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.
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: 2014-03-06 11:35:28
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: 2014-03-03 21:41:55
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: 2014-03-03 16:57:16
Due to the extreme cold temperatures,PCGHD's business hours will be 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
Created: 2014-01-06 Updated: 2014-03-03 16:57:16
Afternoon Clinic Closure
The Immunization Clinic from 3 - 5 p.m. and WIC afternoon appointments will be cancelled today, Monday January 6th due to extreme cold temperatures.
Created: 2014-01-06 Updated: 2014-03-03 12:51:29
The Invisible Threat of Carbon Monoxide
The Preble County General Health District, Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the State Fire Marshal remind Ohioans to be cautious when heating their homes during the current and coming cold weather season. The warning comes following reports of a statewide increase in emergency department visits and calls to poison control centers by Ohioans over the past 10 days for carbon monoxide exposure.
http://www.com.ohio.gov/documents/fire_CarbonMonoxide.pdf read more
Created: 2013-11-22 Updated: 2014-03-03 23:58:22
PCGHD is now on Google+!
Search for us on Google+!
Created: 2013-11-26 Updated: 2014-03-03 23:58:22
Breast Cancer Awareness - Beyond October
As October and Breast Cancer awareness month ends,a women's breast awareness should not.
Please review the attached press release for more information.breast cancer awareness - oct 23.docx
Created: 2013-10-25 Updated: 2014-03-03 23:58:03
‘Safe to Sleep’ – SIDS Awareness
Fall is here, and as winter approaches and the air cools we want to make sure our children stay warm. Although we may be tempted to cover them with fluffy blankets, our babies/young children can become caught in these and become unable to breathe. This brings the question to mind – What IS the safest way for my baby to sleep?
Review the document and visit the website below to learn more. www.nichd.nih.gov/SIDSsafe to sleep - nov 6.docx
Created: 2013-11-08 Updated: 2014-03-03 21:43:00
Attention Preble County WIC Participants
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in Ohio has received contingency funds from the USDA which will enable us to maintain services through October. Preble County WIC participants should continue to keep their WIC appointments and shop as usual. If you have any questions please contact our WIC office at (937) 456-5457 Ext. 231
Created: 2013-10-09 Updated: 2014-03-03 23:57:55
TB testing resumes
We are now able to offer TB skin testing during immunization clinic hours.Mondays from 9-11 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. by appointment.(except Holidays)
937-472-0087 ext 226 or ext 229.
Created: 2013-10-31 Updated: 2014-03-03 23:57:52
Seasonal flu shots available
We now have seasonal flu shots available for adults and children.Flumist nasal spray for children age 2-18 is also available.Adult immunizations are $25 and children immunizations are $14. Flu shots are given during regular immunization clinic hours which are Mondays(except holidays)from 9-11 A.M.and 3-5 P.M.No appointment necessary for flu shots.Flu Form
Created: 2013-09-24 Updated: 2014-03-03 23:58:33
Preble County General Health District Announces Funding For Septic System Repair / Replacement
Funding from the Ohio Water Pollution Control Loan Fund through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for repair or replacement of household sewage treatment systems in unsewered areas of Preble County has been made available to the Preble County General Health District.
Eligibility is determined by the homeowner’s income and the number of persons in the household. Homeowners may qualify within one of two tiers of funding based on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2013 Poverty Guidelines. Homeowners whose household is composed of four persons or less, and whose incomes are at or below 100% of US 2013 poverty guidelines ($23,550 annual income) will receive 100% of the eligible repair/replacement cost. Homeowners whose household contain four or fewer persons and whose aggregate household incomes are between $23,550 and $47,100 will receive 85% of the amount for the eligible repair/replacement costs. Homeowners whose households have more than four persons may contact the Preble County General Health District to see if they meet income eligibility.
Interested homeowners are encouraged to contact the Preble County General Health District at (937) 472-0087 to see if they meet income guidelines and to pick up an application.
Created: 2013-08-14 Updated: 2014-03-03 23:58:44
Shortage of Tubersol/Aplisol used for TB Testing
There is a nationwide shortage of Tubersol/Aplisol PPD used for TB skin testing. Per CDC recommendations, the health district is prioritizing our current supply of Aplisol for testing of high risk persons only (for example contacts of an active TB cases). The health district will not be providing general TB testing until the shortage is resolved. The attached memo suggests alternatives for persons who cannot delay testing due to work or school requirements. Please contact your physician or Preble County General Health District if you have any questions.
tb testing rcommendations memo for health partners 8-2013.do
Created: 2013-09-04 Updated: 2014-03-03 23:58:44
Special Board Meeting
Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 8:30 am
Held at the Preble County General Health District – 615 Hillcrest Drive, Eaton, Ohio 45320
Created: 2013-06-04 Updated: 2014-03-03 23:58:01
Health Awareness for Men
More than 300,000 men in the United States die from heart disease each year. That’s 1 out of every 4 men who die each year—a father, son, spouse, or colleague.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. In the United States in 2009, 206,640 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 28,088 men died from it. CDC provides men, doctors, and policymakers with the latest information about prostate cancer.
National Men's Health Week is celebrated each year the week leading up to and including Father's Day. During this week, individuals, families, communities, and others work to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems, promote healthy living, and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
Men can make their health a priority. Take action daily to live a healthier and productive life.
What can you do?
Take a bike ride. Toss a ball. Eat less salt. Try more veggies. There are many easy things you can do every day to improve your health and stay healthy.
Men, the women that care about them, and the communities in which they live, can do the following to assure being as healthy as possible.
• Lead by example. Eat healthy, be physically active, have regular checkups, get vaccinated, be smoke-free, prevent injuries, sleep well, and manage stress.
• Wear Blue: Choose a day that works for you, your group, or team and wear blue to raise awareness about men's health. Encourage others to wear blue.
• Get checkups, and be seen for health problems before they become serious.
• Stay up on the latest about men's health at CDC by signing up for e-mail updates in the top right corner of the Men's Health website
• Point out the connection between good health, physical, and mental performance in family, work, sports, and community activities.
• Encourage the males in your life to live a healthy lifestyle and get medical attention when needed.
• Recruit male friends or relatives with good health habits to help reinforce lifestyle messages.
• Remind him that his children and grandchildren will be influenced by the example he sets when forming lifelong health habits.
• Create an exercise routine that involves and is enjoyable for both of you
• Hold an educational event or presentation about men's health issues, healthy living, and health care.
• Plan a men's health fair and be sure to cover topics such as heart health, injury prevention, cancer, and workplace safety. Check out Tips for Planning Health Events.
• Encourage men to celebrate National Men's Health Week by seeing a doctor about health problems or getting a thorough checkup.
• Encourage men and boys in your life to live a healthy lifestyle and seek regular medical care and early treatment for disease and injury.
Preble County General Health District, along with ODH and CDC want you to live a healthy and productive life. Please obtain, and help your loved ones obtain, regular check-ups and health screenings. Contact your physician to schedule your exam today!!
For more information on this and other health topics visit www.cdc.gov .
Created: 2013-06-12 Updated: 2014-03-03 23:58:29
August is National Immunization Awareness Month
We all need immunizations (also called vaccines or shots) to help protect us from serious, but preventable diseases. To help keep our community safe, the Preble County General Health District is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month.
While many think of the annual flu shot when they think of immunizations, it is also important to remember that immunizations can prevent serious diseases including measles, diphtheria, and rubella that are now less common due to successful vaccination efforts.
It is important to know which shots you and your children need and when to get them. Do you have an infant, kindergartener, or teenager? Has it been 10 years since your last tetanus shot? These are all questions to ask yourself and your family to see if you are in need of any immunizations.
For more information on vaccinations you may need, or to schedule an appointment for a vaccination available through the health department, contact us today at (937) 472-0087.
Created: 2013-08-06 Updated: 2014-03-03 23:58:29
August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month
August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month (BAM) in Ohio. The theme this year is “Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers.” This theme highlights breastfeeding peer counseling.
Having a commemorative month is worthwhile, but ensuring that mothers have the support they need to breastfeed successfully requires ongoing efforts. That is why WIC (Women, Infants, Children) provides the Breastfeeding Peer Helper Program. It is designed to enhance the breastfeeding support services provided by WIC. The development of the Breastfeeding Peer Helper program has increased breastfeeding initiation and duration rates among the WIC population from 46.4% in 2009 to 53.7% in 2012. Ohio has a Peer Helper in each of its 88 counties.
Breastfeeding peer helpers are women in the community with personal breastfeeding experience. They provide mother-to-mother breastfeeding education and support which in turns helps mothers successfully reach their breastfeeding goals. Peer Helpers assist by establishing a connection with families, helping mothers in managing common concerns, providing ongoing encouragement and offering comfort outside the usual workday. Assistance obtaining a breast pump is also provided to those mothers working or going to school.
Contact Preble County WIC at (937) 456-5457 for addition assistance and to connect with a Peer Helper.www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org
Created: 2013-08-06 Updated: 2014-03-03 23:58:32
Well Child Clinic Closure
As of September 1st, 2013, the Preble County General Health District will no longer be able to offer services through the Well Child Clinic.
Children’s immunizations will continue to be available by appointment through the Health Department’s Immunization Clinic on Mondays from 9-11a.m. and 3-5 p.m.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and strongly encourage that you continue your child’s wellness care with their Primary Care Physician.
For questions, or to schedule an appointment for immunizations, please call (937) 472-0087.
Created: 2013-07-17 Updated: 2014-03-03 23:58:32
Prevention of Tick-Borne Disease
black legged tick
June 5, 2013 - The risk of exposure to ticks and disease can be
reduced by using precautions:
• Avoid tick-infested areas (i.e. wooded or weedy areas).
• If exposure is unavoidable, tuck pants into sock tops or boots.
• Wear light-colored clothing to make it easier to find crawling ticks.
• Use repellants and follow label instructions carefully.
• Check children for ticks frequently.
• Use caution when handling ticks and dispose of properly.
REMEMBER:Ticks have to feed for more than a day before they may transmit disease.If you are in a tick-infested area,check yourself,children,and pets daily.
• Dogs can become infected with tick-borne diseases.
• Dogs should be kept in well-mowed areas during tick season (April-September).
• Treatments are available to control ticks on dogs. Always follow label instructions.
• Inspect dogs for ticks every day. Ticks should be handled with caution and disposed of safely.
• Keep yard and outdoor play areas well mowed to discourage tick infestation.
• If a tick is attached, remove it as soon as possible; this reduces your risk of infection.
• Shield fingers with a paper towel or use tweezers. Grasp the tick close to the skin. With steady pressure, pull the tick straight up and out.
• Do not twist or jerk the tick. This may cause the mouth parts to be left in the skin.
• Do not crush or puncture the tick.
• Do not use a flame or cigarette to remove a tick. This may cause the tick to burst and increase disease risk.
• After removing a tick, thoroughly disinfect the bite site and wash hands with soap and water.
COMMON TICKBOURNE DISEASE SYMPTOMS
. joint aches and pains
If you have been bitten by a tick and develop these symptoms within a few weeks,please contact your healthcare provider. http://go.osu.edu/UgV and http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/black legged tick
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National Infant Immunization Week
April 20th through the 27th 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 $13.6 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. For example, in 2012, more than 50 people were reported to have measles. In addition, in 2012, preliminary data from CDC reports more than 41,000 cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in the US, including 18 deaths. Most of these deaths were in children younger than 1 year old. This was the highest number of pertussis cases in any one year in the US since 1955.
Parent Vaccination Schedule 0 - 6 years
Created: 2013-04-16 Updated: 2014-03-03 23:58:26
2012 Annual Report
Here is the 2012 Annual Report from the Health District.2012 Annual Report
Created: 2013-03-27 Updated: 2014-03-03 23:58:26
With text4baby, you'll get critical health and safety tips throughout your pregnancy and baby's first year.
Signing up is easy!!! Click on the link below.https://www.text4baby.org/
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Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day
CHICAGO – Food preferences, lifestyles, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns all affect our food choices. That is why, as part of National Nutrition Month® 2013, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day."
Each March, the Academy encourages Americans to return to the basics of healthy eating through National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme emphasizes the advantages of developing a healthful eating plan that incorporates individual food choices and preferences. This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Nutrition Month.
"There can be a misperception that eating healthfully means giving up your favorite foods," said registered dietitian and Academy President Ethan A. Bergman. "Our 'Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day' National Nutrition Month theme encourages consumers to include the foods they love as part of a healthful eating plan that is tailored for their lifestyles, traditions, health needs and, of course, tastes."
The Academy strives to communicate healthy eating messages that emphasize a balance of food and beverages within energy needs, rather than any one food or meal. To this end, it is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that the total diet or overall pattern of food eaten is the most important focus of healthy eating. Most favorite foods can fit within this pattern, if consumed in moderation with appropriate portion size and combined with physical activity.
Initiated in 1973 as a week-long event, "National Nutrition Week" became a month-long observance in 1980 in response to growing public interest in nutrition. To commemorate the dedication of registered dietitians as the leading advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world, the second Wednesday of each March is celebrated as "Registered Dietitian Day." This year marks the sixth annual Registered Dietitian Day, which will be celebrated March 13.
"The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' vision of optimizing the nation's health through food and nutrition is strengthened each March as we celebrate National Nutrition Month. As registered dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered, we are able to translate sound science-based research into helpful information that people can understand and apply to their everyday lives," Bergman said.
As part of this public education campaign, the Academy's National Nutrition Month website
includes a variety of helpful tips, games, promotional tools and nutrition education resources, all designed to spread the message of good nutrition based on the "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day" theme.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org.
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Public Health Advises of Dangerous Heat Conditions
Preble County General Health District along with Ohio Department of Health, National Weather Service (NWS) and other area Health Districts caution that weather conditions will remain dangerously hot and humid for a few days and may potentially return throughout the rest of the summer. During extremely hot and humid weather the body's ability to cool itself is affected. When the body heats too rapidly to cool itself properly, or when too much fluid or salt is lost through dehydration or sweating, body temperature rises and heat-related illnesses may develop.
Conditions that can limit the body’s ability to regulate temperature in hot weather are old age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn and drug and alcohol use. Among those at highest risk for heat stroke or heat exhaustion are:
• Infants and children up to 4 years old.
• People 65 and older.
• People who are overweight.
• People who over-exert during work or exercise.
• People who are ill or on certain medications.
Public Health is stressing the need to take these precautions to prevent any of these heat-related illnesses:
Drink Cool Fluids
• Help your body sweat and cool down by staying well hydrated with water. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. Adults should drink eight 8-ounce
glasses of water each day. Monitor your body; you may need to drink more
• on hot and humid days.
• Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
• Avoid fluids that contain alcohol or caffeine, because they can add to dehydration and increase the effects of heat illness.
• Do not take salt tablets without a doctor’s advice.
Monitor or Limit Outdoor Activities
• Plan outdoor activities for the early morning or the evening, when the sun is less direct.
• Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
• A wide-brimmed hat protects against sunburn and helps keep the body cooler.
• Move to the shade or into an air-conditioned building at the first signs of heat illness.
• Very young children may become preoccupied with outdoor play and not realize they are overheated. Adults should mandate frequent “breaks” and bring children indoors for a cool drink.
• Children or adolescents involved in team sports should be closely monitored for signs of heat stress. Consideration should be given to modifying practice or play during the hottest parts of the day.
Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion
• Remember, heat-related symptoms can come on quickly.
• Symptoms of heat exhaustion are: heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or fainting. People experiencing these symptoms should be moved to a cool, shady or air-conditioned area, and provided cool, non-alcoholic beverages.
• Remove layers of clothing, if possible.
Know the Signs of Heat Stroke
• Heat stroke is a potentially life-threatening condition, characterized by: a body temperature of 103 degrees or higher; red, hot and dry skin with no sweating; rapid pulse; headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; unconsciousness; and gray skin color.
• People experiencing heat stroke need immediate medical assistance.
• Before help arrives, begin cooling the victim by any means possible, such as spray from a garden hose or by placing the person in a cool tub of water.
Don’t Forget Your Pets
• Animals kept outdoors should have plenty of fresh water and a covered area to get out of the sun and cool down.
• Consider jogging in the early morning or evening to help keep pets and yourself cool.
In addition to the above, consider the following:
• Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
• Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device during an extreme heat event.
• Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
• Don’t use the stove or oven to cook—it will make you and your house hotter.
• Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
• Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
• Check the local news for health and safety updates.
• Seek medical care immediately if you have, or someone you know has, symptoms of heat-related illness like muscle cramps, headaches, nausea or vomiting.
The best defense against heat-related problems is prevention. Staying cool and making simple changes in fluid intake, activities and clothing during hot weather will help keep you safe and healthy.
Created: 2013-07-22 Updated: 2014-03-03 23:58:47
Make Your House a Healthy Home
Click on the link below for information on how to:
-Keep your home clean and free of moisture
-Clean & protect against mold
-Prevent injuries in the home
-Regularly inspect your home to protect the health of your family
-Deal with pests/insectsHealthy Homes Booklet
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Medicines play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases, but when they are no longer needed it’s important to dispose of them properly to avoid harm to others. The Prescription Drug Taskforce of Preble County wants you to know there are secure drop boxes located at the Eaton Police Department, the Preble County’s Sheriff’s Office and the New Paris Police Department that residents can use to dispose of old and expired medications before they end up in the hands of someone who may abuse them.
Area citizens can use the boxes to drop off expired, unused or unwanted medication for disposal 24 hours a day. The service is free and designed so that citizens can turn in their medications without scrutiny. No questions will be asked. The new drop boxes were supplied by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to address the epidemic of prescription drug abuse and overdose in Ohio.
Preble County ranks 16th in the State of Ohio in annual death rates for drug overdose which doesn’t include data for drug overdose attempts. This rate has increased rapidly from 2006 and needs to be addressed and acted upon with help and participation of the local communities. Since 2010, the Prescription Drug Task Force has held semi-annual Prescription Drug Take Back Days to get unused dangerous drugs out of the home to keep families safe. The Prescription Drug Taskforce consisting of the Preble County Sheriff’s Office, the Preble County General Health District, the Preble County Mental Health and Recovery Board and Preble County Law enforcement.
Items accepted include: prescription patches, medications and ointments; over-the-counter medications; vitamins; medication samples and pet medications. Prescription drugs are accepted with or without a label on the container. Not everything can be dropped in the drop box though. Items not accepted include any type of needles, syringes or liquids of any kind.
Law enforcement officers will dispose of these medications in a safe, legal, and environmentally conscious manner.
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Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home
Did you know that many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint? Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious hazards.
Click on the link below for valuable information on:
-How lead gets into the body
-Health effects of lead
-Steps you can take to protect your family
-Where to go for more information
The Preble County General Health District has a HEPA vac available for use. A $50 deposit is required; this will be refunded when the vacuum is returned in the condition in which it was issued. Please contact our office for more information - (937) 472-0087.Lead Brochure
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Annual Staff Training Day
The Preble County General Health District office will be closed Friday, March 1, 2013 for annual staff training.
Normal office hours will resume Monday, March 4, 2013.
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Protect Your Family from the Risks of Radon Exposure
The Preble County General Health District is offering vouchers for free radon test kits, provided by the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency.
Radon can be found anywhere in the United States; it comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water, and gets into the air we breathe. It’s possible for radon to be found in any type of building – homes, offices, schools, etc. Since you cannot see, taste, or smell radon gas, testing is the only way to know if elevated radon levels exist.
Contact the Preble County General Health District at (937) 472-0087, ext 200 to receive a voucher or if you have any questions.
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|What is mumps?|
|How is mumps spread?|
|Who gets mumps?|
|Mumps is an acute viral disease characterized by fever, swelling and tenderness of one or more of the salivary glands.|
|What are the symptoms of mumps?|
|Anyone who is not immune from either previous mumps infection or from vaccination can get mumps. Before the routine vaccination program was introduced in the United States, mumps was a common illness in infants, children, and young adults. Because most pe|
|What complications have been associated with mumps?|
|Symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, and swelling and tenderness of one or more of the salivary glands located close to the jaw. The salivary gland most often affected is the parotid gland (located just below the front of the ear). Approximately one|
|Does past infection with mumps make a person immune?|
|The incubation period is usually 16 to 18 days, although it may vary from 14 to 25 days.|
|How soon after infection do symptoms occur?|
|Mumps is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes and sends the mumps virus into the air. The virus can land in other people?s noses or throats when they breathe or put their fingers in their mouth or nose after handling an infected surface.|
|Yes. Immunity acquired after contracting the disease is usually permanent.|
|When and for how long is a person able to spread mumps?|
|Yes. Mumps vaccine is given on or after a child's first birthday, and is administered in combination with measles and rubella vaccine. A second booster dose is recommended after four years of age. The MMR (measles mumps rubella) vaccine is highly effectiv|
|Is there a vaccine for mumps?|
|Mumps can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), meningitis (inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal column), inflammation of the testicles or ovaries, inflammation of the pancreas, and deafness (usually permanent).|
|Stay home. Notify your physician for an appointment and evaluation.|
|The single most effective control measure is maintaining the highest possible level of immunization in the community. Children with mumps should not attend school during their infectious period.|
|What can be done to prevent the spread of mumps?|
|What do I do if I think I have the mumps?|
|Mumps is generally transmitted from about 3 days before symptoms appear to about 4 days after, although the virus has been isolated from saliva as early as 7 days before to as late as 9 days after onset of symptoms.|
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Bed Bug Information
For an informative Power Point presentation about bed bugs...Click Here
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ODH Reports 2012's First Human Death in a West Nile Virus Case
Columbus, OH - Ohio's first human death in a 2012 West Nile virus (WNV) case was reported today by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), which also continues to see widespread WNV human infection. The 76-year-old Hamilton County man was hospitalized with encephalitis.Read ODH News Release
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ODH Releases Third Grade BMI Report
The Ohio Department of Health just released the 2004-2010 Third Grade BMI Report. This report is the result of collaborations between the Ohio Department of Health and many elementary schools throughout Ohio. This includes elementary schools in Preble County. This report represents a comprehensive look at the state of obesity for Ohio's 3rd grade children.
Though overall rates of overweight and obesity for these children have not increased in five years, they have not decreased either. In comparing the data collected in 2004-05 and 2009-10, more than 1/3 of Ohio's third graders remain overweight/obese.
However, there is good news for Preble County. Preble County was identified with lower overweight/obesity prevalence between 2004-05 and 2009-10.
The report also highlights a number of areas where strategies to improve the policies, systems and environments that impact healthy behaviors should be focused to reduce childhood overweight and obesity.
To view the complete report,Click Here
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VECTREN - Live Smart - Natural Gas Safety
For information on natural gas safety, signs of a natural gas leak, and Vectren contact information, click on this link: vectren.pdf
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Never Leave Your Child Alone Campaign
In 2010, forty-nine children died when they were left unattended in vehicles and were overcome by heat stroke - three of these children lived in Ohio. These children died in one of three ways:
-- They were left unknowingly in vehicles with the driver became distracted at the destination and forgot there was a child in the vehicle
-- The driver knowingly left the child in the vehicle as they ran an errand
-- The driver left the vehicle unlocked or the key fob in reach and a child or children climbed into the vehicle to play unattended.
The risks and causes of these hyperthermia deaths are well-known. Safe Kids USA's Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car Campaign is underway. To view safety tips to prevent leaving a child in a car and to prevent trunk entrapmentClick Here
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