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Family Emergency Preparedness

It's important to plan and prepare your family for emergencies. Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.

Start with a list of basic disaster supplies recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). If you or someone in your household has special needs, preparing for an emergency may involve additional considerations.

PrepareMetroKC.org also provides regional planning initiatives in the Kansas City Metro area and a planning tool to help you tailor your emergency plan for your family.

Get involved in your community

You can provide support to local public health agencies and emergency management departments in an emergency by visiting the Mid-America Medical Reserve Corps and Olathe CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) websites.

Information on local emergency management training opportunities and emergency and disaster planning templates can be found at Johnson County Emergency Management & Homeland Security.

Join the National Preparedness Coalition where you will have access to exclusive resources and be able to collaborate with thousands of fellow members across the country on ways to participate and get your community involved in preparedness activities.

The American Red Cross Greater Kansas City Chapter serves more than 1.5 million people in a five-county area with disaster preparedness and relief programs, health and safety training, and blood collection and distribution.

Information on public health-related disasters, as well as detailed information on possible bioterrorism agents, is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emergency Preparedness & Response website.

Family Planning

Program Objectives

Man gazing into woman's eyes

  • To assist individuals or couples with the timing and spacing of pregnancies
  • To provide counseling and contraceptive services; assist with infertility and identify other medical problems
  • To improve knowledge about reproduction and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases

Family planning services are available on a walk-in basis during the hours below.

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
  • 1st, 3rd, and 5th Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • 2nd and 4th Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 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

Services Available

  • Reproductive health
  • Health education
  • Contraceptive services/natural family planning/abstinence
  • Physical examination for women on admission and annual exam
  • Employment physicals for men and women
  • Rubella screening and counseling
  • Infertility counseling and referral
  • Pregnancy testing, counseling, and referral
  • Early Detection Works (FREE breast and cervical cancer screening for Kansas women who qualify)
  • Dietitian and Social Worker available upon referral
  • Vaginitis testing and treatment
  • Contraceptive counseling for men
  • Colposcopy
  • LEEP (Loop Electrical Excisional Procedure)
  • Cryotherapy
  • Laboratory testing in CLIA-approved laboratory

Paying for Services

Fees for office visits, lab services, and supplies are based on family size and income. Some services are available regardless of ability to pay. Partial payment may be made. For additional information call (913) 826-1200.

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.

Flu Planning

5 ways to plan for a flu pandemic
You and your family can start preparing now for a flu pandemic in five steps.

  1. Store food and water - Store one gallon of water per person per day to cover at least three days. Keep kitchen stocked with canned meats, fruits, vegetables and soups, as well as nonperishable food like granola bars, peanut butter and dried fruit. If there is an infant to care for, be sure to have baby food, formula and other supplies on hand. Store extra pet food for animals.
  2. Limit the spread of disease - Stay at home when you are sick. Use a tissue when sneezing or coughing. Most importantly, practice good handwashing. Be sure to teach these good habits to children.
  3. Medication - Have a supply of any prescription drugs you have on hand. Also, have non-prescription drugs and other health supplies available (stomach remedies, medicines for fever, cough and cold medicines and fluids with electrolytes).
  4. Communicate and stay informed - Listen for health reports on the radio or television. Go to www.jocogov.org, as well as Twitter (@JOCOHealth), Facebook (JOCOHealthDept) and YouTube (JCDHEKS) for information. Keep an emergency contact list for family, friends or others that might need your care.
  5. Emergency kit - Keep an emergency kit in case other emergencies arise, like a power outage. Items to include: batteries, flashlight, battery-powered radio, bottled water, nonperishable food, first aid kit, prescription medicine, extra money, credit card(s) and sturdy trash bags. Put items in a container you can easily carry.

If you get the flu during a pandemic, health officials estimate it will take about 5 to 7 days to recover.

Flu Questions

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

What is the flu shot?

The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. Flu vaccine causes antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection from the viruses that are in the vaccine.

The seasonal flu shot protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Three kinds of influenza viruses commonly circulate among people today: influenza B viruses, influenza A (H1N1) viruses, and influenza A (H3N2) viruses. Each year, one flu virus of each kind is used to produce seasonal influenza vaccine. Viruses for the flu shot are grown in eggs.

Who should get a flu shot?

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot every season. Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious commplications from influenza:

  • Children aged 6 months to 5 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

People who live with or care for those at high risk for serious flu complications should get a flu shot every year too:

  • Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu (see above)
  • Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
  • Healthcare workers

During flu seasons when vaccine supplies are limited or delayed, the ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) makes recommendations regarding priority groups for vaccination.

Who should NOT get a flu shot?

Talk with a doctor before getting a flu vaccine if you:

  • Have a severe allergy to eggs
  • Have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination
  • Children younger than 6 months of age (influenza vaccine is not approved for this age group)
  • People who have a moderate-to-severe illness with a fever (they should wait until they recover to get vaccinated)
  • People with a history of Guillain–Barré Syndrome (a severe paralytic illness, also called GBS) that occurred after receiving influenza vaccine and who are not at risk for severe illness from influenza should generally not receive vaccine. Tell your doctor if you ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Your doctor will help you decide whether the vaccine is recommended for you.

You can get a flu vaccine at the same time you have a respiratory illness without fever or if you have another mild illness.

How effective is the flu vaccine?

Influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE) can vary from year to year and among different age and risk groups. For more information about vaccine effectiveness, visit How Well Does the Seasonal Flu Vaccine Work?

What are the risks from getting a flu vaccine?

The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. The risk of a flu shot causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small. However, a vaccine, like any medicine, may rarely cause serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. Almost all people who get influenza vaccine have no serious problems from it.

What are the side effects that could occur?

  • Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
  • Fever (low grade)
  • Aches

If these problems occur, they begin soon after the shot and usually last one to two days. These side effects are mild and short-lasting, especially when compared to symptoms of influenza infection.

Can severe problems occur?

  • Life-threatening allergic reactions are very rare. Signs of serious allergic reaction can include breathing problems, hoarseness or wheezing, hives, paleness, weakness, a fast heartbeat, or dizziness. If they do occur, it is within a few minutes to a few hours after the shot. These reactions are more likely to occur among persons with a severe allergy to eggs, because the viruses used in the influenza vaccine are grown in hens' eggs. People who have had a severe reaction to eggs or to a flu shot in the past should not get a flu shot before seeing a physician.
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome: Normally, about one person per 100,000 people per year will develop Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), an illness characterized by fever, nerve damage, and muscle weakness. In 1976, vaccination with the swine flu vaccine was associated with getting GBS. Several studies have been done to evaluate if other flu vaccines since 1976 were associated with GBS. Only one of the studies showed an association. That study suggested that one person out of 1 million vaccinated persons may be at risk of GBS associated with the vaccine.

More facts about potential side effects of the influenza vaccine can be found in Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines.

What should I do if I have had a serious reaction to influenza vaccine?

  • Call a doctor, or get to a doctor right away
  • Tell your doctor what happened, the date and time it happened, and when you got the flu shot
  • Ask your doctor, nurse, or health department to file a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)* form, or call VAERS at 1-800-822-7967

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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 are available for adults and children over the age of 6 months at the immunization walk-in clinics in Olathe and Mission. The cost is $30 for a seasonal flu shot and $50 for the high dose flu shot for those age 65 and older

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.
  • 1st, 3rd and 5th Friday (Olathe) - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Mission - CLOSED
  • 2nd and 4th Friday (Olathe) - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Mission - CLOSED

Save yourself time in line

Complete form online BEFORE arriving at the clinic, print it and bring it with you.

Vaccine Information Statements (VIS):

JCDHE Influenza Surveillance Reports:

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.
  • October or November is the best time to get vaccinated, 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® is given intravenously by a health care provider. There are no generic flu antiviral drugs.

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

Infants may receive:

  • Special breastfeeding support or infant formula for the first year
  • Infant cereal, fresh fruits and vegetables starting at 6 months
  • Phase two fruits and veggies
  • 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

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Forms & Reports

Reportable Diseases in Kansas

Report a Communicable Disease

Monday thru Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm -- Call (913) 826-1303

After hours and weekends - Call (877) 427-7317 (Kansas Department of Health and Environment)

Fax completed disease form to (913) 826-1300

Disease Reporting Forms (for health care providers, hospitals and laboratories):

Johnson County Disease Reports:

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
  • 1st, 3rd, and 5th Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • 2nd and 4th Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 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

 Web Resources

  • www.cdc.gov -Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • www.kdheks.gov -Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • www.thebody.com -Information about HIV/AIDS, including FAQs and an “ask the experts” feature.
  • www.hivtest.org -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.
  • www.outproud.org -Information about issues related to sexual identity for young people and educators, sponsored by the National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth.
  • www.rainn.org -Informational resources and an online hotline specializing in sexual assault. Sponsored by the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.
  • www.stayteen.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.stdtest.org -FAQs about STDs and a search tool for finding local testing centers. Sponsored by the CDC.
  • www.teenshealth.org -Information, FAQs and an “ask the experts” feature for teens about health issues, including sexual health. Sponsored by Nemours Foundation.
  • www.youthresource.com -Informational resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people. Sponsored by Advocates for Youth.


  • 1-800-CDC-INFO
    1-888-232-6348 TTY
    - CDC-INFO - (Formerly known as the CDC National STD and AIDS Hotline) - Available 24 hours a day, 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 www.hivtest.org and www.stdtest.org. Sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). National Domestic Violence Hotline
  • 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) - 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.National Sexual Assault Hotline
  • 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) - Sponsored by the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN); Online Hotline also available at (www.rainn.org).


Let's Get Growing Class


Let's Get Growing! is an interactive parent/child sexuality education program. This class is offered in a one-day format for parents and children ages 9 to 12. This is a 2.5-hour class will be divided into two parts. The first part will focus on male and female anatomy, puberty, hygiene, nutrition, self-esteem and social development. There will be a brief intermission before starting the second part of class, which will focus specifically on reproduction and conception. Discussion will be centered around how the male and female reproductive system work together to make a baby and sexual intercourse will be defined. Parents and children may choose to stay for one or both parts of class! This program helps encourage communication within the family about growing up in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Boys and girls are taught seperately. This is a FREE class with a meal included!

For more information, please email us or call Darianne Hicks at 913-477-8124.

If you have a group of five or more and would like to attend the Let's Get Growing program contact Darianne Hicks to arrange a class!

Class is subject to cancellation if class size requirement of FIVE students is not met.

Class Information
Parent Information

Note: You must submit a legitimate email address to receive a submittal notification to your email account.

Student Information
Second Student Information
Third Student Information

If there are more than 3 children attending, please submit this form a second time with that additional information.

Upcoming Events

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January 16, 2017 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

JCDHE closed on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 16, 2017)

January 17, 2017 | 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Johnson County Food Policy Council Meeting

January 18, 2017 | 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

Walk-in clinic hours

January 25, 2017 | 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

Walk-in clinic hours

February 1, 2017 | 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

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