Scott County Proactive with Hepatitis A Immunizations

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Scott County Proactive with Hepatitis A Immunizations
Scott County, IN—The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has been investigating an outbreak of acute hepatitis A virus since November of 2017. On average, Indiana has approximately 20 cases of hepatitis A in a 12 month period.
Indiana is one of several states experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak, with outbreak-related cases being confirmed across the state. Experts indicate that the transmission is occurring from person to person, because no contaminated commercial food product has been identified. According to the CDC, populations who are homeless, transient, incarcerated or use illicit drugs and their close direct contacts are at increased risk of exposure to hepatitis A.
The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water after going to the bathroom, after changing diapers and before preparing meals for yourself and others. They advise individuals not to report to work or school if they are experiencing symptoms of hepatitis A, which include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, tiredness, stomach ache, fever, dark-colored (cola) urine, light-colored stool and jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes). Symptoms may take as many as 50 days from exposure to appear.
In order to reduce the risk of hepatitis A transmission, the Scott County Health Department has been proactive in immunizing Scott County first responders, school staff, restaurant workers, and other county residents, among others. Scott County residents who have not received two doses of hepatitis A vaccine yet may come to the health department or ask their healthcare providers. 
For over three years, the Scott County Health Department has been vaccinating those visiting the One Stop Shop and Syringe Service Program, as well as those with substance use disorder and illicit drug users, since these populations have a greater risk of exposure. For nearly 8 months now, they have also been vaccinating in the Scott County jail, another high risk of exposure population. The health department completed a mass vaccination clinic in the jail 8 months ago and returns every two weeks to vaccinate new inmates. 
The Scott County Health Department has given nearly 3000 adult hepatitis A vaccines in 2018. In order to make sure they reach as many residents as possible, the health department held off-site vaccination clinics in both Scott County School Districts 1 and 2, vaccinating most of the staff, in addition to vaccinating those who have been to soup kitchens and dinners where the homeless and others come into contact with food. They are also targeting the homeless, an additional risk exposure group.
To date, Scott County has had 5 cases of hepatitis A, with most of these linked to cases outside the county. Currently, there have been no food worker cases reported in the county. The focus on hepatitis A community education has included sending letters to food establishments, as well as social media campaigns about hepatitis A transmission. The infographic below has been helpful in community education. For more information on receiving the vaccination, please call the Scott County Health Department at 812-752-8455 or go to their office at 1296 N. Gardner Street, Scottsburg, Indiana, between 8 am and 4 pm.

LES BUG (Bringing Up Grades) Honor Roll

The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club recognized twenty-five third graders at Lexington ES who made the Bring Up Grades (BUG) Honor Roll the last grading period of the year with a partyBUG is a Kiwanis signature program designed to provide incentives to third graders to improve their grades.  To make the BUG Honor Roll a student must improve at least one grade in at least one subject and not go down in any other subjects.  BUG Honor Roll students receive a BUG T-Shirt the first time they make the BUG Honor Roll, a certificate identifying the subject(s) they improved, a party with snacks and prizesBUG Honor Roll students in Mrs Hale’s class are Odin Roll, Ryan Justice, Abigail Page, Cheyenne Ward, Macy Beauchamp, Isaiah Emly, Jude Cox, Dallas Yates, Khloe Stivers, Landon Thomasson and Braden CoxBUG Honor Roll students in Mrs Brunner’s class are Preston Allison, Shawn Basham, Bryce Bush, Preston Carter, Chloe Dezarn, Addison Eldridge, Lane Harris, Veronica Law, Katey Middleton, Tyson Mulvaney, Draiden Sheckell, Gavin South, Owyn South and Brianna TarrieBUG is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Kiwanis Corporate Member Austin Tri Hawk.  Congratulations to these outstanding students!

 

The LES K-Kids with their Faculty Advisor, Lee Anna Willett-Good Neighbor award.

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The LES K-Kids with their Faculty Advisor, Lee Anna Willett, posing with their Good Neighbor Award Nomination and the Good Neighbor Award for the Youth Group, Civic, Church and School category.

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Pizza party for the LES K-Kids for winning the Spirit Award given after the Bowl for Kids Tourney.

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Lee Anna Willett and Kate Eder serving pizza to the LES K-Kids for winning the spirit award during the Bowl For Kids Sake 2018.

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The LES K-Kids enjoying their pizza party provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters.

 

The LES K-Kids celebrating their spirit award during the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids Sake 2018

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The LES K-Kids celebrating their spirit award during the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids Sake 2018 They earned a pizza party provided by the Scott County Big Brothers Big Sisters Pictured are Kate Eder, Regional Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters and Lee Anna Willett Faculty Advisor for the LES K-Kids serving the pizza.