All Logan County Residents!!
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PROTECT YOUR GROUNDWATER DAY:
A call to protect public health and the environment
The Logan County Health District joins the National Ground Water Association (NGWA)
in encouraging the citizens of Logan County to protect public health
and the health of the environment by protecting groundwater beginning on:
Click here for more information: Protect Your Groundwater Day, September 10.
I am known as the Pertussis Bully!
PERTUSSIS is also known as whooping cough
because of the "whooping" sound that is made when gasping
for air after a fit of coughing making it hard to breathe.
Coughing fits due to pertussis infection can last
for up to 10 weeks or more;
sometimes known as the "100 day cough."
For more information on Pertussis Click here
or at the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/
Logan County Health District changes their
Immunization Clinic and T.B. testing hours
effective July 1st 2013
Every Thursday morning from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
1st & 3rd Thursday of each month from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
All Clinics are available for ALL AGES
Newborn through Adult
Clinics are walk-in, no appointment necessary!
Please have shot records faxed or with you for clinic!!
We accept Logan County Medicaid plan, please bring card with you each visit.
NOTE: If you bring someone else’s child to clinic,
you must have a signed permission slip from the parent/guardian.
No Child will be turned away due to inability to pay!
Will be held every
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
9 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 4 pm
For Children Click Here
For Adults Click Here
Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness
The best defense is prevention. Here are some prevention tips:
Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
- Infants and young children
- People aged 65 or older
- People who have a mental illness
- Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.
If you must be out in the heat:
Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage. Remember the warning in the first “tip” (above), too.
Try to rest often in shady areas.
Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).
This information provided by NCEH's Health Studies Branch.
The World Health Organization has designated
May 31stof each year as
WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY
to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and
advocating for effective policies toreduce tobacco consumption.
The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which
more than 600,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second hand
smoke. Unless we act, the epidemic will kill more than 8 million
people by 2030.
The ultimate goal of World No Tobacco Day is to protect present and future generations not only from these devastating health consequences, but also against the social, environmental, and economic exposure to tobacco smoke.
Things you can do:
1. Learn more about the dangers of smoking for pregnant women, moms,
and their babies.
2. Talk to your children, teens, and women in your family and personal circle
about reasons to quit or better yet not start smoking.
3. Find out what is going on in the community about smoking/cessation and
spreading the word.
4 Report violations of Ohio's Smoke Ban Law at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population
Health Institute released its 2013 County Health Rankings Report. The
County Health Rankings rank the overall health of the
counties in all 50 states. Click
here to see the health rankings for Logan County.
Protect Yourself and Your Family From Salmonella
After you touch ducklings or chicks,
wash your hands so you don’t get sick!
Contact with live poultry (chicks, chickens,
ducklings, ducks, geese, and turkeys) can be a
source of human Salmonella infections.
Click Here to view a CDC flyer.
March 3-9 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week
Are you and your family prepared for a severe weather threat?
Click on the - Be A Force of Nature - link above
to view a 6 year old's view of readiness.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with state and local health departments and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is investigating a multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis and other infections among patients who received contaminated steroid injections. This form of meningitis is not contagious. The investigation also includes fungal infections associated with injections in a peripheral joint space, such as a knee, shoulder or ankle.
Food Safety After a Power Outage
After a power outage, follow these safety tips from foodsafety.gov to
keep you and your family safe from the risk of foodborne illnesses.
For refrigerated foods:
For frozen foods:
Electrical power outages may affect the operation of your private home water or sewage treatment
system. Learn what to do if you have a private water system or sewage treatment system.
While a generator can provide an alternative source of power when the electricity goes out, it can also become a dangerous source of carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide, or CO, is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death. A single
gas-powered generator can produce as much as 100 times more poisonous Carbon Monoxide gas than a
- Never use a generator inside your home, basement or garage.
- Operate generators outdoors as far away from your house as possible. The National Institute of
Standards and Technology reports that even 15 feet away may still be dangerous because the
CO fumes can enter the home through windows, doors or vents. Tests are still being conducted
to find a safe operating distance.
- Never refuel a generator while it is running or hot.
- Install CO detectors inside the home near all the sleeping areas.
- Never use a charcoal grill or a barbecue grill indoors. Using a grill indoors will cause a build up of
CO inside your home, cabin, or camper unless you use it inside a vented fireplace.
- Never burn charcoal indoors. Burning charcoal — red, gray, black, or white — gives off CO.
- Never use a portable gas camp stove indoors. Using a gas camp stove indoors can cause CO to
build up inside your home, cabin, or camper.
All Homeowners are Encouraged to Test Their House for Radon
EPA estimates that radon causes thousands of cancer deaths in the U.S. each year.
Red Zones: Counties with the highest potential for elevated indoor radon levels
Orange Zones: Counties with a moderate potential for elevated indoor radon levels
All homeowners are encouraged to test the lowest level of their house for Radon. It has been known since the 1980s that humans face a health threat from naturally occurring Radon gas. Radon causes lung cancer. It is second only to cigarette smoking as the cause of lung cancer. Different studies debate the actual number of annual deaths caused by Radon, but even the least estimate numbers, still in the thousands (22,000 per year in U.S.), are cause for alarm. Logan County, along with two-thirds of Ohio is identified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a high risk area for occurrence of Radon accumulation in homes. Radon is unseen with no odor, but can easily be detected using a test kit available at the Logan County Health District ($6.00), 310 South Main Street, Bellefontaine, 937-592-9040.
Unlike some environmental hazards to health, persons can easily take action against Radon gas. The first step is to test your home. Testing should be done when windows are ordinarily closed for a three or four day period. Late fall and winter are good times to test when windows and doors are no longer left open. This will yield the highest levels of Radon a person may be exposed to. The test kit is placed in the basement or lowest level of the home for 3-4 days then sealed and dropped in the mail (postage prepaid). The lab sends a confidential report within days.
If test results are high enough for concern, residents can review their options to remove Radon from their home, and take whatever action they decide is necessary. Radon comes from the natural rock decay processes in subsoil. It is trapped in buildings as the subsoil air rises through cracks and pores in foundations. Removal of Radon is usually accomplished by penetrating the subsurface beneath a building and venting the subsurface air through the roof. This process is inexpensive during building construction, but is also very feasible for
existing buildings. A list of licensed contractors and specialists in Ohio is available from the Logan County Health District, Environmental Unit.
Unseen, unnoticed disease causing agents like Radon gas tend to take a back seat to diseases with more immediate impact. People cannot always take direct action against such threats, but in the case of Radon, it is easy to detect and remove. Anyone can take action against Radon. More information is available at www.loganhealth.org. “Like” the Logan County Health District on Facebook to receive the up to date heath related information.
PREPARE… PLAN…STAY INFORMED!
After flooding of a well disinfection should be performed.
CLICK HERE for well disinfection instructions
What you need to know about bed bugs.
Additional resources are available HERE
CDC HEALTH ADVISORY (Click Here)
Health Concerns about Misuse of Pesticides for Bed Bug Control
May 25, 2010 Pertussis Alert for Logan County Physicians/Healthcare Providers. Click for further information
Dr. Hoddinott recently presented information to Logan County Health District staff on Vitamin D in Health and Disease.
Click here to view the full presentation.
in Required Immunizations
2010-2011 School Year
additional Tdap (Tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis) booster is now
required for 7th grade
additional varicella (chickenpox) booster is required for kindergarten
4th dose of polio vaccine must be given on or after the 4th birthday
Health Board Recognizes Home Health Agency
Health District Responds to whooping cough
Heath Commissioner speaks to Rotarians...
of Agency Education Initiatives...
General Warns of H1N1 email scams
1000 Vaccinated at H1N1 clinic
Clinic serves over 650
Diagnosed with H1N1
Web Tool Gives H1N1 Flu Advice
no longer conducting seasonal flu clinic
C. Hoddinott, MD MPH
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