Free eclipse glasses are still available at both Public Health locations (Afton & Kemmerer). Stop by to pick up your pair during business hours!
NHTSA Campaign Number: 17C001000
Manufacturer: Graco Children’s Products Inc.
Components: CHILD SEAT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 25,494
Graco Children’s Products Inc. (Graco) is recalling certain Graco My Ride 65 convertible child restraints, models 1871689, 1908152, 1813074, 1872691, 1853478, 1877535, 1813015, and 1794334. In the event of a crash, the child seat webbing may not adequately restrain the child. As such, these car seats fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 213, “Child Restraint Systems.”
Graco will notify owners, and dealers will provide consumers with a replacement harness, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 17, 2017. Owners may contact Graco customer service at 1-800-345-4109.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
If you have not registered your car seat using the card included in all new safety seats, please do so. That is the way you will receive notice on safety seat recalls. If you can’t locate the registration card, visit the Safer Car website for a registration form and instructions.
Just a reminder: if you are in need of immunization records (or any record that can be considered Protected Health Information) from our office, according to HIPAA law, we must have you fill out a consent form in order for us to release that information via either a hard copy print out of the record or via phone. We cannot verbally give out information over the phone unless we have a consent form filled out. This form can be obtained here and returned to us either via fax, email (visit our contact page for that information for both offices), or drop by our offices during business hours. The form must be filled out completely, with the information of the person whose record/information is being requested and the drivers license number for either the parent/guardian or requester. All people aged 18 and over can request their own records. We cannot tell you over the phone what immunizations are needed without a copy of this consent either. If you need your records entered into the Wyoming Immunization Registry, you can bring records into our offices, fill out a consent, and we can enter and print copies for you.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
According to the Jackson Hole News and Guide, an eighth case of pertussis (whooping cough) has been reported. Whooping cough is highly contagious and can be very dangerous to infants and young children. If you haven’t had your Tdap vaccination to prevent whooping cough, please call the Public Health offices in Afton or Kemmerer to schedule an appointment to receive it. This is especially important to get if you’re going to be around newborn or very young babies this holiday season who have not yet had the opportunity to receive the vaccine or all of the pertussis preventing vaccine doses recommended in the childhood vaccination schedule.
If you are pregnant and have not yet had your recommended dose of Tdap, make your appointment to get it as soon as possible. Getting the vaccine in the third trimester enables you to create antibodies to pass along to the baby before birth. It can provide short term protection against pertussis.
Visit the CDC’s Pertussis information page for facts on whooping cough, its symptoms, treatment, preventing it with the vaccine, photos of what pertussis looks like, and sound bites that illustrate what a person with pertussis sounds like.
News from the Wyoming Department of Health
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Contact: Kim Deti
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
o Only 20% of adults 60 years or older had received zoster
o Only 20% of adults 19 to 64 years at high risk had received
• 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
• 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.
Public Health had an excellent time at this year’s Fossil Fest in Kemmerer. We handed out a lot of free water and a lot of free sunscreen. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see us!
Make sure you come say hello to us at the Lincoln County Fair August 5th through 9th. We’ll have free water, sunscreen, mini first aid kits, and a raffle for larger first aid supplies kits that are super handy to keep in your family emergency readiness stash at home!