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Flu Shots

Seasonal flu shots now available

The best way to protect yourself from getting the flu is to receive the flu shot. The vaccine is safe and effective. JCDHE encourages everyone over the age of 6 months to get the flu shot.

Seasonal flu shots (quadrivalent flu vaccine) are now available for adults and children over the age of 6 months at the immunization walk-in clinics in Olathe and Mission. Flu shots are covered by Medicare and most health insurance plans with no copay. Those without insurance will pay $30 for the flu shot.

We accept private insurance from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Cigna, Coventry, UnitedHealthcare and Medicare Part B. We do not take insurance from Coventry Advantra or Humana Gold Plus. We are a KanCare provider for all managed care organizations such as Amerigroup, Sunflower and United Community. Cash, check or credit card payment is also accepted for those without insurance or who carry other insurance plans.  

Walk-in immunization clinic hours

The Mission clinic is closed daily from 12:30-1:30 p.m.; the Olathe clinic remains open.

  • Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday (Olathe) - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Mission - CLOSED

Save yourself time in line

Complete form online BEFORE arriving at the clinic, print it and bring it with you. Check-in online using the QLess mobile app or click on the "Get in Line Now" button on our website.

Vaccine Information Statements (VIS):

Patient Privacy Notice 

Flu Symptoms

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Influenza Symptoms, Protection, and What to Do If you Get Sick
Influenza (commonly called the “flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. The information below describes common flu symptoms, how to protect yourself and those close to you from getting the flu, and what to do if you get sick with flu-like symptoms.

People May Have Different Reactions to the Flu
The flu can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death. Although most healthy people recover from the flu without complications, some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious complications from the flu.

Be Aware of Common Flu Symptoms
Influenza usually starts suddenly and may include the following symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Having these symptoms does not always mean that you have the flu. Many different illnesses, including the common cold, can have similar symptoms.

Know the Risks from the Flu
In some people, the flu can cause serious complications, including bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. Children and adults may develop sinus problems and ear infections.

Know How the Flu Spreads
The flu usually spreads from person to person in respiratory droplets when people who are infected cough or sneeze. People occasionally may become infected by touching something with influenza virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.

Healthy adults may be able to infect others 1 day before getting symptoms and up to 5 days after getting sick. Therefore, it is possible to give someone the flu before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick.

Protection against the Flu
The single best way to protect yourself and others against influenza is to get a flu shot every year.

  • The "flu shot" is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.
  • Getting vaccinated by the end of October is recommended, but you can still get vaccinated in December and later. Flu season can begin as early as October and can last as late as springtime.

The following additional measures can help protect against the flu.

Habits for Good Health
These steps may help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses such as the flu:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze—throw the tissue away after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • If you get the flu, stay home from work, school, and social gatherings. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs often spread this way.

Antiviral Medications
There are three FDA-approved influenza antiviral drugs recommended by CDC this season to treat influenza. The brand names for these are Tamiflu® (generic name oseltamivir), Relenza® (generic name zanamivir), and Rapivab® (generic name peramivir). Tamiflu® is available as a pill or liquid and Relenza® is a powder that is inhaled. (Relenza® is not for people with breathing problems like asthma or COPD, for example). Rapivab® (generic name peramivir) is given intravenously by a health care provider. 

What to Do If You Get Sick

Diagnosing the Flu
It is very difficult to distinguish the flu from other infections on the basis of symptoms alone. A doctor's exam may be needed to tell whether you have developed the flu or a complication of the flu. There are tests that can determine if you have the flu as long you are tested within the first 2 or 3 days of illness.

If you develop flu-like symptoms and are concerned about your illness, especially if are at high risk for complications of the flu, you should consult your healthcare provider. Those at high risk for complications include people 65 years or older, people with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women and young children.

Other Ways to Respond to the Flu
If you get the flu, get plenty of rest, drink a lot of liquids, and avoid using alcohol and tobacco. Also, you can take medications such as acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol®) to relieve the fever and muscle aches associated with the flu. Never give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms, particularly fever.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Food Guide

Food Guide Information

What's a Serving?

Bread, Cereal, Rice & Pasta Group:

  • 1 slice of bread or small pita
  • 1/2 bagel or English muffin
  • 1/2 cup cooked cereal, rice or pasta

Vegetable Group:

  • 1 cup raw leafy vegetables
  • 1/2 cup cooked or chopped raw vegetables
  • 1 medium potato
  • 3/4 cup vegetable juice

Fruit Group:

  • 1 medium orange, apple or banana
  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1/2 cup berries or cut-up fruit
  • 3/4 cup fruit juice

Milk, Yogurt & Cheese Group:

  • 1 cup milk or yogurt
  • 1-1/2 ounces natural cheese
  • 2 ounces processed cheese

Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs, & Nuts Group:

  • 2-3 ounces cooked lean meat, skinless poultry or fish
  • 1/2 cup dried beans
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup tuna
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup nuts

Additional information for adults

WICShopper App for Mobile Devices

WIC Shopper App logoThe WICShopper app makes grocery shopping simple and easy. Scan food items to verify if they are WIC-eligible, view recipes and get nutrition education right on your mobile device for free. 

Download from Apple iTunes for iOS devices

Download from the Google Play Store for Android devices

Food Packages

Pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and children one to five years of age may receive:

  • Milk
  • Natural cheese
  • Eggs
  • Iron-fortified cereal
  • Vitamin C rich juice
  • Dry beans, peas, or peanut butter
  • Canned beans
  • Tuna (as applicable)
  • Pink salmon (as applicable)
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • 100% whole wheat bread
  • Tortillas
  • Brown rice
  • Yogurt
  • Tofu
  • Whole wheat pasta

Infants may receive:

  • Special breastfeeding support or infant formula for the first year
  • Infant cereal, baby food fruits and baby food vegetables starting at 6 months
  • Some fresh fruits and vegetables at 9 months
  • Pureed meats at an appropriate age (as applicable)

WICShopper App for Mobile Devices

WIC Shopper App LogoThe WICShopper app makes grocery shopping simple and easy. Scan food items to verify if they are WIC-eligible, view recipes and get nutrition education right on your mobile device for free.

Download from Apple iTunes for iOS devices

Download from the Google Play Store for Android devices

Food Policy Council

Food Policy Council

The Johnson County Food Policy Council serves an advisory body to the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and other decision makers in Johnson County that reviews and recommends policies to strengthen the local food economy and improve access to healthy and nutritious food.

The mission of the Johnson County Food Policy Council is to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, the community and our environment through a just, equitable and sustainable food system in Johnson County. Through policy recommendations, education and collaborations, we strive to increase access to healthful food that is locally produced when available.

Johnson County Food Policy Council (JCFPC) will achieve its mission by:

  • Creating a forum for discussion and coordination for community-wide efforts to improve the nutritional, environmental, economic and social health of Johnson County.

  • Building the capacity of local food policy bodies to find common ground on policy priorities, generate public support for those policies, and educate residents and community leaders on issues in our food system.

  • Developing strategies to effectively address food access, hunger, obesity, community development, economic development, urban agriculture, food waste, nutrition and food education.

All Food Policy Council meetings are held the thrid Tuesday of every month from 11:30am - 1:30pm and alternate between the Olathe and MIssion JCDHE locations.

2018 Meeting Dates:

April 17, 2018 - 6000 Lamar Avenue,  Mission, KS 66202

May 15, 2018 - 11875 S Sunset, Olathe, KS  66061

June 19, 2018 - 6000 Lamar Avenue, Mission, KS 66202

July 17, 2018 - 11875 S Sunset, Olathe, KS  66061

August 21, 2018 - 6000 Lamar Avenue, Mission, KS 66202

September 18, 2018 - 11875 S Sunset, Olathe, KS  66061

October 16, 2018 - 6000 Lamar Avenue, Mission, KS 66202 - meeting cancelled for October

November 20, 2018 - 11875 S Sunset, Olathe, KS  66061

December 18, 2018 - 6000 Lamar Avenue, Mission, KS 66202

Logo for Johnson County Food Policy Council

Supporting Documents

Research and Data

 

HIV Testing

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment offers HIV testing at both the Olathe and Mission walk-in clinics. HIV testing is always free, but clients are charged for an office visit. A sliding pay scale based on income is offered and no one is turned away due to inability to pay.

Olathe Clinic Hours

  • Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday - CLOSED
  • Friday - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Mission Clinic Hours

  • Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday - CLOSED

Online Resources

  • www.cdc.gov - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • www.kdheks.gov - Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • www.thebody.com - Information about HIV/AIDS, including FAQs and an “ask the experts” feature
  • https://gettested.cdc.gov/ - FAQs about HIV/AIDS and a search tool for finding local testing locations, sponsored by the CDC
  • www.iwannaknow.org - Information for young people about sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), sponsored by the American Social Health Association
  • National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth - Information about issues related to sexual identity for young people and educators
  • www.rainn.org - Informational resources and an online hotline specializing in sexual assault, sponsored by the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
  • https://powertodecide.org/ - Informational resources and community activities to help prevent teen and unintended pregnancy, sponsored by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unintended Pregnancy
  • www.teenshealth.org - Information, FAQs and an “ask the experts” feature for teens about health issues, including sexual health, sponsored by Nemours Foundation

Hotlines

  • CDC-INFO: 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) | TTY 1-888-232-6348 - Available from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST, in English and Spanish; counselors available to answer questions about personal health issues, including HIV and other STDs; online zip code tool for finding local HIV and STD testing locations also available at https://gettested.cdc.gov/. You can also send questions via email. Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) | TTY 1-800-787-3224 - Available 24 hours a day, every day, in English and Spanish; victims and anyone calling on their behalf can provide crisis intervention, safety planning, and information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. Live chat is available online. 
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) - Free, confidential help available 24 hours a day, every day. Live chat is available online. Sponsored by the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN).

Immunization Fees

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) is not a primary care provider. If you need medical treatment, please call your health care provider or the Health Partnership Clinic at 913-648-2266. If you need a copy of your medical records, please complete the Release of Information Authorization (English) or Autorización de Divulgación de Información (Español) form and return to us. If you need a copy of your immunization records, call 913-826-1200 or send an email to MedicalRecords-DHE@jocogov.org.

We accept private insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Cigna, Coventry and UnitedHealthcare. We do not take insurance from Coventry Advantra or Humana Gold Plus. We are a KanCare provider for all managed care organizations such as Amerigroup, Sunflower and United Community. Many of the services we provide are covered by insurance; check your health benefit plan to confirm coverage for payment of services.

Cash, check or credit card payment is also accepted for those who are without insurance or who carry other insurance plans. Private pay immunizations have to be paid at the time of service. Prices are subject to change based on cost of vaccine.

What to Bring with You

  • Your or your child's immunization record
  • Insurance card

Immunizations:

  • Chickenpox (Varicella), $135
  • DTaP - Pediatric, $39
  • Hepatitis A - Adult/Pediatric (age 18 & under), $85/$56 (per shot, 2 shot series)
  • Hepatitis B - Adult/Pediatric (age 19 & under), $68/$56 (per shot, 3 shot series)
  • Hib, $43
  • HPV (Gardasil) 9, $218 (per shot, 3 shot series)
  • Influenza (Seasonal Flu)
  • Kinrix, $61 (per shot)
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella, $85
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella/Varicella (ProQuad), $209
  • Meningitis: Menomune/Menactra, $136
  • Meningitis B: Trumenba, $153 (per shot, 3 shot series)
  • Pediarix, $77 (per shot)
  • Pneumo 13 (Prevnar 13), $200
  • Pneumococcal (Pneumovax 23), $99
  • Polio, $50
  • Rotavirus, $119
  • Shingles (Shingrix, age 50+), $250 (per shot, 2 shot series) - Call for availability
  • Tdap/Tetanus diphtheria, $63/$50
  • Typhoid Vi, $116
  • Prescription for Oral Typhoid, $10

Tuberculin Skin Test (TST):

$26 per test; $20 per test reading

TB Blood Test (T-Spot):

$147 per test

Immunization Consent Form

A written consent form is required for all immunizations. A parent or guardian must provide a written consent form for children under 18. Please bring child's current immunization record to the visit.

Immunizations

Nurse drawing up vaccine

Clients 18 years and younger with private health insurance are required to provide documentation of immunization coverage. All immunizations are given on a walk-in basis. Immunization prices can be found on the Fees page. Immunization questions? Call 913-826-1261 and leave a message. If you need a copy of your immunization records, call 913-826-1200 or send an email to MedicalRecords-DHE@jocogov.org.

What to Bring with You

  • Your or your child's immunization record
  • Insurance card

Immunization Clinic Hours (Olathe & Mission):

The Mission immunization clinic is closed daily from 12:30-1:30 p.m.; the Olathe clinic remains open.

  • Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday (Olathe) - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Mission - CLOSED

JCDHE is a KanCare provider for all managed care organizations: Amerigroup, Sunflower and United Community. JCDHE also accepts private insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Cigna, Coventry and UnitedHealthcare. We do not take insurance from Coventry Advantra or Humana Gold Plus. Many of the services JCDHE offers are covered by insurance; check your health benefit plan to confirm coverage for payment of services.

JCDHE also accepts cash, check, credit or debit card as payment for clients who are without insurance or who carry other insurance plans.

Private pay immunizations have to be paid at the time of service. Price is subject to change based on cost of vaccine.

Types of Immunizations Available

  • Flu Shots (seasonal)
  • Adult Immunizations
  • Childhood Immunizations
  • Travel Immunizations

School Required Immunizations

Parents/guardians are urged to make vaccinations an early priority for school children. The department gets busier as school enrollment approaches, so getting children vaccinated early will save time. Vaccines protect children against infections that can be deadly or cause problems such as blindness and hearing loss.

Immunization Consent Form

A written consent form is required for all immunizations. A parent or guardian must provide a written consent form for children under 18. Please bring child's current immunization record to the visit.

Johnson County Influenza Surveillance Reports

Kansas regulations do not require health care providers to notify the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment when a patient is diagnosed with influenza. Instead influenza activity is voluntarily reported to JCDHE by family practices, emergency departments, student health centers, pediatric offices and other healthcare providers in Johnson County. Providers may use this form to report their influenza activity to JCDHE.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) also provides influenza surveillance reports. KDHE's reports can be found here.  

Nurse-Family Partnership

Nurse and Family Partnership Logo

Nurse-Family Partnership is a FREE nurse-led home visitation program, offered by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. First-time mothers are paired with a nurse home visitor. The mother-to-be and her nurse meet regularly through her pregnancy, the birth of her newborn, until the child turns two. The nurse home visitor provides support, encouragement and guidance. Call 913-826-1228 or 913-477-8104 for more information and to enroll. 

A nurse supports first-time moms to:

NFP Picture

  • Have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
  • Become the best mom she can be.
  • Learn about breastfeeding, child development and safety practices that allow first-time moms to build their confidence.
  • Get referrals for childcare, healthcare, job training and other support services in our community.
  • Follow their dreams for the future.

Any woman can enroll in the FREE Nurse-Family Partnership program who:

  • Lives in Johnson County, Kansas
  • Will be parenting her first child
  • Is pregnant 28 weeks or less
  • Meets income requirements

Call 913-826-1228 or 913-477-8104 for more information and to enroll. 

What NFP moms have said:

“My nurse helped me organize my life and thoughts. I appreciate her standing by me through the difficult time of transition.” – Julianna M.

“I love this program. It made such an important, positive impact on my life. I will never forget my nurse or the wonderful things she did for me and my family.” – Anonymous

“I was 17 and pregnant with my first child. Because of their support and counseling, I sought prenatal care and learned about breastfeeding. I stayed in school. They gave me a chance to dream and taught me I didn't have to be a statistic. I graduated from college in the top ten of my nursing class with my BSN.” – Anonymous

“My nurses were experts at what they did. Any question I had, they had the answer or helped me find a solution.” – Shoustone
 

Physical Exams

Adults needing a physical exam for employment or higher education may receive one during walk-in clinic hours. For more information, or if an appointment is required, call (913) 826-1200. If your child/adolescent needs a physical exam for school, sports or camp, please contact your health care provider or the Health Partnership Clinic at 913-648-2266.

Nurse checking woman's blood pressure during physical exam.Nurse Practitioners/Registered Nurses provide adult physical exams for:

  • Employment
  • Child care provider
  • Foster parents
  • Higher education (cosmetology, nursing school, university, etc.)

 

Olathe Clinic Hours:

  • Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday - CLOSED
  • Friday - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Mission Clinic Hours

  • Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday - CLOSED

Exam Fee

$60. Payment required the same day as exam. Cash, check or major credit card is accepted. There is no sliding scale or partial payment option for this service. 

Postpartum Services

Postpartum Visits (Outreach Nurse Program)

Registered Nurses are available for in-home, office or community site visits with new mothers and infants who live in Johnson County. Nurses provide:

outreach nurse

  • Physical/social assessment
  • Assistance with blood pressure monitoring and infant weight checks
  • Education/counseling

Call (913) 826-1228 for more information or to schedule a visit with a nurse. Proof of Johnson County residency is required.

Click here for a list of services that Outreach Nurses provide.

 

Pregnancy Testing

young girlPregnancy testing is available during walk-in clinic hours in Olathe and Mission. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is not a primary care provider. If you need medical treatment, please call your health care provider or the Health Partnership Clinic at 913-648-2266.

 
 
Olathe Clinic Hours
  • Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday - CLOSED
  • Friday - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Mission Clinic Hours

  • Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday - CLOSED

Family Planning Services

For assistance with family planning and pregnancy related issues, including contraception, please click here.

Paying for Services

No one is denied service due to inability to pay. Client accounts may be subject to collections if not paid.

JCDHE is a KanCare provider for all managed care organizations: Amerigroup, Sunflower and United Community. JCDHE also accepts private insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Cigna, Coventry and UnitedHealthcare. We do not take insurance from Coventry Advantra or Humana Gold Plus. Many of the services JCDHE offers are covered by insurance; check your health benefit plan to confirm coverage for payment of services.

JCDHE also accepts cash, check, credit or debit card as payment for clients who are without insurance or who carry other insurance plans.

Prenatal Services

Prenatal services are only available at the Olathe clinic (11875 S. Sunset Drive, Ste. 300). Proof of Johnson County residency is required.

Appointments are necessary for prenatal care. For information or an appointment, call (913) 826-1200.

Skilled staff to meet the needs of mother and baby:

pregnant woman

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
  • Registered Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Registered Dietitians
  • OB/GYN physicians from the University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Delivery and hospital services provided by the University of Kansas Medical Center

Also provided:

  • Pregnancy testing and counseling
  • Physical examinations on admission, through pregnancy, and postpartum
  • Laboratory testing in a CLIA approved laboratory
  • Assessment and counseling with social workers and dietitians
  • Adoption services referral
  • Individual/group education and videos
  • Postpartum home visits
  • Birth control methods and natural family planning
  • Diagnosis and treatment of minor health problems

Paying for Prenatal Care

  • An appointment is necessary for the prenatal clinic to complete required paperwork
  • Partial payment may be made
  • Accepted payment includes cash, check, or major credit card
  • No one is denied service due to inability to pay
  • Client accounts may be subject to collections if not paid

Prenatal Visits (Outreach Nurse Program)

Registered Nurses are available for in-home, office or community site visits with pregnant women who live in Johnson County. Nurses provide physical assessments, blood pressure monitoring and education/counseling. Call (913) 826-1228 for more information or to schedule a visit with a nurse. Proof of Johnson County residency is required. Click here for a list of services that Outreach Nurses provide.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)

Johnson County's Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program is responsible for ongoing planning and preparation for a bioterrosim or public health threat in Johnson County. PHEP collaborates with community partners and other County departments to assess and support responses to natural and man-made disasters.

VIDEO: Johnson County's Public Health Emergency Program

For more information or to reach a member of the PHEP staff:

Call: (913) 477-8343

Email: preparedness@jocogov.org

For questions about Dispense Assist:

Call: (913) 477-8343

Email: DispenseAssist@jocogov.org

Rabies Exposures and Animal Bites

Angry dog barking Lecture: Got Bit? Rabies Testing and Animal Bite Procedures (February 21, 2018)

Rabies Prevention: A Community Partnership (Dr. Ingrid Garrison, Kansas Department of Health and Environment)

Rabies Diagnostic Testing and Serology (Dr. Susan Moore, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University)

Rabies Exposure Forms and Documents:

  • Rabies Exposure - Detailed Information Form
    • Replaces JCHD Animal Bite Report Form. Form to be completed by ACOs/CSOs, veterinarians, JCDHE-Environmental, and /or hospital staff if a rabies exposure has occurred. Provides a more thorough summary of a rabies exposure to make future investigation and follow-up easier.
  • Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention & Control, 2016
    • These recommendations serve as a basis for animal rabies prevention and control programs throughout the United States and facilitate standardization of procedures among jurisdictions, thereby contributing to an effective national rabies control program.
  • KDHE Rabies Prevention and Control Guidelines
  • Rabies Facts & Prevention
    • Informational brochure from JCDHE for persons that may have been exposed to rabies, persons that submit a specimen for rabies testing, and/or persons that have questions about rabies exposures.

Rabies Exposures

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) works in conjunction with local animal control officers (ACOs) and community service officers (CSOs) in Johnson County to limit the potential for human rabies exposures. The cooperation of many departments and agencies is necessary to provide this critical component of public health. 

Local ACOs and CSOs begin with an initial investigation of a potential rabies exposure, most often an animal bite, and determines the best course of action for each case. Officers will monitor animals that have bitten a person, as well as owned animals that may have been bitten. These officers are very important to the successful management of rabies exposure cases. If you are concerned about an animal, contact the officer in the area where the incident or potential exposure occurred. Click here for a list of Johnson County Animal Control offices.

The JCDHE Environmental Division oversees the submission of animal specimens for rabies testing at the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. They work with ACOs, CSOs, veterinarians, and the general public to organize the shipment and documentation of submitted specimens. The Environmental Division will only accept rabies specimens for cases originating within Johnson County. Please contact the JCDHE Environmental Division at 913-715-6900 before bringing a specimen to their office.

The JCDHE Disease Containment Division works with local animal control and community service officers and the Environmental Division to track cases that are determined to be rabies exposures. They work with ACOs and CSOs to determine the nature of an exposure then plan the management of both the animal and the victim. The Disease Containment Division also works with medical staff to determine which types of treatments the victim may need. Positive rabies cases are then reported to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for tracking purposes.

Submitting a Specimen for Rabies Testing

Please contact the JCDHE Environmental Division at 913-715-6900 before bringing a specimen to their office. To determine if a specimen should be tested for rabies, please contact your local Animal Control office using the above link. If a specimen is to be tested, local ACOs, CSOs, or your veterinarian can prepare the specimen for shipping. We recommend that you rely on these professionals to prepare the specimen to protect you from potential rabies exposure. 

The specimens are shipped to the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (in Manhattan, KS) Monday through Friday, but increased shipping costs apply to Friday shipments because of the need for Saturday delivery. Payment of the shipping fee will be required at the time the specimen is submitted to the JCDHE Environmental Division.

Rabies Testing Fees

Specimen shipping Monday-Thursday: $90.00
Specemen shipping on Friday: $105.00 (requires a Saturday delivery fee)

Rabies Testing Results

The JCDHE Disease Containment Division will inform the victim of the results and submit a copy of the results to the Animal Control Officer, Community Service Officer, and/or veterinarian who was involved in the case. 

Resources for Caregivers

Resources for providers, parents, and anyone else who cares for children.

Kansas Legislature - Laws regarding child care

Kansas Department of Health and Environment - Child care licensing and registration program

Kansas Fire Marshal - Office of the State Fire Marshal

Healthy Childcare Consultants, Inc - Health and safety information for children birth through the age of 8

Healthy Child Care America - Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Zero to Three - Educational resource for parents and providers for children aged zero to three years

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education - Resources to improve the quality of child care and early education programs

Day Care Connection - Daycare Connection offers parents help in finding child care. It also provides training and other resources for child care providers. This agency is a food program sponsor for home daycare providers.

The Family Conservancy - The Family Conservancy offers parenting tips and a parenting class calendar. It also provides training and technical assistance for child care providers. This agency is a food program sponsor for home daycare providers

Emergency Plan for Caregivers -- Use this template to create an emergency plan for your child care facility

Foodsafety.gov -- Get the latest food safety news, sign up for recalls and alerts, and learn how to keep food safe

Lexie's Law

Lexie's Law is a Kansas law passed in 2010 which requires a child care license for all providers caring for unrelated children, increases minimum education requirements for providers applying for a license, improves health and safety requirements, strengthens the child supervision requirements, and permanently prohibits anyone who has had a child care license revoked from receiving another one. The law also requires inspections for child care programs every 12 months and requires the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to maintain an online system of child care records to give families access to compliance history. Read more key points on the KDHE website.

New Federal Safety Regulations

Crib Safety Regulations
Nuevos requerimientos federales para cunas más seguras
Play Yard Safety Standards
Mantenga a su bebé seguro en un corralito

Child Safety Information

Charlie's House YouTube Channel: A variety of short videos to help you make your home safe and injury-free.

KCTV5 report shows how easily young children can access medications and how to keep them out of children's reach.

Find more information about child safety, visit the Safe Kids Johnson County page.

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WIC Community Garden Volunteer Sign-Up

Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to participate. No gardening experience is necessary. We provide tools, gloves and gardening education. Volunteers are needed every Tuesday morning from 7:30-9:30 a.m. All produce harvested from the garden will go to WIC client families in Johnson County. The garden is located at 11875 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe (north side of the Health Services Building).

We will only contact you in case of cancellation or when we have important WIC Garden information for volunteers.
(e.g., 913-555-1212)
List names and ages of all children under age 18 who will be volunteering with you. (e.g., Emily, 7; Matthew, 10).
(e.g., 913-555-1212)
(e.g., 913-555-1212)

Volunteer Hold Harmless Agreement

In consideration of being a volunteer for the Johnson County WIC Community Garden, I do hereby assume the risk of injury and all medical expense incurred from any injury resulting from my volunteer participation.  I understand, acknowledge and agree I am not covered by Workers’ Compensation insurance or benefits provided thereunder and I do hereby release, discharge and hold harmless Johnson County, its agents, representatives and employees, from any and all claims whatsoever, known or unknown, for damages or injuries to myself and children under age 18.

Release To Use Photographs, Video, Name and other Reproductions

I hereby grant to the Johnson County, Kansas Government and its related agencies and departments (hereinafter referred to as “Johnson County”), and its employees, legal representatives and assigns in the performance of their duties for Johnson County, the absolute right and permission to use or copyright, in its own name or otherwise, and re-use, publish, and re-publish photographic pictures, video, electronic images or other reproductions of me or in which I may be included, in whole or in part, or composite or distorted in character or form, without restriction as to changes or alterations, in conjunction with or without my own name or a fictitious name, or reproductions thereof in color or otherwise, made through any medium, and in any and all media now or hereafter known for illustration, promotion, art, advertising, trade, including film, photographic, video, electronic or digital formats or reproductions, or any other purpose of any kind. I also consent to the use of any printed or electronic matter in conjunction therewith. The uses and rights granted herein are donated to Johnson County freely and without financial consideration as a public service.

I hereby waive any right that I may have to inspect or approve the finished product or products and the advertising copy or other matter that may be used in connection therewith or the use to which it may be applied.

I hereby release, discharge and agree to save harmless Johnson County, its employees, departments, legal representatives and assigns, and all persons acting under this Release, from any liability for such use, including by virtue of any blurring, distortion, alteration, optical illusion, or use in composite form, whether intentional or otherwise, that may occur or be produced in such use or in any subsequent processing thereof, as well as any publication thereof, including without limitation any claims for libel or invasion of privacy.

I hereby warrant that I am of legal age and have the right to contract in my own name or I am the parent or legal guardian of the subject for whom this Release is granted. I have read the above Release, prior to its execution, and I am fully familiar with and understand the contents thereof. This Release shall be binding upon me and my heirs, legal representatives, and assigns.

THIS RELEASE AFFECTS YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS.  IF NOT UNDERSTOOD, PLEASE CONSULT YOUR OWN LEGAL COUNSEL.