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Local Calls: 330-723-9688
4800 Ledgewood Drive, Medina, OH 44256

HCPN Winter 2018


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Flu Season


Who should get vaccinated this season?

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza. See People at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications for a full list of age and health factors that confer increased risk.

Flu vaccination has important benefits. It can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers great resources for healthcare professionals. Check out these CDC sites:

Anyone can walk-in to our Health Center anytime during business hours or call for an appointment at 330-723-9688, option 1. We also offer comprehensive primary and dental care. Our healthcare team can work with you to ensure your patients are healthy!

Health Center Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm 

Weekly Flu Reports

You can now get weekly flu reports for Medina County. Just click Data Reports in the Quick Links column to the right.


Twenty percent of the nation's two-year-olds are missing one or more recommended immunizations. The 11,000 babies who are born will require 16 – 20 doses of vaccine before age two. Many parents don't understand what it takes to get their children immunized and what diseases can be prevented. Since they have never seen these diseases and the devastation they can cause, they have less concern about the need for immunization compared to other parental priorities.

Vaccine-preventable diseases such as polio, chickenpox, whooping cough, measles, and diphtheria are not diseases of the past. They are still circulating either at low levels in the United States or at epidemic levels elsewhere in the world – only a plane ride away. Someone leaving India yesterday could very easily pass along the polio virus to unvaccinated children in the United States today. If vaccination coverage levels drop, we can expect a resurgence of many of these diseases, along with the suffering and death that they can cause. Immunizations are one of best ways that parents can protect their children against serious diseases (CDC).

We can help!

Medina County Health Department’s Immunization nurse can educate your staff on pediatric and adolescent immunizations in a one hour presentation where your staff can earn one hour of CEU. (MOBI and TIES Presentations). 

New this year is an Impact SIIS training for your staff as well. Don’t use Impact SIIS? Let us help you enroll!!!

Wondering what your immunization rates are for your office.  Let our Immunization Nurse run those rates for you and assist your office in improving your immunization rates. 

Immunication Action Coalition information (click on topics below)



Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) 

Established in 1990, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national early warning system to detect possible safety problems in U.S.-licensed vaccines. VAERS is co-managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). VAERS accepts and analyzes reports of adverse events (possible side effects) after a person has received a vaccination. Anyone can report an adverse event to VAERS. Healthcare professionals are required to report certain adverse events and vaccine manufacturers are required to report all adverse events that come to their attention. Click here for more information on how to submit a report online.


Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings

While we may be watching it snow and thinking about influenza, it's not too early to think about preventing the spread of zoonotic illnesses, too! We regularly promote safe animal interactions at the fair.

The Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings has been published by the NASPHV and the CDC since 2005. This compendium provides standardized recommendations for public health officials, veterinarians, animal venue operators, animal exhibitors, visitors to animal venues and exhibits, teachers, camp operators, and others concerned with control of disease and with minimizing health risks associated with animal contact in public settings. The report has undergone several revisions, and this document updates information provided in the 2013 compendium. Click here to read the article published December 1, 2017.

Additional information and posters are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click here.


Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding is a natural and beneficial source of nutrition and provides the healthiest start for an infant. In addition to the nutritional benefits, breastfeeding promotes a unique and emotional connection between mother and baby. Click here for information from the American Academy of Pediatrics.  The Medina County Health Department supports and promotes breastfeeding. Call us for more details on any of the following:
  • Any Medina County mom and baby can receive breastfeeding assistance and support from a certified lactation counselor during a free newborn home visit.
  • Those on the WIC program can receive breastfeeding counseling, individual consultations, and assistance through the Medina County Health Department WIC program.
  • Medina County Breastfeeding Support Group meets at the Medina County District Library, 210 S. Broadway St Medina, and the 1st Thursday of every month from 10am -11am.

Car Seat Safety

The Medina County Health Department offers free car seat safety checks and installations the second monday of each month, by appointmnet, from 2 - 5:30. Please encourage your expectant parents to call us (330-723-9688, option 5) prior to the delivery of the baby. 



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