The mission of the Preble County General Health District is to promote and improve the good health and well being of the people living and/or working within Preble County.
Business Hours: Monday through Friday
8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Created: 2014-10-20 Updated: 2014-10-20 18:51:54
Ebola Hotline Established for West Central Ohio
As a result of the worldwide Ebola crisis, many people in our community are now aware of the virus and some of the impacts it has had in this country and beyond. However, many have additional questions and are not certain where to call to for up to date and reliable information. Preble County Public Health, in conjunction with the rest of health departments in the West Central Region of Ohio, have established a hotline number for the public where they can call and get correct answers to the questions they may have. People who are in the West Central Region, which includes Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby counties, can call 937-225-6217 for additional information about Ebola, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
In the meantime, what can you do? Get your Flu Shot!
While Ebola is much more lethal then the seasonal flu, individuals should remember that we will have thousands of deaths in the United States this winter because those with weakened immune systems or those who are in poor health failed to get a flu shot.
Now is the time for all individuals older than 6 months to get their flu shots. The early signs of Ebola are similar to the early signs of flu. Get your flu shot now, and reduce the fear you might experience if you were to suddenly to have flu-like symptoms.
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October is SIDS Awareness Month
About 4,000 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the United States. These deaths are called sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID). Often an autopsy alone cannot explain these deaths without investigating the scene and reviewing the infant's medical history.
Health care providers and researchers don't know the exact causes of SIDS, but they do know methods to help reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related SUID. The Ohio Department of Health suggests following the ABC’s.
• Have the baby share your room, not your bed. Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair Alone, with you, or with anyone else.
• Always place babies on their Backs to sleep for every sleep.
• Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved Crib, covered by a fitted sheet.
• Keep soft objects such as pillows and loose bedding out of your baby's sleep area.
• Prevent exposure to smoking during pregnancy and after birth because these are important risk factors for SIDS. The risk of SIDS is even stronger when a baby shares a bed with a smoker. To reduce risk, do not smoke during pregnancy, and do not smoke or allow smoking around your baby. For help in quitting, call the quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit Women.Smokefree.gov.
For more information on smoking cessation and to see a display of what a safe sleep environment looks like, visit us at Preble County Public Health.
Worried about having an unsafe sleep environment? Contact Preble County Public Health to see if you qualify for the ‘Cribs for Kids’ Program. 937-472 0087 #243
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Health Department Starts Testing for West Nile Virus
Despite the mild summer, mosquitoes are still biting in Preble County. Typically, the mosquito breeding season starts around May, and ends as the weather grows colder in October or whenever our first hard frost occurs. Until then, we must take precautions to avoid bites that may lead to potential illnesses that can be transmitted from mosquitoes present in our area and throughout the Midwest.
Since the beginning of August, Preble County Public Health has been collecting mosquitoes that will be sent to the Ohio Department of Health's Vector-borne Disease Laboratory for testing. Once there, the types of mosquitoes will be identified as well as tested for diseases like West Nile Virus.
This summer marks the first time that Preble County Public Health is actively collecting and testing mosquitoes present within county borders. This is due in part to the Ohio Department of Health's mosquito and tick testing program being restored through the passage of the state's mid-cycle budget bill that went into effect on July 1st. On the county level, we have recognized the need for active surveillance of zoonotic disease (diseases that are transmittable between animals and humans).
It is our hope that through the mosquito testing program, Preble County Public Health will better able to prepare and protect the health of Preble County residents and visitors. We expect our first results back from the laboratory by the end of August. In the mean time, we can all continue to protect ourselves from mosquito bites by using insect repellent and by wearing appropriate clothing when outdoors.
Created: 2014-08-20 Updated: 2014-10-20 18:52:01
September Recognized as FASD Awareness and Prevention Month in Ohio
Each year, nearly 40,000 children are born with mental, behavioral and/or physical challenges resulting from prenatal exposure to alcohol, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA, 2010). These children are born affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), which according to the U.S. Surgeon General is the leading known cause of preventable birth defects. To read more access release below.fasd - sept 9.docx
Created: 2014-09-15 Updated: 2014-10-20 18:52:04
Health Inspections that Stick
In an effort to expand on our mission to Prevent, Promote, & Protect the public’s health in Preble County, the Preble County General Health District (PCGHD) is launching a public awareness campaign that will inform both businesses and patrons that food service operations and PCGHD are working together to provide a clean and safe environment for the public to consume and purchase food.
Starting this March, upon a standard health inspection at a restaurant, grocery store, or any place licensed in Preble County, PCGHD will be distributing a brand new Health Inspection decal. This decal will be prominently displayed so that the public can easily see and recognize that a food service operation in Preble County is being inspected on a regular basis and meets the standards the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code.
Along with recognizing efforts by local businesses, the intent of this ongoing campaign is to better educate the public on matters of food safety and help build confidence in consumers (You!) when dining or purchasing food at establishments found throughout Preble County.
Created: 2014-03-06 Updated: 2014-10-20 18:52:06
PCPH Hosts the Vital Statistics Electronic Index Kiosk
The Ohio Revised Code now requires that Preble County Public Health's Vital Statistics maintains a publicly available and searchable index of birth and death records for vital events in the state of Ohio. Jan Pearce, former Fiscal Officer and Registrar, was instrumental in implementing this kiosk, and it was announced on August 22, 2014 that it was ready for public use.
Because this index is accessed through the Ohio Department of Health, Preble County Public Health is responsible for hosting the kiosk where this information can be obtained. This electronic index kiosk project is intended to modernize index access by allowing the customer to complete their own searches eliminating extra work associated with outdated indexes by updating in real time, becoming compliant with the law by maintaining accurate information, and removing the risk of giving out sealed information from the index. Customers searching for records can locate those records faster than previous microfiche/film or other physical indices.
When public customers access the electronic index through the application gateway, they will be able to search for birth records back to 1908, and death records back to 1954. Customers will need to know first and last name of individual they wish to search along with the year of birth; searches can also be made by the last name and full date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy).
The kiosk is available for public use during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Mosquitoes - Fight the Bite!
Each summer in Preble County, mosquitoes are a familiar, biting pest in backyards, parks and
campgrounds. Most are merely a nuisance and are not major vectors of diseases. In fact, only a few of the 59 species of mosquitoes in Ohio are known to transmit disease.
However, the diseases these mosquitoes can carry are very serious ones, such as encephalitis and malaria in humans and heartworm in dogs. Therefore, it is always advisable to take preventive measures to protect yourself and your family against mosquito bites.
The most effective way to prevent mosquito-borne diseases is to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes. Being aware of mosquito and mosquito-borne disease activity in your area allows you to take action to protect yourself and others.
Preble County Public Health and Ohio Department of Health encourage you to do the following:
Avoid mosquito bites:
• Use insect repellent when you go outdoors. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. To optimize safety and effectiveness, repellents should be used according to the label instructions. More information about repellents can be found at www.cdc.gov.
• When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. Don't apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.
• Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during
Mosquito proof your home:
• Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. Use your air conditioning, if you have it.
• Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires and birdbaths at least once a week.
• Keep weeds cut short to help deter mosquitoes.
Report any dead crows or blue jays seen during mosquito season to Preble County Public Health as West Nile Virus (WNV) often will kill them.
For more information:
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Phone System change
Our phone system has changed at Preble County Public Health! While our numbers and extensions have remained the same, you will now need to press the '#' before dialing an extension.
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Start the School Year Off Right; Get Up to Date on Your Vaccines
Back-to-school season is here for Preble County, and that means parents are out getting supplies, new clothes and back packs. It's also the perfect time to make sure
your kids are up to date on their vaccines.
Unvaccinated children are at increased risk for contracting vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, mumps and whooping cough. They also may spread such diseases which are serious or potentially life-threatening for high-risk individuals such as infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated and others who have weakened immune systems due to other health conditions.
Ohio has had 377 confirmed cases of measles this year, the largest outbreak in the U.S. since 1994. Ohio's mumps outbreak stands at 473 cases.
Most schools require children to be current on vaccinations before enrolling to protect the health of all students. Children who are 4 to 6 years old are due for boosters of four vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and polio.
Youths who are preteens and teen-agers need Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), MenACWY,(meningococcal conjugate vaccine) and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines. In addition, yearly flu vaccines are recommended for all children 6 months and older.
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Measles, mumps outbreaks provide clear warnings
Summer Protection Starts with Immunization
As summer camps, fairs, vacations and family picnics take you and your family away to many fun-filled places during the warm weather months, now is a good time to get vaccinated. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reminds Ohioans that immunizations are the most effective way to prevent illness from vaccine-preventable diseases. The ongoing measles and mumps outbreaks in Ohio also serve as a reminder to all Ohioans that they should be up-to-date on immunizations.
"Activities that bring large groups of people together can accelerate the spread of these diseases," said ODH State Epidemiologist Dr. Mary DiOrio. "When coming into close contact with sick individuals, immunizations can provide the protection you need to keep from getting ill."
Given the on-going measles and mumps outbreaks, ODH recommends that Ohioans are familiar with the signs and symptoms of the diseases. Symptoms for measles include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, sore throat and a red rash appearing three to five days after the start of the symptoms. Symptoms of mumps include runny nose, cough and swelling of the salivary glands.
When individuals are fully vaccinated, the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is 97 percent effective in preventing the measles and 88 percent effective in preventing the mumps. Those who are not up-to-date on their immunizations should contact their healthcare provider or local health department and receive the MMR vaccine if there is no medical reason not to do so.
ODH and its local public health partners support the vaccine recommendations set forth by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC. These recommendations include vaccination schedules for when individuals (children and adults) should receive their vaccinations.
Whether your summer plans include sending the kids to camp or traveling in or out of the country, please be aware that immunizations may be required to protect you and your children from vaccine¬preventable diseases.
Preble County Public Health Immunization clinic hours are Mondays (except Holidays) 9 am- 11 am and 3 pm- 5 pm by appointment only. Call today to make your appointment.
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January is National Radon Action Month
This is a great time for homeowners to learn about the risk of radon in their homes, and take action to reduce exposure.Radon is a colorless, odorless gas from the soil that can build up in homes and may pose an increased risk of lung cancer to occupants. The only way to know if radon exists at elevated levels in a home is to test, so the U.S. EPA recommends that all homeowners take steps to test their homes.
Many Ohio counties, including those in the Miami Valley, are designated as Zone 1 counties by U.S. EPA, meaning the highest potential for elevated radon levels exists. This makes it especially important for homeowners to consider testing their homes and taking corrective action if needed. Preble County General Health District, the U.S. EPA, Ohio Department of Health, and the Surgeon General recommend that all homes be tested for the presence of radon gas.
Vouchers for free radon test kits are available at the Preble County General Health District located at 615 Hillcrest Drive in Eaton. If elevated indoor radon levels are detected, they can be corrected with the installation of a ventilation system to direct the problematic gas outdoors. Since the testing and correction of elevated Radon levels are not required by law, home owners are able to determine the best protocol to address problem.
To obtain a voucher for a free Radon testing kit please contact Preble County General Health District at 937-472-0087. More radon information is available by visiting www.rapca.org, www.epa.gov/radon, or http://radon.utoledo.edu . Residents can also call the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency at 937-225-4435 with any questions.
Created: 2014-01-07 Updated: 2014-10-20 18:52:19
PCPH Announces Change in Prenatal/Reproductive Health Providers
Starting April 1, 2014 Preble County Public Health would like to welcome Wright State University Family Medicine Residency Program as their new Prenatal & Reproductive Health Providers.
The Prenatal & Reproductive Health Clinics are held on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. by appointment only. The Health Department will continue to accept Traditional Medicaid, Caresource, Molina, Buckeye, United Healthcare Community Plan, and Paramount Medicaid Managed Plans.
Created: 2014-04-10 Updated: 2014-10-20 18:52:22
Healthy Ohio Breastfeeding Friendly Awards
Attached is the 2014 Healthy Ohio Breastfeeding Friendly Awards application.ho breastfeeding friendly awards.pdf
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National Infant Immunization Week
April 26th through May 3rd is National Infant Immunization Week.
Several important milestones already have been reached in controlling vaccine-preventable diseases among infants worldwide. Vaccines have drastically reduced infant death and disability caused by preventable diseases in the United States. In addition:
•Through immunization, we can now protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.
•In the 1950s, nearly every child developed measles, and unfortunately, some even died from this serious disease. Today, few physicians just out of medical school will ever see a case of measles during their careers.
•Routine childhood immunization in one birth cohort prevents about 20 million cases of disease and about 42,000 deaths. It also saves about $13.5 billion in direct costs.
•The National Immunization Survey has consistently shown that childhood immunization rates for vaccines routinely recommended for children remain at or near record levels.
It’s easy to think of these as diseases of the past. But the truth is they still exist. Children in the United States can—and do—still get some of these diseases.
One example of the seriousness of vaccine-preventable diseases is an increase in measles cases or outbreaks that were reported in 2013. Data from 2013 showed a higher than normal number of measles cases nationally and in individual states, including an outbreak of 58 cases in New York City that was the largest reported outbreak of measles in the U.S. since 1996. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/syndicate.html
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Alcohol Awareness in April and Beyond
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol has shown to increase the risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and several types of cancer. This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, Preble County Public Health encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of excessive alcohol intake.
In Ohio alone, there were more than 23,000 arrests for impaired driving in the past year. To spread the word and prevent alcohol abuse, Preble County Public Health is joining other organizations across the country to promote Alcohol Awareness Month.
If you or someone you know is drinking too much, the first step that can be taken to improve your health is by cutting back or quitting. While the process is not always an easy one, here are some strategies to help you start:
• Limit your drinking to no more than 1 drink a day for women or 2 drinks a day for men.
• Keep track of how much you drink.
• Don’t drink when you are upset.
• Avoid places where people drink a lot.
• Make a list of reasons not to drink.
In the event you are concerned about someone else’s drinking habits, talk with them and offer to help.
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Car Seat Appointments
Please note that due to the high demand for car seats, ALL CAR SEATS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. To make an appointment,call 937-472-0087 ext.224
Created: 2014-05-05 Updated: 2014-10-20 18:52:29
Be One in a Million Hearts
February – the time of valentines, hearts and flowers. It is also the time to remember the importance of your own heart health.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) causes one in three (approximately 800,000) deaths reported each year in the United States. There are many risks to heart disease including age, race, gender, income and behavioral health. The leading three risks are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking.
Million Hearts is a national initiative that was launched by the Department of Health and Human Services in September 2011 to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.
Preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 will require the work and commitment to change from all of us. There are steps that each of us can take to reach this goal as a nation. As individuals we can do the following:
• PREVENT heart disease and stroke in your family by UNDERSTANDING the risks.
• GET UP and GET ACTIVE by exercising for 30 minutes on most days of the week.
• KNOW your ABCS:
o Appropriate Aspirin Therapy
o Blood Pressure Control
o Cholesterol Management
o Smoking Cessation
• STAY STRONG by eating a heart-healthy diet that is high in fresh fruits
and vegetables and low in sodium, saturated and trans fats, and cholesterol.
• TAKE CONTROL of your heart health by following your health care professional's instructions for medications treatment
Be one in a Million Hearts and see how your actions can make a positive difference. A Million Hearts begins with you.
Created: 2014-02-03 Updated: 2014-10-20 18:52:35
PCGHD is now on Google+!
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Created: 2013-11-26 Updated: 2014-10-20 18:52:35