January 9, 2018
Batavia, Ohio – The new year is bringing more cases of the flu with it. The flu is now widespread in Ohio and 45 other states. According to the Ohio Department of Health, there have been 2,104 hospitalizations in Ohio since the beginning of flu season. More than 900 of those came during the last week of 2017 alone. Last year, at the same time, there were only 369 hospitalizations.
In Clermont County, there have been 74 people admitted to the hospital for the flu, through the first week of January. “Like the rest of the state, we are seeing an increase in flu activity earlier in the season than usual,” said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit. “The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get vaccinated.”
If you haven’t received your flu shot yet, there is still time. Clermont County Public Health is offering flu shots by appointment by calling 513-735-8400. Appointments can be scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends everyone six months of age or older get an annual flu shot.
“We still have the vaccine, and want to protect as many people as possible,” said Nesbit.
In addition to getting vaccinated, you can also protect yourself by preventing the spread of germs.
February 24, 2016
For Immediate Release
Clermont County Public Health offers smoking cessation classes
BATAVIA, Ohio – Clermont County Public Health is now offering smoking cessation classes to Clermont County residents. The classes will be led by a public health nurse and certified tobacco cessation specialist, and take place at the Nursing Division of Clermont County Public Health, located at 2400 Clermont Center Drive in Batavia.
As a result of the Community Health Improvement Plan that Clermont County Public Health conducted in 2014, tobacco use was identified as one of the top four public health concerns in Clermont County. In a community survey, 27 percent of Clermont County adults reported being smokers, compared to 23 percent of adults in Ohio (source: Ohio Department of Health), and only 17 percent of adults nationwide (source: Centers for Disease Control). “Our goal is to reduce tobacco use among residents by six percent by 2019,” said Clermont County Public Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit.
The cessation counseling sessions will be tailored to meet the needs of each individual. Each patient will meet with the cessation specialist for an initial consultation to develop a specialized plan for quitting tobacco. The consultation will include a survey to determine how nicotine dependent each person is. The cessation counseling sessions will be billed to the individual’s insurance provider, meaning there will be no out-of-pocket expenses for the classes.
All classes will take place at Clermont County Public Health’s Nursing Division, located at 2400 Clermont Center Drive, suite 200, in Batavia. To schedule an appointment, citizens can call Clermont County Public Health at 513-735-8400.
Batavia, Ohio – Clermont County Public Health is urging citizens to protect themselves against mosquito bites this summer. Mosquitos are known carriers of disease such as West Nile Virus and other viruses that can cause encephalitis. More recently there is concern with Zika virus.
February 1, 2016
For Immediate Release
Drug overdose deaths on the rise in Clermont County
BATAVIA, Ohio – Following the national and state trend, Clermont County is seeing a rise in the number of drug overdose deaths. In 2014, 68 drug overdose deaths were reported in the county, compared to 43 in 2013 (data provided by the Clermont County Coroner’s Office; data from 2015 is not yet available). Statewide, Ohio saw an increase from 2110 to 2482 overdose deaths between 2013 and 2014, according to data from the Ohio Department of Health.
Michelle Lydenberg, injury prevention coordinator for Clermont County Public Health (CCPH) says the rise in overdose deaths can be attributed to several factors. “Many of these overdose deaths are the result of the users being alone while using, not calling 9-1-1 soon enough, or using multiple substances at the same time,” said Lydenberg. Heroin, an increasingly popular illicit drug can also be attributed to the rise in overdose deaths in the county and throughout Ohio. “Many individuals became addicted to prescription drugs that are chemically very similar to heroin. With new legislation aimed at reducing the number of prescription pain medications being dispensed, heroin has become a less expensive, and easier to obtain an alternative to prescription medication,” said Lydenberg.
“The opiate epidemic is one of the top health concerns currently impacting Clermont County residents. Addiction is a disease that needs to be addressed through prevention and treatment, just like any other chronic disease,” said Julianne Nesbit, health commissioner with CCPH. To combat this epidemic, the Clermont County Opiate Task Force was formed in 2013. The task force consists of several local agencies, first responders, and community stakeholders.
“The task force promotes education for prescribers on tools for safely prescribing medication; facilitates increased access to naloxone, a substance that can reverse the effects of an overdose; promotes treatment options to people with substance abuse disorders, and encourages methods of prevention,” said Lydenberg.
Thanks to the task force, naloxone, sometimes known as Narcan, is being distributed to first responders and other community members. To date, the Clermont Recovery Center, which is part of the task force, has distributed nearly 400 naloxone kits. The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office now carries the medication in their vehicles and has used it to reverse 35 overdoses. “Even though naloxone can successfully reverse an overdose, it only does so for a period of 30-90 minutes, so calling 9-1-1 if someone is experiencing an overdose is still crucial,” said Lydenberg. She added
“the addiction epidemic has affected families of all backgrounds”. Families or friends of those struggling with an addiction can call the Clermont County crisis hotline at 513-528-SAVE (7283). Lydenberg also recommends that those who have a friend or loved one who is battling addiction should familiarize themselves with the signs of an overdose, and view Clermont County Public Health’s website www.ccphohio.org for more resources.
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