Highland County Health Department

The Highland County Health Department hopes that everyone can stay safe and warm during this period of cold weather.  The Ohio Department of Health and the CDC offer a lot of information that may be of help.

  • According to the Ohio Department of Health's website: "Winter weather is particularly dangerous for infants and for those older than 60 years of age because babies and older adults produce less body heat than other age groups." Their website provides information for assembling survival kits for vehicles, as well as a list of some safety items to have on hand at home.  The site provides links to Ohio's Statewide Road Closures and Traffic Alerts and the National Weather Service Report on Ohio.  You can access their website at the following link:


  • For more information on cold weather check out the CDC's "Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health & Safety " at:




February is Heart Health Month

“Love Your Heart”

Did you know?

- Almost 600,000 people die of heart disease in the US each year.

- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women

- Every year about 720,000 Americans have a heart attack

- Coronary Heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing 380,000 people annually

- Having high LDL cholesterol puts you at risk of developing heart disease.

In an effort to increase awareness and reduce the rate of heart disease, the Highland County Health Department will be offering free Lipid Profile screenings during the month of February. Lipid Profile screenings will be available for persons age 45 or older and who are residents of Highland County. The lipid profile requires that you have nothing to eat or drink 12 hours prior to the test. For more information or to schedule your test, you may contact the Health Department at 937-393-1941.




Notice #1. Payment options.

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. In order to receive immunizations at the Care-A-Van or at clinics the following must be available:
An up-to-date shot record. Shot records will not be looked up during clinic hours or on the Care-A-Van. If you need a copy of a shot record, please contact and request a copy from this office.  The office phone number 937-393-1941
Medicaid Card and/or the following private insurance card: Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Cigna, United Health Care, and Medical Mutural
If not parent/legal guardian the person accompanying the child must be at least 18 years of age.

Notice #3. Sewage Treatment System Test Requirement
All persons registering as a sewage treatment system installer, service provider, or septage hauler shall take a test on the sewage treatment systems rules.
The Highland County Health Department administered the Ohio Dept. of Health (ODH) Sewage Treatment System test for Sewage Treatment System Installers, Septage Haulers, and Service Providers who operate in Highland County on 12/8/2014 & 12/10/2014. Additional test dates will be determined on an individual basis. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a time to take the test at our office, please contact Kyle Arn, R.S. at 937-393-1941.   Additional information on the new sewage rules and alternate testing locations can be found at  the ODH website: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/eh/sewage/Contractor/contrac1.aspx

Notice #4. Flu Shots
Influenza Vaccinations are now available at the Highland County Health Department.
The Quadravalent vaccine is available for adults and children 6 months of age and older.
Flu vaccinations are available at the health department during immunization clinic hours, or on the Care-A-Van.
If your health care coverage is provided by Medicare, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Cigna, United Health Care or Medical Mutual, please have your insurance card with you.  If not covered by any of the mentioned carriers the cost of the vaccine is $25.00.

Notice #5.  Ebola information:

The Ohio Department of Health's Ebola webpage offers information and fact sheets.

Another great website to visit is the Summit County Health Department's home webpage which offers a wide variety of information on Ebola that is very easy to follow including frequent updates that pertain to what is happening in Ohio.

Notice #6.  Food Facility Water Interruption Guidelines:

Ohio Department Of Health Potable Water Interuption Handout Here

What To Do During A Boil Water Advisory


Winter is here.  Below are some topics that you or your family may find interesting.  For additional topics and information please visit our various divisions (Environmental Health, Public Health Nursing, Vital Statistics, and Emergency Response Program) by clicking on the above corresponding tabs.


CALENDER OF EVENTS: Our calendar lists upcoming events, board meetings, shot clinics, Care-A-Van Schedules etc.  To access the calendar please click here:
or the calendar can be accessed by clicking on the "HCHD Calendar of Events" tab located to the right of the screen and below the RESOURCES heading.


Keeping your food safe during emergencies  provided by the USDA


Tips to prevent the spread of germs:

Hand washing: Hand washing is your first defense in reducing your chances of contacting and or spreading seasonal cold and flu as well as some foodborne illnesses.  Please remind your family, friends and co-workers to frequently wash their hands.
Additional ways to help combat the spread of colds and flu is to cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow as apposed to your bare hands.  After use discard tissues into a waste container.

Holiday Meal Preparation:

The USDA Meat & Poultry Division Food Safety Hotline:  1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) Year-round Monday -Friday from 10a.m. to 4p.m. ET.
Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
For automated responses via the Internet 24 hours a day and a live chat during Hotline hours:  go to AskKaren.gov

Fire Safety and the home: According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) people are at greater risk in the winter season when they cook holiday meals, display decorations, and may use unsafe heat sources. You can help prevent winter weather-related home fires in your community by reviewing the tips provided at the following USFA web link: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/cooking.html

USFA fact sheet: Home Fire Safety and Holiday Decorating

USFA fact sheet: Winter Home Heating and Fire Safety

Stress Management - Web link: Stress, Depression and the Holidays
Coping with Grief - Web link: Surviving Grief During the Holiday Season



Currently there is little to no assistance available to help get rid of bed bugs.

Bed bugs can be very hard and costly to eradicate.
The following web links offer good information on the prevention, inspection and eradication of bed bugs:
Ohio Department of Health’s Bed Bug Information page
Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force
Bed bug information – University of Kentucky
Bed bug information - New York City Health Department

  • Head Lice Update:  The following links provide educational information on head lice, treatments, history etc. that may be of interest:





  • All students entering 7th grade in the fall of 2015 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.
    ODH School information: The Ohio Dept. of Health's Back to School webpage has many topics related to school environments.
    Some of the school related topics covered on their school webpage are: Prevent Illness, Immunizations, Medications, Vision School Vision and Hearing , Screenings, Back to School Safety Pledge from Safe Kids USA, Backpack Safety, Traveling to and from School, Food Safety and Nutrition during the School Day, and Bullying and what to do.

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  & RELATED RECALLS: http://www.agri.ohio.gov/apps/odanews/ODARecalls.aspx?div=Food%20Safety

This time of the year brings many activities 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 step. Foodsafety.gov provides a expanded safe food handling information regarding the following 4 simple steps.

CLEAN Wash hands: Hand washing 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.
SEPARATE Keep raw meats/poultry below or away from other foods.  Store in ray meats trays, bags to help contain juices.
COOK Make sure to thoroughly cook foods.  Use a thermometer to verify temperatures. Food charts can be found at the Foodsafety.gov site.
CHILL Refrigerate foods within 2 hours.  Don't overfill refrigerators.
Also visit the above "Environmental Health" tab to access our Food Safety program that provides tips on food safety, handwashing, food storage etc.


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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

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