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Flu Symptoms

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.

If you are sick with the flu, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends that you stay home for 5 days or until fever-free without the aid of fever-reducing medications, whichever is longer. This will prevent the spread of influenza germs to others.

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. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends that you stay home for 5 days or until fever-free without the aid of fever-reducing medications, whichever is longer. 

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. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment 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 our immunization walk-in clinic in Olathe. Most health insurance plans, Medicare Part B and Medicaid cover the cost of the flu vaccine. If you don't have insurance, the seasonal flu shot costs $30.

JCDHE is a Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) provider. The program provides free vaccines to children age 18 and younger with an administration fee. Find out if your child is eligible for the VFC program.

JCDHE is a KanCare provider for all managed care organizations: Aetna Better Health of Kansas, Sunflower and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. JCDHE also accepts private insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Cigna, Aetna and UnitedHealthcare. We do not accept insurance from any Medicare HMO plans. Check your health benefit plan to confirm coverage for payment of services. Cash, check or credit card payment is also accepted for those without insurance or who carry other insurance plans.

Olathe walk-in immunization clinic hours

  • Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

During high volume times, we may need to temporarily suspend our walk-in immunization service. The Mission walk-in clinic is closed until further notice. 

Save yourself time in line

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

Vaccine Information Statements (VIS):

Patient Privacy Notice 

Flu Questions

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 complications 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 the 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 of 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 a 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 the potential side effects of the influenza vaccine.

What should I do if I have had a serious reaction to the 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)

Family Planning

Program Objectives

  • 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. During high volume times, we may need to temporarily suspend our walk-in services. 

Olathe Family Planning Clinic Hours

  • Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday - CLOSED 
  • Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Mission Family Planning Clinic Hours

  • Monday - CLOSED
  • Tuesday - CLOSED
  • Wednesday - CLOSED
  • Thursday - CLOSED
  • Friday - CLOSED

Services Available

  • Reproductive health
  • Health education
  • Contraceptive services: birth control pills, IUD, Depo injections, condoms
  • Natural family planning and abstinence education
  • Well-woman examination
  • Infertility counseling and referral
  • Pregnancy testing, counseling, and referral
  • Dietitian and Social Worker available upon referral
  • Contraceptive counseling for men
  • Colposcopy
  • LEEP (Loop Electrical Excisional Procedure)

Resources

  • Bedsider - Birth Control Support 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

Fees for Services

Fees for office visits, lab services, and supplies will be determined based on family size and proof of client’s total annual gross income (e.g., paycheck stub, letter from employer, JCDHE’s Verification of Income form).

Income shall include but is not limited to: wages, salary, commissions, unemployment or workmen’s compensation, public assistance money payments, alimony and child support payments, college and university scholarships, grants, fellowships and assistantships, etc. Income shall not include tax refunds, one-time insurance payments, gifts, loans and federal non-cash programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, etc.

Some services are available regardless of ability to pay. No one is denied service due to inability to pay. Call (913) 826-1200 for additional information.

Major insurers may pay all or part of the cost of services. Cash, check or major credit card is accepted. Client accounts may be subject to collections if not paid.

JCDHE is a KanCare provider for all managed care organizations: Aetna Better Health of Kansas, Sunflower and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. JCDHE also accepts private insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Cigna, Aetna and UnitedHealthcare. We do not accept insurance from any Medicare HMO plans. Check your health benefit plan to confirm coverage for payment of services.

Family Emergency Preparedness

family meeting imageIt'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.

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), Instagram (@jocohealthdept) and YouTube (@JCDHEKS) for information. Keep an emergency contact list for family, friends or others that might need your care.

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.

FEMA offers several individual and community preparedness programs that will help you 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.

EPI Update

The EPI Update newsletter logo

The EPI Update is a free, quarterly e-newsletter created by the disease containment staff of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment for Johnson County, Kansas health care professionals.

The newsletter provides doctors, nurses, and other health care providers in Johnson County with up-to-date information on infectious diseases, public health emergency and bioterrorism planning efforts, disease surveillance, and other epidemiologic topics as they pertain to our community. If you would like to be added to the EPI Update mailing list, send an email to [email protected].

Recent Issues

First Quarter 2020

2019

Fourth Quarter 2019

Third Quarter 2019

Second Quarter 2019

First Quarter 2019

2018

Fourth Quarter 2018

Third Quarter 2018

Second Quarter 2018

First Quarter 2018

2017

Fourth Quarter 2017

Third Quarter 2017

 

Dispense Assist

Dispense Assist logoDispense Assist is an easy-to-use online tool used by local health departments, hospitals and health care providers to screen individuals during public health emergencies and seasonal/pandemic influenza. This no-cost tool streamlines dispensing/vaccination operations and is already being implemented in public health jurisdictions, hospitals and other health care entities nationwide. For more information, call (913) 477-8343 or send an email to [email protected].

Watch this broadcast to see how Dispense Assist works at a seasonal flu clinic.

How to Use Dispense Assist (General Public) En español

This video will assist you with printing out a medication voucher during a public health emergency. The medication voucher system will help you receive the medication that is right for you. To print your voucher, you must have access to a computer and a printer. If you do not have a computer and printer available, contact the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment for assistance. Thank you to Seattle & King County Public Health for collaborating and assisting with the development of this video.

Dispensing Medication during a Public Health Emergency (Open/Closed Sites) En español

This video will assist dispensers with processing vouchers produced from Dispense Assist, an online medication screening tool made available by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. Thank you to Seattle & King County Public Health for collaborating and assisting with the development of this video. 

Current Members

2019 Members List

Johnson County Food Policy Council {JCFPC) Members - Johnson County Department of Health and Environment {JCDHE)
Renee Bryant, JCFPC Coordinator, JCDHE

Council Members:

Adrienne Moore Baxter – Chair
Title: Registered Dietitian/Consultant
Affiliation: Food Talk Nutrition Consulting
 
Angela Parks
Title: Teen Services Supervisor
Affiliation: Olathe Public Library

Brian Alferman
Title: Sustainability Program Manager
Affiliation: JCDHE

Craig Wood
Title: Solid Waste Management Coordinator
Affiliation: JCDHE

Claire Sinovic
Title: Nutritional Health Coach
Affiliation: Natural Grocers

Jeanette Metzler
Title: Community Benefit Manager
Affiliation: Shawnee Mission Health

Jenny Doty
Title: Recreation Supervisor
Affiliation: City of Lenexa Parks and Recreation Department

Joan Leavens
Title: Sustainability, Community Engagement Coordinator
Affiliation: Shawnee Mission School District

Karen Siebert
Title: Public Policy/Advocacy Advisor
Affiliation: Harvesters-The Community Food Network

Mary Lou Jaramillo – Secretary
Title: Project Consultant, Olathe Latino Coalition
Affiliation: Significant Matters, Inc.

Michael Rea - Vice Chair
Title: Sustainability Project Manager
Affiliation: Johnson County Community College

Rachael McGinnis Millsap
Title: Director
Affiliation: Farm to School Academy, KC Healthy Kids

Rebecca Clark
Title: Owner/Operator
Affiliation: Bo Ling's Chinese Restaurants
 
Tara Markley
Title: Director
Affiliation: Johnson County K-State Research and Extension

Johnson County Food Policy Council Advisory Member:

Penny Harrell - Physical Scientist - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Jim Callier - Chief - Resource Conservation and Materials Management Section - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  

JCDHE Staff:

Barbara Mitchell - Community Health Division Director, PIO - JCDHE

Carey Yale - Administrative Coordinator - JCDHE

Mary Beverly - Deputy Director - JCDHE

Ashley Follett - Community Information Coordinator - JCDHE

 

Community Health Assessment Process (CHAP)

The Community Health Assessment Process (CHAP) is a Johnson County community partnership, which collectively and systematically assesses the health status and needs of our community.  The goal is to improve and/or maintain a high level of health for our citizenry.

CHAP Timeline

Current CHAP activities:

Community Health Improvement Plan 2012:

CHAP Meeting Minutes 2019

CHAP Meeting Minutes 2018

CHAP Meeting Minutes 2017

CHAP Meeting Minutes 2016

CHAP Meeting Minutes 2015

CHAP Meeting Minutes 2014

CHAP Meeting Minutes 2013

CHAP Meeting Minutes 2012

CHAP Meeting Minutes 2011

Archived Information

Childhood Immunizations

Clients 18 years and younger with private health insurance are required to provide documentation of immunization coverage. If you need a copy of your immunization records, call 913-826-1200 or send your request to [email protected]All immunizations are given at the Olathe clinic during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Mission clinic is closed until further notice. 

What to Bring with You

  • Your child's immunization record
  • Insurance card

Immunization Clinic Hours (Olathe)

  • Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
  • Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

During high volume times, we may need to temporarily suspend our walk-in immunization service. 

Childhood Immunizations Offered

  • Hepatitis B
  • Rotavirus
  • DTaP
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib)
  • Pneumococcal
  • Polio
  • Influenza (Seasonal Flu)
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Meningitis: Menomune/Menactra, Trumenba
  • HPV (Gardasil) 4 and (Gardasil) 9
  • Kinrix
  • Pediarix

Find vaccine prices here

Clients may pay for vaccines out-of-pocket or bill to insurance. JCDHE is a KanCare provider for all managed care organizations: Aetna Better Health of Kansas, Sunflower and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. JCDHE also accepts private insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Cigna, Aetna and UnitedHealthcare. We do not accept insurance from any Medicare HMO plans. Many of the services JCDHE offers are covered by insurance; check your health benefit plan to confirm coverage for payment of services.

JCDHE is a Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) provider. The program provides free vaccines to children age 18 and younger with an administration fee. Find out if your child is eligible for the VFC program.

We accept cash, check, credit or debit card as payment for clients who do not meet criteria, 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 the cost of the vaccine.

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.

Childhood Vaccine Schedules

School Immunizations

Information on REQUIRED vaccinations by the State of Kansas for the current school year for any individual who attends school, a preschool, or a childcare program operated by a school: http://www.kdheks.gov/immunize/schoolInfo.htm

Resources

Child Care Questions

children asking questionsHere are answers to the questions that we receive from child care providers and parents.

Where is the Child Care Licensing Office located?
We are located in Suite 2700 of the Sunset Drive Office Building in Olathe on the corner of Ridgeview and 119th Street. Our address is 11811 S Sunset Drive, Suite 2700, Olathe, KS 66061. Our phone number is (913) 477-8339 and fax number is 913-477-8035. If you are coming to the office, we are located on the second floor.

Questions about Licensing and Renewal

How do I start the process of licensing a day care center or facility?
You need to contact Eldonna Chesnut at (913) 477-8366 to set up an appointment for a one-on-one meeting.

Who do I call to ask about starting an in-home daycare business?
Please call (913) 477-8339 to talk with our staff.

What type of home can be used for home childcare in Johnson County?
If you are thinking of starting an in-home child care business, you need to contact your city. Cities have different requirements and regulations which they will explain to you. You will also need to contact your fire department to make sure that your home meets their requirements.

Under what circumstances does Kansas law NOT require a license for child care?
There are four circumstances where licensing is not required. 1) when child care is provided for not more than two children unrelated to the provider for 20 hours per week or less and the home has not been closed as a result of enforcement action. Total time is determined by adding the hours each child is cared for weekly. 2) when irregular child care is arranged between friends and neighbors on an exchange basis. 3) when child care is provided in the child's own home. 4) when the child care is provided in the home of the child's relative.

Can I keep my home daycare license current even though I'm closing my daycare?
Yes, but you will be subject to an annual inspection including meeting required training and regulations. Best practice would be to close and re-apply when you are taking children again. If you are a school year only child care please contact us for more information by calling 913-477-8339.

When is my county renewal fee due?
The county fee is due upon receipt of the letter sent by the county. Both homes and centers will receive invoices for annual fees and compliance checks. If you need to discuss payment options, please call the contact number on the invoice to talk with someone in the Child Care Licensing Division.

A new Fire Life Safety Agreement (FLSA) was not included in my renewal paperwork for my home daycare. Do I need to send one in?
You are required to call your local fire department to let them know that you will continue providing child care in your home. The fire marshal will tell you if another inspection is required. If not, the current FLSA and date of the last inspection is sufficient. A copy of the FLSA needs to be sent to KDHE with your renewal papers.
 

Questions about Training and Regulations

Where can I find the training requirements?
The requirements are located on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's website. Here is a link to the document on their site.

Is orientation training required?
All new applicants are required by regulation to have child care facility orientation training. For information on classes, please call 913-477-8339.

How do I know when to start counting in-service hours in my in-home daycare or daycare center?
Centers and homes have different requirements. Clock hours approved by KDHE are required each licensing year, not calendar year. Extra in-service hours cannot be carried over to the next licensing year.

In my daycare center, do all of my substitute staff members need first aid training?
Yes, all substitutes, volunteers, and staff counting in the ration must have required training, including first aid and signs and symptoms. Click here to find training regulations.
 

Questions from Providers Regarding Care

What are the state regulations for giving an infant Tylenol or ibuprofen for a fever? Is the provider allowed to administer it to any infant with a note or only under special circumstances?
In order for the provider to administer the medication, the parents have to sign the KDHE medication authorization form. The provider has to sign the same form every time the medication is given to the child. The parent should indicate on the form when and why the medication is to be given.

What are the restrictions to wooden swing sets? I have heard that they are no longer allowed at home daycares.
Wooden swing sets are still allowed. You need to know if the swing set is treated with arsenic sealant or other sealant. The wooden sets will follow the same regulations as all swing sets. Ground cover rules apply to all swing sets in homes.

How do I know if a child has head lice?
Kansas State University Research and Extension provides information about head lice in this document. Also, the Kids Health website offers some information especially related to children. Additionally, the National Association of School Nurses offers tools and resources to help reduce the fear and stigma of head lice and help parents navigate treatment choices. English and Spanish versions are available here.

What do I do if a parent asks me to sleep their baby on their stomach?
Babies shall sleep on their backs unless the provider has been granted an exception from KDHE (Kansas Department of Health of Environment). Providers are required to have a safe sleep policy and two hours of training on safe sleep practices and SIDS. Call us for sample policies and/or questions.

What ground cover is approved for use under my anchored equipment?
"Play" sand, pea gravel, some mulches. Make sure that you are using an approved product before you install it. Call 913-477-8339 if you have any questions.

 
Questions from Parents

How can I tell if a provider is licensed?
Look for or ask to see their license. The license must be posted if they are currently providing care and/or accepting new children. Licenses have an expiration date, so look for the date to make sure it is current. You may also call us at 913-477-8339 to obtain this information.

Who do I call if I have questions, concerns or want to make a complaint about my daycare facility or daycare provider?
Please call the Child Care Licensing division at (913) 477-8339. All regulatory questions will be answered and investigated if indicated.

If my child has a toileting accident, doesn't the provider have to wash out my child's clothing?
No. The provider is not allowed to wash out any soiled diapers, training pants or clothing. The provider is required to place soiled items into a plastic bag or covered container and send it home with the parent. They must do the same thing for their own children's soiled items until the end of the daycare day. This is important to reduce the risk of spreading diseases.

If my provider tells me that I have to call before I pick up my child, do I have to?
No, you are allowed access to the day care during all hours of operation. If you are told to call before pick up or that you cannot look in rooms that used for daycare, report this to the Child Care Licensing division at 913-477-8339.

How can I tell if there have been complaints or problems with a daycare?
KDHE has an online system for reviewing licensed facilities compliance history. Data entry into the system began in October 2011, so it may be necessary to also send in the written open records request as described below. To access the online system, please go to KDHE CAPP. The system will show violations (regulations not being followed) and consultations (technical assistance given to provider) for annual and initial visits, as well as other information.

Alternatively, and for records earlier than October 2011, contact KDHE in writing (letter, FAX or email). Give them the name and address of the facility and request complaint reports, last annual survey, all enforcement actions, and all Notice of Survey Findings (NOSF) forms. One to two years worth of history should be sufficient. Be sure to include your name, address, and phone number. KDHE will let you know the cost of providing this information to you. This is usually $7.00 per hour and $0.25 per page for printing costs. However, if less than 10 pages, there might not be a charge.

Who do I contact to help me find a child care provider?
Please contact one of these Johnson County resource and referral agencies: The Daycare Connection at 913-529-1200 or The Family Conservancy at 913-573-2273. Kansas statute does not allow JCDHE staff to make provider recommendations. Contact us at 913-477-8339 if you have additional questions about finding care.

Child Care Licensing and Renewals

Questions about Licensing and Renewal

How do I start the process of licensing a day care center or facility?
You need to contact Eldonna Chesnut at (913) 477-8366 to set up an appointment for a one-on-one meeting.

Who do I call to ask about starting an in-home daycare business?
Please call (913) 477-8339 to talk with our staff.

What type of home can be used for home childcare in Johnson County?
If you are thinking of starting an in-home child care business, you need to contact your city. Cities have different requirements and regulations which they will explain to you. You will also need to contact your fire department to make sure that your home meets their requirements.

Under what circumstances does Kansas law NOT require a license for child care?
There are four circumstances where licensing is not required. 1) when child care is provided for not more than two children unrelated to the provider for 20 hours per week or less and the home has not been closed as a result of enforcement action. Total time is determined by adding the hours each child is cared for weekly. 2) when irregular child care is arranged between friends and neighbors on an exchange basis. 3) when child care is provided in the child's own home. 4) when the child care is provided in the home of the child's relative.

Can I keep my home daycare license current even though I'm closing my daycare?
Yes, but you will be subject to an annual inspection including meeting required training and regulations. Best practice would be to close and re-apply when you are taking children again. If you are a school year only child care please contact us for more information by calling 913-477-8339.

When is my county renewal fee due?
The county fee is due upon receipt of the letter sent by the county. Both homes and centers will receive invoices for annual fees and compliance checks. If you need to discuss payment options, please call the contact number on the invoice to talk with someone in the Child Care Licensing Division.

A new Fire Life Safety Agreement (FLSA) was not included in my renewal paperwork for my home daycare. Do I need to send one in?
You are required to call your local fire department to let them know that you will continue providing child care in your home. The fire marshal will tell you if another inspection is required. If not, the current FLSA and date of the last inspection is sufficient. A copy of the FLSA needs to be sent to KDHE with your renewal papers.

Fingerprint and Background Check Implementation 

Kansas law requires a comprehensive background check, including fingerprints, for each individual residing, working or regularly volunteering in a licensed child care home or working with children in a daycare center or school-age program. Providers must have their OCA number BEFORE fingerprinting can be done. This is required for both home providers and facilities. Please visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's website for answers to frequently asked questions and deadlines to submit paperwork and fingerprints. 

Johnson County Fingerprinting Locations 

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office, 588 E. Santa Fe St., Olathe, Kansas offers fingerprinting service Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except holidays). Appointments are available for fingerprints and highly recommended. Appointments require 24-hour advance notice. Walk-ins will be accepted if there is availability, but there may be significant wait times. Schedule an appointment here

Bring the following items with you when you get fingerprinted:

  • Fingerprint card (with top part completed)
  • Square return mail envelope with $1 postage attached
  • Waiver consent form
  • Payment page (completed for credit card payment) or check/money order 
  • Government issued ID (Driver’s license/State ID/Passport)  

Leave the envelope and all contents with the police officer. The law enforcement agency taking the fingerprints is responsible for mailing the envelope. If you are paying for more than one person, attach a list of names that your payment covers.

Background Check Packet Pick-up

Child care providers who are eligible for license renewal can pick up background check packets at the Child Care Licensing office located in the Sunset Drive Office Building (11811 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe) during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-5 p.m.) or by calling 913-477-8339 to schedule a pick-up on weekdays before 8 a.m. Packets are also available 30 minutes prior to the start of all evening child care licensing classes.

Child Care Licensing

Get Started in Child Care

child in care

The first step to starting a child care business is to attend an orientation meeting. If you want to start a home child care business, click Child Care Licensing Classes and sign up for Information Meeting to Apply for a Day Care Home. If you want to start a child care center, call Eldonna Chesnut at 913-477-8366 to set up your individual orientation.

The Child Care Licensing Division is located in the Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 2700, Olathe, Kansas 66061.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment's Child Care Licensing division works with all child care facilities in Johnson County. According to the Kansas Child Care Licensing Law, anyone providing care for children other than those related by blood, marriage, or adoption, must be licensed with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Mandatory Classes

As of July 1, 2017, these classes are required before becoming a child care provider:

  • Pediatric first aid and pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certifications
  • Medication Administration
  • Safe sleep practices and sudden infant death syndrome
  • Recognizing the signs of child abuse and neglect, including the prevention of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma, and the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect
  • Basic child development, including supervision of children
  • Prevention and control of infectious diseases, including immunizations
  • Prevention of and response to emergencies due to food and allergic reactions
  • Building and premises safety, including identification of and protection from hazards that could cause bodily injury, including electrical hazards, bodies of water, and vehicular traffic
  • Emergency preparedness and response planning for emergencies resulting from a natural disaster or a human-caused event, including violence at a facility
  • Handling and storage of hazardous materials and the appropriate disposal of bio-contaminants, including blood and other bodily fluids or waste
  • Precautions when transporting children, if transportation is provided

If you have further questions regarding whether a particular course will count for these requirements, please email Nancy Johnson for child care homes or Jill Reed for child care centers and school-age programs.

To enroll in one of our classes, please register at Child Care Licensing Classes.

If you have questions about child care classes, send an email to Deborah Uribe

Child Care Provider Fingerprint and Background Check Requirement

Kansas law requires a comprehensive background check, including fingerprints, for each individual residing, working or regularly volunteering in a licensed child care home or working with children in a daycare center or school-age program. Visit the Child Care Licensing and Renewals page for more information about this process. Providers must have their OCA number BEFORE fingerprinting can be done. This is required for both home providers and facilities.

Child care providers can get fingerprinting done at several Johnson County locations. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office, 588 E. Santa Fe St., Olathe, Kansas offers fingerprinting service Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except holidays). Appointments are available for fingerprints and highly recommended. Appointments require 24-hour advance notice. Walk-ins will be accepted if there is availability and may experience significant wait times. Schedule an appointment here

Child Care Facility Compliance Search

To view regulatory compliance history of your child care provider, visit the KDHE Online Portal.

Child Care Facility Complaints

To report a complaint or concern about a child care facility in Johnson County, please call the Child Care Licensing Division at (913) 477-8339. All regulatory questions will be answered and investigated if indicated.

Resources

Kansas Law

Child Care Provider Forms

Child Care Classes

A new and improved system for enrolling in child care licensing classes called Connect Johnson County is now available. This replaces the former “Go Sign Me Up” website that child care providers have used to register for classes.

All child care providers will need to set up a new profile (username and password) in Connect Johnson County BEFORE they can enroll in classes. The new system also allows providers to pay for classes online through a secure website linked to the site. Once enrolled in a class, providers will receive an email confirming enrollment and another email after payment is received for the class.

At this time, providers are urged to use the Google Chrome Internet browser to access all the functions of the new system. Providers currently enrolled in classes do not have to do anything as their enrollment information will automatically roll over. However, if providers want to enroll in future classes, they will need to set up a new profile in Connect Johnson County.

Providers with questions about Connect Johnson County or child care licensing classes may contact Deborah Uribe at 913-477-8382, Monday-Friday from 1:30-5:30 p.m., or send an email to [email protected].

Register for Child Care Licensing Classes

Breastfeeding

For Mother, Breastfeeding...

  • Is convenient; there's nothing to buy, carry, heat or measure
  • Gives you time and helps you relax
  • Speeds up postpartum healing
  • Saves up to $2,000/year in feeding costs

For Baby, Breastfeeding...

  • Provides all the nutrients needed and in the right amounts
  • Causes less spit up and stomachaches because it's so easy to digest
  • Lowers risks of allergies, earaches, weight problems, SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), and other childhood illnesses

What Real Johnson County Mothers Say About Breastfeeding

Mother breastfeeding baby“I love the closeness that breastfeeding gives my son and I. He wasn’t always easy at first, but since I never gave up it has paid off tenfold. It really makes motherhood that much more special.”

“I really enjoy breastfeeding my twins since I have two babies. It is nice to get to spend some alone time with each of them.”

“I enjoy breastfeeding because it’s quick and convenient for me, but more importantly, it’s beneficial for my child and his health.”

“Breastfeeding has single-handedly been the best experience of my life. My two girls have never been sick, had ear infections and are already smart and gifted for their ages! I love it with all my heart!”

If you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding, call the WIC office and ask to speak to a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. Watch the video below to find out more about the services Breastfeeding Peer Counselors provide to WIC clients.

If you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding, call the Olathe WIC office at (913) 477-8330 or the Mission WIC office at (913) 826-1302 and ask to speak to a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor or visit the La Leche League International website.

Classes for WIC Participants

Please join us for a FREE breastfeeding class!  Classes are held at our locations in Olathe and Mission. Click the link below for class information, dates, and maps.

You must be a current WIC client to enroll in our breastfeeding class. Register for classes here.

2019 Class Schedule (Horario de clases de 2019)

Blood Pressure Clinics

THIS SERVICE IS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Blood pressure clinics are provided by JCDHE's Registered Nurses at various locations throughout Johnson County. For more information, contact Dawn Mangan at (913) 826-1228 or e-mail to [email protected].

Current Blood Pressure Clinic Schedule

Blood Pressure Measurement Instructions (American Heart Association)

Locations and Times

First Monday, 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry St., Olathe

First Monday, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Dr., Olathe

First Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

North Central Multi-Service Center, 12425 W. 87th St., Lenexa

Second Monday, 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Shawnee Methodist Church, 10700 Johnson Dr., Shawnee

Second Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park

Second Wednesday, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Overland Towers Apartments, 8580 Farley St., Overland Park

Third Monday, 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty, Overland Park

Third Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Lenexa Senior Center, 13425 Walnut, Lenexa

Third Wednesday, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Poplar Court Apartments, 519 E. Poplar St., Olathe

Fourth Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Sunflower Apartments, 10200 W. 62nd St., Merriam

Baby-Friendly Provider Resources

Becoming a Baby-friendly Provider

doctor holding baby

The Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF to help promote breastfeeding in the hospital setting and serve as a resource for mothers to get knowledgeable breastfeeding support. As part of the initiative, there are steps that need to be met in order for a hospital to become certified as Baby-friendly.

Steps to becoming a certified Baby-friendly provider

  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all healthcare staff.
  2. Train all healthcare staff in the skills necessary to implement this policy.
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
  6. Give infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
  7. Practice rooming in -- allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
  9. Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or birth center.

For more information contact Laura Grimmett, Johnson County WIC Program Manager, at 913-826-1250 or [email protected].

Helpful Links

Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation

Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation LogoThe Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics with the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition has created this designation that can be earned by medical providers in Kansas who offer breastfeeding support and encouragement to mothers and babies. 

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(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).
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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.

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