First, it may be beneficial to define what public health is. Public health works to prevent illness and promote wellness. While a doctor treats people who are sick, those of us working in public health try to prevent the residents of our community from getting sick or injured in the first place. Toward that effort, the Langlade County Health Department would like to provide just a few examples of services we provide:
* Did you know the health department has a blood pressure clinic the first Wednesday of every month? Come by our office at any time between 1pm-4pm and one of our nurses will provide a free blood pressure check. No appointment necessary!
* Public health staff is ready to support the local community during any health related emergency (i.e, natural disasters, bioterrorism, disease outbreaks, etc). Our department coordinates with Emergency Management, the Aspirus Langlade Hospital, law enforcement, the area school districts, Antigo Fire Department, etc, to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery efforts for various types of local emergencies.
* Are you due for a vaccine? Please call the health department for an appointment or stop in during our immunization clinic on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 9am-4pm. In 2017, our department provided a total of 1,811 immunizations to children and adults of Langlade County.
*The Langlade County Health Department provides services to children and families through the WIC program, Prenatal Care Coordination program and Langlade County Area Diaper Bank. Do you receive services through WIC? Please be aware that appointments have moved from our office to HealthFirst on Progress Blvd.
*Public health staff provides information on a vast number of topics that allows people to make healthy decisions. Last year, our department put out a total of 87 articles through local media outlets and set up 77 educational displays that an estimated 6,719 community members engaged in.
*Need a car seat check? Stop by the Antigo Fire Department on the second Wednesday of every month from 4pm-6pm to have a certified technician inspect your car seat and provide education on how to use it safely.
*Are you concerned about the home conditions that you or a community member is living in? Call our office with any health related complaints regarding residential properties in Langlade County.
To learn more about the programs and services Langlade County Health Department offers, visit http://langladecountyhealth.org/ or call 715-627-6250.