Buffalo County Public Health will offer the following health screenings and services in December:
Prenatal vitamins are available for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and multivitamins are available for children aged six months to five years. Call 608-685-6329 for more information.
Women, Infant, & Children (WIC) clinics
Buffalo and Pepin County residents are served by the Buffalo-Pepin WIC program, headquartered in Alma. WIC is a preventative health and nutrition education program for eligible women (pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum), infants, and children under five years of age. WIC serves families who are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level and who have a health or nutrition need; many working families are eligible. The program provides nutritious food; nutrition education; breastfeeding support; and health screening for growth, anemia, and lead poisoning. Clients are seen by appointment only at the clinics listed below; please call 715-495-1556 to schedule an appointment.
• Buffalo County Courthouse (407 South Second Street, third floor, Alma) on December 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on December 21 from 1-5 p.m.
• Pepin County Government Center (740 Seventh Avenue, second floor, Durand) on December 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on December 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Central Lutheran Church (221 West Main Street, Mondovi) on December 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on December 18 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Buffalo County Public Health offers a variety of vaccinations to children age 18. Most immunizations are free of charge to qualifying individuals.
Immunizations may be scheduled by calling the public health nurse at 608-685-6329.
Radon test kits
Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon test kits are available for $10 at the Department of Health and Human Services. For more information on radon, call 608-685-6331.
Free fluoride supplements available
Oral fluoride supplements are available for individuals six months through 16 years of age. A water test for those not on city water supplies is required to determine the existing level of fluoride in your water; this test can be obtained from the health department. Please call 608-685-6329 for more information.
Buffalo County Public Health Department offers water testing for bacteria ($20), nitrates ($15), and arsenic ($25). The Wisconsin DNR recommends testing your private well annually for bacteria and nitrates. Please call and order a kit or stop in and pick one up at the Department of Health and Human Services, located on the third floor of the Buffalo County Courthouse in Alma. For more information please call 608-685-6331.
To schedule appointments, if needed, or for more information about any of these screenings and services, please call Buffalo County Public Health at 608-685-4412 or visit http://www.buffalocounty.com/331/Public-Health. You may also check it out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/buffalocountypublichealth for healthful tips!