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Immunizations

You never outgrow the need for vaccines. The specific immunizations you need as an adult or for a child are determined by factors such as your age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunizations.  Immunizations can be obtained at our health centers for both children and adults.

Pediatric Services

Purchase District Health Department provides many pediatric services as part of its mission such as well child exams, fluoride varnishing, lead poisoning prevention, and child development.  However, ensuring that our children are properly vaccinated against diseases/illnesses is one of our largest goals as a health institution.

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Lead

Lead is a common element that can harm our bodies.  Our bodies can’t distinguish lead from other minerals that it needs like calcium and iron so it is absorbed into the bloodstream if it is breathed in or swallowed.  Once absorbed into our bloodstream it is then deposited into our brain and bones where it can cause serious damage.  Lead is the number one preventable environmental hazard.

Oral Health

Taking care of your mouth through brushing and flossing can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease, and it can help you keep your teeth as you age.  A healthy mouth can also help to prevent some medical disorders.  On the other side of things an unhealthy mouth, gum disease especially, may increase your risk of serious health problems like heart attack, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes, and preterm labor.

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School Health Requirements

Each school district has requirements that are unique to their schools however there are some requirements that apply to all Kentucky schools. Those requirements include school physicals upon entering a Kentucky school, at preschool or Kindergarten and then again at 6th grade entry and up to date immunization certificates.  These services can be obtained at your local health department. Click here to contact your local health center to make an appointment or if you have questions.  The following website may also be able to answer questions you may have http://education.ky.gov/comm/newtoKY/Pages/Kentucky-Enrollment-Requirements.aspx

Requirements for School-Age Children

WIC

The WIC program (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) is a federal grant program which operates as part of FNS (Food and Nutrition Service).  The WIC program is available at all health centers in the Purchase District.  The main goal of the WIC program is to protect or improve the health and nutritional status of pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5.  WIC provides nutrition education and services, breastfeeding promotion and education, a monthly food prescription of nutritious foods, and access to maternal, prenatal, and pediatric health care services.

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Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding has many benefits for both baby and mother.  Breastfeeding helps protect baby against ear and gastrointestinal infections.  Reduces baby’s risk of allergies and colic and provides for better brain development.  Breast milk digests easily so there is less constipation.  Breastfeeding reduces mother’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer and the uterus will return to normal size more quickly.  It also helps the mother burn more calories.

Nutrition

Medical Nutrition Therapy or MNT is offered in our local health centers. MNT can only be provided by a registered dietitian, licensed dietitian, or certified nutritionist. MNT is comprised of an assessment of your current nutritional status.  The nutritionist or dietitian will then work with you to make a plan to improve your nutritional health.

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HANDS Program

The Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) program is a voluntary home visitation program for moms, dads, and families.  HANDS provides information on prenatal care, nutrition, safety and child development, all to help you on your journey to be a successful parent.  Through the program you will receive support, information and activities that will help you and your baby navigate early parenthood together.  The goal is to support healthy child growth and development, ensure safe homes and help parents reach the goals they have for their children and their family!

Prenatal Care

Early prenatal care is very important.  The sooner a woman seeks prenatal care they set themselves up for a greater likelihood of a healthy pregnancy. Pregnant women should begin prenatal care in the first 3 months of their pregnancy. The health department clinic nurses can help you in finding a prenatal healthcare provider or conduct a urine pregnancy test to determine pregnancy if needed.

There are also several programs through the health department that you may qualify for if you are pregnant including the WIC and HANDS programs.  

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Family Planning

Family Planning is a program here to help you by offering services that help you to have children when you want them, not have to worry about unwanted pregnancy, help to make your own decisions about birth control, and to be healthier before and during pregnancy. 

There are many services provided through Family Planning for Women, men, and Adolescents:

Breast Cancer Screening Program

A breast exam and mammograms check for signs of cancer in the breast.  Women should have regular clinical breast exams performed by their health care provider.  The American Cancer Society recommends women have a mammogram once a year starting at age 40.  Some women should start receiving mammograms sooner based on health or family history.

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Colon Cancer Screening

Colon cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon also known as the large intestine.  Men and women 50 and older and African Americans 45 and older are at higher risk of developing colon cancer.  Every year nearly 2,500 Kentuckians are diagnosed with colon cancer and almost 900 die.  

Colon Cancer often has no symptoms this is why it’s important to begin screening at age 50 even if you feel healthy.  You may be at increased risk of colon cancer if you answer YES to any of the following questions:  Are you 50 years of age or older?  Have you had a family member (parent, brother, sister, or child) diagnosed with colon cancer?  Have you previously had polyps or growths in your colon?  Have you had colon cancer in the past?  Were you diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, or inflammatory bowl disease in the past?

Tuberculosis

Purchase District Health Department supports World TB Day on March 24. The theme of this day is TB Elimination: Together We Can!.  To learn more about World TB Day efforts, please click on the following linktuberculosis

In 2014, 9.6 million people around the world became sick with TB disease. There were 1.5 million TB-related deaths worldwide. TB is a leading killer of people who are HIV infected. A total of 9,421 TB cases (a rate of 2.96 cases per 100,000 persons) were reported in the United States in 2014.

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STD/HIV Testing

STDs are diseases that are passed during vaginal, anal, or oral sex and sometimes through genital touching.  STD’s can lead to serious health problems.  STDs are common.  Anyone who is sexually active can get an STD, however people age 25 and under are at higher risk of infection.  

People often have no signs or symptoms with STDs, but this does not mean they can’t still cause harm to the body or spread to others.  Many STDs can be cured while others cannot, but all STDs can be treated.