Fayette County Health District
Washington Court House, Ohio
Nursing
Immunizations, Family Planning, and School Nursing are just a few of the services provided by our nursing staff.
Environmental Health
The Environmental Health division protects and promotes public health and safety through public education and enforcement of state rules and regulations.
Emergency Preparedness
If disaster strikes, are you prepared? The Emergency Preparedness page offers helpful links and information.
Healthy Families
WIC, Help Me Grow, the CARE Van, and Health Education programs are all programs designed to promote the health and well-being of Fayette County families.
317 S. Fayette Street
Washington Court House, Ohio 43160
Phone: 740-335-5910
Fax: 740-333-3528
Email: fayecohd@odh.ohio.gov
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Flu vaccine available
Want to know what you can do to protect yourself against sicknesses like the mumps?

Remember these 4 tips:

1) Get vaccinated
2) Wash your hands
3) Stay home if you're sick
4) Cover your cough.

Are you up-to-date on your MMR vaccine, an immunization that helps protect against measles, mumps and rubella? If not, talk to your health care provider and get vaccinated.

Think you may already be sick with the mumps?
Contact your health care provider, and be sure to stay home, cover your cough and wash your hands to help prevent spreading the infection.

For more information, visit:
http://www.cdc.gov/mumps/

Up-to-date with MMR - What does that mean?
Children receive the first dose of MMR (the mumps-containing vaccine) at 12-15 months and the second dose at 4-6 years.

People born between 1958 and 1985 may have only received one dose. Check with your healthcare provider to get your record. http://www.cdc.gov/mumps/vaccination.html

Protect yourself
from the mumps
The Fayette County Health Department is pleased to announce the launch of a new special needs registry for the county.

What is it?

" It is a quick, effective and advanced method to gather and utilize information provided by the residents of Fayette County.
" Provides immediate access to information for residents with "Special Needs" in case of natural or widespread disaster.
" Unique, affordable way to provide the residents of our community with a value added service.
" Allows Fayette County residents the ability to input their data directly through the Fayette County Health Departments secure website.
" There is no fee or charge to residents and all information is voluntary.
" Provides the information first responders need when minutes matter.
" The information provided by you through the completion of the questionnaire is intended to be access solely by the Emergency Services providers of Fayette County.

Where to find it?

" It will be located on the Fayette County Health Department webpage at www.faycohd.org
" Click on the Saving Minutes Icon
When is it available?
" NOW!!!! It is ready to go
" Visit the site and enter you information.

What to do if I do not have internet service?

" Pick up, complete and return a questionnaire from the Health Department of other participating agency.
" Utilize a computer at your local library.
" Ask a family member or a friend to enter you information.
Who?
" All residents of Fayette County are encouraged to register their resident information and keep it up to date.

Questions?

Contact Megan Batson at the Fayette County Health Department at 740-333-3590 or megan.batson@odh.ohio.gov.

To learn more about Enterovirus D68 - Click here.
The Fayette County Health Department would like to announce the flu vaccine is now available. No appointments are necessary. Flu vaccine is available for anyone from ages 6 months and up. The flu vaccine costs $25.00, High dose (for people 65 and older) is $35.00. Please bring your Insurance cards, Medicaid or Medicare cards with you. Cash, check, and insurance (if applicable) will be accepted. You may call the Health Department at 335-5910 if you have any questions.
Saving Minutes -
Special Needs Registry now available
To learn more about Ebola -
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Fayette County Health Officials Work to Plan Proactively for Ebola

October 17, 2014-Ebola concern has been heightened in Northeast Ohio since learning two days ago that the second healthcare worker to be diagnosed with Ebola flew commercially from Dallas/Fort Worth to Cleveland aboard Frontier Airlines flight 1142 on October 10, and from Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth aboard Frontier Airlines flight 1143 on October 13. Passengers aboard either flight are urged to contact the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO.

The Dallas nurse traveled to Summit County, Ohio to visit family after caring for Thomas Eric Duncan at a Texas Hospital while he was infectious. Duncan was the first Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S. He contracted the disease in West Africa where an ongoing outbreak has infected 8,973 and killed 4,484 since December 2013.

Ohio activated its Ebola preparedness plan upon learning that an Ebola patient had visited the state. Ohio is taking an aggressive response to the situation. The Ohio Department of Health has been working with the CDC and Summit County Health Department to trace the Dallas nurse's contacts while in Ohio, to notify her contacts of their risk and to monitor contacts to prevent the further spread of Ebola. Summit County is using its quarantine powers to isolate people that had confirmed close contact with the nurse-one person so far. The Fayette County Health Department has not been notified that any Fayette County resident had contact with this patient.

"Most importantly, we want to reassure Fayette County residents that there is no Ebola threat in our community at this time," said Leigh Cannon, Fayette County Deputy Health Commissioner. "Ebola does not spread like a cold or the flu; to get Ebola, you must have contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is infected with Ebola and is symptomatic."

State and local health officials, emergency management and hospitals have been working to plan for Ebola cases since this summer. The Fayette County Health Department, Hospital, EMA, EMS, Sheriff Office, county officials, long term care facilities, social service agencies, mental health agencies, schools, businesses and members of the faith community are coordinating local efforts to proactively prepare for possible cases.

This group of response partners has been meeting since January 2013 to prepare their organizations and staffs for serious public health threats, natural disasters, or widespread emergencies. The purpose of the group is to bring partners together to exchange information and planning assump-tions so that each organization's efforts will be synchronized with the community's overall effort.

Since early August, the Health Department has been sharing updates and CDC guidance with response partners through its Health Alert Network. Over the past month, as cases have been treated and diagnosed in the U.S., healthcare and emergency response partners in Fayette County are focusing attention on their efforts to prepare locally for possible Ebola cases. Organizations who wish to join the Fayette County Healthcare Coalition can contact Megan Batson at 740-333-3590.

The Fayette County Memorial Hospital has a preparedness plan in place specifically for potential Ebola cases. The hospital has been working along side the Health Department and local county officials to exchange information, plan a response, and to prepare staff through trainings and drills. Any questions regarding the Fayette County Memorial Hospital Response can contact Melissa Wolfe, Infection Control Director at 740-333-5196.

Cannon said that the Fayette County Health Department has received no information that
anyone living or working in the community is at risk.
She explained that the risk of an Ebola outbreak like that seen in West Africa is very low because the U.S. has much better medical practices and treatments, better public health monitoring and controls, better infrastructure, better sanitation, less overcrowding, and because the public is better posi-tioned to get informed and protect themselves and their families.

Ebola is a rare and deadly diseases caused by a virus that can infect humans and other primates (monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees). The time interval between infection and the start of symptoms ranges from 2 to 21 days, but the average is 8 to 10 days. The first Ebola symptoms are fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function, unexplained bruising or bleeding, and in some cases both internal and external bleeding. The first outbreak of Ebola occurred in 1976 in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and outbreaks have since appeared sporadically in rural areas of Africa.

Cannon reminded travelers that CDC has issued warnings against non-essential travel to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and has issued an alert to practice enhanced precautions to anyone traveling to the Democratic Republic of Congo. If you must travel to West Africa, you are urged to check your health insurance plan to be sure that medical evacuation services are covered, and to carefully follow all guidance provided to travelers at the CDC website. Anyone who has traveled or will be traveling to West Africa, is urged to contact their physician and local health department so they may assist with planning and follow-up to protect the traveler, his or her loved ones, and the community.

Fayette County Health District
317 S. Fayette Street
Washington C.H., OH 43160
General Phone: 740-335-5910
Environmental Health: 740-333-3590
WIC: 740-333-3552
Help Me Grow: 740-335-5111
General Fax: 740-333-3528