As the weather begins to get warmer, bats will be coming out of hibernation – bad news for mosquitoes, agricultural pests, and other nuisance insects upon which bats feed. Even though bats fill a vital environmental role, there are a number of diseases that a small portion of bats carry that can be transmitted to people, such as rabies. Now is a good time to spread the word to “enjoy bats from a distance”. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has good information on their website about concerns and issues with bats. The link to this information is http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Bats.
For 71 years, the Laclede County Health Department has offered immunization services. Recently, guidelines have changed on who qualifies for immunizations. If you have private health insurance that covers immunizations, you are now required to get that service at your private physician’s office. We also provide children’s immunizations through the Vaccine For Children (VFC) Program. To see qualifications for that program, visit our “Nursing” page.
In an effort to ensure Laclede County residents are protected against Pertussis (or Whooping Cough), we have partnered with the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Service to offer a one-time only immunization event. This event will be held Tuesday, July 16th from 7:00 – 11:30 AM and 1:00 – 5:30 PM at the Health Department. Persons ages 11 years and older, who need a Tdap (or Tetanus booster) will be eligible for this one-time only event. If you need an updated Tetanus shot, this clinic will be an excellent time to get that done for FREE!
If you have questions, please call the Health Department at 417-532-2134.