Clinical Services News and Alerts
Because we are committed to preventing the spread of the COVID-19, we have decided to cancel the Narcan Training Event originally scheduled for 4:00 PM April 2, 2020. As this situation develops we will evaluate when and how future trainings can be done safely.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding. Stay safe and healthy!
Cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea are on the rise in the United States, including West Virginia. These sexually transmitted infections are increasingly common and often have no symptoms. Left untreated, they can cause permanent damage to reproductive organs, including infertility. STD tests are usually not included during routine bloodwork and annual physicals unless you ask your primary care physician to be tested.
The good news: getting tested at the health department is affordable and non-invasive. We offer urine testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea, and blood testing for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis B and C.
How can I get tested at the health department?
Call us at 304-728-8416 to set up an appointment. There is a $10 fee for STD testing.
What happens at the appointment?
You’ll fill out a form with your name, date of birth, and other demographic information. A nurse will bring you to a private room to discuss your symptoms and medical history. You’ll then use a private bathroom to give a urine sample. A blood sample may also be needed depending on the type of test. The nurse will package the sample(s) to send to the state lab. We will call you as soon as we get the results.
What if I my test results are positive?
Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are curable with antibiotics. If you test positive for any of these you will be scheduled for free treatment as soon as possible. A nurse will give you medication and counsel you on treatment, avoiding sex while you may still be contagious, and when you’ll need to be re-tested. We can notify past or current partners for you and schedule them for testing and treatment.
HIV and Hepatitis B and C are more complicated. If you test positive for any one of these we will refer you to a healthcare provider who specializes in managing these conditions.
How can I prevent STD’s?
Chlamydia and gonorrhea are spread through sexual contact. The only 100% way to avoid them is to abstain from sex. If you are sexually active, using a barrier method correctly every time will significantly reduce your risk. Free condoms are available at the health department for anyone who asks for them.
Follow these links for more information from the Center for Disease Control:
We are happy to announce that we will now provide Narcan training at the health department on the first Thursday of each month from 4:00-5:00 PM. This training is free and open to the public. Participants will receive a certificate of training, and get a rescue kit with two doses of naloxone.
Naloxone (Narcan, Evzio) is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription pain medications. If you or a loved one use opioids – prescribed or not – having this medication available in an emergency and knowing how to use it saves lives.
We are happy to announce that beginning in February we will be increasing the number of days we offer screening and testing for tuberculosis to Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 9:00-11:00 in the morning and from 1:00-3:00 in the afternoon. We will accept walk-ins for screening letters and skin tests (sometimes called a TST or PPD). Patients who need a blood test (T-spot) will still need to schedule appointments so we can ensure the sample reaches the lab in a timely manner.
What’s the difference between these types of screenings and tests?
To get a Screening Letter, you will fill out a form with questions about your health and travel history. A nurse will review your form, and if you do not have any symptoms or certain risk factors you will get a signed letter from the health department saying that you can be considered free of active tuberculosis. If you do have symptoms or if you are at high risk due to travel or medical history you may need to get either a skin or blood test.
A Skin Test is done by injecting a small amount of fluid under the skin of your inner forearm. This creates a bubble which should disappear within 48-72 hours. You will have to come back to the health department 3 days after your test to have a nurse look at your arm and check for a reaction.
Blood Tests are usually done for people who have been vaccinated for TB or who have had a reaction to a previous skin test. A nurse will take a sample of your blood and sending it to a lab for testing, and you will get the results in about a week.
For Cervical Health Awareness Month, we’d like to talk about human papillomavirus (HPV) and it’s connection to cervical cancer. More than 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, and over 80% of these cases are caused by HPV, a vaccine-preventable disease spread from person to person through genital contact.
There is a vaccine available that protects against the most common cancer-causing strains of HPV. It also protects against other reproductive system cancers and genital warts. The vaccine is given in two doses at age 11-12, or three doses for teens and adults up to age 26.
Jefferson County Health Department participates in state and federal programs that provide free or low-cost cervical cancer screenings and HPV vaccinations to those who meet age, income, and health insurance guidelines. If you do not have health insurance or your insurance does not cover these services, please call us at 304-728-8416 to schedule an appointment.
Click here for more information from the National Cervical Cancer Coalition, and please feel free to share their flyer below:
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Due to a historic turnout of over 100 patients, we’ve run out of flu shots for our Blue Ridge Elementary free flu shot night and had to shut down early! Don’t worry, we have 2 more free flu shot events coming up! Thank you all for your patience and understanding, hope to see you there!
Thursday, 10/24/19, 3:30-5:30, Ranson Elementary
Tuesday, 10/29/19, 5:00-8:00, North Jefferson Elementary
Health Department staff will be administering free flu shots to the community at the following dates, times, and locations.
|Monday, October 21||5:00 – 8:00 PM||Blue Ridge Elementary School|
|Thursday, October 24||3:30 – 5:30 PM||Ranson Elementary School|
|Tuesday, October 29||5:00 – 8:00 PM||North Jefferson Elementary School|
No proof of residency required. The vaccines offered at this event are for adults and children 3 years and older. Available while supplies last. For more information call our office at 304-728-8416.
The Center for Disease Control recommends yearly influenza vaccination to help protect yourself, your family, and the people you interact with every day. More information about flu prevention is available on the CDC website.
Printable Flyer – please share!
Flu shots will be available by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting in October. Call 304-728-8416 to set up your appointment (please have your insurance information ready when you call). Uninsured children 18 years old or younger can receive free flu shots through the Vaccines for Children Program.
We are also in the process of planning several community events to offer free flu shots on a first-come first-served basis, so check back here for dates and times.
Just 4 weeks until school starts! Our appointment book is filling up quickly, so if your child needs any vaccines before the start of the school year call us today to schedule an appointment.*
How do I know if my child needs any shots?
You may have received a notification from their school, or you can check the state requirements. You can also fax or email us a copy of their shot record for our nurses to review.
I can’t find my child’s shot record. Can you look it up for me?
We have access to West Virginia Statewide Immunization Information System, but that doesn’t guarantee that your child’s healthcare provider uses that system, or that any records found there are complete. We ask parents to check with their child’s current and previous pediatricians as well as any schools they attended to find the most up-to-date copy of their shot record.
What if my child doesn’t have health insurance or our plan doesn’t cover immunizations?
Uninsured and underinsured children age 18 and under may qualify for low-cost services through the West Virginia Vaccines for Children Program.
*New patients will need to submit shot records and insurance information for review and verification before scheduling.