Vaccines, additional services provided at MCHD

By Sarah Hawley -

POMEROY — The Meigs County Health Department provides many services for county residents, including immunizations, nursing services and vital statistics, among many others.

The annual report details many of those services which are offered at the health department.

Public Nursing Program

The public nursing program at the Meigs County Health Department is operated by Director Nursing Leanne Cunningham and RN Sherry Hayman, who is also a certified tobacco treatment specialist.

The program includes immunizations, Project DAWN, the Tobacco Cessation program and many other services.

A total of 1,071 vaccines were administered at the in-house immunization clinic at the health department. The clinic is held daily from 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. The health department immunization clinic offered two extended-hours evening clinics in the spring of 2019 and two prior to the beginning of the 2019-20 school year.

From October through December, the health department administered 445 flu shots. The health department’s third annual drive-thru shot clinic was held at the Meigs County Fairgrounds with 31 flu shots administered during that event.

Additional flu shot outreach clinics were held at the Meigs County Courthouse with 20 flu shots administered and Eastern Elementary School with 48 flu shots administered.

In addition, a total of 238 Hepatitis A vaccines were administered. Two outreach clinics were held, with 38 Hepatitis A vaccines administered during those clinics.

The Tobacco Cessation Program served 62 individuals who received tobacco cessation counseling.

The nursing program’s Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) reporting and case investigation made contact with one family during 2019.

Other services provided were as follows:

  • 4 adults requested vision assistance
  • 6 children received blood lead investigation follow-up services
  • 67 pregnancy tests were provided
  • 39 head lice checks were performed
  • 60 walk-in blood pressure checks were provided
  • 7 rapid HIV tests were administered
  • 2 rapid Hepatitis C tests were administered

The nursing program also includes communicable disease reporting with regional epidemiologist Mikie Strite.

There were two disease outbreak investigations, norovirus (food-borne) and flu (health care associated). There were 141 investigations of reportable communicable diseases. The five most reported in 2019 for Meigs County were Hepatitis C – chronic, 39 cases; Chlamydia infection, 37 cases; influenza related hospitalizations, 19 cases; gonorrhea, 11 cases; and campylobacteriosis, 10 cases.

Vital Statistics

In 2019, the vital statistics office reported the following statistics

  • 1 registered home birth
  • 2 out of institution births
  • 600 certified birth certificates issued
  • 727 certified death certificates issued
  • 193 burial transit permits issued
  • 3 certificates of service issued
  • 0 fetal deaths registered
  • 2 free veterans’ copies issued as requested
  • 194 total registered deaths occurred in the county: 175 natural cause deaths, 12 accidents (5 overdoses), 1 homicide, 5 suicides, 1 undetermined death. The top causes of death were cardiac related and cancer.

The vital statistics office, with Registrar (Health Department Administrator) Courtney Midkiff and staff Michelle Willard and Shauna Chapman, provided genealogy assistance to the public as requested. The vital statistics department collected $33,751 in revenue with $17,728.72 sent to the state.

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles on the Meigs County Health Department annual report.

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By Sarah Hawley

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.