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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.

BBQ and Picnic SafetyTopic: Sound Advice
Safe Food at Barbeques and Picnics

With the change of weather comes a change in the way we eat. More people grill out or have picnics in the spring and summer. Here a few tips to make sure you, your family and friends are eating safe food.
• Use a meat thermometer to make sure the meat reaches the proper cooking temperature.
o Poultry 165F
o Ground/Comminuted beef and meats 155F
o Pork and Fish 145F
• Wash hands frequently, especially before preparing a meal, after handling raw meats and before eating.
• If you are feeling ill, let someone else do the cooking.
• When taking food off the grill, use a clean platter. Don't put cooked food on the same platter that held raw meat or poultry. Any harmful bacteria present in the raw meat juices could contaminate safely cooked food.
• Don’t let foods set out for long periods of time. Bacteria can begin to grow in just a few hours.
o Keep hot foods hot (at least 135F)
o Keep cold foods cold (at least 41F)

Every year more than 375,000 people are hospitalized and over 5000 people die from food poisoning. Following these few steps can help prevent food poisoning from happening to you. Let’s make this a safe barbeque and picnic season.
For more information on food safety, please contact Colt Bohannon, Environmental Public Health Specialist at the Daviess County Health Department.

Published Jul 05, 2016 - 12:00 AM Printer friendly page

Cooking Matters For TeensTopic: Upcoming Events
Daviess County Health Department and the University of Missouri, Family Nutrition Education Program are partnering to bring you "Cooking Matters For Teens". This FREE program teaches teens how to shop and prepare healthy, affordable and delicious meals. They will prepare a new recipe each week and be provided with the groceries at the end of each class so they can prepare the same dish at home.
Dates: June 10, 17, 24 and July 7, 8, 15, 2016. the time is 1:00-3:00PM for grades 7th thru 10th, at The Daviess County Health Department, 609A South Main Street, Gallatin MO.

Please call to join us at 660-663-2414, class size is limited.

Published May 19, 2016 - 12:00 AM Printer friendly page

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

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