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The Somerset County Technology Center believes in promoting healthy choices and lifestyles. Please visit the SCTC Health News page frequently for news, tips, and advice on staying healthy throughout the year.

Lyme Disease is on the Rise!

The PA Departement of Health is reporting that the deer tick has been found in all 67 counties in PA per research done by the Department of Environmental Protection. The deer tick carries Lyme Disease and other tickborne diseases. From May through August the aggressive nymph stage of the deer tick is active. Learn how to protect yourself! Click on the image below to visit the CDC Lyme Disease web page.

Visit the CDC Lyme Disease Page!

Get the Facts on Lyme Disease!

Read the Lyme Disease Fact Sheet

Measles in the US

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body. About three out of 10 people who get measles will develop one or more complications including pneumonia, ear infections, or diarrhea. Complications are more common in adults and young children.

Visit the CDC Measles Page!

Get the Facts on Measles!

Read the Measles Fact Sheet

In Pennsylvania, One in Ten Kids Not Vaccinated

Read the Daily American Article

Stay Healthy---Wash Your Hands!

Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness.

What Is The Right Way To Wash Your Hands?

  • Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap.
  • Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Continue rubbing your hands for 20 seconds. About the same amount of time it takes you to sing the Happy Birthday song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry.

When Should You Wash Your Hands?

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or a wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste