Harrison County Health Department
L-R Seated: Rita Krueger, Rhonda Stuart, Autumn Wiley, Sharon Miles, Sarah Linthacum
2nd Row: Tonya Seiter, Courtney Cross, Gayle Guess, Christy Erwin, Delcena Hamilton, Trent Willhite, Ryann Rosier, Charlotte Gregg, Emily Jacobs
3rd Row: Alisha Noble, Fred Lindsey

The Health Department's open office day will be changing from Friday to Thursday beginning  January 8, 2015! Open office day is the day that we always have a nurse in office for immunizations or nail clipping, etc. Please pass the word. 

Also, we will be closing at noon on December 24th and will be closed on December 25th in observance for Christmas. We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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The adult market for smokeless cigarettes that vaporize a nicotine-laced liquid has been booming.  


Acute nicotine toxicity in children is on the rise due to the increase in "vaping" with electronic cigarettes by adults.  This is because curious kids can find themselves playing with the hand-held vaporizing gadgets and the liquid nicotine inside them.

There are 3 main types of electronic cigarettes:

  • Disposable e-cigarettes that cannot be refilled and used again.
  • An e-cigarette device that uses pre-packaged replacement cartridges.
  • An e-cigarette that has a small tank that can be refilled from a big bottle of nicotine liquid.

Disposable and prefilled cartridge e-cigarettes are the least dangerous because the liquid nicotine ordinarily can't leak out unless the cartridge is somehow broken. However, the refillable devices need to be refilled from larger containers, which are not fitted with child-resistant caps and the liquid nicotine flows out easily.  The nicotine is so concentrated that even a small amount can be toxic.  Symptoms occur with minutes and include a stinging bitter taste, drooling, gagging, vomiting, and dizziness.  In severe cases, seizures and a fatal drop in blood pressure could occur.


Children's natural behavior and curiosity puts them at risk if the e-cigarettes are within their reach.


Children like to play with interesting things they find, and to imitate the grown-ups in their lives, who just might be vaping with e-cigarettes. Children are also attracted to the array of colors and candy and food flavors that the nicotine liquid comes in.


If e-cigarettes are in the home, be aware and take care!

  • Always keep e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine locked up and out of the reach of children.
  • Use caution when refilling e-cigarettes.  Protect your own skin when handling the products.
  • Follow the specific disposal instructions on the label.
  • If you think someone has been exposed to an e-cigarette device or liquid nicotine, call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately.  



      December 18, 5:30 p.m.

      Eastwood Meeting Room-Bethany, MO.


      5:30 p.m.  Video and Refreshments

      6:00 p.m.  Health Insurance Literacy Education

      7:00 p.m. Marketplace Walkthrough

      7:30 p.m.  Q & A

      Northwest Health Services and the University of Missouri Extension are hosting a Health Insurance Literacy and Education Event.  Come learn about health insurance and get a step-by-step guide through the Insurance Marketplace.

      Join us at the Eastwood Meeting Room (behind Pizza Hut) in Bethany, MO., at 5:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information, please contact Janet Hackert, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist with MU Extension at (660) 425.6434 or HackertJ@missouri.edu


      Text4baby, a free maternal and child health text messaging service initiated by the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, launched the free Text4baby app on November 10.  As a complementary tool to the text messages that are sent to pregnant women and new moms, the free app offers additional content and interactive features that enhance the overall Text4baby experience.  Learn how your baby is growing each week, receive medical updates and appointment reminders, and engage in fun quizzes.  The app is available for download by searching for "Text4baby" in the ITunes or Google Play app stores.  Continue to also receive customized Text4baby messages that provide state-specific resource and referral information to Missouri enrollees.  New participants can begin receiving free text messages timed to their due date or baby's date of birth by texting BABY to 511411 (or BEBE for Spanish).  


      Did you know that most Americans eat more than twice the American Heart Association’s recommended amount of sodium? Chances are that includes you—even if you rarely pick up the salt shaker. Salt is sneaking up on us—mostly when we go out to restaurants or eat packaged foods.

      Check out this fun new 1-minute video to see for yourself: http://bit.ly/1trMjLv

      For information on Ebola please contact your local Health Department or the Centers for Disease Control.

      For information about Alzheimers use these links:

      www.alz.org and www.alzheimers.gov

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      Our mission at the Harrison County Health Department is to protect and promote quality of life and health for county residents by developing and implementing programs and systems that provide:  information and education; effective oversight; quality services; and surveillance of diseases and conditions. 


      Our vision is of healthy Harrison County residents that live in an environment that is safe, supportive, and conducive to a healthy lifestyle.


      The Harrison County Health Department values a work environment and programs characterized by consistency, honesty, responsiveness and trust.  We are concerned, dedicated professionals who are adaptable in a rapidly changing environment.  Above all, we respect our customers, and maintain for them the highest standards of service.

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