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LOGAN COUNTY DISTRICT BOARD OF HEALTH: Office renovations detailed

Convenient flu clinic returns Oct. 13

The Bellefontaine Regional Airport once again will be the site of a convenient flu shot clinic this month, members of the Logan County District Board of Health learned at their Wednesday afternoon meeting.

The Logan County Health District hosts its second annual drive-thru flu clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the airport for ages 19 and older, where participants will not have to leave their seats in their vehicles to receive the vaccine.

Participants should take their insurance cards or Medicaid cards, and will receive assistance filling out forms.

Flu shots are $25, FluMist will be available for $30 and a high dosage vaccine for older adults is $45. Only cash or checks will be accepted.

Kay Schroer, director of nursing, reported that the high dose vaccine is four times stronger than the normal flu shot and is recommended for individuals ages 65 and older.

“Older people don’t produce immunity like kids do,” she said. “Before this high dose vaccine was developed, we usually waited until at least November to give older adults a flu shot because for them, the immunity against the virus only lasted for about three months.

“Now with the high dose vaccine, it will provide immunity for nearly a year.”

Following the drive-thru clinic, the health district at 310 S. Main St. will begin offering regular flu shot clinics for all ages from 2 to 4 p.m. each Tuesday through December.

In addition, children also can receive the flu vaccine from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays and also from 2 to 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month during the regular childhood clinics. All of the clinics are walk-in and no appointments are needed.

Mrs. Schroer also reported that during August, the health district served a total of 367 children in its childhood clinics.

“It was a huge rush with our back-to-school clients,” she said.

During the health commissioner’s report, Dr. Boyd Hoddinott noted that renovations totaling about $15,000 recently have been completed in the office area of the health district.

New carpet was installed and some updates were made to staff cubicles.

Also, Dr. Hoddinott explained that a wall was installed between the environmental health department and nursing department areas to provide a better working space for employees and also privacy for clients.

“Before the wall was installed, conversations from either department could be heard throughout the office area, which could be distracting for other employees and violated the privacy of our clients.

“The efficiency that the renovations gave us went well beyond the small cost of the project. Our employees have experienced a big change in their working environment.”

“It is much quieter now and easier to work,” agreed Jennifer Wren, director of home health.

In other action, the board:

• ordered  William Brandyberry of Urbana, who owns a property at 319 E. Main St., Quincy, with a house and garage that are both collapsing and full of solid waste, to remove both structures and waste from the property within 60 days;

• ordered Mary Burns, 11275 Ash St., Lakeview, whose property contains a pile of trash and a TV in the front yard and overflowing trash cans at the side of the house, to remove all solid waste to a licensed facility within three days;

• ordered Larry Hurley of Bellefontaine who owns a property at 153 Rush St., Rushsylvania, with piles of solid waste under the awning of the home and beside the shed and scrap tires in the driveway, to remove all solid waste to a licensed facility within three days;

• ordered Danny Woodard, 15659 State Route 235, Belle Center, whose sewage system at his property is failing, to connect to the sanitary sewer if accessible or to do a permitted repair to the sewage system within 30 days;

• approved variance requests for Sharon Price of Reynoldsburg for her property at 11562 S.R. 235, Lakeview, Nita Woodruff of 1518 Township Road 179, Bellefontaine, and Becky Ropp and Rick Tudor for a property in the Pauline L. Tudor Estate at 8894 Johnson Lane, Rushsylvania;

• approved an annual evaluation for Steve Cummings, information technology manager;

• accepted a $205,836 Women, Infants and Children program grant for fiscal year 2013; and

• approved the following service contract renewals: Council on Rural Services newborn home visits; Cynthia Pulfer, PRN nursing services; Marcella Burroughs, janitorial services; Northwest Physical Therapy for home health physical therapy services; MidOhio Rehabilitation Specialists LLC for home health occupational therapy services; Beach Speech Pathology Inc. for home health speech therapy; and Sen and Associates Inc. for home health accounting services.

The next meeting is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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