2017-2018 Flu SEASON UPDATE
|THE MCHD SEEKS YOUR INPUT!
IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO GET YOUR FLU SHOT!!
As you may have heard, this year’s flu season has been much more serious than flu seasons of the past decade. Across the nation, the CDC ‘s Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, states 63 children have died from influenza this season (through February 3, 2018.) Three of those 63 children were Ohio residents! Overall, during the same time period, Meigs County has had 9 residents, aged 3 – 94 years, hospitalized due to the flu. All people are at risk of getting the flu, but at especially high risk for complications related to the flu are the following: the very young, the elderly, those with underlying medical conditions and pregnant women.
This year’s influenza is primarily Influenza A (H3N2). With the widespread and severe flu activity, officials are predicting this flu season could extend into May, rather than just March when the “typical” flu season winds down. Given this information, the MCHD is wanting your input on this question, “In consideration of this flu season being much more serious than past seasons, would you participate in an additional, after-hours flu shot clinic at the MCHD?”
We want to best serve YOU, our residents, to meet your needs, and we realize that not everyone can come see us during our regular business hours.
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or our Twitter page: https://twitter.com/MeigsHealthDept and COMMENT YES OR NO ON THE POST TO LET US KNOW WHETHER OR NOT YOU WILL COME TO THIS CLINIC. We look forward to serving you! Thank you.
For additional information on this flu season for Ohio, click this link: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/-/media/ODH/ASSETS/Files/influenza/2017-2018/2018/Seasonal-Influenza-Activity-Summary-201718-MMWR-Week-5.pdf?la=en
Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) POWER Grant Care Coordination Program
The Meigs County Health Department has been awarded the ARC POWER Grant, which is co-funded by Marshall University and the Sisters Health Foundation. The POWER Grant is an economic development grant for coal distressed counties, whose goal is to create sustainable funding for Community Health Workers (CHW’s) as members of a care coordination teams that serve high risk diabetes patients. The grant has enabled the MCHD to employ Laura Grueser, the first of three CHW’s, to serve high-risk diabetic patients in Meigs County. The role of the CHW is to educate and support patients in their homes and communities. Specifically, this program will equip patients with self-management decision making and problem solving skills, which will enable them to better manage their diabetes. The community health worker will coordinate with clinical partners to identify patients that will benefit from care coordination.
Meet the Meigs County Board of Health
Meet the Meigs County Board of Health: (l-r) Edna Weber; vice-president ,Roger Gaul; president, Dr. Wilma Mansfield; medical member, Pam Patterson, member; Eric Rock, member.
MCHD Observes National Public Health Week
The Meigs County Health Department (MCHD) observed NPHW by recognizing all its 17 employees and Board of Health (BOH) members for their dedication and hard work during a catered luncheon on April 5th. Those specifically honored for service milestones (5, 10, 15 or more years of service to the department) are as follows:
- Former BOH Member Gene Jeffers, who served multiple consecutive terms from 1979-2017
- Former BOH Medical Member James Witherell, who served the Health Department and BOH in various capacities from 1979-2017
- Current Employees Courtney Midkiff 18 years; Leanne Cunningham 14 years; Sherry Hayman and Frank Gorscak 13 years; Steve Swatzel 10 years; Sherry Eagle 8 years; Juli Simpson 5 years
Jeffers and Witherell were presented with commemorative plaques and specially recognized employees were honored with lapel pins.
Cribs for Kids
Did you know that 3 infants die in Ohio each week in sleep-related incidents? The Meigs County Health Department partners with Cribs for Kids® to provide pack ‘n plays for infants who don’t have a safe place to sleep. If you know of anyone who needs this service, please have them call the health department at 740-992-6626. Guidelines are: Meigs County resident, infant under 12 months (or mom in 3rd trimester), no crib or safe place in which to sleep, eligible to receive WIC (doesn’t have to be on WIC). **Please share**
EVZIO Auto-Injector Naloxone Kit
The MCHD Announces the availability of the new EVZIO Auto-Injector Naloxone Kit to be used in the case of a suspected opioid overdose.
The Meigs County Health Department is now offering the EVZIO Auto-Injector (injectable Naloxone) effective December 2016. The EVZIO Kit replaces the former Project DAWN Kits (nasal Naloxone) that the department has offered for over a year. The EVZIO Auto-Injector offers Naloxone by injection, much like an Epi Pen. Trained individuals receive a EVZIO Auto-Injector kit that contains the medication, along with education of other lifesaving measures, such as rescue breathing, to be used in the event of a suspected opioid overdose,.
We currently have 100 kits in stock, and those kits are FREE to community members who have an interest and are willing to come to the Health Department to be trained to use them. Training takes less than one hour and can be done on an individual basis or as a group.
Please call Sherry Hayman, RN, at 740-992-6626 Ext. 1036 to set up an appointment.
NEEDLE KNOW HOW
This website has been constructed to educate the public about proper needle disposal. The goal is to prevent, promote, and protect. Our hopes with this webpage and campaign are to educate the public in order to prevent accidental needle sticks. (Click on the link below.)
Insurance for Vaccines
The Meigs County Health Department uses Vaxcare to supply vaccines for adults and children aged birth through 18 who have commercial insurance coverage.