Welcome to the Bayfield County Health Department. It is our responsibility to protect the health of our residents through a wide variety of programs and services. From Community Health to Environmental Health and Emergency Management, we provide a full array of prevention, inspection, licensure, health, safety, and wellness promotion services.

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Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that when inhaled can be fatal. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a very serious, life-threatening condition that can occur when carbon monoxide levels become elevated and inhaled by a person. Mild cases of carbon monoxide inhalation can cause headaches, dizziness, vomiting, fatigue and flu-like symptoms; extreme exposure can cause convulsions, unconsciousness, brain damage, heart and lung failure and death. 

Carbon Monoxide detector

Carbon monoxide can be elevated as a result of blocked chimneys or flues, malfunctioning furnaces, operating grills or other portable fuel-burning devices (ex. space heaters) in a confined space, back drafts, vehicles operating indoors with poor ventilation, etc. Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur all year round, but is especially dangerous during the winter months when fuels are used to heat homes or other buildings. Find out more about what Bayfield County Health Department has done to help prevent accidental carbon monoxide poisonings in this Environmental Public Health Tracking Story.


Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits, missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Flu vaccine also has been shown to be life-saving in children. The CDC recommends that people get vaccinated against flu by the end of October. 

stop the spread of germs

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.

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Flu Vaccination Clinics

Flu vaccine is available at your Bayfield County Health Department. If you would like to get your flu shot, please contact Bayfield County Health Department to schedule* a time that works for you at (715)373-6109, extension 270.

*Normal business hours are Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4 pm.