Month: May 2016

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

Hepatitis is most often caused by one of several viruses. In the United States, the most common types of viral hepatitis are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. Unlike Hepatitis A, which does not cause a long-term infection, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can cause chronic, life-long infections. More than 5 million Americans are living with chronic Hepatitis B or chronic Hepatitis C, but most do not know they are infected.

Chronic hepatitis can cause serious liver problems, including liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer.  People with chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C have the greatest risk of liver cancer. In fact, more than 60 percent of liver cancer cases are associated with Hepatitis B or C.

About two in three people with Hepatitis B do not know they are infected and the most commonly affected people in the US are Asian Americans (1 in 12). About 50 percent of people with Hepatitis C do not know they are infected and three in four people with Hepatitis C were born from 1945-1965. The CDC encourages those in high risk groups to get tested for hepatitis.

For a limited time, Public Health has state supplied Hepatitis A and B vaccines for $20 per dose. If you are: age 19 and older and a Wyoming resident, we can immunize you for a reduced cost. Call our offices to schedule an appointment for your vaccinations. We can also draw blood to test for immunity if you are not sure if you have had the vaccine series before or if you think you may have been exposed to Hepatitis. Give us a call to schedule an appointment for a blood draw.

School Readiness!

Do you have a kiddo heading into school? The staff of Wyoming Kids First have put together a Star Valley School Readiness Resource Handbook for you. In it, you will find:

  1. what to look for children entering kindergarten to do
  2. what adults can do to help children be successful
  3. information on community resources

If you’re interested, please download a PDF copy of the guide here: School Readiness Companion Guide (1)

Another thing to keep in mind before registering your little ones for school is to make sure they are up to date on their immunizations. Public Health can help with that. If you would like to bring your records in for us to make you an official school required immunization record, if your kiddos need another set of shots to be ready for entering kindergarten, or if you aren’t sure if they need more shots and would like to bring us your records to help determine what they may or may not need, please give our offices a call: 885-9598 (Afton) or 877-3780 (Kemmerer). Let us help safeguard your kids from vaccine preventable diseases and prepare them for a healthy, happy time in school.

Records & Release of Information

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.