Highland County Health Department

Summer is here - beat the heat by staying cool and hydrated.


Notice #1. The Highland County Health Department accepts the following types of payment for various services offered: Cash, Money Orders, Corporate checks, and Personal checks issued in Ohio with the account holder's drivers license number or state ID number written on the check. *** This office is currently unable to accept debit or credit cards. Effective 9/19/2013 out-of-state personal checks will no longer be accepted.

Notice #2.  Effective January 1st, 2014 you must have the following for your child to receive immunizations at the clinic or on the Care-A-Van: Most current shot record  AND the most current Medicaid Card and or Insurance Card. *** If you do not have these with you, your child will not be seen at the clinic. Shot records WILL NOT be "looked-up" during the immunization clinic.  If you do not have a current shot record for your child, you may obtain one, if available, during non-clinic hours.


Special Event:

The Ohio National Guard will be providing Free Health Care Services @ Southern State Community College, 1850 Davids Dr., Wilmington, Ohio 45177  on August 9, 2014 (8am-5pm) & August 10, 2014 (8am-3pm) - for more information contact the Clinton County Health Dept. at 937-382-3829

Ohio National Guard Free Health Services



HOT TOPICS: With summer underway and area schools starting mid-August - here are some things that may be of interest to you:

Check out our calendar of events under the Resource tab 	
  • All students entering 7th grade in the fall of 2014 are required to receive a TdaP vaccination.  It is strongly recommended that children this age also receive a Meningitis vaccine and begin the series of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccine known as Gardasil.
  • All children entering kindergarten in the fall will need to be up-to-date on their immunizations.

  • BAC to School - Safe lunch flyer: http://www.fightbac.org/storage/documents/flyers/bfs%20keeping_bag_lunch_safe.pdf


 Measles - some important facts: 
  • What is Measles?
    • Measles is an infectious, viral respiratory disease caused by the measles virus.
  • How can I catch measles?
    • Measles is highly contagious and is spread easily. The measles virus resides in the mucus in the nose and throat of infected people. When they sneeze or cough, droplets spray into the air and the droplets remain active and contagious on infected surfaces for up to 2 hours. Infected people are usually contagious from about 4 days before their rash starts to 4 days afterwards. Thus, an infected person can spread the disease before knowing he or she is infected.
  • What are the symptoms of measles?
    • Measles symptoms begin with fever, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite, and red, watery eyes for about four days, followed by a rash. The rash usually lasts 5-6 days and begins at the hairline, moves to the face and upper neck, and proceeds down the body.
    • The disease can also cause severe illness and complications, such as diarrhea, ear infections, pneumonia, encephalitis (brain infection), seizures, and death. These complications are more common among children under 5 years of age and adults over 20 years of age.
  • How long does it take to show signs of measles after being exposed?
    • It takes an average of 10-12 days from exposure to the first symptom, which is usually fever. The measles rash does not usually appear until approximately 14 days after exposure, 2-3 days after the fever begins.
  • How is measles diagnosed?
    • Measles is diagnosed by a combination of the patient’s symptoms and by laboratory tests.
  • Is there a treatment for measles?
    • There is no specific treatment for measles. People with measles need bed rest, fluids, and control of fever. Patients with complications may need treatment specific to their problem.
  • Can someone get measles more than once?
    • No.
  • Is measles common in other parts of the world? What is the risk to U.S. residents?
    • Measles is a common disease in many countries throughout the world. It is possible that people from other countries who visit the United States could be ill with the measles. To prevent getting measles from overseas visitors and to prevent getting measles when traveling internationally, U.S. residents should make sure they have been appropriately vaccinated. Before any international travel, infants 6 months through 11 months of age should have one dose of measles vaccine; children 12 months of age or older should have two doses separated by at least 28 days; and adolescents and adults who have not had measles or been vaccinated should get two doses separated by at least 28 days.
  • How can I protect my child and myself against measles?
    • The best protection against measles for individuals and the community is through routine immunization with MMR vaccine. This is a combined vaccine that protects against measles, mumps and rubella.
    • In almost all cases, people who received the MMR vaccine are protected against measles. However, in rare cases, people who get the vaccine can still become infected with the measles if exposed to the virus. Two doses of MMR vaccine provide full protection against measles to 99 out of every 100 persons vaccinated.
  • At what age should children get the MMR vaccine?
    • Children should receive the first dose of MMR vaccine at 12-15 months of age and the second dose at 4-6 years of age (or no earlier than 28 days after the first dose). Older children who have not been vaccinated should receive two doses of MMR vaccine at least 28 days apart. The recommended age for receiving MMR vaccine might change if there is a measles outbreak in your community, or if you will be traveling to a foreign country. In such cases, check with your child’s health care provider to ensure that your child is properly vaccinated to protect against measles. Additional information about MMR vaccination can be found on the CDC website at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/measles/default.htm
  • Do adults need to be vaccinated against measles?
    • All U.S. adults born during or after 1957 should also get at least one dose of MMR vaccine unless they can show they have either the vaccine or had a blood test that showed they were immune to measles. Healthcare workers should have two doses of MMR vaccine. More specific recommendations for vaccinating adults can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/combo-vaccines/mmrv/vacopt.htm
  • Are there people who should not get the MMR vaccine?
    • Yes, some people should not get MMR vaccine or should wait before getting it. This includes persons with allergies to components of the vaccine and those with medical conditions that preclude vaccination. If you have further questions, discuss them with your health care provider. Additional information can be found on the Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) found on the CDC website at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/
  • Is the MMR vaccine safe?
    • The MMR vaccine has been in use for more than three decades in the U.S., and reports of serious adverse events following vaccination have been extremely rare. As with all vaccines, there can be minor reactions from the MMR vaccine. These reactions might include pain and redness at the injection site, headache, fatigue, rash, or a vague feeling of discomfort.
    • It is important to know that the risk of MMR vaccine causing serious harm or death has been extremely small and that being vaccinated is much safer than getting any of the three diseases (measles, mumps and rubella) the vaccine protects against.
    • Vaccine safety experts, including experts at CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), agree that MMR vaccine is not responsible for recent increases in the number of children with autism. In 2004, a report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded that there is no link between autism and MMR vaccine, and that there is no link between autism and vaccines that contain thimerosal as a preservative.
    • Information about measles vaccine safety can be reviewed on the CDC website at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/Vaccines/MMRV/Index.html


  • Another excellent immunization site to visit is: http://www.immunize.org/
  • For more information, please contact the Highland County Health Department at (937)393-1941.
Food Safety:

Warmer weather is finally here with summer officially arriving June 21.  With summer brings many outdoor activities (ball games, fairs & festivals, July 4 celebrations, outdoor grilling, graduation parties, birthday parties, family reunions, picnics, swim parties, etc.) that involve food.  Planning ahead to incorporate safe food handling practices can help minimize the chance of foodborne illnesses. Although food safety includes various aspects it can generally be accomplished in 4 simple steps:


    • Wash hands: Handwashing is especially important before eating, before/during/after food preparation, after coughing/sneezing/blowing your nose, after using the restroom, etc.
    • Wash surfaces, utensils, cutting boards: To prevent the spread of bacteria, use hot soapy water on counters, utensils & cutting boards.  Wash these items thoroughly after each use to help minimize the chance of cross contamination.

#2 SEPARATE - Keep raw meats/poultry below or away from other foods.  Store in trays, bags to help contain juices.

#3 COOK - Make sure to thoroughly cook foods.  Use a thermometer to verify temperatures. Food charts can be found at the Foodsafety.gov site.

#4 CHILL - Refrigerate foods within 2 hours.  Don't overfill refrigerators.

Foodsafety.gov provides a expanded safe food handling information regarding these 4 simple steps.

  • Also visit the above "Environmental Health" tab to access our Food Safety program that provides tips on food safety, handwashing, food storage etc.
  • Remember that handwashing is very important especially before and after visiting petting areas. Know how to be Safe Around Animals - poster - provided by the ODH
  • Kitchen & Cooking Fire Safety
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Friday, August 01, 2014

Contact Us

1487 N. High St.
Suite 400
Hillsboro, OH 45133
Phone: 937-393-1941
Fax: 937-393-4694
Email: highcohd@odh.ohio.gov

Hours of Operation:

Monday and Wednesday:
8:00 am to 5:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday: 8:00am to 4:00pm

Closed holidays and weekends