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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 (VA) provides and opportunity for local veterans & families to meet with a VA Service Representative in the local community.  The Veteran's Service Representative for Harper County is available the first Thursday of every month from 10:30 am to 11:45 am.
   Tom Brady, Veteran's Service Representative, will be available on the first Thursday of every month beginning Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 10:30 am to 11:45 am.  Mr. Brady will be available at the Harper County Health Department. if you are interested in setting up an appointment to meet with Mr. Brady please contact the Harper County Health Department at 620-842-5132.

Severe Weather 
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.

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


For more information, visit http://www.ready.gov;  http://www.shakeout.org; CDC and/or FEMA websites.  

Summer Insect Safety

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) are encouraging everyone to “Fight the Bite,” and protect themselves from insect bites this summer.  Mosquitos and ticks, among other insects, can carry serious diseases such as West Nile Virus, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever.

 Strategies to reduce your risk of bites include: 

  1. Use an insect repellant with DEET.
  2. Dress Smartly.  Wear pants, long socks, and long sleeves when possible. 
  3. Eliminate standing water where mosquitos can breed.
  4. Avoid high grass and brush areas. 
  5. Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming inside, and check skin for any ticks.

An outbreak of measles is occurring in the United States this year, including cases in Kansas. Measles is a respiratory disease that is very contagious. It causes fever, runny nose, cough, a rash all over the body, and can lead to complications such as ear infection, pneumonia, and even death. A vaccine to prevent the measles is available (MMR) and also protects against mumps and rubella. Outbreaks can occur when there are groups of people who remain unvaccinated. For more information visit CDC or call the Health Department at 620-842-5132.

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