Dog or Cat Bite…Now What?

September 14, 2017 | Health, Immunizations, Uncategorized

At the health department, we follow up with the person bitten to ensure they have received medical care and have an up to date tetanus vaccination. (Less than 5 years if the wound is deep, or less than 10 years if the wound is more superficial.) It is important to clean the affected area immediately […]

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Travel vaccinations; start early!

August 16, 2017 | Communicable Disease, Immunizations

Finally, your trip is here. You have your guidebook, electricity convertor and passport.  Do you have protection from getting sick while you are gone?  Before travelling internationally make sure your standard immunizations are up to date.  Currently, CDC has travel warnings for Italy, Germany, Romania, Belgium and France because of measles outbreaks.  You need two […]

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Teen vaccinations; more important than ever.

I was married when I found out I had Human Papillomavirus (HPV). I had no idea what it was, or how I contracted it. What I did know was that it was scary. It required a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) to remove the advanced-stage, precancerous cells. Years later, it re-appeared. Again, a LEEP, and […]

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Newborn vaccinations; a personal and professional perspective.

  I remember first starting as a nurse at the immunization clinic and having some of the same doubts that I now hear from parents about the immunizations I was asked to administer. This was without any children of my own. I am now pregnant with my first baby, and I can’t imagine how fearful […]

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Put back-to-school immunizations on your to-do list!

Although the start of school may not be on your radar, getting on a vaccination schedule should be. Some vaccines require more than one dose, so it’s important to plan ahead. Below is a list of necessary vaccinations required to attend school or participate in pre-school or a licensed childcare establishment. There are 14 serious […]

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National Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2017

Fight the Bite! Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. Their bites can spread diseases such as Zika, dengue, chikungunya, malaria, yellow fever, and West Nile Virus. Although the mosquito species that typically act as a vector for some of these diseases is not common in our region, it is important to take preventive measures […]

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National Infant Immunization and World Immunization Weeks Are Here!

This week we are celebrating the protection that we provide for our children and our communities against specific diseases through complete and timely immunizations. This safeguard for our community is a shared responsibility. Here at Gallatin City-County Health Department we take this responsibility very seriously. We are proud, not only to offer immunization services within […]

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Just Two Doses

Teens who start the HPV series before the age of 15 years will now only need 2 doses of HPV vaccine instead of 3. The vaccine for HPV prevents cancers caused by the human papilloma virus. It’s recommended for both boys and girls between the ages of 11-26 years. This vaccine has been extensively studied […]

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Meningitis explained–it could save your life.

Meningitis is a disease caused by infection of the fluids in the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Bacterial Meningitis There are five types of meningitis, but the most dangerous and contagious is Bacterial Meningitis which can cause life-threatening infections requiring immediate attention including antibiotics and hospitalization. The infection is spread through close […]

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Seasonal Flu Clinics Advancing the Delivery of Colorectal Cancer Screening

The Flu vaccine is recommended for adults every year. Colorectal cancer screening by High-Sensitivity Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) or Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) is recommended for adults over 50 years of age every year. What if we told you there might be a way to combine being vaccinated for influenza and screening for colorectal […]

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