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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NPM: Connecting with Family During an Emergency

Disaster could strike at anytime! It is very possible that you and your family will not be together, some
may be at work, school, traveling, out shopping, or somewhere in between. Because of this, it is very
important that you have a family communications plan. Planning recommendations include:

  •  Identify an out-of-town contact, such as a friend or relative, who family members can call to let
    them know they are safe. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town,
    because phone lines can be jammed. An out-of-town contact may be in a better position to
    communicate among separated family members.
  •  Teach your family members how to text. It may seem like second nature to some of us, but not
    everyone texts. During an emergency, it is often easier to get a text message delivered rather than a
    phone call.
  • If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) in your phone.
    If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold
    of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you have listed them as
    emergency contacts.
  • Subscribe to an emergency alert system. Check with your local health department or emergency
    management agency to see if there is one offered for your area. Post emergency telephone numbers
    by home phones or save them in your cell phone (fire, police, ambulance, etc.).
  • Teach children how and when to call 911 for help.
  • Identify a location to meet in town and out of town
    For more information and templates for developing a Family Communication Plan, visit
    http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

The Ready.gov Make A Plan site includes information and templates for:
 Family Communication during an emergency
 Family Communication Plan for Parents and Kids
 School and workplace plans
 Commuter Emergency Plan

Download this Family_Emegency_Plan and this Family Communication Plan today.


 

All information in this blog post is courtesy of FEMA and Wyoming Department of Health Emergency Preparedness. 

September is National Preparedness Month

AP!_General_Web_Banner_300x250Are you and your family prepared if disaster strikes? The universal building blocks of preparedness are:

1. Be Informed

2. Make a Plan

3. Build a Kit

4. Get Involved

Last year was an important reminder to all of us that disasters can strike anytime and anyplace. Nearly every region
of the country experienced some form of extreme weather event, including devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma,
scorching wildfires near Yosemite National Park, and destructive flooding in Colorado.

As with many life events, preparation is the key to success. When you prepare and practice for an emergency in
advance of an event, it makes a real difference in your ability to take immediate and informed action when it matters
most. Early action can also help you to recover more quickly.

That’s why thousands of individuals, organizations, schools, houses of worship, and local governments across the
Nation are actively participating in a new national campaign for action – America’s PrepareAthon!
(www.ready.gov/prepare).

Preparing for disasters is a year-round activity. It’s not a matter of if the next disaster will happen, but when. Start taking action and prepare now! Simple steps such as having a discussion and/or conducting a quick drill can help determine what you need to do next to become more prepared. Be smart, take part, and prepare for emergencies before they strike!

 


The information in this blog post is courtesy of FEMA and Wyoming Department of Health Emergency Preparedness. 

 

NIAM: Vaccines are for adults, too!

Adults

 

All adults should get vaccines to protect their health. Even healthy adults can
become seriously ill, and can pass certain illnesses on to others. Immunization is
especially important for adults 60 years of age and older, and for those who have
a chronic condition such as asthma, COPD, diabetes or heart disease.
Immunization is also important for anyone who is in close contact with the very
young, the very old, people with weakened immune systems, and those who
cannot be vaccinated.

All adults should get:
Influenza (flu) vaccine: Each year to protect against the seasonal flu.

Td or Tdap: Every adult should get the Tdap vaccine once if they did not
receive it as an adolescent to protect against pertussis (whooping cough),
and then a Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster shot every 10 years. In
addition, women are also recommended to get the Tdap vaccine each
time they are pregnant, preferably at 27 through 36 weeks.
The need for other adult vaccines – such as shingles, pneumococcal, hepatitis,
HPV – depends on one’s age, occupation, travel, health status, and other risk
factors.

Vaccination is important because it not only protects the person receiving
the vaccine, but also helps prevent the spread of certain diseases to those
who are most vulnerable to serious complications, such as infants and
young children, elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened
immune systems.

Unfortunately, far too few adults are receiving the recommended vaccines,
leaving themselves and their loved ones vulnerable to serious diseases.

In 2102: (NHIS 2012)
o Only 14% of adults 19 years or older had received Tdap
vaccination.
o Only 20% of adults 60 years or older had received zoster
vaccination.
o Only 20% of adults 19 to 64 years at high risk had received
pneumococcal vaccination.
• Although adults believe immunization is important, many are unaware that
they need vaccines. Health care professionals play a critical role in
educating their patients about recommended vaccines and ensuring that
they are fully immunized.
• CDC asks ALL health care professionals – whether they provide
immunization services or not – to routinely assess the vaccine needs of
their patients and make a strong recommendation for needed
vaccinations.
• Adults should talk with their doctors to learn which vaccines are
recommended for them and take steps to stay up to date.
• Vaccines are available at private doctors’ offices, as well as other
convenient locations such as pharmacies, workplaces, community health
clinics and health departments.

 

 

Call us to find out if you could be due for some booster immunizations. We carry TdaP, Td, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Pneumococcal, Shingles, HPV, and Meningitis for adults. If you are a Wyoming resident age 19 and older and are uninsured or your insurance does NOT cover immunizations, you could qualify for our Vaccines for Uninsured Adults program where you can receive vaccines for a reduced price. Call us at 885-9598 to make an appointment. Flu shots should be available in our offices as early as the end of September. Watch for ads for flu clinics in October.


All the information and infographics in this blog post are courtesy of the National Public Health Information Coalition and by the Center for Disease Control.