*UPDATED* Pfizer & Moderna bivalent boosters now available

*Updated 9/15/2022 to include Moderna bivalent boosters*

We are now stocked with the Pfizer & Moderna bivalent boosters and have set up walk-in clinic dates to make it easy for you to receive yours! We will be offering these boosters at all of our shot clinics as well as the following dates and times at our office:

  • September 13th: 1-4pm
  • September 15th: 1-4pm
  • September 16th: 1-4pm
  • September 19th: 1-4pm
  • September 20th: 1-4pm
  • September 22nd: 1-4pm

 

 

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Updated COVID-19 boosters are now available. What are they, who should get them, and when?

On September 1, 2022, the CDC issued new recommendations for COVID-19 boosters, after the FDA authorized updated booster formulas from both Pfizer and Moderna. The CDC recommends that everyone who is eligible stay up-to-date on vaccinations by getting an updated booster dose at least 2 months after their last COVID-19 shot—either since their last booster dose, or since completing their primary series. Pfizer’s updated booster shot is recommended for individuals 12 and older, and Moderna’s updated booster shot is recommended for adults 18 and older.

These new boosters contain an updated bivalent formula that both boosts immunity against the original coronavirus strain and also protects against the newer Omicron variants that account for most of the current cases. Updated boosters are intended to provide optimal protection against the virus and address waning vaccine effectiveness over time.

Eligible individuals can get either the Pfizer or Moderna updated booster, regardless of whether their primary series or most recent dose was with Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax, or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

As per the CDC’s recommendations, the new bivalent booster replaces the existing monovalent vaccine booster, therefore that vaccine will no longer be authorized for use as booster doses in people age 12 and up.

 

Emergency Preparedness Month GIVE-A-WAYS!

Being ready during an emergency takes preparation. Knowing what to do and how to react doesn’t come naturally, it’s something we learn. September is National Emergency Preparedness month. Do you know where your family will meet if there is a fire in your home? Do you have enough supplies for three days if there is an emergency that might keep help from arriving immediately? Do you have your important numbers somewhere that doesn’t rely on your phone or electricity?

All of these things are part of emergency preparedness. It’s never too late to start! In fact, just thinking about these things is the beginning of your preparedness journey. Check out the resources the Pike County Health Department has listed on our website for more information.

Pike County Health Department will be celebrating National Preparedness Month in many ways throughout the month of September. We will be sharing all sorts of educational and informational tips and more during the month of September on our Facebook page @BGPchd; be sure to follow us! We will have an informational table set up in our office with all kinds of resources and goodies.

 

And last, but of course NOT LEAST, we will be having give-aways! Fill out our quick yes or no survey online to be entered to win one of our 7 give-aways throughout the month of September!

We will be giving away TWO Portable Preparedness go-bags EACH FRIDAY (September 9,16 and 23). On September 30th we will be giving away a BIG KIT: a large Pre-Packed At Home Emergency Preparedness tote that also comes with 2 car-side assistance kits!

 

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What’s in the Portable Preparedness go-bag? ($77 value each)

  • Number Of Pieces 107
  • Emergency kit or disaster preparedness: Stay prepared for emergency situations everywhere you go. Ready America emergency survival kits sustain 4 people for 3 days (72 hours). Basic essential emergency supplies recommended by the American Red Cross
  • Includes 33-piece first aid kit: Comes with first aid essentials for minor injuries like bandages and wound cleaning solution. Take care of medical emergencies with easy-to-use supplies. Great for a car emergency kit or boat accessories
  • Food, water, emergency blankets: Everything you need in case of an emergency. 4 survival food bars (2400 calories) and water pouches with a 5-year shelf life, survival blankets, disposable dust masks, nitrile gloves, whistle, ponchos, pocket tissues
  • Four safety light sticks: In case you’re outdoors or in the wilderness with no light, this emergency bag includes 4 safety light sticks. Equipped with survival gear for hunting, boating, workplace, camping, backpacking, fishing, hiking, travel, home

What’s in the BIG KIT?! (Over $400 value)

  • Paper products: towels, cups, utensils, toilet paper, plates
  • Cleaning: Clorox wipes, gallon hand sanitizer, gloves
  • Kids – wipes and diapers, activities, games, coloring books, glow sticks, puzzles
  • Hygiene – toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouth wash, shampoo, deodorant, soap, razors, manicure set
  • Outdoors – off spray, sunscreen, emergency sleeping bags/tent/blanket and safety whistle, ponchos, fire start cubes, zippo typhoon matches, utility lighter, 50 feet utility line, 6’’ watertight case, air horn, hand warmer packets
  • First aid kits, masks, gloves
  • Flashlights and plenty of extra batteries
  • Fire & Water Proof Document bag with resources and checklists
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Food – can opener, canned goods, case of water & canned cat and dog food
  • Toolbox with basic tools and socket set
  • NOAA weather radio: Crank, battery, electric and solar powered
  • 2 roadside assistance kits/backpacks and magnetic safety arrow.

 

 

A SPECIAL SHOUT OUT to the local businesses that were so excited to help support us in our efforts to educate the community on the importance of being prepared for emergencies!

 

  • Full Throttle Nutrition
  • Perkins Electric
  • O’Reilly’s Auto Parts
  • Community State Bank
  • BG Tractor Supply
  • LaCrosse Lumber
  • Dollar Tree
  • Save-A-Lot
  • Clarity Dental
  • Tony Windmiller
  • Orscheln Farm  & Home
  • Deters Sign Co. & T-Shirt Shop
  • REMAX
  • Bowling Green Insurance Agency
  • BG Tire and Auto
  • BG Lumber
  • Poage Ford
  • Donna Pederson
  • Dollar General Employees
  • Pike County Commissioners
  • Farm Bureau Insurance
  • Reid Insurance Agency
  • Home Bank
  • Walmart
  • Ayerco #35
  • Sheriff Korte
  • HNB Bank

 

 

Missouri DHSS launches new department brand

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) announced today the launch of its new logo and identity to better reflect the department and its vision for the future of public health in Missouri.

 

“We are excited to unveil our new look as we work to unify public health strategies and messaging throughout the state,” said Paula Nickelson, DHSS acting director. “One of the many things that was reinforced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic was the importance of communication and collaboration among public health partners and extending that out to the people we serve. We are so much more than a team responding to a pandemic. We are working to transform public health in Missouri, and that starts with a fresh look and a thoughtful identity to which our entire team and external partners will feel a connection.”

 

Main features of the new logo include the following:

  • Curved line. The curved line in the middle of the logo has dual representation. DHSS is on a strategic path to improve health outcomes of Missourians. The curve is seen as Missouri’s journey toward better health. Additionally, the line is viewed as a stream. Along with partners, DHSS works to implement strategies upstream in order to improve overall population health. Upstream efforts seek to create community-level impact and improve community conditions by addressing social determinants of health. Midstream efforts seek to create individual-level impact by meeting individuals’ social needs through screenings, referrals and other individually-focused processes. Downstream efforts seek to create patient-level impact by providing clinical care.
  • Shield. Through many programs and functions, DHSS works to protect Missourians. Whether it’s protecting seniors or those with disabilities from abuse and neglect or by regulating facilities that serve residents, DHSS uses its authority to ensure entities are abiding by regulations that safeguard the wellbeing of Missourians young and old. Additionally, the shield has become the nationally recognized identity of public health departments and is used by many local public health agencies in Missouri today. The 115 local public health agencies serving Missourians throughout the state are one of the most valuable resources and partners to DHSS and its mission.
  • Medical cross. The medical cross is one of the most internationally known medical symbols. It represents non-biased health for all people. DHSS works to protect the health of Missourians, working collaboratively and in an aligned manner with the state’s health care providers.

 

Four main colors were selected to modernize the look and represent the functional areas within the department that serve Missourians with support from administrative personnel: community and public health, senior and disability services, regulation and licensure and the public health laboratory.

 

The update comes exactly six months after Nickelson, a 23-year veteran of the department, took the helm at DHSS which employs approximately 1,800 team members throughout the state.

 

“Our team has overcome several unprecedented challenges, especially throughout the past few years,” said Nickelson. “While circumstances were less than ideal, we cannot take for granted the strength, knowledge and partnerships gained that will help us move our state forward in protecting the health and safety of Missourians.”

 

DHSS worked with Missouri-based design firm, Firehouse Design Studio, Inc., to create the new brand.

A video explaining the new branding can be viewed here. Information about public health services and programs provided by DHSS can be located at Health.Mo.Gov.

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COVID-19 Boosters Temporarily Out-of-Stock

Per the CDC guidance released on 8/31/22 PCHD currently does not have the appropriate COVID 19 vaccines on hand to provide booster shots to anyone 12 years and older at this time.  We are working on getting the bivalent COVID-19 vaccines authorized for booster shots and we will announce when these become available.

We will notify when we are re-stocked! We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

 

 

Parent Survey for Marion, Ralls, Monroe, Pike and Shelby counties

The Office of Childhood is seeking the input of Missouri families to ensure our state serves families in the best way possible.  Currently, our state is in the Readiness phase (planning stage) to create a Regional Hub which will be accessed through an online site. The Hub will be a place for every family to access resources and services for young children.

Parent Survey for Regional Hub 7 (Marion, Ralls, Monroe, Pike and Shelby counties)

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Flu & COVID-19 Shot Clinics Scheduled

We have plenty of Flu & COVID-19 shot clinics scheduled throughout Pike County in September & October! Some are drive thru events and some will be offered during our resource fairs!

Private pay, most insurances, medicare & medicaid accepted. COVID-19 vaccines are free. Private pay prices: Flu-$25, High Dose-$80, Flubok-$75

  • 9/21: 2-6 p.m. Drive-Thru BG Visitors Park (drive thru)
  • 9/26: 12-4 p.m. Clarksville Pocket Park (resource fair)
  • 10/3: 12-4 p.m. Eolia Community Room (resource fair)
  • 10/5: 2-6 p.m. Louisiana County Market (drive thru)
  • 10/17: 12-4 p.m. Trimble House Louisiana (resource fair)
  • 10/18: 12-4 p.m. Frankford at the Fire Station (resource fair)
  • 10/20: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Curryville Presbyterian Church

Please bring your insurance cards with you! Private Pay, Most Insurances, Medicare & Medicaid accepted.

  • Flu – $25
  • High Dose – $80
  • Flubok – $75
  • COVID-19 – FREE!

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COVID-19 TESTING AT PCHD

Pike County Health Department has a limited supply of free at home self-administer test available for any individual 2 years and older. Testing at home is not to be used in place of seeking medical care by your healthcare provider, urgent care, or emergency care. Positive tests taken at home should be reported to our agency.

We will be hosting On-Site COVID-19 testing events in our office parking throughout the year. Please stay up-to-date with us by following us on social media or signing up for our PCHD Newsletters.

NO WALK IN testing will be performed at this time- PLEASE DO NOT ENTER OUR BUILDING IF YOU ARE ILL. YOU MAY PARK AND CALL OUR OFFICE FOR A NURSE TO BRING YOU A TEST. In order for our Public Health Nurses to perform a test and provide you with documentation of your positive or negative test result, scheduled appointments will be required. NO WORK OR SCHOOL EXCUSES WILL BE PROVIDED, only proof of your results.

CONSULT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER/URGENT CARE/EMERGENCY ROOM IF:

  • If you have moderate to severe illness (experience shortness of breath or have difficulty breathing, etc.)
  • If you are unsure if your symptoms are considered moderate to severe.
  • If COVID-19 symptoms recur or worsen.
  • If you are unsure when to end isolation.

PCHD PH nursing staff can perform limited testing to individuals in businesses/congregate settings in the community as part of an outbreak investigation, those that are underserved, or on an as needed basis for those who are symptomatic or exposed regardless of vaccine status.

Screening test may be performed for those who are asymptomatic with no known exposure to help prevent further transmission including but not limited to employees in a workplace setting or before/after travel.

UPCOMING ON-SITE TESTING EVENTS: 

  • Wednesday, August 24th, 1-2pm
  • Wednesday, August 31st, 1-2pm

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Stay on track with your child’s vaccinations

As a parent, you want to keep your children safe. Routine childhood vaccinations are an important way to ensure that your child and community remain healthy and protected against serious diseases, like measles and whooping cough.

Pike County Health Department encourages parents to make sure children are up to date on routinely recommended vaccines. Well-child visits and check-ups are essential for routine vaccination, even during the pandemic.

You can also review the 2022 easy-to-read immunization schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  If you’re pregnant, now is a great time to find a doctor for your baby and schedule a visit to discuss any questions you have about vaccines.

For more information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent, visit these resources from the CDC:

If you have questions about vaccines, talk to your child’s healthcare provider. If you are in need of your child’s shot records we can get copies for you at no charge that will show all of their immunizations that we or your physician has input into the State of Missouri’s Show-Me-Vax system.

We offer many immunizations at little to no cost to you at our Walk-In Clinic; Monday through Friday from 8am-12pm & from 1pm-4pm. Additionally, we offer extended hours prior to the start of the school year to make it easier for you to get your children the immunizations they need for school.