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Public health is one of the most important services we provide the residents of Johnson County Government. Every day, in many ways, we strive to prevent disease and promote wellness. Our Olathe and Mission walk-in clinics offer services including immunizations, pregnancy testing and family planning, and Tuberculosis testing. The Johnson County Mental Health Center provides a wide range of mental health and substance abuse services to residents. We serve clients of the Kansas WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program, teach classes for child care providers, manage disease investigation and reporting, and so much more.

Health News

New Self-Advocate Group newsetter

Dozens of JCDS day/employment services clients belong to the Self-Advocate Group. The group's mission is to educate, support and speak up for themselves and others with disabilities. They closely monitor and discuss issues happening close to home, in Topeka and in Washington D.C.

The group has created a newsletter called Speak Up! You can view the first issue at this link

Flu shot still best defense against viruses

The director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment says a flu shot is still your best defense against the various influenza viruses circulating in the community.

Director Lougene Marsh says flu vaccination protects against three or four different flu viruses (depending on which vaccine you get) and provides protection throughout the flu season. “While flu vaccine can vary in how well it works from year to year, it still prevents millions of illnesses and tens of thousands of flu-related hospitalizations each year.”

Marsh says that even when the viruses in the vaccine are not closely matched with what’s circulating in the community, the flu shot can prevent flu-related complications and make your illness milder because antibodies made in response to the vaccine can provide some protection against different, but related influenza viruses.

Flu activity usually peaks between December and February, though activity can last as late as May, so even those who’ve already had the flu this season can still benefit from getting the flu shot, Marsh adds. “Since it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop and provide protection against the flu, now is a great time get vaccinated so you and your loved ones are protected during the upcoming holidays.”

Marsh says flu cases in Johnson County are typical for this time of year. As of Dec. 1, 90 cases have been voluntarily reported to JCDHE by local healthcare providers. The highest number of cases are in adults over age 65 and people age 5 to 24 years old. Nearly 70 percent of the current flu viruses being reported are type A. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions says everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine, especially those who are at a greater risk for serious flu illness: adults over age 65, babies and children younger than 5, pregnant women and people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease.

In addition to getting a flu shot, Marsh says there are everyday preventative actions people can take to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or other necessities.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment offers flu shots at its walk-in health clinics in Olathe (11875 S. Sunset Drive) and Mission (6000 Lamar Ave.). No appointment is needed and the shot is covered by most health insurance plans. Those without health insurance can get a flu shot for $30.

JCDHE Health Clinics Closing at 3 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2017

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment's health clinics in Olathe and Mission will be closing (except for appointments that are already scheduled) Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 at 3 p.m. for a special all staff meeting. We apologize for the inconvenience. Clinics will open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. 

Mental health program expands in Johnson County

When it comes to mental health calls police are often the first responders, but despite some training, officers don't specialize in those types of issues. 

That's why Johnson County is expanding a program that dispatched trained professionals with officers on mental health calls. 

The trained professionals are called co-responders. 

Read More at: KSHB NEWS

KanCare 2.0

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has released some documents that pertain to the next version of KanCare, which is Kansas' privatized system of the Medicaid program. Below are links to the documents with an explanation of what they are.

Below is a link to the state's draft of a renewal application it will use to request the federal government approve the next KanCare waiver, also known as "KanCare 2.0". The current KanCare waiver expires at the end of 2018. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the federal agency responsible for oversight of state Medicaid programs.

http://www.kancare.ks.gov/about-kancare/kancare-renewal

The state has also released the Request for Proposal that the Managed Care Organizations (insurance companies) will use to bid on the contract for KanCare 2.0, That's at the link below and is currently at the bottom of the page. 

https://admin.ks.gov/offices/procurement-and-contracts/bid-solicitations/

The public is invited to provide comments on this draft until November 26, 2017. There are several public meetings and conference calls and the details of those events are available here.

Here are links to a few media articles that give an analysis on the changes between the current and next version of KanCare.
KCUR
Wichita Eagle
Topeka Capital-Journal

Veterans Treatment Court helps put troubled soldiers back on the right path

When Olathe resident Garrett Cleek returned from Afghanistan, he didn’t think twice about being hyper-vigilant, having terrible nightmares, or feeling the need to carry his firearm with him everywhere.

Post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, which are common in veterans returning from combat zones, often lead to all kinds of strange — and sometimes dangerous — behaviors. Occasionally, it also lands these veterans in trouble with the law.

For example, Cleek, who was a combat medic in the U.S. Army, was arrested for assault, but he also could have faced drug charges were it not for the Veterans Treatment Court diversion program at the Johnson County District Courthouse.

 

Yellow Fever vaccine temporarily out of stock at immunization clinics

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is temporarily out of Yellow Fever vaccine and does not expect to receive a new supply from the manufacturer until mid-2018. More information about the vaccine shortage can be found here.

Travelers and health care providers can find locations with remaining doses of Yellow Fever vaccine and its alternative, Stamaril, by visiting the yellow fever vaccination clinic search page. 

For information about which countries require yellow fever vaccination for entry and which countries the CDC recommends yellow fever vaccination, visit the CDC Travelers’ Health website (www.cdc.gov/travel).

Through Awareness and Education, Suicide is Losing its Stigma

Fourteen years ago, Bonnie and Mickey Swade’s son Brett committed suicide at age 31. Back then there were no suicide support groups and because of the stigma attached people were reluctant to even bring it to the attention of professional mental health facilitators. Read More at: http://kcjc.com/index.php/current-news/latest-news/4488-through-awareness-and-education-suicide-is-losing-its-stigma?fontstyle=f-larger

 
Flu shots now available for the 2017-18 influenza season

Flu shots are now available for adults and children over the age of 6 months at our walk-in health clinics in Olathe (11875 S. Sunset Dr.) and Mission (6000 Lamar Ave.). 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 during the 2017-18 flu season.

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.

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Take precautions to prevent mosquito bites and reduce risk of West Nile Virus

Mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus (WNV) are showing up in surveillance reports across Kansas, including Johnson County. All four traps collected on Aug. 11 in Johnson County contained mosquitoes positive with the virus.

West Nile is a virus most commonly spread to people by mosquito bites. In North America, cases of WNV occur during mosquito season, which starts in the summer and continues through fall. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV (8 out of 10) do not have symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms. About 1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness. You can reduce your risk of WNV by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites. More prevention tips: https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/prevention/index.html

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Upcoming Events

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December 20, 2017 | 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

Walk-in Health Clinic Hours

December 21, 2017 | 7:30 am

Kid's Day Out (Ages 5-12)

December 22, 2017 | 7:30 am

Kid's Day Out (Ages 5-12)

December 25, 2017 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

JCDHE Closed on Christmas Day (Dec. 25, 2017)

December 26, 2017 | 7:30 am

Kid's Day Out (Ages 5-12)