedule

WALK IN’s – Forest Co. Health Department, Crandon Courthouse

(Monday-Friday) – 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

ARMSTRONG CREEK – Armstrong Creek Community Bldg.

  October 4th (Tuesday) – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

WABENO – Wabeno Town Hall

  October 10th (Monday) – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

LAONA – Laona Town Hall

  October 11th (Thursday) – 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.

ALVIN – Alvin Town Hall

  October 20th (Thursday) – 2:30 to 3:00 p.m.                                                                                                                      

Charge:  $35.00 Per Vaccine

We are able to bill Medicare and Forward Card (please have your cards available)



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Blue Green Algae

August 19th, 2016

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has identified blue green algae on Pine Lake in Hiles, WI.

We would like to alert the public to the potential dangers of the harmful algal blooms.

We can still enjoy our beautiful lakes but please use common sense when swimming, waterskiing and letting our pets swim.

Please see post from 8/3/16 for more information or go to:

WI Department of Natural Resources  http://dnr.wi.gov/lakes/bluegreenalgae/

WI Department of Health https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/water/bg-algae/index.htm

Click here to view the Blue Green Algae brochure from the WI Department of Health Services:  Blue Green Algae Brochure



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Crandon Community Garden Open House

Please join us at the Crandon Community Garden for the Open House on September 9th! garden openhouse flyer2016

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Harmful Algal Blooms – 8/3/2016

The Do’s and Don’ts of Harmful Algal Blooms

You may see algal blooms on our lakes this summer and they may be different colors such as blue, green, white, red or brown. They may look like pea soup or thick paint, foam or scum floating on the water and might have a foul odor.  They can also accumulate along the shoreline.

Cyanobacteria (Blue green algae) can cause blooms in lakes if the conditions are just right. Some types can produce toxins and can harm the liver or nervous system in humans and animals if ingested.  They can also cause eye irritation, rash, vomiting, diarrhea or cold and flu-like symptoms.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommends these actions:

Don’t swim, water ski, or boat in areas where the water is discolored or where you see foam, scum, or mats of algae on the water.

Don’t let pets or livestock swim in or drink from these areas.

Don’t let pets lick the algae from their fur.

Do rinse yourself and your pet off immediately if there is contact with algae infected waters.

Do look for beach postings and water quality notices before swimming.

Do get medical treatment right away if you think you, your pet, or livestock might have been poisoned by algal toxins.

The public is encouraged to report algae related diseases by calling 608-266-1120 or online at www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/eh/bluegreenalgae/

For more information on harmful algal blooms, go to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services or Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources websites or call the Forest County Health Department at 715-478-3371.

Photos of Harmful Blue-green Algal Blooms:


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Tips for Staying Cool and Safe in the Summer Heat


  • Never leave children, disabled persons, or pets in a parked car-even briefly
  • Fans help circulate air and make you feel cooler, even in an air conditioned home
  • Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration and eat lightly
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these promote dehydration
  • Look after the young and the aged; babies and older adults are more susceptible to heat induced illness

Warm temperatures combined with high humidity can pose a risk for heat-related illness and even death. Be aware of the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke:

  • Heat exhaustion: heavy sweating, paleness, tiredness, headache, weakness,   dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fainting
  • Heat stroke: extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees), red, hot, and dry skin, (no sweating), rapid, strong pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, unconsciousness

*The signs of heat stroke could indicate a life-threatening emergency and should be addressed and treated immediately!


Local Cooling Centers

  • Associated Bank- 210 South Lake Ave. Crandon (During Regular Business Hours)
  • CoVantage Credit Union- 502 W Pioneer Street Crandon (Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5:30PM)
  • Crandon Public Library- 110 W Polk Street, Crandon (During Regular Business Hours)
  • Forest County Courthouse- Boardroom- 200 E Madison Street, Crandon (Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM)
  • Laona Senior Center- 5277 Linden Street, Laona (On Senior Meal Days)
  • Mole Lake Casino- 3084 STHWY 55, Crandon (Regular Business Hours)
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