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Flu shots now available for 2016-17 influenza season

Flu shots are now available for adults and children over the age of 6 months at our 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. The nasal spray vaccine will not be offered this year as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that it is not as effective as the standard flu shot. The recommendations for people with egg allergies have been updated too. Read more about these changes here.

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. Click here for immunization clinic hours and locations. If you have additional questions, call 913-826-1261.

Health and Environment employees recognized for innovation

Johnson County Governemnt encourages employees to innovate and improve processes through a program called "Project Impact" which recognizes employees who bring their ideas for improvement forward and seem them through implementation. During a recent Board of County Commissioners meeting, three employees from the Department of Health and Environment were presented a Certificate of Recognition from Chairman Eilert. Julie Davis, Kalenna Coleman, and Nolan Kappleman were all recognized for their innovate approach to recycling paint at the Johnson County Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Click here to watch a video that explains how Nolan, Kalenna, and Julie took a program that originally cost the county money to one that now generates revenue.

Healthy Cooking Classes Offered

LIVEWELL Johnson County, an initiative of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, is collaborating with community partners Hy-Vee and Balls Foods to offer healthy cooking classes and a Pharmer's Market. For more details:

Gestational Diabetes, Heart Healthy and Family Friendly Cooking Classes schedule (Olathe)

Gestation Diabetes Cooking Classes schedule (Mission)

Heart Healthy Cooking Classes schedule

Pharmer's Market schedule

Clinic Hours Change Effective May 31, 2016

Effective May 31, 2016 the walk-in services evening hours are changing from Tuesdays to Wednesdays at JCDHE's Olathe location (11875 S. Sunset) and Mission location (6000 Lamar). Walk-in services (Immunizations, Family Planning and Sexually Transmitted Disease) will be available every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Hours for walk-in services at both locations on Tuesdays will be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Walk-in services will be available on Fridays only at the Olathe location (11875 S. Sunset). Hours for the 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of the month are from 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Hours for the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month are 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   

Norovirus investigation at New Theater Restaurant

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is working with the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) to investigate an outbreak of norovirus among individuals who attended performances at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park beginning on Friday, Jan. 15 to the present date.

In order to determine the extent and cause of the outbreak, KDHE is conducting a secure, confidential online survey among all persons who have attended performances at the New Theatre Restaurant since Jan. 15, including those who became ill and those who did not become ill. The online survey is available at http://tinyurl.com/newtheatre2016. Personal information provided to KDHE will be held confidential, and this information is protected by state law. Persons who have already participated in a telephone interview do NOT need to complete an online survey. If you have questions or concerns regarding the outbreak, call the KDHE Epidemiology Hotline at 877-427-7317.

Norovirus is very contagious. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain. A person develops symptoms 12 to 48 hours after being exposed and most people get better within one to three days. The best way to prevent norovirus is proper handwashing.

Norovirus causes an estimated 19 to 21 million persons to become ill each year, and is more common in the winter months. Norovirus is spread from person to person, by touching contaminated surfaces or infected people, or through contaminated food or water. It is NOT spread through the air by coughing, sneezing or talking. Persons who are ill with norovirus symptoms should not prepare food or care for other persons. 

Clinical Services Closed Tonight

JCDHE will close tonight at 5 p.m. due to inclement weather. Clinical services at the Olathe location (11875 S. Sunset) and Mission location (6000 Lamar) will not be available this evening.

Shigella cases in Johnson County

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) confirms 10 cases of Shigella in the county. This time last year only one case was reported. JCDHE is asking health care providers to review the following testing requirements and school/child care exclusions:

Child care/preschool children must have 2 negative stool cultures 24 hours apart in order to return to preschool or a child care facility. Samples should be collected 48 hours after stopping antibiotics. JCDHE can provide the specimen containers and send them to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Laboratories for testing, but faster results can be obtained if testing is done at the heath care provider's facility.

If the child attends preschool or a child care facility in Missouri, only 1 negative stool speciment is required.

School-age children can return to school once they are diarrhea,vomit and/or fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication. No stool culture is required.

Additional information about Shigella, symptoms, treatment and how to prevent it can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/shigella/index.html

 

 

Go Green this Holiday Season- Recycle your lights & more

This holiday season there are several ways that you and your family can go green. Whether it is purchasing a native Cedar Christmas tree or recycling your broken holiday lights; programs around Johnson County and Kansas City offer the opportunity to green your holidays.

Recycle your holiday lights: Southwest Enterprises will be collecting your old holiday lights at participating locations from November 14th through January 16th. They will be accepting any Christmas tree lights, shatterproof plastic bulb ornatments, tree toppers, and Christmas tree bags. They also accept donations. For more information.

Get a native Cedar Christmas tree. Join Bridging The Gap, KC WildLands, and the Johnson County Park & Recreation District on Saturday December 12th from 10am-3pm at Mildale Farm, located at 35250 W. 199th St. Edgerton, KS 66021. This event offers the public an opporutinty to remove invasive red cedars and take them home to decorate for the holidays, plus they smell great!! 

Health insurance enrollment event takes place Dec. 7 in Olathe

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) is hosting a health insurance enrollment event to assist Kansans in enrolling in health care plans.

The event will be held Dec. 7 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe, Room 1055. The Health Partnership Clinic and El Centro are co-sponsoring this event.

Certified HealthCare.gov navigators will be available to help individuals and families renew their existing coverage or find plans that meet their health and financial needs.

In order to enroll, individuals must bring the following items:

  • An active email address and password
  • Birth dates and social security numbers for everyone in household
  • 2016 projected income
  • Tax information (W-2, 2014 tax return, pay stubs, self-employment records)
  • Immigration documents
  • Any info about employer offered coverage

If you have any questions, please call 913-826-1239 or 913-826-1974 to speak to a health navigator.

JCDHE wins Local Health Department of the Year

Out of the 105 local health departments in Kansas, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) has earned the prestigious title of “Local Health Department of the Year” from the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments (KALHD). This award recognizes health departments that have made a significant contribution to the public health system at the local level. Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert and JCDHE Director Lougene Marsh accepted the award at the KALHD annual awards luncheon in Wichita, Kan. on Nov. 4. More information is available in our news release.

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