Be aware of the dangers of pertussis, warns health center

Morgan County Health Center staff members will be participating in a safety fair scheduled 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 in the parking lot at the Walmart in Versailles.  Morgan County Health Center staff members will be participating in a safety fair scheduled 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 in the parking lot at the Walmart in Versailles.  Other agencies participating in the safety fair include Versailles police and fire departments, Gravois Fire Protection District, Staff for Life, and more. Family games and activities are planned. Hot dogs, potato chips, and water will be sold for $3. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle
Network.Pertussis warning Health center administrator Shawn Brantley informed the Morgan County Health Center board of directors Wednesday, Oct. 4 in their regular meeting that one confirmed case of pertussis (commonly known as whooping cough) was identified in August and more in September. According to information released by the health center, children, especially unvaccinated children, are particularly susceptible to pertussis. Symptoms at first include a runny nose, sneezing, mild cough, and possibly fever. After one or two weeks, the child may cough in “explosive bursts,” often ending in vomiting and/or a high-pitched whoop. If a child has been infected, it may take five to 21 days for symptoms to start. The contagious period is from the first cold-like indicators until 21 days after coughing begins. Anitbiotics shorten the time a child with pertussis can transmit it to others.  Call a health care provider or the health center, 573-378-5438 for more information or if a child is suspected of having pertussis.Drug Take-Back Day The health center, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, and the prosecuting attorney are together hosting a prescription drug take-back day 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 in Versailles. The drop-off location is the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office on East Newton Street. For more information, call Dina Dunklee at the health center, 573-378-5438. Report of services In the August report of services, 20 inspections were made, 10 sewage permits issued; two sewage complaints fielded; and three water samples taken. The clinic dealt with four recalls.   Women’s health had two clinics with 12 clients. They dispensed birth control pills to 12 women (25 packs), gave six depo shots, and performed six sexually transmitted disease tests, along with three STD treatments. One hepatitis C test was conducted and 11 physicals were administered.   WIC saw 516 clients. Special health care had a case load of 52 with 15 new referrals and two home visits. There were five CPR classes conducted with 13 clients. One water safety class with 12 participants was conducted at Loving Hands preschool. Four water aerobics classes had 12 participants. Immunizations saw 306 clients with 708 shots administered.  Communicable diseases saw 34 people: two animal bites, four chlamydia, one gonorrhea, one carbon monoxide poisoning, two leads, one hepatitis B, three hepatitis C, one latent tuberculosis, two lyme disease, one pertussis, 15 Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and one west Nile virus.  Total walk-ins in August were 211: two for blood pressure, 40 for PPD, two pregnancy tests, 10 injections, 50 lab draws, 10 toenail clippings, three lead screenings, and 82 nurse visits. In outreach, Kyle Meyer provided nutrition education Aug. 16 (58 participants), Aug. 24 (63 participants), Aug. 28 (38 participants) at Food for Morgan County in Versailles. He assisted with the R-II after-school program Aug. 30, with 87 participants. Ashley Judd performed nine blood pressure/glucose checks at Westlake Aquatic Center in Laurie and 17 at the Ivy Bend Food Pantry.  Dina Dunklee helped Parents As Teachers conduct a “Make and Take” event with three families.Trunk or Treat Health center employees are organizing the 9th annual Trunk-or-Treat event, scheduled Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Morgan County livestock barn on the fairgrounds in Versailles.  Vendors are needed to decorate booth spaces and hand out treats.  Booths are free to any organization, church, or business wanting to participate.  Vendor applications are available from the health center, 104 W. Lafayette St. in Versailles.  To reserve a booth, call Stefanie Pryor 573-378-5438 or email The event theme this year is “Superheroes.” The event is geared toward children 12 years old and younger and provides a safe place for children to enjoy Halloween.Health Center Briefs –  A $4,000/3-year grant for Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities programs was received. –  An application for a diabetes grant was submitted. –  One of four air-conditioning units was replaced by First-Choice Mechanical at $4,850. –  An $18,440 grant for fire extinguishers and smoke detectors is in review process. –  “Connnect with Me” cards to initiate one-on-one interaction are being used in the R-II fifth-grade guidance program. –  Term life insurance and health insurance plans were renewed. – The center’s statement net position, as of Sept. 30, reported a bank balance of $210,582.62. – The next meeting of the health center board is scheduled 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the Morgan County Health Center in Versailles.