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National Infant Immunization Week April 26-May 3

You can’t keep your baby in a fish bowl. Protect them from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases. Most parents choose the safe, proven protection of vaccines. Giving babies the recommended immunizations by age two is the best way to protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases, like whooping cough and measles.

In conjunction with National Infant Immunization Week, April 26-May 3, 2014, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and local public health agencies across the state are encouraging Missourians to take some time to ensure their children and all family members are adequately immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases. The observation is held each year to highlight the importance of protecting children two years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases. This year’s theme is Immunizations: Power to Protect.

Parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s doctor to ensure that their children are up-to-date on immunizations. For more information on immunizations and immunization schedules go to health.mo.gov/immunizations.


Pre K - K Shot ClinicHealth Department to hold Pre-K & K School Shot Clinics

The Pike County Health Department will be providing Pre-K and K School shot clinics on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 3 - 6 pm at the Health Department. An appointment is required.  Please call 324-2111 to schedule a time.

Pike County Health Department is now offering required school immunizations for Pre-K & K for all payer sources.

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Blender Bike

Photo right: Amanda Craft takes a spin on the Blender Bike during Public Health Week at Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice.

PCHD celebrated Public Health Week April 7th - 11th.


Safe Sitter® Courses Being Offered at PCHD

Students learning Babysitting basics and more

April 2, 2014....Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice will offer Safe Sitter® courses for young teens ages 11 to 13 on:

  • Saturday, May 3rd, from 8:00am – 3:00pm (registration deadline is April 25th, 2014)
  • Thursday, June 12th from 9:00am – 4:00pm (registration deadline is June 6th, 2014)
  • Tuesday, June 17th from 9:00am – 4:00pm (registration deadline is June 6th, 2014)

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Public Health Offering Free STD Screenings During April's STD Awareness Month

March 17, 2014...April is STD Awareness Month, an annual observance to raise public awareness about the impact of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the lives of Americans and the importance of preventing, testing for, and treating STDs. It is an opportunity to normalize routine STD testing and conversations about sexual health.

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Breastfeeding Newsletter - "The Importance of Support"

I recently spoke with a mom who was feeling discouraged about breastfeeding but by the end of our conversation she sounded strengthened and more confident. She stated, "One of the most important parts of keeping with breastfeeding is the support from other moms and family members." I could not agree more! Moms can find support in a variety of different people and places. It doesn’t have to be an expert or a specialized group; a listening ear can make all the difference in the world. The journey a breastfeeding mom takes may bring her to places of doubt, insecurity, and questioning along with pride, joy, and love. An encouraging word from a friend or even a stranger may make all the difference to a mom. Support is such an essential key to successful breastfeeding and moms can find friendship and strength several different ways.

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Building Capital Campaign

Pike County Health Department, Home Care and Hospice launched a $1 million capital campaign, "Helping Hands. . . Caring Hearts," on September 2009 to raise funds for a new facility. A new facility will enable us to operate out of one building instead of two to fully serve the residents of Pike County..

A variety of fund raising events are being held along with one on one visits to area businesses, organizations, churches and residents.

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