Annual Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic
Our annual drive-thru flu shot clinic will be held on Tuesday, October 8 at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Vaccinations will be given from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM. Come get your flu shot from the comfort and convenience of your car! You can help make the experience even more convenient by completing the insurance and screening forms ahead of time. Click here to open and print the forms.
Flu Shots Available at Mercer Health District Office
Can’t make it to the drive-thru clinic? You can also visit our office to get your flu shot. We currently have flu shot clinics scheduled for the following dates and times:
- Tuesday, October 15th from 9:30 AM to 5:15 PM
- Tuesday, November 5th from 9:30 AM to 5:15 PPM
To schedule and appointment, please call 419-586-3251, extension 1270. Insurance and screening forms can be found here. Print the forms and fill them out before your appointment to save yourself some time! To learn more about flu vaccination and other prevention methods, visit CDC’s Prevent Seasonal Flu web page.
Bi-Annual Public Health Update
Click to here to read our Bi-Annual Public Health Update and learn about how vaccines help keep our entire community healthy. You can also look at statistics on the incidence of various disease in the county and services provided by the health department.
Community Health Assessment Survey Launch
Mercer County Health District, in partnership with Mercer Health, Foundations, and other county organizations, is launching a comprehensive health assessment of the Mercer County community, starting July 15, 2019. The purpose of the assessment is to understand the current health needs of residents of Mercer County and to help identify opportunities to improve the health of the community. The assessment will include a review of various sources of data along with a survey of county residents.
The short survey asks about personal health and wellness, as well as priorities to improve health. Please complete an electronic version of the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mercercountyhealthsurvey. In addition, hard copies of the surveys will be circulated at specific locations where we can capture the voices of the community who may not have access to the electronic survey.
Historically, every three years a community health assessment has been executed and an associated report and plan has been developed and implemented to evaluate and improve the health needs of the community. The most recent community health assessment was done in 2016 and the associated community health improvement plan included initiatives to be completed from 2017 – 2020. A copy of the current community health improvement plan can be found here: https://www.mercer-health.com/sites/default/files/pdf/2016_Mercer_Health_CHNA_Report_FINAL.pdf. The community health survey currently being executed will collect data and analyze trends allowing a community health improvement plan and initiatives to be developed for 2020 – 2023. A full report and plan should be available in early 2020.
The community health assessment survey is available now through the end of September. For more information, please contact Jason Menchhofer, Interim Administrator at Mercer County Health District, at JMenchhofer@mchdohio.org or 419-586-3251, extension 1273 or Mindy Kremer, Vice President of Development, Marketing and Communications at Mercer Health at 419-678-5613 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Measles Cases Increasing in the US in 2019
From January 1 to April 26, 2019, 704 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 22 states. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. The states that have reported cases to CDC are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, and Washington.
Fortunately, Measles is a vaccine preventable disease. The MMR vaccine is believed to be 97% effective when two doses are given. Here are some important things to know about measles and vaccination:
- Anyone borne during or after 1957 who does not have proof of a MMR can receive the vaccine.
- There are two separate diseases that people call measles- rubeola and rubella. Rubella is also known as the German Measles, a much milder disease but a leading cause of birth defects.
- At this time MCHD does not have MMR vaccine available for those who don’t have insurance. Pay at the time of service price is $90 for the MMR. If insurance is billed, the price is $115.
- Individuals in high risk groups (children, international travelers, adults in secondary education and healthcare workers) need two MMRs.
For more information, check out the following resources from the CDC:
Statewide Hepatitis A Outbreak
Outbreaks of hepatitis A virus infection are occurring nationwide, including Ohio. In June 2018, the Ohio Department of Health declared a Statewide Community Outbreak of hepatitis A after observing an increase in cases linked to certain risk factors since the beginning of 2018. The Mercer County Health District is reporting five confirmed cases of hepatitis A in its jurisdiction.
Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease that usually spreads when a person ingests fecal matter – even in microscopic amounts- from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the stool of an infected person, such as through sex.
Good hand-washing and vaccination are the best ways to prevent hepatitis A in at-risk individuals. Individuals who have one or more risk factors for hepatitis A, call Mercer County Health District at 419-586-3251 to see about getting vaccinated. Find out more about the hepatitis A vaccine Hep A VIS, or click the links below for more information on how to protect yourself from this disease.
HIV Screening Available
Do you think you may be at risk of contracting HIV due to a recent exposure? Call 419-228-4457 extension 131 to be screened over the phone. If you are considered high-risk for HIV exposure, a free test can be scheduled. Find more information here.
We offer a wide variety of childhood and adult immunizations. Important immunization information is found below.
The following websites offer nationally-recognized information on immunizations.
Pertussis, also know as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. Pertussis can affect people of all ages, but can be very serious, even deadly, for babies less than a year old. The best way to protect against pertussis is by getting vaccinated.
Adult head lice are roughly 2-3 millimeters long. Head lice infest the head and neck and attach their eggs to the base of the hair shaft. Lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly. Head lice infestation is spread most commonly by close person-to-person contact.
For information on the treatment and prevention of scabies, visit Centers for Disease Control website at:
ALL MERCER COUNTY FACILITY
INSPECTIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE
NEW AS OF JULY 2016!! WE HAVE POOL, CAMPGROUND AND FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS LINKED HERE. FOR PRIOR INSPECTIONS CALL 419-586-3251 TO REQUEST A REPORT.
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Have you ever wondered what services are offered at Mercer County Health District?
Here’s our most recent BROCHURE.
The Mercer County 2019 Resource Handbook is compiled through collaborative efforts and reviewed yearly by the following agencies: Celina City Schools, Cheryl Ann Programs, Mercer County Educational Service Center, Mercer County Family & Children First Council, Mercer County Head Start, Mercer County Health District, Mercer County Help Me Grow, Mercer County Job and Family Services, Mercer County WIOA, Mercer County WIC Program, Mercer Health, Mercer Health Maternal Care Center, OUR Home Family Resource Center and West Ohio Community Action Partnership.
Food Recall Updates: http://www.agri.ohio.gov/apps/odanews/ODARecalls.aspx
Mercer County Health District Organizational Mandates and Authorities: Link to the OAC (Ohio Administrative Code) http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/ & ORC (Ohio Revised Code) http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/37.