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102 S. 6th Street, Tarkio
(660) 736-4193
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100 East Cass Street, Rock Port
(660) 744-5361
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514 State Street, Mound City
(660) 442-3181
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101 S. Washington, Oregon
(660) 446-2090
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226 W. Main Street, Burlington Junction
(660) 725-3365

The Crops Are Almost Ready to Harvest. Is Your Health Ready?

Community Hospital-Fairfax Family Medicine Clinics Talk Farm Safety During National Farm Safety and Health Week

As the crops mature and the days become shorter, thoughts turn to harvest and its impact on our communities. Farmers and those employed by businesses supporting agriculture spend long hours in the field or on the road to complete harvest before the snow flies. During these times, health can be the last priority.

That is why Community Hospital-Fairfax Family Medicine Clinics want to remind those involved in the long days of harvest to take time for their health now. Some helpful questions to ask yourself:

  • Consider when your prescriptions are due and act now if possible.
  • Do you understand the side effects of any new medication you might be on?
  • Have you scheduled any needed procedures such as a colonoscopy?
  • Should you consider having your blood pressure checked before the stress of harvest begins?
  • Do you have the proper ear and eye protection?
  • Dust is a natural part of harvest. How can you limit your exposure this year?
  • Is your equipment safe? Falls from ladders, grain bins or farm equipment can cause serious injury.
  • Have you scheduled your annual wellness visit? Medicare and many insurance companies offer these exams for free.

The community also has important role to plan in farm safety and health. Watching for traveling farm machinery and allowing extra time to arrive to your destination can reduce risk on the road. Everyone should avoid cell phone usage on the road, especially during this peak traffic time of year.

CH-F Family Medicine Clinics are looking forward to a safe and healthy harvest for our community; however, should the need arise, clinic providers and staff are ready to serve you. Visit www.FairfaxMed.com for contact information for a clinic near you.