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Welcome to the Daviess County Health Department!

Public health makes life better. We provide a wide variety of services, from home health visits to health issue counseling, from Immunization Clinics to Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screenings, from WIC Clinics to Well Baby Clinics -- and other services that may surprise you, such as restaurant inspections, bioterrorism and emergency planning, well water testing, on-site sewer appraisals and permitting, and communicable disease investigation and more.

Disclaimer and Nondiscrimination Statement

All information contained within the Daviess County Health Department's website is intended for educational purposes only and is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment. The information is provided to further the understanding of WIC nutrition and related matters. Consumers should never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something they may have seen on this site. Nutritionists, physicians and other health care professionals are encouraged to consult other sources and confirm information contained on this site. References to any non-governmental entity, product, service, or source of information that may be contained in this site should not be considered an endorsement, either direct or implied, by the Daviess County Health Department. Additionally, the Daviess County Health Department cannot be held responsible for information contained on other sites to which its website may be linked. If any offensive information is found on these sites, we would appreciate immediate notification. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from Discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability.

Sports Physicals 2016Topic: Services
The Daviess County Health Department will be offering sports Physicals on the following dates at our office with Amy Heldenbrand, FNP
Monday May 23rd 8:30-12
Monday June 20th 8:30-12
Monday July 11th 8:30-12
Monday August 15th 8:30-12

Please call 660-663-2414 for an appointment starting May 10th, 2016; no walk-ins please. Physicals are $15.00 or we can bill Medicaid. Parent or guardian must be present for children ages 6-18y/o. To complete and copy the current form prior to your appointment go to If your form is completed before you come this takes less time.
We can also provide immunizations the day of the physical but you must bring shot record and form of insurance; we take BC/BS, Aetna, Coventry, Cigna, UHC and UMR. Please call your insurance company to make sure we are a provider. We can also bill immunizations to Medicaid or we have immunizations for those with no health insurance or insurance does not pay for vaccines. Students entering the 8th grade must have one dose of Meningococcal vaccine in addition to the Tdap. Seniors also must have at least Meningococcal after 16 or one before 16 and one after before they can enter the 12th grade. These are new school requirements. Call if you have any questions about what vaccines your child may need. 660-663-2414.

Published Apr 26, 2016 - 12:00 AM Printer friendly page

Health Fair 2016Topic: Health/Fitness
Annual Health Fair Slated For Monday April 4th and Tuesday April 5th 7:00 am to 1:00 pm!
The Daviess County Health Department will host their Annual Health Fair in celebration of Public Health Week. Activities planned are resource booths, and Free labs to Daviess County residents. The labs are by appointment only and are limited. Call 660-663-2414 to book your appointment beginning March 21st at 8am. The lab fee for non-Daviess Co. residents is $50 for females and $60 for males (due to prostate specific antigen). Insurance and Medicare will not be billed and the lab packages cannot be divided. Cash or check only, no debit or credit card machine is available. Individuals interested in the labs need to drink a lot of water the day before and be fasting (nothing by mouth) after midnight. You must be 18yrs. old or older to have your lab drawn. Below is a list of the labs included in this screening.
PSA-Prostate Specific Antigen(men only)
TSH-Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
Chem 12-Glucose, Urea Nitrogen, Creatinine, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Calcium, Protein, Albumin Globulin, AST, ALT, Bilirubin, Alkaline Phosphatase
CBC- White and Red Blood Cell Count, Hemoglobin, MCV, Hematocrit, MCH, MCHC, RDW, Platelet Count, MPV, Absolute Lymphocytes, Monocytes, Absolute Eosinophils, Absolute Basophils, Nutrophils.
Lipid Panel-Triglycerides, Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Cardiac Risk Ratio.
HGB-A1C- is a blood test that checks the amount of sugar (glucose) bound to hemoglobin . The result is shown as a percentage. The result of your A1c test can also be used to estimate your average blood sugar level.
No other public health services will be offered on Tuesday April 5th .

Hope to see you there!

Published Mar 22, 2016 - 12:00 AM Printer friendly page

Poison Control during the HolidaysTopic: Sound Advice

'Tis the Season to be Poisoned
"Twas the morning post-party, when all through the house,
No adult was stirring, not even your spouse.
The children, you thought, were asleep in their beds.
But, what you didn't know, they had other ideas in their heads.

Your house was awash in post-party trash,
And the kids thought this was a gold mine - better than cash.
There were ashtrays with butts and glasses with drink,
And a visitor's purse lay there by the sink.

The kids were delighted and felt ever so free,
And then their bright eyes-locked onto the tree!
There was tinsel, and lights that bubbled so merry,
And a strange plant with fruits, called "Jerusalem Cherry".

Food was left out on the table all night,
And if they could have seen the bacteria-what a horrible sight!
And there by the fireplace was a box shaped just right,
That contained some powder to make fire colors bright.

A small toy broke open, and there at their feet,
Was a round tiny battery that looked good to eat.
As you see your home, where you thought poisons naught,
On this holiday season, was NOT as safe as you thought!

As you rose from your sleep and rubbed your eyes free,
You looked for the kids, and a disaster you see!
You sprang to the phone, not a moment to spare,
And talked to the folks you knew would be there.

Your poison center sure helped you get through the mix,
And you thought-"How'd we ever get into this fix?"
For you see holidays can present problems so rare,
That before they can happen, you must be sure to prepare.

It takes just a moment to think what might be,
And clean up your trash, so your home's poison free.
And so, my dear friends, keep the holidays bright,
Put all away, and sleep peaceful tonight.

Have a holiday bright, that is full of good cheer,
And from the staff of the poison center-"Have a Safe Year!"

Written by John H. Trestrail III, R.Ph, ABAT


Published Dec 16, 2015 - 12:00 AM Printer friendly page

Holiday Closings 2015Topic: All About Us
The Daviess County Health Department and Board of Trustees would like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy Holiday!
We will close on Christmas Eve at 12 noon and be closed all day December 25th.

We will also be closed January 1, 2016.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Published Dec 16, 2015 - 12:00 AM Printer friendly page

Flu Shots Still AvailableTopic: Health/Fitness
The Daviess County Health Department has flu vaccine left. Normally we give around 600-700 flu shots every year. This year we have given only half that amount. This could be blamed on the nice weather because flu is the last thing you think of when the weather is so nice! But the reality is that flu season is just around the corner.
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as young children, older people, pregnant women and people with certain long-term health conditions are at high risk for serious flu complications.
All of the 2015-2016 influenza vaccines we have are made to protect against H1N1 influenza A virus, an H3N2 influenza A virus, and two influenza B virus.
The best defense against the flu is to get a flu shot!
We do a walk-in clinic every Tuesday from 8-4 and by appointment other days. We will be open late (till 6PM) on November 17th for your convenience.
We will be at Casey’s Saturday November 14th 7:00AM-9:00AM then back at the health department from 9:30-11:00 for a flu walk-in clinic.
If you have any questions please call 660-663-2414.

Published Nov 17, 2015 - 12:00 AM Printer friendly page

Flu Vaccine availableTopic: Health/Fitness
The Daviess County Health Department has received a partial shipment of their flu vaccine and we will start flu shots every Tuesday in the office as well as clinics listed below. Tuesday's in office is 8-4 and a nurse is always scheduled in or you can call 660-663-2414 to make an appointment with a nurse on a different day.
The county clinics are as follows:
October 8th Winston Post office 9:30-10:30; Pattonsburg Senior Center 11-12; and Jameson Post Office 1:30-2:30.
October 26th Jamesport City Hall 9-10

All clinics are subject to vaccine availability.

Published Oct 05, 2015 - 12:00 AM Printer friendly page

Cholesterol Screenings OfferedTopic: Health/Fitness
Daviess County Health Department is offering Cholesterol Screenings in September 2015.

September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month. The Daviess County Health Department is offering a Lipid Panel for $10.00 on the following dates in September from 8am to 1pm. Tuesday, September 1st. Tuesday September 8th, Tuesday September 15th, and Tuesday September 22nd 2015 .This is a fasting test and you must not eat or drink after midnight the night prior to the tests. Because this is a screening, you will not need to obtain a doctors order or call for an appointment. You must be 18yrs old or older, walk in on the above dates between 8am and 1pm and be fasting. Your results will be mailed to you on the next day.
The cholesterol screening (lipid panel) includes the following; Total Cholesterol, Triglycerides, LDL, HDL, and Cardiac Risk Ratio. The regular price for a lipid panel is $110.00 our cost to you is $10.00. High blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, the leading causes of death in the United States. Lowering cholesterol levels reduces the risk of heart disease death among persons either with or without coronary heart disease.

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in all body cells. Our bodies use cholesterol to digest food, make hormones, build cell walls, and perform other important functions.

Where Does Cholesterol Come From?

Our bodies make cholesterol in the liver. Dietary cholesterol comes only from animal products such as meat, dairy, eggs, and animal fats.
If blood cholesterol is too high, we can have health problems such as narrowing or blocking of blood vessels, heart disease and strokes.

Measuring Blood Cholesterol

o 200 or less is desirable. If your level is less than 200, ask your healthcare provider when you should have it rechecked.
o 200-239 means you are at moderate risk for heart disease and stroke, especially if you have other risk factors such as obesity or high blood pressure, if you are a smoker, or if you have family history of heart disease.
o 240+ means you are at high risk for developing heart disease. Ask your healthcare provider what you can do to lower your cholesterol.

LDL and HDL (parts of total cholesterol)

Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL)

LDL cholesterol is deposited on artery walls. They cause a waxy buildup called plaque. It is known as “bad cholesterol”.

Optimal LDL levels are less than 100 mg/dl or lower if you have heart disease or diabetes or other risk factors (such as family history of heart disease, or if you smoke).
Optimal LDL levels are less than 130 mg/dl if you have no risk factors for heart disease.

How Can I Lower My LDL Level?

o Lose weight if you are overweight.
o Reduce saturated fat found in dairy products, cheese and meat.
o Reduce hydrogenated fats (trans fats) found in French fries, snack crackers, cookies, baking mixes, shortening, butter and stick margarine.
o Use monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats such as canola, olive, safflower and sunflower oils when cooking.

High Density Lipoprotein (HDL)

HDL takes extra cholesterol out of the body and is called “good cholesterol”.

Desirable HDL levels are greater than 40 mg/dl.
Optimal levels are greater than 60 mg/dl.
A level of 60 or more is considered protective against heart disease.
To Raise Your HDL Level

o Lose weight if you are overweight.
o Exercise regularly (consult with your healthcare provider before beginning any exercise program).
o Don’t smoke.
o Replace saturated fat with unsaturated fats.

What About Triglycerides?

Triglycerides are a fat that the body makes from alcohol, sugar, or excess calories. High triglyceride levels may add to buildup of plaque in the blood vessels (atherosclerosis). High triglycerides are a risk factor for heart disease.

o Less than 150 is a normal triglyceride level.
o 150-199 is considered borderline high.
o 200-499 is considered high.
o 500 or more is considered very high.

Decreasing Your Triglycerides

o Lose weight if you are overweight.
o Get regular physical activity (consult with your healthcare provider before beginning any exercise program).
o Decrease or avoid alcohol.
o Decrease sugar-containing foods.

The DCHD staff feels it’s important to educate our public and offer these special screenings as much as possible to help our community be more informed because prevention and education is the key to good health. If you are interested or have questions please feel free to call the health dept. at 660-663-2414.

Published Aug 17, 2015 - 12:00 AM Printer friendly page

Send Your Kids Back To School With Their Vaccines Up To Date Topic: Health/Fitness

Back-to-school season is here. Time for parents to gather school supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up-to-date on their vaccines.
Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health—and that of classmates and the community. Most schools require children to be current on vaccinations before enrolling to protect the health of all students. Be sure and supply your school an updated and current Immunization record, otherwise your child can be withheld from school.
Today’s childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, including polio, measles, whooping cough, and chickenpox.
“Thanks to vaccines, most of these diseases have become rare in the United States,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “But many still exist here, and they can make children very sick, leading to many days of missed school, missed work for parents, and even hospitalization and death.”
When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk of disease and can spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community—including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.
School age children need vaccines. For example, kids who are 4 to 6 years old are due for boosters of four combinations of vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), and polio. Older children, like pre-teens and teens, need Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), HPV (human papillomavirus), and MCV (meningococcal conjugate virus) vaccines. In addition, yearly flu vaccines are recommended for all children 6 months and older.
Check with your child’s doctor or Daviess County Health Department to find out what vaccines they may need this year.
Daviess County Health Department (DCHD) is a provider of Vaccines for Children (VFC). VFC is a program that provides free vaccine to children ages 0 thru 18 years of age that are Uninsured , Medicaid, Underinsured or Alaskan Native/American Indian/Asian or Pacific Islander. DCHD also has private purchased vaccine and is contracted with five major insurance providers. Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield of KC, Cigna, United Health Care, and AETNA. If you have one of these five insurance providers and want to get your Immunizations at the Daviess County Health Department, we advise you call your insurance prior to your visit and make sure your insurance covers Immunizations for you or your child. If your insurance does not cover immunizations we can offer VFC vaccines up to 19 yrs old, and limited adult vaccines for 19 yrs. old and older.
DCHD has Public health day every Tuesday from 8 am to 4pm and are available on those days to do Immunizations with no appointment needed. If Tuesday will not work for you call and we will try to set up an appointment on another day. We ask not to wait until the very last minute! Once school begins we are out of the office and all over the county doing school screenings, so don’t wait, do it as soon as possible.
Reminder!!! We have one more day and appointments still available for Sports Physicals on August 13th 8:30am to 11:30am must call for appointment! Questions for DCHD call 660-663-2414
Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule at
Parents can also find the newest MSHSAA physical form at http;// med

Published Jul 29, 2015 - 12:00 AM Printer friendly page

Sports Physicals Available Topic: Upcoming Events
Daviess County Health Department is offering Sports Physicals by appointment 4 different dates throughout the summer. Dawn Estes, FNP will be the provider doing the physicals. The cost of the physicals is $15.00 cash or check and a parent must be present. The sports physical forms can be downloaded at and be sure you print the most recent form which is dated 03/03/2014. Nurses will be available for immunizations so please bring your immunization card and insurance information. The health department can bill limited insurance which is Medicaid, BC/BS, Coventry/Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare/UMR. If you would like to make an appointment or you have any questions please call 660-663-2414.
Published May 27, 2015 - 12:58 PM Printer friendly page

ATV Safety EventTopic: Upcoming Events
The Daviess County Health Department will be partnering with The ATV Institute for an ATV safety event on June 6, 2015. The event is being held at the Gallatin High School and available by appointment only. Participants can try their hand at operating an ATV through The ATV safety Institute Introductory Experience. This program is geared towards persons with little or no off-road vehicle experience and a great way to see what the sport is all about. The event is offered to children ages 10-18 and will be conducted by certified instructors. Protective gear and ATV's will be provided. Participants are asked to wear long pants and over the ankle boots and must have a parent or guardian present. You will need to call the health department to sign up as space is limited. Our number is 660-663-2414 and we are open 8-4:30 M-F. Every child who attends this event will get a voucher to go to Rob's Cycle to be fitted for a FREE helmet, YES FREE!! The Daviess County Health Department is partnering with The ATV Institute, Rob's Cycle and MODot Blueprint for Safety to bring you this event.
Published May 26, 2015 - 12:00 AM Printer friendly page

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