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Due to declining numbers in attendance at community influenza clinics throughout Henry County, the local health department has decided to scale-back their flu vaccine program for 2013.   In 2009, over 2,600 flu shots were administered through the various community clinics that year.   That figure had dropped below 1,000 for all of last year.          As a result, the Henry County Health Department will not be going out of the office for community influenza clinics this year.  Instead, there will be a flu season kickoff on October 1st in Napoleon; with more details to follow in the next week.    More residents have been taking advantage of flu shots through their private doctor’s office, or at their pharmacy location.   The cost for the 2013 influenza vaccine will remain the same as last year in Henry County.

The Henry County Board of Health met recently and discussed grant applications that are being filed.  Henry County is seeking a shared healthcare services grant of $100,000 that will involve other counties in northwest Ohio.    Another grant application seeks funding for an injury prevention program in the six-county area for senior citizens.   This part of the state ranks in the bottom 14 counties for injuries from falls among the elderly.  That grant application is due in mid October.

The Henry County Health Department has announced a nationwide shortage in the TB testing solution will restrict services locally for that test.                             And in personnel action; the Henry County board of health promoted Janelle Cline to Home Health Hospice Services Manager.  And Kim Christiansen was moved to full-time status as a home health aide.


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