Health and Safety

Keeping Kids Healthy

With colds, flu, and other viruses going around, the Health Department would like to remind parents of some of the ways they can promote their children's health and help protect them from getting sick.  Offer healthy foods like milk, cereal, fruits and vegetables every day.  Don't smoke when children are present--at home or in the car.  Set a regular bedtime routine and stick to it. Make sure everyone in the family thoroughly washes their hands.  Keep their immunizations up-to-date, including seasonal flu vaccine.  It's not too late in the season for a flu shot; call the Health Department at 800-432-4121 to schedule an appointment.  Finally, when kids are sick, keep them at home so they don't spread their illness to other children. 

Student crisis assistance is available daily in our counseling department and the Gaylord Blue Devil Wellness Center. 

Emergency counseling is also available 24 hours a day text the crisis text line at 741-741 or call the cmh 24 hour hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

Gaylord Blue Devil Wellness Center has physical appointments available. Call (989) 732-6890 to schedule an appointment Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Important Immunization Information From The Health Department of Northwest Michigan:

A Meningococcal vaccination is required for students entering 6th grade (or age 11) which provides protection through age 16. Another dose is required for college entry. The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is offering the Meningococcal vaccine for free or very low cost in our clinics before August 1st. Other vaccines needed can be given at the same time.

Please call Betty Steffes at 989.732.6883 to schedule your child.

PDF DocumentImmunization Information for Parents

Resources:

External LinkCenter for Disease Control for information to help keep your family healthy.
External LinkThe Sound of Your Voice is a short animated video that encourages parents to talk with their young adults about the consequences of underage alcohol use.
PDF DocumentTalk Early & Talk Often Flyer
PDF DocumentAmerican Diabetes Association - Camp Midicha
PDF DocumentLove & Logic Flyer
PDF DocumentProtectMiChild
PDF DocumentTalking With Your Young Adult About Alcohol
PDF DocumentKeeping Kids Healthy
PDF DocumentAffordable Health Insurance Plans Available
PDF DocumentEnterovirus D68 - Learn the Facts
PDF DocumentWhat Parents Need to Know - Enterovirus D68
PDF DocumentPertussis - Letter from the Health Department of Northwest Michigan
PDF DocumentPertussis Fact Sheet