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Tuesday
Jul152014

Board of Health meeting cancelled

The Board of Health meeting for July 16th, 2014 has been cancelled. The new date for the Board of Health meeting is August 23rd at 8:30 AM in the county commissioner's conference room.

Monday
Jul072014

Sexual Health Clinic

The Sexual Health Clinic offers affordable reproductive healthcare for men and women with little or no insurance.

The clinic provides:

-Recommended annual exams (pap smears, pelvic exams, breast exams, and colorectal cancer screenings)

-Free and reduced cost STD testing (including gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV testing)

-Pregnancy testing

-Prescription birth control, condoms, and health pregnancy planning

Urbana location: 579 College Way (Urbana University)

** Marysville and London locations also available.

Hours: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays by appointment.

Cost: Discounted rates. Medicaid, CareSource & Molina also accepted.

 For Appointment Call: (937) 642-2053 OR (888) 333-9461 toll-free

Additional information can be found by visiting http://www.uchd.net/sexual-health-services-clinic

 

Thursday
Jun192014

Got Your Passport to Wellness?

Passport to Wellness is a free series of health seminars and family events for mind, body and spirit. With your passport in hand, you're free to travel to any event you like and soak up the experience. Good health is closer than you might think.

 

Get you free passport at any Passport to Wellness event!

 

For more information about Passport to Wellness and event dates please visit http://www.community-mercy.org/MMH_Passport_to_Wellness.asp

Thursday
Jun192014

Board of Health meeting date changed

The regularly scheduled Board of Health meeting set for July 9, 2014 has been changed to July 16, 2014 at 8:30 AM in the Champaign County Commissioners office.

Thursday
Jun192014

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

The Champaign Health District has a part-time position for an Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. Approximately 16 hours per/week. The Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coordinator will be responsible for the development and maintenance of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Plan. The incumbent will assess public health emergency preparedness educational needs, and plans, develops, and implements education/training programs.  The PHEP Coordinator has frequent interaction with Emergency Management Services personnel, the hospital, medical providers, law enforcement, fire personnel, and community based organizations. 

Applicants interested in the above open position may mail their resume by June 30th, 2014 to the Champaign Health District, Attn: Michele Carnes, 1512 S. US Highway 68, Suite Q100, Urbana, Ohio 43078 or email mcarnes@champaignhd.com. The Champaign Health District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Monday
Jun162014

5-2-1 Almost None Class

Join the Champaign Family YMCA this summer for a class to help give you and your entire family the tools to live a healthier lifestyle. Each week will hit a key component of 5-2-1 Almost None; every week will also have a fun physical activity, education, and guest speakers from around the community. A healthy dinner will provided by area sponsors every night too! Get your family together to be active and healthy this school year! For more information, click on the following link! http://www.champaignohio.com/5-2-1-almost-none-more-info.html

Wednesday
Jun042014

Change of Office Hours as of June 1, 2013

Effective June 1, 2013 the Champaign Health District's office hours are:

Nursing, WIC, Immunizations and BCMH-8am-4pm Monday through Friday

Late night WIC and Immunization Clinics-4pm-7pm every first and third Thursday (by appointment only)

Environmental Health Division-8am-5pm Monday through Friday

Vital Statistics Division-8am-5pm Monday through Friday

Wednesday
Jun042014

Back to School Immunizations 

It is not too early to get ready for Back To School!  As you begin the planning process for the upcoming school year, don't forget to schedule an appointment to come to the health district for immunizations!  All Kindergartners and 7th Graders have required immunizations.  Call 937-484-1667 to schedule your appointment today to avoid the long waits in August.

Wednesday
Jun042014

Rabies Vaccination is Important 

The Champaign Health District would like to remind our residents to vaccinate their pets against the rabies virus.  The health district staff has investigated fifty-one animal bites in 2012; of these bites four animals have been tested for rabies.  This past week a bat tested positive for rabies; the person that was bitten is now undergoing treatment a four shot regimen with the rabies vaccine. 

The best thing you can do to prevent an exposure to rabies is to avoid contact with wild animals, sick or injured animals, and animals you don’t know.  Pet vaccinations should be kept current, and pets should not be permitted to roam.  Some wild animals are cute when they are babies and families may think they can keep a baby as a pet, unfortunately these babies grow up and don’t always remember that the family is a “friend”.  

The primary carrier of rabies in Ohio is a raccoon or bat; there have been thirty confirmed cases of rabies in Ohio this year.  Keeping in mind that the only animals tested are those involved in a bite there are probably many more positive animals in Ohio.  Rabid raccoons are primarily found in the northwestern part of Ohio, but bats are found across the state.

Please help the Champaign Health District staff keep you and your loved ones safe, vaccinate your pets and teach your children not to approach animals they don’t know!  Remember, most wild animals will flee from you, so if an animal is lurking near your residence it is quite possibly sick.  Report all animal bites to the health district so that an investigation can begin immediately and it can be determined quickly whether medication is needed to save a life.

The Champaign Health District is partnering with the Clark County Combined Health District to provide rabies vaccination for animals at a minimal cost of $10.00 cash per animal on September 4, 2012 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at the offices of the Clark County Combined Health District 529 East Home Road Springfield.  More information about rabies and other diseases can be found at www.odh.ohio.gov and more information about the rabies vaccination clinic can be found at http://www.ccchd.com.

Wednesday
Jun042014

West Nile Virus - You can protect your loved one!

Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control:

What Is West Nile Virus?

West Nile virus (WNV) is a potentially serious illness. Experts believe WNV is established as a seasonal epidemic in North America that flares up in the summer and continues into the fall. This fact sheet contains important information that can help you recognize and prevent West Nile virus.

 What Can I Do to Prevent WNV? The easiest and best way to avoid WNV is to prevent mosquito bites.

• When you are outdoors, use insect repellents containing an EPA-registered insect repellent. Follow the directions on the package.

• Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants at these times or consider staying indoors during these hours.

• Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.

• Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets and barrels. Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. Keep children's wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren't being used.

 How Does West Nile Virus Spread?

Infected Mosquitoes. Most often, WNV is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread WNV to humans and other animals when they bite.

Transfusions, Transplants, and Mother-to-Child. In a very small number of cases, WNV also has been spread through blood transfusions, organ transplants, breastfeeding and even during pregnancy from mother to baby.

Not through touching. WNV is not spread through casual contact such as touching or kissing a person with the virus.

 What Is the Risk of Getting Sick from WNV?

People over 50 at higher risk to get severe illness. People over the age of 50 are more likely to develop serious symptoms of WNV if they do get sick and should take special care to avoid mosquito bites.

Being outside means you're at risk. The more time you're outdoors, the more time you could be bitten by an infected mosquito. Pay attention to avoiding mosquito bites if you spend a lot of time outside, either working or playing.

Risk through medical procedures is very low. All donated blood is checked for WNV before being used. The risk of getting WNV through blood transfusions and organ transplants is very small, and should not prevent people who need surgery from having it. If you have concerns, talk to your doctor.

Pregnancy and nursing do not increase risk of becoming infected with WNV. The risk that WNV may present to a fetus or an infant infected through breast milk is still being evaluated. Talk with your care provider if you have concerns.

 What Else Should I Know?

If you find a dead bird: Don't handle the body with your bare hands. Contact the Champaign Health District at 937-484-1606 for instructions on reporting and disposing of the body.

More information about West Nile Virus and other mosquito born illnessess can be found here.