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Comanche County Health Department
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Managing Pain Presentation
Do you or does someone you love suffer from chronic pain? The Comanche County Health Improvement Organization invites you join us for a FREE event this Thursday, Oct. 8th from 7-9 pm at Cameron University’s McCasland Ballroom. A panel of healthcare and wellness providers will discuss options for chronic pain management. Speakers will include a physical therapist, a chiropractor, a family practice physician, a massage therapist, a wellness coach, and a pharmacist. The evening will conclude with a question and answer session.  There is no need to RSVP for this event. Light refreshments will be provided. (See Flyer)

Community Baby Shower

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Are you or someone you know expecting? You’re invited to join us at the 2nd Annual Community Baby Shower! The overall goal of the Community Baby Shower is to educate parents and caregivers, and to connect them with resources and support within our community.  In addition to great information, this event will include activities, prizes, and refreshments!  The Community Baby Shower is open to all expecting and new parents and caregivers. There is no cost to attend, and no need to RSVP! 

Comanche County’s Second Annual Community Baby Shower - Located at Comanche County Fairgrounds Annex Building.
October 14, 2015 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
See flyer



2015 Waddle Run – Glowing for 40 Weeks

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Come celebrate Prematurity Awareness Month by participating in the Waddle Run! The purpose of this 5K Glow Run is to bring awareness to premature birth, and to educate on the importance of waiting until 40 weeks of pregnancy to deliver unless medically necessary. This event is open to EVERYONE- no need to be pregnant to "waddle" with us!

The Waddle Run “Glowing for 40 Weeks” will be Saturday, November 14th at 6:00 p.m. in Elmer Thomas Park. This event will be a Glow Run through the park. The registration fee of $15.00 includes a t-shirt, race bib and glow gear (necklace and arm bands). To ensure t-shirt, bib, and glow gear on race day, registration form and payment must be received by Monday, October 26th.

To register for the Waddle Run, you may visit the Fitness in Action series website, or follow the link: Registration Website .  Packet pick-up will be available on Friday, November 13th from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Comanche County Health Department, and also from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at Elmer Thomas Park - Holiday House on race day. The packet will include race bib and t-shirt. "Glow gear" will be handed out near the starting line prior to the race.

The race will start and end at the Holiday House. In case of inclement weather, all participants will be notified of race changes by e-mail.  See Flyer




Chase Morris Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act
Senate Bill 239, the Chase Morris Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act goes into effect July 1. Under the new law, every coach associated with an athletic activity must complete the sudden cardiac arrest training course from Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) approved providers. In addition, a student participating in or desiring to participate in an athletic activity and the student’s parent or guardian will need to review and sign the Athlete/Parent/Guardian Sudden Cardiac Arrest Symptoms and Warning Signs Information Sheet developed by the OSDH and the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE). OSDH-Chase Morris

The full bill, overview of the legislation, direct links to the Athlete/Parent/Guardian Sudden Cardiac Arrest Symptoms and Warning Signs Information Sheet and links to approved provider Sudden Cardiac Arrest training courses can be found below.

Approved Providers for Sudden Cardiac Arrest training courses for coaches

Provider: National Federation of High Schools
Course: Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Provider: Sports Safety International
Course: CardiacWise 2.0

Comanche County Health Assessment and Survey 2015
The data collection for the 2015 Comanche County Health Assessment was completed the first part of June, 2015.  We will post the results as soon as they are analyzed.   Should you have any questions regarding this survey, please don’t hesitate to call Comanche County Health Department at (580) 248-5890.  Without input from Comanche County residents, there is no guarantee the health issues most important to our community are being addressed.  Together we can make a difference in our world, Comanche County.

School Immunizations - 2015-2016  Kids in a line

School immunization laws are one of the most effective ways to prevent disease outbreaks. Outbreaks of diseases such as diphtheria, polio, and measles were common in schools before vaccines were available. Schools were major sites for transmission of these diseases. School immunization laws work and now these diseases have almost vanished from the United States.

This link provides information for parents, school administrators and staff, and health care professionals, on immunization requirements for school attendance in Oklahoma and information for lesson plans to educate students about vaccine-preventable diseases and vaccines.


Mosquito Information

CDD - MosquitoWest Nile virus (WNV) is a reportable disease in Oklahoma. Cases and deaths for 2015 have been confirmed in Oklahoma.  Persons are at greatest risk of exposure to infected mosquitoes from July through October in our state. Persons of any age can become ill after being bitten by an infected mosquito, but those over the age of 50 are at greater risk of developing serious illness involving the nervous system. Over 80% of people infected with the virus never become ill. If people do become ill, most cases are mild with symptoms such as a fever, headache, tiredness and body aches that go away on their own. Some people may develop a rash on the trunk of the body. In more severe cases, persons can develop meningitis or other neurologic disease.

There are over 60 species of mosquitoes in Oklahoma, some of which may carry disease.  The species differ in how they look. They also differ in how they act, such as how aggressive they are when they bite, where they breed, and when they are the most active.  The mosquito population boom that has resulted from the excessive recent rainfall does not foretell a more severe WNV season.  The type of mosquitoes that hatch after severe flooding are primarily the species of mosquitoes classified as “nuisance mosquitoes”. They bite aggressively and cause lots of itchy bites, but they are not typically involved with transmission of diseases.  Floodwater mosquito populations tend to die out 3 weeks after the rains stop and the sun dries out affected low lying areas.  The following are links for more information regarding mosquitoes:

Severe Weather Alerts
Severe weather impacts every part of the country. One of the best ways to prepare is to know the hazards for our area.  The Ready - Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed website is a great place to start - www.Ready.gov/.

E-Cigarettes & Other Vapor Products

_Ecig.jpgE-cigarettes and vapor products have become increasingly popular and accessible in Oklahoma, which has raised many questions about these currently unregulated products. These links provide information about the public health perspective regarding e-cigarettes and resources to support state agencies in implementing the Governor’s Executive Order prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes and vapor products in state property.

Frequently Asked Questions About E-Cigarettes (PDF)
OSDH Tobacco Prevention Program
Smoking and Tobacco Use - CDC


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