3rd Dose & Booster COVID-19 vaccines offered at PCHD

Our agency is now offering the 3rd Dose & Booster Dose COVID-19 vaccines. Please read the following information carefully. Recently the Moderna & Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for 3rd doses for the moderately to severely immunocompromised. At this time only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for Booster doses that are available to those who fit the criteria listed below. The CDC has released guidance as to what individuals are able to receive the 3rd & Booster dose and they are specific to who and when they can be received. Please see below the information to understand if you are eligible to receive a 3rd Dose or Booster dose.

Who can receive the MODERNA or PFIZER 3rd dose? You must have ALL of the below scenarios:

  • If you have previously received your 1st & 2nd dose of Moderna OR Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine. Vaccine brands are interchangeable. 
  • If it has been at least 28 days since your 2nd dose was administered.
  • If you fall into one of the following categories as being moderately to severely immunocompromised:
    • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
    • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
    • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
    • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
    • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
    • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

Read more on 3rd Dose COVID-19 vaccines from CDC >>>

 

Who can receive the PFIZER Booster Dose? You must have ALL of the below scenarios:

  • If you have previously received your 1st & 2nd dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine.
  • If it has been at least 6 months since your 2nd dose was administered.
  • If you fall into at least one of the following categories:
    • 65 years of age and older and residents in long-term care settings
    • 50–64 years of age with underlying medical conditions
    • 18–49 years of age with underlying medical conditions
    • 18-64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting (e.g. frontline medical workers, teachers, and first responders) 

Read more on the Pfizer Booster from CDC >>>

 

If you qualify under any of these circumstances, you can easily schedule your 3rd Dose or Booster dose with our agency. We offer Pfizer on Mondays & Moderna on Wednesdays, both by appointment. Call our office for this appointment or go online to book yourself at pikecountyhealth.org.

Pfizer Now Offered Weekly on Mondays

Our agency will now be offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by appointment only on Mondays each week. Pfizer is available to anyone age 12 and over. Parents/Legal Guardians must accompany minor children to their appointment, if unable please call our office about the required paperwork. You can learn more about the Pfizer, other COVID-19 vaccines, and book appointments by visiting our website at www.pikecountyhealth.org/covid-19. We continue to offer MODERNA by appointment on Wednesdays, and J&J Monday-Friday with no appointment necessary.

HEALTH ADVISORY: Pike County Health Department urges community to consider vaccination as COVID-19 cases climb.

COVID-19 cases in Pike County have doubled in one week. On Thursday, July 15th we reported 25 active cases, and as of today, July 21st, we have reached an alarming jump up to 50 active cases. Only 27.4% of Pike County’s population is currently fully vaccinated and only 46.8% for the state of Missouri. Population immunity makes it hard for disease to spread from person to person which is why we urge the community to please consider getting vaccinated. For those getting vaccinated will help protect those who cannot be vaccinated, such as newborns and other high risk individuals and the spread of this disease will decline as our vaccination rates increase.

COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic. CDC has announced that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19, including severe illness and death. They can reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19 and are effective against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19, currently circulating in the United States including the Delta variant. People with weakened immune systems, including people who take immunosuppressive medications, may not be protected even if fully vaccinated.

Some people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may still get sick because no vaccine is 100% effective. Experts continue to monitor and evaluate how often this occurs, how severe their illness is, and how likely a vaccinated person is to spread COVID-19 to others. It is unsure at this time how long COVID-19 vaccines can protect people and it is currently recommended that everyone 12 years of age and older should get their COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is available to those 12 and older, while Moderna & the Johnson & Johnson vaccines are for those 18 and older.

We have COVID-19 vaccines available daily at our office. If you are not vaccinated, please be safe and use caution when planning activities. Improve ventilation indoors, wear a mask in public, social distance and stay home and get tested if you are having symptoms. We offer Moderna on Wednesdays by appointment and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is walk-in welcome Monday – Friday 8:30-11am & from 1-4pm. Call our office at 573-324-2111 or visit our COVID-19 page for more information or to schedule your appointment today.

Keep safety in mind when enjoying summer activities

For Immediate Release:

May 28, 2021

 

Media Contact:

Lisa Cox

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Lisa.Cox@health.mo.gov

 

Keep safety in mind when enjoying summer activities

 

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – This Memorial Day, it is important for individuals to remember summer safety while making plans and enjoying everything outdoors that Missouri has to offer. Taking basic safety precautions can prevent a variety of injuries and illnesses, and could even save lives.

Tick and Mosquito Bite Prevention. Ticks and mosquitoes may be small pests, but their bite can have big consequences. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) remains concerned about the prevalence of ticks and mosquitoes throughout Missouri. The following safety precautions will help prevent both established and emerging diseases spread by ticks and mosquitoes.

  • Use insect repellent with a minimum 20% DEET, picaridin or IR3535.
  • When possible wear light colored, long sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Always check yourself, family and friends for ticks after spending time outdoors.
  • Remove ticks promptly.

 

Take two minutes to protect yourself from ticks and mosquitoes.

 

Food Safety. Whether you are having a picnic, barbecue or fish fry, some simple food safety steps can prevent foodborne illness from crashing your celebration. The following safety guidelines should be followed:

  • Always wash your hands before preparing foods and after handling raw meats, as well as before and after eating.
  • Keep hot food hot (135°F or above) and cold food cold (41°F or below). Leftovers not kept under temperature control should be discarded if left out over two hours.
  • Cook foods completely. Hamburgers should reach 155°F, fish and pork 145°F and chicken or other poultry 165°F.
  • Avoid cross contamination of foods by keeping them separate and well wrapped.

 

Find more food safety tips here.

 

Hot Weather Safety. Every year, Missourians suffer from heat-related illness due to Missouri’s hot and humid summer weather. To avoid potentially deadly heat illness, using air conditioning, at home or in a local cooling center, is the best preventive measure. It is also important to become familiar with the following terms used to identify heat hazards:

  • Heat wave: a prolonged period of excessive heat, often combined with excessive humidity.
  • Heat index: a number of degrees Fahrenheit that tells how hot it feels when relative humidity is added to the air temperature. Exposure to sunshine can increase the heat index by 15 degrees.
  • Heat cramps: muscle pains and spasms due to heavy exertion. Although heat cramps are the least severe, they are often the first signal that the body is having trouble with the heat.
  • Heat exhaustion: typically occurs when people exercise heavily or work in a hot, humid place where body fluids are lost through heavy sweating. Blood flow to the skin increases, causing blood flow to decrease to the vital organs. This results in a form of mild shock. If not treated, the victim’s condition will worsen. Body temperature will keep rising and the victim may suffer heat stroke.
  • Heat stroke: a life-threatening condition. The victim’s temperature control system, which produces sweating to cool the body, stops working. The body temperature can rise so high that brain damage and death may results if the body is not cooled quickly.
  • Sun stroke: another term for heat stroke.

 

Find more information about heat hazards and prevention methods here.

 

Water Safety. Missouri has a wealth of recreational water areas from backyard ponds, lakes and streams to multi-million gallon water parks with wave pools and slides. All these recreational water options provide hours of fun, but dangers can lurk in the water. Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury worldwide and among Missouri’s children. The majority child drowning fatalities in Missouri occurred in unsupervised children under the age of five.

 

A drowning can occur quickly and silently in a matter of seconds and young children can drown in as little as one inch of water. Children under the age of one are most likely to drown at home in a bathtub or bucket. Children aged one through five are most likely to drown in a pool. Children aged five and older are most likely to drown in open water such a lake, pond, stream or river. By following the safety tips below you can reduce the risk of drowning this holiday:

  • Never leave a child unattended in or near water.
  • Actively supervise children and stay within arm’s reach of young children. Avoid distractions.
  • Teach children water safety skills and swimming skills as early as possible.
  • Only swim in designated areas, preferably with a lifeguard. Remember lifeguards provide assistance in emergencies and should not be relied on for supervision.
  • Warn children to stay away from drains in pools.
  • Install proper barriers and covers around your pool and spa.
  • Wear life jackets as appropriate. Life jackets should be US Coast Guard certified, the proper size for the individual, and in good condition. Floatation devices are not a substitution for adult supervision.
  • Know CPR and if a child is missing, check the water first.

 

 

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About the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: The department seeks to be the leader in protecting health and keeping people safe. More information about DHSS can be found at http://health.mo.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter @HealthyLivingMo

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens

Although fewer children have been infected with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can:
 
▶️ Be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19
▶️ Get sick from COVID-19
▶️ Spread COVID-19 to others.
 
CDC recommends everyone 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic.
 
Getting your child or teen vaccinated can bring you one step closer to enjoying the activities you miss. Children 12 years and older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.
 
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Missouri WIC Temporary Benefit Increase

5/13/2021: Bowling Green, MO – The WIC Pike County Health Department is temporarily increasing the Cash Value Benefit for Fruit and Vegetable Purchases (CVB).

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) gave USDA authority to temporarily increase the CVB to $35 per month for eligible women and children during the federally declared COVID-19 public health emergency. Missouri WIC has elected to use this authority from June through September 2021, to provide additional healthy fruits and vegetables for up to 60,000 women and children per month. Standard CVB values range from $9 – $11.

WIC families have the opportunity to shop for nutritious foods at over 600 authorized WIC retailers throughout Missouri and can receive services at any of the 118 local agencies. WIC serves financially eligible women, infants, and children under the age of five. Fathers, stepparents, foster parents, grandparents, and guardians are also encouraged to apply for WIC benefits for any children in the household under the age of five.

Missouri WIC provides quality nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, nutritious foods, and referrals to health services. It is also one of the most successful, cost-effective, and important nutrition intervention programs in the country!

Individuals interested in learning about the benefits of WIC may contact the WIC Pike County Health Department at janderson@pikecountyhealth.org or 573-324-2111.

 

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Updated CDC Guidance on COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Although many members of our communities have received a COVID-19 Vaccine and our current active case counts are low, we still need to be cautious and play it safe to help slow and stop the spread. As the weather starts to warm and we get anxious to socialize outdoors we urge you to continue taking proper steps to keep yourself and family safe. Wash your hands often, stay home when you are sick and if you are fully vaccinated you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.  When choosing safer activities, consider how COVID-19 is spreading in our community, the number of people participating in the activity, and the location of the activity. Outdoor visits and activities are safer than indoor activities, and fully vaccinated people can participate in some indoor events safely, without much risk. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet,  register for your appointment here.

CDC has updated thier guidance with the following recommendations (for non-healthcare settings).

Everyone should continue to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • Stay home if you are sick and consider getting tested if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19

Fully vaccinated people can:

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Visit with unvaccinated people (including children) from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Participate in outdoor activities and recreation without a mask, except in certain crowded settings and venues
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if asymptomatic and feasible

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Take precautions in indoor public settings like wearing a well-fitted mask
  • Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
  • Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people from multiple households
  • Avoid indoor large-sized in-person gatherings
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow guidance issued by individual employers
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

Unvaccinated people should continue to:

  • Practice Social/Physical distancing and staying 6ft away from others not in your household
  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Wear a cloth face covering when in public and especially when social distancing is hard to maintain
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Stay home and isolate yourself from other household members if you are sick with COVID-19
  • Quarantine when you have been in close contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • Consider getting your COVID-19 Vaccine.

See more CDC guidance here.

 

 

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J&J COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Resumed – Clinics to be held soon.

CDC and FDA have recommended that use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine resume in the United States, effective April 23, 2021. However, women younger than 50 years old should be aware of the rare risk of blood clots with low platelets after vaccination, and that other COVID-19 vaccines are available where this risk has not been seen. If you received a J&J/Janssen vaccine, here is what you need to know. Read the CDC/FDA statement. You can also learn more from the EAU Fact Sheet here.

For those ineterested, we are scheduling two mass clinics to be held at the Church of the Nazarene, 807 South Court Street, Bowling Green MO 63334. These clinics will be on Tuesday, May 4th 1-6pm & on Wednesday, May 12th 9am-2pm. We have also began offering the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine in our office on Wednesday afternoons. All of these appointments are able to be booked online or by calling 573-324-2111.