National Public Health Week

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EUGENE, Ore. — Friday is the last day of National Public Health week. Lane County Public Health is inviting the public to an open house to talk about creating a healthier community.

Currently, when it comes to health issues like immunization rates, smoking rates and access to healthy foods, Lane County ranks 18th healthiest. There are 33 counties total in Oregon. Lane County dropped one spot from last year.

Some challenges Public Health is tackling right now include the county’s high STD rates and smoking.

“They’re challenging because there’s always a fine line between people’s individual rights and then us stepping in and trying to find the best solution for the community to keep it healthy and protect its well-being,” says Jason Davis with Lane County Public Health.

When it comes to accomplishments, Public Health has significantly raised the rate of immunizations. Lane County no longer has one of the lowest rates in the state and that has helped nearly eradicate a number of certain communicable diseases.

Friday’s open house starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Lane County Public Health building. Those who attend can get a free Tdap vaccination. It can protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.

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