Winnebago County
Public Health News
February 2020
The flu is still here!
According to state health officials, we are seeing a second wave of positive influenza tests in Wisconsin. The majority of these cases are Influenza B, but Influenza A is also on the rise. Both are included in this season’s flu sho t. We need to remember that influenza can be a deadly virus. Click here for the latest influenza information and reporting from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

While we are diligently keeping an eye on the current situation with novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we caution the public to not lose sight of influenza. There are preventative measures and antivirals that can be prescribed early in the illness to lessen the severity of the flu. It's important that we all do our part to keep ourselves and others as healthy as possible. 
The Winnebago County Health Department, in coordination with UW-Extension’s FoodWIse program , is working to better understand food insecurity and hunger among youth and families in the Oshkosh Area School District. In addition to gathering insight from students, we also want to hear from parents. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and share your thoughts and experiences with us. Your responses will be kept confidential and may be shared with schools in a general summary report that does not include identifying information.
Tobacco is changing. Help reduce youth access.
Tobacco is changing and, as a community, we need to continue efforts that reduce youth access to e-cigarettes, tobacco and other nicotine products. It's important that we educate on the dangers associated with using these products and prevent normalizing their use.

The CDC, FDA and other public health partners continue to investigate the national outbreak of lung injury associated to the use of e-cigarette or vaping products . Meanwhile, on December 20, President Trump signed a bill into law, taking effect immediately, that increased the age for sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21. On February 6, a new FDA policy went into effect to ban all flavored e-cigarette cartridges (ex. Juul pods), except for tobacco and menthol flavored pods.

Locally, our Wisconsin Wins program continues efforts to keep tobacco out of the hands of youth. During recent compliance checks, v ery few retailers sold tobacco/nicotine products to minors . In 2002, 34% of Wisconsin retailers sold tobacco products to minors, and today that number is in the single digits. Click here to learn more.

BadgerCare Plus - New Rules for Childless Adults
As of February 1, 2020, four new rules affect childless adults receiving BadgerCare Plus. These include a monthly premium, optional health survey, emergency room co-pays and drug treatment question. Click here for more information.
Spring Wellness Plus Classes

Tai Chi
Register: 920-267-3520
Menasha: Tuesdays, 2-3pm, Apr 28 - June 16, Smith Park

Stepping On
Register: 920-232-3000
Menasha: Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30pm, Feb 25 - Apr 7, City Hall
Oshkosh: Thursdays, 9:45-11:45am, Apr 30 - June 11, Miravida Living-Carmel

Strong Bodies
Register: 920-232-3000
Oshkosh: Mon & Thurs, 8:30-9:30am, Mar 9 - June 1, Sunnyview Expo
Menasha: Tues & Thurs, 4:45-5:45pm, Mar 3 - May 21, Senior Center

Healthy Living with Chronic Pain
Register: 920-232-3000
Oshkosh: Tuesdays, 9:45am-12:15pm, Feb 18 -Mar 24, Miravida Living- Carmel
Neena: Wednesdays, 2:00-4:30pm, March 18 - Apr 22, YMCA Keller Room

Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Register: 920-236-1227 or
Oshkosh: Thursdays, 4:00-5:30pm, Apr 16 - May 21, Public Library

Click here to view classes online.
NEW WIC Shopping Guide
The new WIC Shopping Guide includes updates such as yogurt, cheese and tofu substitutions, refrigerated orange juice for children and shredded cheese.
Winnebago County Health Department