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HELP WANTED Public/Home Health Nurse: Chickasaw County Public Health and Home Care Services are seeking Part Time RN. Prefer experience in home care, but will train.  Competitive salary and benefits. Applications will be accepted through August 1, 2014.
Applications available on our website or our office  at Chickasaw County Public Health and Home Care Services, 260 E. Prospect, New Hampton, Iowa. Phone 641-394-4053 If you would like a copy of job description please call us or email and we will send you a copy.







Do you children have the immunizations required for 2014-15 school year?

Give Chickasaw County Public Health and Home Care Services a call at 641-394-4053 to double check with us.

IDPH News Release
July 11, 2014
Contact: Polly Carver-Kimm
Fight the Bite
As mosquito populations rise, Iowans urged to protect and prevent
Recent rains have resulted in more mosquitoes buzzing through the Iowa air. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) urges Iowans to take action to protect themselves against mosquito bites, and to prevent the mosquito population from growing. Although mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus typically are not seen until late summer through early fall, one case of West Nile virus has been reported in Iowa this year and surrounding states have also reported cases of the disease caused by mosquito bites. This makes it even more important to use insect repellents properly:
·         Apply repellents only to exposed skin and/or clothing (as directed on the product label).
·         Never use repellents over cuts, wounds or irritated skin.
·         Do not apply to eyes or mouth, and apply sparingly around ears. When using repellent sprays, do not spray directly on your face - spray on your hands first and then apply to your face.
·         Do not allow children to handle or spray the product. When using on children, apply to your own hands first and then put it on the child. Avoid applying repellent to children’s hands because children frequently put their hands in their eyes and mouths.
·          Use just enough repellent to cover exposed skin and/or clothing. Heavy application does not give you better or longer lasting protection.
·         After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water or bathe. This is particularly important when repellents are used repeatedly in a day or on consecutive days.
·         If you (or your child) get a rash or other reaction from a repellent, stop using the repellent, wash the repellent off with mild soap and water, and call a local poison control center for further guidance. If you go to a doctor, it might be helpful to take the repellent with you.
·         The more DEET a product contains, the longer the repellant can protect against mosquito bites. However, concentrations higher than 50 percent do not increase the length of protection. For most situations, 10 percent to 25 percent DEET is adequate.
In addition to using insect repellent, you can protect yourself from mosquito bites by:
·         Wearing long sleeves and long pants when possible.
·         Making sure window and door screens are “bug tight.”
·         Being aware of peak hours of mosquito activity: dusk and dawn.
·         Replacing your outdoor lights with yellow “bug” lights which tend to attract fewer mosquitoes than ordinary light. The yellow lights are NOT repellents, however.
This is also a time to be aware of how you can help control mosquito numbers. Get rid of the areas where mosquitoes breed - dump the water out of barrels, tires, turned over truck toppers, and anything else that will hold rainwater. As long as those containers can hold water for even a week, they can contribute to mosquito populations. Change the water in bird baths every two or three days.
For more information on insect repellent use and safety, visit For information on West Nile virus, see
We are currently accepting applications for a Part Time Home Care Aide Position with a new starting wage as of July 1, 2014 If interested please fill out application and submit to Chickasaw County Public Health and Homecare Services , 260 East Prospect, PO Box 355, New Hampton, Iowa 50659-0355. If you would like a copy of the job description please email or call 641-394-4053 and we would be glad to send you a copy.
Stay Sun Safe this Summer 
This July as we celebrate the summer with outdoor activities we want to be sure to keep our families sun safe and follow the experts advice on UV protection. July is National Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month and the US Department of Health and Human Services recommend we follow these key tips:
  • Wearing sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher), a hat, and sunglasses.
  • Staying out of the sun between 10 AM and 4 PM. A great time to find shade or an indoor activity. 
  • Covering exposed skin with long sleeves or pants when possible.
Find out more about UV Safety Month


Picnics and Family Fun
Picnics can be an easy way to enjoy a great meal with fun and family
in the beautiful outdoors.  When packing meals for a picnic try to include more fresh fruits and vegetables, especially those in season this summer such as zucchini or bell peppers. 
Use this list of seasonal produce to help select a few that work for the family and be sure to include the kids in picking their favorite. 

 Check out the State of Iowa Immunization records system, You can look up your records, Your social Security Number has to be entered in the system, If its not call us (641) 394-4053 and we can enter it for you to allow you unlimited access to your personal Immunization records.


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You’ll have the unlimited support of our dedicated Quit Coaches with coaching on the phone, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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·         A printed Quit Guide to track your custom-developed Quitting Plan and help you through any difficult situations.
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Lyme Disease


Lyme disease affects various parts of the body. Not everyone who gets Lyme disease will experience the same symptoms.


Early Infection

The best and earliest sign of infection is a rash, called erythema migrans (EM). EM will appear in around 60% - 80% of patients. EM may appear within a few days to a month, usually at the site of the tick bite. The rash will first appear as a small, red bump. Over the next few days, the redness expands. As the rash expands, it begins to look like a bull’s eye, with a red center and a red ring surrounding a clear area. EM should not be mistaken for any initial skin irritation at the site of the bite which fades within about a week.


Early Spread

If left untreated, multiple EM rashes may appear within 3-5 weeks after the tick bite. The onset of more than one rash shows that the infection has spread into the blood. The secondary rashes look like the first bull’s eye rash, but usually smaller in size. A person may experience additional symptoms like:

  • Mild eye infections
  • Paralysis of the facial muscles (Bell’s palsy)
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Abnormal heart rhythm (<10% of cases)


Late Disease

Symptoms of Lyme disease can last for several years, but tend to resolve on their own. Symptoms that may be seen in late disease include:

  • Recurrent arthritis commonly in the knees and shoulders
  • Impairment of mood, sleep, or memory
  • Paralysis of the muscles in the face
  • Pain or tingling in the extremities
  • Meningitis and encephalitis


The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to avoid tick-infested areas. If you do spend time in these areas, the following can reduce your risk of infection.


  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long, light-colored pants tucked into socks or boots.
  • Stay on trails when walking or hiking and avoid high grass.
  • Use insect repellants. Repellants that contain DEET should be used in concentrations no higher than 15% for children and 30% for adults. Remember, repellants are not recommended to be used on infants. Permethrin is a repellant that can only be applied to clothing, not exposed skin.
  • After each day spent in tick-infested areas, check yourself your children, and your pets for ticks. Ticks tend to prefer the back of the knee, armpit, scalp, groin, and back of the neck.
  • Promptly remove any attached tick. Folk remedies, such as burning the tick with a match or covering it with petroleum jelly or nail polish, are not effective and can be dangerous because they may force the tick to regurgitate its gut contents, increasing the risk of disease transmission. The tick removal method described below is proven to be effective, and is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Carefully grasp the tick by using tweezers to grip the tick by its mouthparts which are close to the skin. Do not squeeze the tick’s body.
  • Pull steadily directly away from your skin. Because removing the tick is your main goal, do not be overly concerned if its mouthparts break off in the process (as they will be shed naturally).
  • Clean the wound and disinfect the site of the bite.


Prevention of Lyme disease also involves keeping wildlife (especially deer and rodents) out of your backyard and making your yard less attractive to ticks.

  • Remove leaf litter and brush from around your home.
  • Prune low-lying bushes to let in more sunlight.
  • Keep your grass short.
  • Plant deer resistant plants near your home.
  • Keep woodpiles in sunny areas off the ground.
  • Clean up the ground around bird feeders.
  • If you are going to use insecticides around your home, always follow the label instructions and never apply these chemicals near streams or other bodies of water.
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We, the employees of Chickasaw County Public Health and Home Care Services, are
committed to providing the highest attainable standard of health services to all people
of our county. We will constantly evaluate and improve our efforts to enhance public
wellness, improve quality of life ,respond to community needs and concerns, and at
 the same time maintain the utmost respect for each individual’s rights.
Mission Statement
The mission of Chickasaw County Public Health and Home Care Services is to
 promote healthy lifestyles, prevent diseases, provide services to restore wellness
 and respond to the ever changing community health needs.

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