The departmental mission is to provide outstanding services in environmental health and in order to promote wellness and prevent disease in our community through prevention today and healthier tomorrow. This will be accomplished through the intellectual use of human resources, technology, education and common sense.
The City of DeSoto Health Department only offers environmental health-related services. For medical and immunization services, contact your family physician or the Dallas County Health Department.
Below are helpful phone numbers and websites:
Dallas County Health Department Services, Region 2/3
Texas Department of State Health
Tip of the Month
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization and death. Some people such as older people, young children and people with certain health condition might be at high risk of flu complication. Flu viruses is most common during fall and winter. People with flu can spread it up to 6 feet away mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza. Flu vaccines can reduce illness, doctor's visit and missed work and school due to flu. If you get sick with flu, antiviral drugs may be a treatment option. Check with doctor promptly if you are at high risk of serious flu complication and you get flu symptom
Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bite.
Use EPA registered insect repellent. DEET, Picaridin (known as KBR 3023 and icaridin outside the US), IR3535, Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), Para-menthane-diol (PMD), 2-undecanone
Find the right insect repellent for you by using EPA search tool and follow the product label instruction while using the repellent.
Wear long sleeved shirt and long pants to protect from mosquito biting when outdoor. Use screens on windows and doors. Once a week, empty, cover or throw out items that hold water such as tires, buckets, toys, pools, birdbaths, flower pots and trash containers.
When traveling overseas sleep under mosquitoes bed nets. Choose a hotel that has air conditioning or screens on doors and windows. For more information on traveling overseas, visit traveler's health.
Holidays Cooking Tips
Thawing any frozen food specially Turkey in the holiday season requires patience. The safest method to thaw is to refrigerate. Plan ahead, it takes 4-5 days to thaw 20 lbs turkey in refrigerator.
In the process of Turkey cooking, if it is in the oven, let it cook for at least 45 minutes. When you remove turkey from the oven use an instant-read thermometer to determine temperature and it should read above 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Here are some best Thanksgiving Turkey recipe. Use safe Food Handling method during cooking process.
Heatstroke tragedies are absolutely heartbreaking, and a reminder for all of us to be aware of the dangers of leaving a child alone in a car. Protect kids from preventable tragedy by never leaving a child alone in the car, not even for a minute. Bystanders should call 911 if they see a child alone in the car.
Together, we can reduce the number of heatstroke deaths and close calls by remembering to ACT:
- A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
- C: Create reminders by routinely putting something in the back of your car such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
- T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. Bystanders taking action while following protocol are protected by Texas law (Title 4, Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Chapter 9A) .