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Welcome and thank you for choosing the Pike County Health Department. Your source for good health!

Scheduling Update

The Pike County Health Department utilizes "same day scheduling." This means you will call or walk-in the day you need an appointment and make arrangements for that day. No longer do you have to remember to call ahead and set up an appointment and then remember to keep that appointment. If you call before 9 AM you are almost guaranteed to be seen on that day. You may also walk-in without calling to make an appointment. Walk-ins must check in by 8 AM to guarantee availability.

Prevent the Flu

Fight the Flu!

Don’t wait for the flu to catch you. There is a lot you can do to help minimize the risk of getting the flu, even if you’re exposed.

Good preventive health habits, an annual flu shot, and prescription antivirals can help keep you and your family flu-free — even during flu season.

For flu prevention tips visit www.flufacts.com(external link).

Flu shots are available. Get yours today!

 

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease - The Facts

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than five (5) years old. However, it can sometimes occur in adults. Symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease include fever, blister-like sores in the mouth and a skin rash.

There is no vaccine to protect against the viruses that cause hand, foot and mouth disease. A person can lower their risk of being infected by:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water, especially after changing diapers and using the toilet.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and soiled items including toys.
  • Avoiding close contact such as kissing, hugging or sharing eating utensils or cups with people with hand, foot and mouth disease.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is often confused with foot-and-mouth disease (also called hoof-and-mouth disease), a disease of cattle, sheep and swine. However, the two diseases are caused by different viruses and are not related. Humans do not get the animal disease, and animals do not get the human disease.

For more information, please visit the CDC website(external link).

Enterovirus D68

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infections are thought to occur less commonly than infections with other enteroviruses. EV-D68 was first identified in California in 1962. Compared with other enteroviruses, EV-D68 has been rarely reported in the United States for the last 40 years.

EV-D68 has been reported to cause mild to severe respiratory illness. However, the full spectrum of EV-D68 illness is not well-defined.

EV-D68 is not frequently identified, so it is less studied and the ways it spreads are not as well-understood as other enteroviruses. EV-D68 causes respiratory illness, and the virus can be found in respiratory secretions such as saliva, nasal mucus or sputum. The virus likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes or touches contaminated surfaces.

There is no specific treatment for EV-D68 infections. Many infections will be mild and self-limited, requiring only treatment of the symptoms. Some people with severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 may need to be hospitalized and receive intensive supportive therapy. No antiviral medications are currently available for treating of EV-D68 infections.

There are no vaccines for preventing EV-D68 infections. You can help protect yourself from respiratory illnesses by following these steps:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick

For more information, please visit the CDC website(external link).

Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever - What You Should Know

Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever

We realize many people in our community may have concerns about ebola, so here is some general information from the CDC.

Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected, symptomatic person or through exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions. In order for the virus to be transmitted, a person would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms. Ebola is not a respiratory disease, like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air. Ebola is not a food-borne or water-borne illness, so you cannot get it from contaminated food or water.

Get the facts at the CDC website(external link).

Protect Newborns Against Pertussis

Pertussis

Interested in protecting your newborn from pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough? If so, you may be eligible for a free Tdap vaccine that protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis!

Check out our immunizations page for more details about this life saving program!