Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The risk of getting shingles begins to rise at around age 50.
The Allegheny County Health Department is offering the shingles vaccine free of charge to Baldwin and Whitehall residents aged 50 and older with no health insurance or insurance that doesn't cover the vaccine. The shingles vaccine is available while supplies last at the health department's vaccination clinic at 3441 Forbes Ave. in Pittsburgh's Oakland area. No appointment is necessary, but folks are asked to please call 412-578-8062 ahead of time to be sure that the vaccine is still available. The clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 1 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Free parking is provided after 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the lot behind 3333 Forbes Ave. The offer of free vaccines is made …
Baldwin and Whitehall boaters will get a heads up if a combined sewer overflow alert has been issued.
The Allegheny County Health Department will issue water advisories for the 2013 river recreation season beginning Wednesday, May 15, and continuing through Monday, Sept. 30. The advisories indicate whether water quality in rivers and streams is normal or if a combined sewer overflow (CSO) alert has been issued. Alerts are issued when significant rainfall causes sewers carrying a combination of sewage and storm water to overflow and contaminate rivers and streams. A CSO alert does not prohibit recreational activity but rather cautions people to minimize water contact during outings. Those with weakened immune systems and open cuts or sores are more vulnerable to infection from exposure to contaminated water. Boaters and others who enjoy the…
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Here's a list of some places to take items that should not be sent to landfills or placed at the curb.
Although Earth Day is officially April 22, it's not too early for residents of Baldwin and Whitehall boroughs and Baldwin Township to begin to look at ways to be more environmentally friendly. The following is a list of items, provided in part by the Allegheny County Health Department, that should not be in landfills and generally aren't collected through municipal recycling. Listed below those items are places at which those items can be disposed/recycled. Appliances Tube City, West Mifflin Borough Appliance Warehouse, South Side Local Goodwill Stores may also accept some small appliances. Automotive Oils Call the Department of Environmental Protection Recycling Hotline at 1-800-346-4242 for information about used oil recycling facilities…
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Pennsylvania is reporting high influenza activity, according to the state health department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Allegheny County certainly isn't immune from the widespead outbreak of influenza reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Allegheny County Health Department reports that four local deaths in the past few weeks have been attributed to the influenza Type A virus. All four deaths have been in patients 65 years or older, with the oldest victim being 98 years old, according to Dr. Jim Lando, acting director of the department's Office of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. "Influenza does take people each year," Lando said. "That's why we do recommend that people get vaccinated." Lando said that, between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012—the most up-to-date reporting period this flu season—there …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
And other notes from an Aug. 21 council meeting, including a Vernon landslide update.
Health Department Hoping to Eradicate Raccoon Rabies Don't be surprised to see representatives of the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) around Baldwin Borough this week. From Aug. 20-24, health department workers will place fish oil-scented pellets containing a vaccination for rabies at select spots in the borough, Baldwin police Chief Michael Scott said during Tuesday night's Baldwin Council meeting. The effort is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is part of a multi-state program to eradicate raccoon rabies. Four rabid raccoons have been reported in Allegheny County so far in 2012, according to the ACHD website, compared to 23 in 2002, the program's first year. Worried about coming across some of the bait? The …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Dozens of cases of the West Nile Virus have been found in mosquitoes around western Pennsylvania over the past two months.
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Friday, August 3, 2012
Dozens of cases of the West Nile Virus have been found in mosquitoes around western Pennsylvania over the past two months, but no humans have been infected yet. Allegheny, Washington, Beaver and Fayette counties are currently considered "high risk" areas in Pennsylvania, according to state regulators. A sample of mosquitoes in Baldwin Borough tested postive on July 26. Other areas that have been impacted are the City of Pittsburgh, with dozens of reports, and Wilkinsburg Borough, with nine cases since July 3. Other areas that have had sporadic positive tests are Bridgeville Borough, Collier Township, Emsworth Borough, Sewickley Borough and Leetsdale Borough (July 19), Ross Township (July 17), Peters Township (July 25 and 26) and Bethel …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Baldwin-Whitehall residents urged to eliminate potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Baldwin-Whitehall residents are being urged to check their properties for standing water, which could become breeding grounds for mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus. Since May, the Allegheny County Health Department has caught 10 mosquitoes in various neighborhoods that have tested positive for West Nile, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Monday. "Mosquitoes breed in standing water, even in small amounts," said Dr. Ronald E. Voorhees, interim health director for the county, in a statement on the health department's web site, "so people should make every effort, especially after wet weather, to seek and eliminate accumulations of water." Approximately 80 percent of people who are infected with the West Nile Virus will not show …
Monday, May 21, 2012
The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting a surge of cases across the area.
There has been a confirmed case of pertussis, better known as whooping cough, in the Upper St. Clair School District, according to the Allegheny County Health Department. USC Superintendent Patrick O'Toole would not reveal which school that the diagnosed child attends. "Students interact with students throughout the district on buses, through sports, activities, etc.," O'Toole said in an email. "By identifying a specific building, parents may not take the information seriously, thinking that it does not pertain to their child's building." Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial infection that causes severe episodes of coughing which may make breathing difficult, result in vomiting and produce a high-pitched "whooping" sound when a …