We are seeing an uptick in Pertussis cases.  Pertussis is commonly known as ‘whooping cough.’  It is a highly contagious infection.  Pertussis begins with cold-like symptoms and a cough that becomes much worse over 1-2 weeks.  Symptoms usually include a long-series of coughs followed by a whooping noise, although not everyone will experience this.  There is generally no fever with pertussis.  Additional symptoms may occur with the coughing, or you may just experience a cough that doesn’t go away. 

Anyone can get pertussis, but the disease is most serious in un-immunized infants and pre-schoolers.  If you have young children at home between the ages of 2 months thru 6 years, make sure they are up to date on their DTaP immunizations.  Children 11 and older should receive the new tetanus booster that also boosts for Pertussis (Tdap) if they have not already received it.  This is a one-time booster so no further doses can be given.

If you or someone in your family experiences any of these symptoms please contact your doctor.  For more information about Pertussis, click here.

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Drop Box Locations are available to safely and securely dispose of unused medications:

  • Clear Lake Police Department
  • Osceola Medical Center
  • Polk County Justice Center
  • St. Croix Regional Medical Center - Frederic Clinic
  • St. Croix Regional Medical Center - SCF Clinic


Items that ARE Accepted

Prescription medications

Controlled and non-controlled medications

Over the counter medications

Medication samples


Medicated ointments/lotions


Items that are NOT Accepted


IV bags

Aerosol cans

Business waste


Bloody or infectious waste

Personal care products

Empty containers

Liquid medications


2018 Recipient of the “Friend of Public Health" Award

Dr. Arne Lagus

Dr. Lagus has had 20 years of active participation on the Polk County Board of Health, while devoting over 50 years of his life as a family practice physician at SCRMC. He served as the Health Department’s Medical Advisor for many years, providing consultation and standing orders, and guidance and support to PCHD staff.

To quote Dr. Lagus, “The contribution I hope to make to Polk County is to develop policies that promote healthy lifestyles and healthy lives”.

Thank you Dr. Lagus for exemplifying the true meaning of a Friend of Public Health!


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