Hammers, saws and drills can be heard in the vicinity of the Putnam County Health Department these days as work is being done to complete an addition to their existing building. The current office will be connected to their shed space which is the building directly to the west.
This project will add two additional offices, another treatment room and a conference space to the existing office quarters. The additional space will allow staff to have a more efficient work space.
The project was awarded to Anchor Constructors and Schoonover Plumbing and Electric. The Putnam County R-I Building Trades class is also assisting with a large portion of the project. The Putnam County Health Department Board of Trustees has been very diligent in their fiscal management and as a result will be able to pay for the entire project without the need for any loans.
We appreciate the support and patronage of the county residents. Business should not be interrupted during construction, although the north parking lot will not be accessible most days. It is anticipated that the addition will be completed by the end of June so watch for a notice of an open house this summer.
Effective March 1, 2011, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has implemented new guidelines on requesting birth and death certificates. Please note, that you are now required to provide proof of identification when requesting a copy of such record. You may still obtain a birth or death record from our office. Print an application here and bring it into our office.
*The health department offers confidential STD testing in our office.
*The health department and the ACIP encourage all persons not vaccinated with Tdap to receive one dose as soon as possible.
*The health department works with the PC Sheriff's office to encourage people to turn in their expired medications safely.
*The health department can provide newborn baby home visits after hospital discharge.
*The health department offers free child safety seat inspections and assistance with installation.
Snacks, crafts, games, & "mom" discussions
New Immunization Availability
The Putnam County Health Department is undertaking a new endeavor, commercial billing for immunizations. After receiving one-time grant funding from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (contract number DH160006021), the local health department initiated the project in 2015.
Currently, Putnam County Health Department has contracts established with Blue Cross Blue Shield (Right Choice), Humana, and Cigna. Other contracts are being pursued but have not yet been executed so be sure to watch for future updates as additional carriers are added. Insurance will be billed through the portal, Transact RX.
Initially, the health department will be offering some adolescent and adult immunizations which include: Prevnar 13 (Pneumonia), Zostavax (Shingles), Adacel (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis), Varicella (Chicken Pox), HPV-9 (Human Papillomavirus), and Menactra (Meningitis).
“Having private purchase vaccine on hand is important because we don’t want to miss opportunities when insured clients present in our office for vaccine,” explained Ericka Klingner, administrator of the health department. “Due to the Affordable Healthcare Act, these changes have been looming for some time and the funding we received enabled us to dedicate the staff and time necessary to get this program underway.”
The health department anticipates expanding the selection of private purchase vaccine billable to insurance later this year, so feel free to check with them or your primary care physician for your vaccine needs. The Putnam County Health Department will continue to participate in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program as well, covering those children who are uninsured or on MoHealthNet insurance. For more information or to schedule an appointment please call the health department at 660-947-2429.
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