Fayette County Health District
Washington Court House, Ohio
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Nursing are just a few of
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our nursing staff.
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division protects and
promotes public health
and safety through public
enforcement of state
rules and regulations.
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Education programs are
all programs designed to
promote the health and
well-being of Fayette
317 S. Fayette Street
Washington Court House, Ohio 43160
General Hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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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:
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.
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
" 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
" All residents of Fayette County are encouraged to
register their resident information and keep it up to
Contact Megan Batson at the Fayette County Health
Department at 740-333-3590 or
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
To learn more about Ebola -
Click the photo to the right
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
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
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.