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CDC ISSUES ALERT ON INCREASING GLOBAL AND U.S. MEASLES RISK | The number of U.S. measles cases and outbreaks reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during the first two and a half months of 2024 already exceeds the number of cases and outbreaks reported in all of 2023. To reduce the risk of further cases and outbreaks, the CDC advises that all U.S. residents traveling internationally should be current on their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinations. Healthcare providers are advised to ensure that children are current on routine immunizations, including MMR. | Read the CDC advisory | Read SCHD's Measles Fact Sheet
H5N1 AVIAN INFLUENZA OUTBREAK IN U.S. DAIRY CATTLE | Since late March, dairy cattle in eight states including Kansas have tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza (bird flu) virus. There has been one human case associated with the outbreak. A Texas dairy worker tested positive for bird flu after direct contact with infected cattle. The CDC assesses that the risk from H5N1 to the general public is low. | Read our Avian Influenza Update
FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY | The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a fish consumption advisory for the Arkansas River, Littler Arkansas River, and K-96 Lake in Sedgwick County. Residents are advised to limit or cease the consumption of fish from these bodies of water due to contamination. | More information 
COMMUNITY HEALTH EVENTSFind out about upcoming health-focused events in Sedgwick County. | Visit the Community Health Events Calendar
NO-COST PNEUMONIA VACCINES | SCHD is currently offering no-cost pneumonia vaccine for adults with added risk factors including smoking; diabetes; immune deficiency; heart, liver and lung disease; and other less common conditions. | More information and how to schedule.
SHARPS DISPOSAL | Sedgwick County residents needing to dispose of sharps can (1) Contact a medical waste company and ask if they provide residential services, OR (2) Dispose with other trash by following these guidelines- Never put loose needles in the trash.

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