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MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & SENOR SERVICES

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
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DonnellyVisitsMacon.jpgHAVE A SAFE HOLIDAY!!  YOU CAN HELP SAVE LIVES - WHEN BEHIND THE WHEEL "JUST DRIVE";DISTRACTED DRIVING CAN KILL! (This includes TEXTING, Talking, putting on make-up, reading a map,changing GPS or the radio). TAKING YOUR EYES OFF THE ROAD FOR ONLY A SECOND CAN PUT YOU AND OTHERS AT RISK OF A CRASH! And remember Everyone needs to "BUCKLE UP"! Be sure infants & children are in proper car or booster seats. ADULTS NEED TO SET A GOOD EXAMPLE BY BUCKLING UP TOO!!
 
"WHAT DOES THE MACON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DO FOR YOU?"  Your Macon County Health Department or “Public Health Department”—is a leader in improving the health and well-being of your community. Your health department is responsible for: ·
    Protecting you from health threats.
      Prevention and control of disease outbreaks;making sure the food you eat and the air you breathe are all safe; preparing to respond to public health emergencies (be it Natural Disasters, Influenza, West Nile Virus Rabies control or an environmental hazard.) ·
        Educating you and your neighbors about health issues.
          Your health department gives you information about making healthy decisions, like exercising more, eating right, quitting smoking or simply washing your hands to keep from spreading illness. During a public health emergency, your health department also provides important alerts and warnings to protect your health. ·
            Providing healthy solutions.
              Your health department offers the preventive care you need to avoid disease and maintain your health. It provides flu shots for the elderly and helps mothers get prenatal care to give their babies a healthy start. Your health department also helps provide children with regular check-ups, immunizations, and good nutrition to help them grow and learn. ·
                Advancing community health. Your health department takes part in developing new policies and standards that address existing and emerging challenges to your community’s health while enforcing a range of laws to help keep you safe. Your health department works through research and staff training to maintain expertise and deliver up-to-date, cutting-edge health programs.
 
Funding Cuts for Public Health
 Funding Cuts to Immunization program
Major Federal funding cuts to Health Department Vaccine programs is causing changes to where children can receive their immunizations. **Macon Co. Health Dept. was notified along w/ other health departments that as of October 01, 2011 we can no longer immunize children who have health insurance for vaccines even if they have high co-pays or deductibles that families cannot afford!! (Fed. 317 funds that are legislated have been cut!)Families with health insurance are to be referred to Federally Qualified Health Centers or Rural Health Clinics. This is a HUGE barrier to maintaining & increasing childhood immunization rates & put children and adults at risk for returning diseases like: measles,mumps,whooping cough, polio, and hepatitis. We are working to find options for our insured clients that can't afford co-pays or high deductibles. Ask your insurance provider if vaccines are covered & specific details. Ask your healthcare provider what your visit will cost & if they provide financial assistance before you go. ***Call Macon Co. Health Dept. for more details: 660-395-4711.
 
Child Passenger Safety
Want to know if your child's car/booster seat is right for them & is installed properly for your vehicle. Call: Macon County Health Dept. & make an appt. with Debbie. For more info. visit: www.savemolives.com
 Nutrition, Activity, & You
Are you aware that eating a balanced diet and being physically active are two of the most importnat things you can do to be and stay healthy at any age? It's all up to you! Physical activity is any form of movement that uses energy and a balanced diet includes eating the right amount of calories and nutrients to maintain a healthy weight.
 



 
 MACON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
503 N. Missouri Street  •  Macon, MO 63552
phone: 660-395-4711

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