World Hepatitis Day

Did you know that worldwide approximately 240 million people have chronic Hepatitis B? The infection causes an estimated 780,000 deaths worldwide every year. Hepatitis B is spread via bodily fluids and can be prevented with a series of three vaccines.

July 28th is World Hepatitis Awareness Day. Visit the CDC’s website for information on the disease, how it is spread, screening for the disease (especially screening of pregnant women in order to prevent perinatal transmission), and how effective the vaccine is.

Public Health in both Afton and Kemmerer offer the Hepatitis B vaccine for children and adults. We carry the Wyoming Department of Health’s Vaccines for Children program vaccine available to all Wyoming resident children ages 0 to 18 years regardless of insurance status. The vaccine itself is free of charge and can be obtained for an administration fee of $10  per dose (fee is negotiable in cases of economic hardship). It is a required vaccination for children to attend school in Wyoming. We also carry Hepatitis B vaccine for adults. If you are a Wyoming resident aged 19 years or older and are uninsured or have an insurance that does not cover immunizations, you are eligible for the Wyoming Department of Health’s Vaccines for Uninsured Adults program. We can give that vaccine to you for an administration fee of $15 (fee is negotiable in cases of economic hardship). If you are an adult aged 19 years and older who has insurance that covers vaccines, we can provide the Hepatitis B vaccines series for $45 per shot (the entire 3 shot series costs $135). We are able to bill: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, Medicaid, EBMS, First Health Network, CIGNA, United Healthcare, and WinHealth. Our offices also provides screening for Hepatitis B in the form of a blood draw that is sent to the Wyoming Health Department lab that will test for immunity/exposure to Hepatitis B. The cost for those titers is $45. To make an appointment for vaccines or titers, call Afton at 885-9598 or Kemmerer at 877-3780.

Poison Control Services for Wyoming

News from the Wyoming Department of Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Contact: Kim Deti
Phone: 307-777-6420

Poison Control Services Continue for Wyoming with New Vendor

Services for state residents who have critical questions about potential poisoning incidents are continuing without interruption as a new vendor takes over services for Wyoming, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).

“If you or someone else you are with may have been poisoned, you can continue to call 800-222-1222 and should do so immediately,” said Andy Gienapp, Office of Emergency Medical Services manager with WDH. All calls are free and private and services are available 24 hour a day, every day.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, poisoning is the leading cause of unintentional death in the United States, with most deaths due to drug and medicine misuse and abuse. In Wyoming, poisonings are the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related hospitalizations and the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths.

Gienapp said almost anything can be poisonous if used the wrong way, in the wrong amount, or by the wrong person or pet.

“Poison control center hotlines offer expert advice quickly on medicines, household products and chemicals, foods and beverages, cosmetics and personal care items, bites and stings, mushrooms and plants, and fumes and gases,” he said.

The Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center began providing poison control hotline services for Wyoming under a contract with WDH on July 1. For several years previously, poison control had been provided by the Nebraska Regional Poison Center.

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Public Health Kemmerer Job Opening

Public Health Administrative Assistant

Lincoln County Public Health is looking for an experienced Administrative Assistant to join their small team and be an integral part in making a difference to the health and well-being of the families in the community.  Available for immediate start at 40 hrs. per week.

The successful candidate would be a reliable self-starter who is able to work autonomously, has initiative and takes pride in their work.  Applicants must possess excellent public relation and computer skills.  In this role you would be required to complete the following tasks:

  • Open and close the office
  • Answer phones and client inquiries,
  • Administrative support to manager and staff, keep calendar current
  • Prepare and file clinic records, archive records as needed
  • Maintain inventories, assist manager with supply and vaccine orders.
  • Extensive knowledge in computer, with strong writing skills
  • Experience with Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid billing

This challenging position would suit a candidate with a flexible, positive outlook. Must be self-motivated with great communication skills (both verbal and written), have an eye for detail, be well organized, having a willingness to learn, professional approach, and is looking to kick start their career in a medical office environment.  Interested applicants can obtain an employment application from the Lincoln County website at http://www.lcwy.org/jobs/documents/Application%20for%20Employment.pdf

Please submit application to Lincoln County Public Health either in person at 925 Sage Ave, Ste 106 in Kemmerer or by mail to the same address. It can also be faxed to 307-828-3114.

Give us a call at 307-885-9598 or 307-877-3780 if you have any questions.

Healthier You Tip #10

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It is tick season once again! Check out CDC’s web site for information about ticks and how to avoid contact with ticks.

 

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It’s also not too early to start thinking about canning season.  The CDC has information on safe home canning.  Refresh your memory about canning here by using proper techniques and materials.

Free Hepatitis A Vaccine

Are you 19 or older?

Are you uninsured or does your insurance not cover vaccines?

If so, you qualify for a free dose of Hepatitis A vaccine from the Public Health offices in Afton and Kemmerer. Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis A virus. It is usually spread by close personal contact and sometimes by eating food and drinking water contaminated by the Hepatitis A virus. It can be easily passed onto others in the same household. Hepatitis A can cause a flu like illness, jaundice (yellow skin and eyes or dark urine), severe stomach pains and diarrhea. People with Hepatitis A often have to be hospitalized and adults can often be too ill to work for up to a month. People with Hepatitis A can also die from the virus. If you’ve never been vaccinated for Hepatitis A or if you are a traveler and want to reduce your chances of contracting it in the places where you are traveling, consider getting the vaccination. It is a two dose series, spaced 6 months apart. Just one dose of Hepatitis A can provide a significant amount of protection against the virus.

If you would like to be vaccinated for free against Hepatitis A, contact the Public Health offices in Afton (307-885-9598) or Kemmerer (307-877-3780) to set up an appointment or to learn more about the vaccine.

2015 Immunizations Schedules

The CDC’s immunization schedules for children and adults for 2015 have been released and are available in a colorful, easy to read, downloadable format on the Immunization Schedules page. Check them out right here.

If you need a refresher on Lincoln County Public Health’s immunizations program for children and adults, prices, insurance billing policy, and how to access immunization records, visit our Vaccinations page.

With the current outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases occurring in the country right now, it is more important than ever to educate yourselves on the efficacy and safety of vaccines as well as familiarize yourself with the schedules healthcare providers recommend for fully protecting your child (or children) and yourselves from these harmful and potentially deadly diseases. Please visit CDC.gov for more information about vaccines and vaccine safety and for consistently updated information on the current measles outbreak.

HPV Vaccines Available

Are you a female aged 19 to 26, or a male 19-21? Are you uninsured or underinsured*? If so, you are eligible to receive the vaccine for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) at the Public Health offices in Kemmerer and Afton. The Wyoming State Health Department’s Immunization Program has supplied our offices with reduced cost vaccine for adults aged 19 and older who are uninsured or underinsured. If you are eligible for this vaccine, we can start the HPV series vaccine for you at no cost for the month of January. The vaccine is given as a series of three shots spaced over 6 months.

Human Papillomavirus is a common virus. Each year in the United States about 17,500 women and 9300 men are affected by HPV related cancers. Many of these can be prevented with the vaccine. HPV can cause anal and mouth/throat cancer in both men and women, cancer of the cervix, vulva and vagina in women, and cancer of the penis in men. HPV is passed via skin to skin sexual contact. HPV is so common, almost all sexually active people will get some form of it in their lives. The body’s immune system can and does fight off HPV but in some cases it does not. These are the cases that can cause cancer and genital warts. The vaccine helps to prevent those cancers and other health issues that may be caused by HPV, including genital warts.

It is recommended that girls ages 11-26 and boys ages 11 through 21 (though the vaccine may be given at age 9) receive the series prior to sexual activity so the body has time to develop an immune response. Public Health offices in Kemmerer and Afton also carries the HPV vaccine for this age group. If your child is: aged 18 years or younger, Medicaid eligible, uninsured, underinsured, American Indian/Alaskan Native, they are able to receive the HPV vaccine in our offices for a $10 per dose administration fee (the fee can also be waived for those who cannot afford to pay it).

Call the Kemmerer office at 307-877-3780 or the Afton office at 307-885-9598 to make an appointment or to ask any questions you may have about the HPV vaccine. You can also email us at phnkemmerer@wyo.gov or phnafton@wyo.gov.


* Underinsured people are defined as people who have health insurance but that insurance does not cover vaccines. This definition does not include people who simply have high deductibles.

 

 

Flu Shots Are Still Available

Our out of the office clinics are over but we still have flu vaccine available in our offices located in Afton and Kemmerer. Give us a call to make an appointment or call before you come in to see if a nurse is available to give you your shot. We accept Medicare. Medicaid, KidCare Chip, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Winhealth, cash, checks, and credit cards. The cost for Trivalent Fluzone is $20, and we also have a limited amount of Quadrivalent Fluzone for $25. Give us a call in Afton at 885-9598 or in Kemmerer at 877-3780.

Flu Vaccine is In!

Flu shots are now available at the Public Health offices in Afton and Kemmerer.

whoneedsvaccine_red_120x600The vaccine is the standard trivalent (2 A strains and 1 B strain) and is available to all people ages 6 months and up. The cost for a flu vaccine for ages 3 years and up is $20. The cost for a child ages 6 months to 2 years is $10. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, Kidcare Chip, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and most other private insurances. Please bring your cards with you in order to receive your shots. You can call and make an appointment for your shots or walk in as long as a nurse is in to administer the vaccine.

We will have our standard flu shot clinics all through the month of October. Visit the  Flu Shots page for a current schedule of our clinics. Do your part to help keep knock the flu out of our communities – get immunized!

Contact the Kemmerer office at 877-3780 and the Afton office at 885-9598 to make your flu shot appointments.

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