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Health Advisories and Current Information
This page will be updated periodically to provide information on current health issues in the community and locations on where to locate additional information on health concerns. Please feel free to contact the Harper County Health Department / Harper County Home Health Agency at 620-842-5132 if you have additional questions or concerns on these issues. You may also Email the Harper County Health Department questions or comments.

Health Insurance Coverage

The following resources are available for Health Insurance assistance in Kansas. 

For Children, Pregnant Women, Elderly, and Persons with Disabilities: Visit  www.kancare.ks.gov, request an application by phone: 1-800-792-4884, or pick up an application at the Harper County Health Department.

For the Health Insurance Marketplace
:  Visit www.healthcare.gov, or call 1-800-318-2596 for more information. 

Veteran's Assistance

The Kansas Commission on Veteran’s Affairs will provide an opportunity for local veterans & families to meet with Service Representatives in the local community beginning in November 2013.  The initial schedule for Harper County is to set up appointments the second Thursday of every other month.  

 Greg Rotramel, Veteran’s Administration Service Representative, will be available in our local community to answer questions or assist with benefit applications.  Mr. Rotramel will be at the Harper County Health Department from 10:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, May 8, 2014.  If you are interested in setting up an appointment to meet with Mr. Rotramel please contact the Harper County Health Department at 620-842-5132. 

Severe Weather 
Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 3-7, 2014.  This is a great time to assess your plans during an emergency, including identifying shelters in or near your home, business, and other places you might go if you are out in the community.  There will be a state wide tornado drill at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, and the community is encouraged to use the testing of the sirens to also test your tornado plan in evacuating to your shelter.  

The following link is a resource provided by the National Weather Service.  This PDF includes county and state statistics and facts regarding 2013 tornadoes, numbers of tornadoes in each county for the last 60 years, and regional and specific severe storm reports.  It also contains guidance on forming your own plans for all different home types, and disaster and first aid kits for your home and vehicle.
   
National Weather Service Information

Earthquake Safety
Recent earthquake activity has increased the importance for individuals, families, organizations, and communities to identify risks, make a plan, create a disaster kit, and become familiar with safety tips in the event of an earthquake. Federal, State and local emergency management experts agree that Drop, Cover and Hold On is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes:

DROP to the ground;
COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture:
HOLD ON until the shaking stops

DO NOT RUN OUT OF THE BUILDING DURING THE SHAKING AS OBJECTS MAY BE FALLING OFF THE BUILDING AND CAUSE SERIOUS INJURIES OR DEATH. 

For more information, visit http://www.ready.gov;  http://www.shakeout.org; CDC and/or FEMA websites. 
  
Flu
As we get into the colder months, colds, flu, and other illnesses begin to circulate.  There are many things you can do to keep yourself and your family healthy.  These include good hand washing, covering your mouth with your elbow or a tissue when you sneeze, getting plenty of rest, good nutrition, and exercising. 

Another way to protect you is to get a flu shot.  Flu shots are available now at the Health Department and are recommended for anyone six months of age and older.  We have several different kinds of vaccine including a high dose (for those over 65), intranasal (a mist sprayed in the nose), intradermal (with a very small needle that injects in only the top layer of skin), and the standard shot.  Some of the flu vaccine that we have available protects against three different strains of flu, and some of our vaccine protects against four different kinds.  We also have pneumonia vaccine available.    

We give flu shots on a walk-in basis, but it is best to call before you come to make sure there will be a nurse available.  Our staff is scheduling clinics and can come to your business or location to give flu shots.  Please call the Health Department at 620-842-5132 if you are interested or have any questions.  You may also visit the CDC website for more in depth information about the flu or flu vaccine. 

Early reports show that the H1N1 strain of the flu is once again circulating this year.  This strain affects children and adolescents much more than adults, and complications can be severe, (as was seen in 2009 when this strain first emerged).  This year's flu vaccine protects against the H1N1 flu.  If you have not gotten your child the flu vaccine yet this year, call the Health Department to schedule an appointment. 



Pertussis
Kansas is currently experiencing an outbreak of pertussis cases. Pertussis, also known as whooping cough is a serious respiratory illness. It is an infection that often mimics a common cold in the beginning, but can progress quickly, especially in young infants and children. Pertussis is also known as whooping cough. This is because patients often have violent, rapid coughing fits, leaving them to loudly inhale as they try to refill their lungs with air. View more information about Pertussis.

Pertussis is very contagious and spreads rapidly, usually before a patient’s cough even develops. A vaccine is available against pertussis. Children receive the vaccine in their normal childhood series of Diptheria, Tetanus, Acellular Pertussis (DTAP) shots, but are not fully protected until age five. Adults often pass the pertussis infection on to their children, since their immunity has waned from their own childhood immunizations.

A one-time booster of the pertussis vaccine (given in Tdap-Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) is recommended for all adults who have contact with infants and children. This helps to protect the children who have not been able to be fully vaccinated. Parents can also help protect their children by getting them all their vaccines on time. Women are now recommended to get a Tdap booster in the third trimester of each pregnancy, to help pass immunity on to the baby. Please call 620-842-5132 if you are interested in this vaccine.


My Plate Nutrition Guide
If you ever had trouble remembering the order of food on the Food Pyramid, check out the new nutritional guide - My Plate - at ChooseMyPlate.gov.  Make half your plate fruits and vegetables, one fourth grains and one fourth protein.  We currently have a limited supply of colorful laminated My Plate placements for give away at the Anthony office upon request to promote healthy eating. 



Harper County, KS
201 N. Jennings Ave.
Anthony, KS  67003
Ph: 1-877-537-2110
Fx: 1-877-537-2110