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Manganese is a metal found in soil, rocks and minerals, frequently with iron.

If you live in Northern Wisconsin, you might also find manganese in your water.

Last year, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources found elevated levels of manganese in public water supplies in counties across northern and western parts of the state.

That includes Oneida, Iron and Marathon counties.

Because of this, the Oneida County Health Department is encouraging Northwoods residents to get their well water tested.

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The Oneida County Health Department has got its system down.

People make an appointment, they drive up to Grace Foursquare Church, and get handed a buzzer like you’d find at restaurants while you’re waiting for a table.

When it’s your turn the buzzer goes off, you go inside, and several tables are set up with people ready to give you your shot.

Once vaccinated, you wait for 15 minutes in a chair that’s six feet from any others and you’re on your way.

This process has allowed the Health Department to vaccinate roughly 55 people an hour.

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Oneida County Health Department will be hosting a late community flu clinic at the Oneida  County Health Department building located at 100 West Keenan Street, Rhinelander, on  November 17, 2020 from 4pm-7pm.  

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Dozens of people met near Rhinelander Thursday afternoon to practice something they hope they never have to do. 

The Oneida County Health Department led a Mock Family Disaster exercise to see if their emergency plan setting up a Family Assistance Center is workable in case the real thing occurs. Volunteers were simulating a large scale fire.

Public Health Assistant Director Marta McMillion says this simulation is designed around a large-scale fire. There's a central location where a number of services are provided...

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It was once thought that measles had been eliminated from the United States, but the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention reports 555 confirmed cases have been reported this year. That number is the second-highest total recorded since 2000. Cases in Illinois and downstate Michigan have been reported.

Measles is an infectious viral disease causing fever and a red rash on the skin, typically occurring in childhood.

Oneida County Public Health Nurse Jennifer Bates says with summer approaching, the spread of the disease is possible..

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The Oneida County Health Department is hosting series of classes beginning next month to help parents with young teenagers get through what can be interesting times.

Community Health Specialist Jennifer Chiamulera says the 'Strengthening Families' program helps parents of young people between ages 10 and 14 to get together one time a week for seven weeks to help build a bond with their kids..

"...get some skills for some of the struggles they might, you know, struggles they're inevitably going to experience as they move through middle school...."

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More than 100 Rhinelander High School freshmen students went through a program designed to provide information about making smart health choices.

Called "Street Smarts", the program is a venture of the Oneida County Health Department and Kids Impacting our Neighborhood, or KIN.

Jenny Chiamulera is a Community Health Specialist with the Oneida County Health Department.

She says "Street Smarts" is evidence based programming  to high school age students....

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A new study shows birth weights for Oneida county newborns are going up, a good sign and that education is working says an Oneida County public health nurse.

A state report shows the percent of babies born here with a low birth weight is just over 6 percent.

Oneida's figure is about one point lower than the state average. Low birth weight is defined as being under 2,500 grams or just over five pounds.

Dawn Klink says babies born early cause problems for parents...

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This is National Women's Health Week, a time for women to take a check on their health and make it a priority.

Oneida County public health nurse Nichole Peplinski, who also works with the Wisconsin Well Woman Program, says there are things woman can do today to help them improve their health....

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Adults remember their adolescence, and young people going through that period of their lives often struggle with it. The Oneida County Health Department has a series of programs coming up that might give families some help.

Community Health Specialist Meagan Neis says the weekly program gives families greater insight...

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A free car seat inspection sponsored by the Oneida County Health Department is set for Monday at the Rhinelander Fire Department.

Public Health Nurse Dawn Klink is also a nationally-certified car seat technician. While adults can click into properly installed seat belts, she says many children are not....

".....three out of four car seats are not used correctly. We often find safety things that are not quite up to what they're supposed to be doing. It's more than just making sure the car seat is in tightly...."

National Public Health Week Looks At State Of Our Health

Apr 6, 2016
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We are in the middle of National Public Health Week, an initiative to recognize health departments across the country for their efforts to improve the safety and well-being of their communities.

Marta Koelling is the Assistant Director of the Oneida County Health Department and she says the department is educating citizens on their initives through posts on their social media throughout the week.

Northwoods Counties Among Least Healthy

Mar 24, 2016
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A new report indicates rural counties in Wisconsin and across the nation tend to have higher rates of premature death, smoking, obesity, child poverty and teen births. Large urban counties have lower smoking and obesity rates, and large suburban counties have the lowest rates of child poverty and teen births.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released the annual County Health Rankings, showing how counties compare on more than 30 factors that influence health.

This Year's Flu Vaccines Available

Sep 21, 2015
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  Flu clinics are available for the public to get this year’s flu vaccine. The Oneida County Health Department is offering standard and high-dose vaccines. Health Specialist Marta Koelling says the higher dose vaccines have more antigen than the standard, and are meant for people 65 years and older.  She says the best way to fight the flu is to vaccinate yourself.  

Statewide Precautions Emphasized as Cucumber Recall Continues

Sep 17, 2015
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  Extra precautions are being advised by The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture as cucumbers from Andrew and Williamson Produce Company are still under a nationwide recall. Oneida County Health Department Sanitarian Jody McKinney says anyone with cucumbers from the produce company should throw them away.

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