Health Department ready with flu shots

LYNDON—Anne Gray, Osage County Health Department administrator, strongly encouraged Osage County residents take advantage of the county’s flu vaccinations, available 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Health Dept., 9th and Topeka, Lyndon. There is a fee for the vaccine.

“It’s very important for pregnant women and family members with babies less than six months old,” said Gray. She added that babies cannot be vaccinated until they are six months old, so that creates an added health risk.

“Grandmothers and grandfathers need to get flu shots,” she said.

A vaccine is good for one year from the date it is given, and protects from respiratory flu, not stomach virus, Gray explained.

County employees can get their flu shots at the courthouse 9 to 11 a.m., Wednesdays, and part-time employees without county insurance need to bring their insurance cards.

Anne Gray reported the Area Agency on Aging has an Affordable Healthcare Act contact, and there will not be a navigator to help with the website at the county health dept. office.

Scot Loyd, CPA, will review the county health department’s budget to address Anne Gray’s budget shortfall concerns.

In other business, commissioners:
• approved a right-of-way permit for a new water line at E. 165th Street, 3/8 of a mile from south 75 Highway, near Osage State Fishing Lake.
• discussed the possible purchase of a four-acre tract of land north of Overbrook, which the county has used to stockpile materials.
• signed a Contract for Administration of Services outlining the county’s responsibility as the “qualified Administrator” for the Osage County improvements project’s grant for RWD 6.
• signed a statement of review and approved the Title VI non-discrimination plan for the senior center. Byron Jordan, director, reported Pat Oelke is taking over at nutrition program’s manager for Sharon Geiss, retired. The commissioners also signed a letter of support to purchase a bus for the senior center.
• heard from Emergency Management Director Bryce Romine announcing an emergency preparedness exercise scheduled for Saturday in Burlingame.
• heard from Tom Merrell regarding a veteran’s day celebration, 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at Trinity Baptist Church, Vassar.
• agreed that Caleb Crook, county counselor, would review deeds for 200 parcels of land owing property taxes.

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