Zika Virus Protect Yourself and Others

What is Zika Virus? How is the virus spread? How can I protect myself? How does it affect pregnant women?

Prevent Blindness Vision Health and Safety

Taking care of your eyes, and learning about your health, is a first step to preventing vision loss from common eye problems.

Quit Smoking Protect Your Lungs Against Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States. The most important thing you can do to lower your lung cancer risk is to quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.


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As colder weather moves in, so do a lot of sniffles and sneezes. Instead of rushing to the doctor for an antibiotic, GET SMART about antibiotics.

   Did you know:

  • Only about 1 in 50 sinus infections are caused by bacteria and can be treated with antibiotics.  Find out more about sinus infections here: http://1.usa.gov/1HlOlDf
  • Bronchitis, or a chest cold, almost always gets better on its own without antibiotics.  However, sometimes a lingering infection does require treatment from your doctor.  For more information on when to see you doctor, visit the CDC’s website: http://1.usa.gov/1Adfhfq
  • Ear infections are common in childhood.  Your child’s doctor can determine if the infection is caused by bacterial and if antibiotics will help.  Learn more about when ear infections need antibiotics: http://1.usa.gov/1KQLKU2

Overuse and misuse of antibiotics can promote the development of #drugresistant bacteria. Please help do your part and GET SMART about using antibiotics.

In good health,


Kathy Luhn, Health Commissioner




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The Allen County Bike and Pedestrian Task Force held its annual volunteer recognition meeting last night at The Met to honor those who have contributed to assisting with bike and pedestrian counts, bike rodeos and their work supporting a bike and pedestrian friendly community.

Mayor Berger commended those who assisted with receiveing the Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community Award.

Matt Douglas, with LPD, was recognized as Advocate of the Year for his work at Safety City and other projects/efforts throughout the City of Lima.
Several Schools were recognized for their work with Safe Routes to School - Elida, Spencerville, and Lima City Schools.
Raymond and Liz Harner, with CG Pro Bikes in Bluffton were recognized as Business of the Year for the many activities they are involved with to help promote and encourage biking.
Dave and June Blauvelt, with the Northside Neighborhood Association, were recognized for their time volunteering with the bike rodeos held each year.
Several others were recognized for their dedication to the annual bike and pedestrian counts.
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The Creating Healthy Communities Program has been busy installing bike racks around the county. This year, a total of 22 new racks were installed throughout places in Allen County - City of Lima, City of Delphos, Elida, Spencerville, and Bluffton. Over the last two years, CHC has installed 35 bike racks throughout the county to help make it a more bike friendly community.

(Not pictured - Bluffton Schools, Lima West Middle School, OSU-Lima)

What other locations would you like to see bike racks? Please send your comments to smiller@allenhealthdept.org or comment on this post.
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