Month: July 2015

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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