Thursday, August 18, 2016

Back to School Immunizations

Are you ready for school?  Are your kids up-to-date on their vaccinations? Count down begins as school starts within days. It’s important your children get their shots on schedule. Come visit our Columbia County Department of Health and Human Services in Portage to get your children ready for the school year! Look at our schedule below to find out if you are eligible for free immunizations.

Columbia County Health & Human Services Division of Health

P.O. Box 136 - 2652 Murphy Road

Portage, WI

(608) 742-9227

Columbia County 2016 Free Immunization Clinic Schedule

      When?                                      Walk-In Clinic
Monday and Wednesday mornings 8:00 am until noon

      Also                            Afternoon Immunization Clinic
                                                             2:30pm – 5:30 pm
                                                                  October      10th
                                                                 November   14th
         December   12th


             By Appointment by calling (608) 742-9227

       Where?                          2652 Murphy Road, Portage, Door #4
Take Hwy 16 West.  Go under the I -39 overpass.  Murphy Rd. is the 1st road on     the left.  This is also the road to Cardinal Glass.  Turn in the first driveway and go to the far entrance, marked #4.
Who can receive free immunizations?

Free immunizations are available at Columbia County Public Health to those 18 years and younger and meet at least one of the following requirements:
Uninsured or Underinsured (underinsured means your child has health insurance but it either doesn’t cover any vaccines, doesn’t cover certain vaccines, or covers vaccines but has a fixed dollar limit and once that limit has been met then your child is eligible).
  • Medicaid-eligible (including BadgerCare)
  • Native American or Alaska Native.
    Some immunizations are available free for uninsured and underinsured adults 19 years and older for people in certain situations.
  • Please call for more information.
  • Some immunizations are available for a cost to any adult:
  • Seasonal influenza
  • Hepatitis B

Other Important Information:

A parent or guardian must accompany a child under the age of 18.

A child’s immunization record is REQUIRED.

  • You may access your child’s immunization record through the Wisconsin Immunization Registry at:
  • (child’s social security number, MA or healthcare member ID number must have been entered)

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Columbia County Cooling Centers

DATE:  July 19, 2016


Dangerous Hot Weather

Cooling Shelters to Open In Columbia County Communities

Columbia County Emergency Management is encouraging residents to prepare for the extreme hot weather that is forecasted. Temperatures are forecast to be in the mid 90’s to upper 90’s on Thursday and Friday this week. Heat indices are expected to be well over 100. These types of weather conditions can be extremely dangerous to humans and animals.

The following communities will have cooling centers set up for Thursday and Friday, July 21 – July 22, 2016.

The City of Columbus will have a cooling shelter at the Senior Center located at 125 N. Dickason Blvd., Columbus during normal business hours Thursday, July 21st, and Friday, July 22nd from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Senior Center is open to anyone who needs shelter from the extreme heat. 

The Village of Pardeeville will have a cooling shelter at the Village Hall at 114 Lake Street, Pardeeville, Thursday, July 21st and Friday, July 22nd from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. They will also have the Angie William Cox Library at 119 N. Main Street available from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Thursday, July 21st, and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday, July 22nd.

 The City of Portage will have a cooling shelter at the City Hall basement located at 115 West Pleasant Street, Portage, Thursday, July 21st, and Friday, July 22nd, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The Village of Poynette will have a cooling shelter at the Poynette Public Library, 118 North Main Street, Poynette, available for the public on Thursday July 21st from 9:30 AM until 8:00 PM, on Friday July 22nd from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, and on Saturday July 23rd from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

The City of Wisconsin Dells will have a cooling shelter at the Kilbourn Public Library available on Thursday, July 21st from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Friday, July 22nd from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  The city has also opened the Municipal pool up to FREE use on Thursday July 21st and Friday July 22nd during normal operating times. 
  • Bring your own food and water
  • Bring medications with you
  • Bring games, books, or playing cards
  • Bring toys for your children to play with
  • NO PETS will be allowed at the shelter
General symptoms of heat exhaustion include fainting, rash, fatigue and nausea. Skin may become clammy and moist or hot and dry. The onset of heat stroke can be rapid and may progress to life-threatening illness within minutes. If heat-related symptoms appear, immediate actions should be taken to reduce body temperature.

The following actions are recommended when temperatures are above 90 degrees:
  • Drink more fluids during hot weather to avoid dehydration. Rapid weight loss may be a sign of dehydration.
  • During the hottest part of the day stay in a cool place, preferably air-conditioned.
  • Do not plan strenuous activities during the warmest part of the day.
  • Use fans to increase ventilation unless temperatures exceed 90° (at which point fans become ineffective in reducing heat-related illness).
  • Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath to reduce body temperatures. In addition, wet clothing has a cooling effect.
  • Make frequent checks on the status of elderly or ill relatives or neighbors and move them to an air-conditioned environment during the hottest part of the day.
  • Pets and livestock should be checked frequently and kept out of direct sunlight if possible

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

For Immediate Release: Extreme Heat Awareness

Emergency Management Office

Date:   July 19, 2016


For Immediate Release


Extreme Heat Awareness

Heat related deaths and illness are preventable.  People need to be aware of who is at greatest risk and what can be done to prevent the loss of life.

Remember these tips:

  • Stay Cool: Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible and avoid direct sunlight 
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink
  • Stay Informed: Watch your local weather forecasts so you can plan activities safely when it’s hot outside. Watch for any extreme heat alerts.

People at higher risk of a heat-related illness include:

  • Infants and young children
  • People 65 years of age and older
  • People who are overweight
  • People with chronic medical conditions

Where you are most at risk:

  • Homes with little or no air conditioning
  • Cars

Many victims of heat-related deaths are socially isolated, maintaining little contact with family and friends. This is why it is important to check in on family, friends, and neighbors during extreme heat. Those most vulnerable include very young children, the elderly, and people with heart disease or high blood pressure. Individuals who are on certain medications may also be more susceptible to illnesses during extreme heat events.


The following are some extra tips to help keep cool and safe this summer in the hot weather:

    1. Never leave children, disabled persons, or pets in a parked car – even briefly.  Temperatures in a car can become life threatening within minutes. On an 80-degree day with sunshine, the temperature inside a car even with the windows cracked slightly can rise 20 to 30 degrees above the outside temperature in 10 to 20 minutes. There have been cases where the inside temperature rose 40 degrees! Additional information at:
    2. Keep your living space cool.  Cover windows to keep the sun from shining in.  If you don’t have an air conditioner, open windows to let air circulate.  When it’s hotter than 95 degrees use fans to blow hot air out of the window rather than to blow hot air on your body.  Basements or ground floors are often cooler than upper floors.
    3. Slow down and limit physical activity.  Plan outings or exertion for the early morning or after dark when temperatures are cooler.

    4. Drink plenty of water and eat lightly.  Don’t wait for thirst, but instead drink plenty of water throughout the day.  Avoid alcohol or caffeine and stay away from hot, heavy meals. 
    5. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.  Add a hat or umbrella to keep your head cool…and don’t forget sunscreen!

    6. Don’t stop taking medication unless your doctor says you should.  Take extra care to stay cool and ask your doctor or pharmacist for any special heat advice.
    7. Taking a cool shower or bath will cool you down.  A shower or bath will actually work faster than an air conditioner.  Applying cold wet rags to the neck, head and limbs also cools down the body quickly.




  • Heat Cramps - cramps or muscle spasms in the abdomen, arms or legs.

Solution: Stop activity. Cool down, drink clear juice or sports drink.

  • Heat Exhaustion - heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, fainting.

Solution: Cool down, seek medical attention.

  • Heat Stroke - extremely high body temperature, red, hot, dry skin, rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, unconsciousness.

Solution: Call 911 and cool the victim with shower or hose until help arrives.

(Courtesy: Wisconsin Department of Health Services)




(Graphic Courtesy of General Motors and Golden Gate Weather Services)


For more information, visit and click on our Heat Awareness section.