On Oct. 15, the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees approved a bid from MDC Technology Group for a new server that will be installed at the Cassville office.
The board received a $6,149.99 bid from Midwest IT Services and a $7,275.11 bid from MDC Technology Group. Kathleen King, Barry County Health Department administrator, recommended the board approve the bid from MDC, which included the installation and configuration of all new server equipment and software.
Technicians will also install anti-virus software and map network drives throughout the building. The Cassville office will be able to link to the Monett health department office through the new server.
In old business, the board received an update on current planning associated with the H1N1 vaccine. The health department has received two shipments, which each contained 200 doses of the live vaccine.
"The live vaccine is only for people who are between 2 and 49 years of age, who are healthy and not pregnant," said King. "It was intended for healthcare and childcare providers, but a lot of our healthcare providers are older than 49."
John Starchman, board chairman, asked Carol Landstad, public health coordinator, to share information on a warning some parents have heard regarding the amount of mercury contained in the H1N1 vaccine.
"It contains a derivative of mercury, but there is such a minute amount in the vaccine that it is not dangerous," said Landstad. "It also has no connection to the mercury that you think of like the mercury that has been in the news lately due to spills at schools.
"If someone has gotten the seasonal flu shot every year and is comfortable with that, they should be comfortable with the H1N1 vaccine," said Landstad.
The board also discussed recent reports that individuals who were born before 1957 have some immunity to the H1N1 virus.
"That is why we are not seeing a lot of hospitalizations in the older population," said Landstad.
When the local health department begins to receive the injectable H1N1 vaccine, it will initially be earmarked for children under 3 and pregnant women. The number of doses released to each county will be based on statistical information about the county population.
"It takes approximately two weeks to build up any immunity to either the seasonal flu vaccine or the H1N1 vaccine," said Landstad.
In other business, the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees:
* Heard that the health department is able to administer other injections, such as shingles vaccinations and allergy shots, for clients as needed. A $5 administration fee is charged for each injection.
* Heard that the environmental public health specialists completed 14 routine food inspections and permitted 12 wastewater systems in September.
Breakdown of services
Service fees raised from customers during September came to $3,625.12 in September. The Monett clinic generated 45 percent of the total. In addition, flu shots generated an additional $8,594 in fees, which were not broken down by town.
The Monett clinic served 805 clients in September, or 42 percent of the total clients. Immunizations were a more popular service than usual, requested by 188 people in Cassville and 111 in Monett.
Of the Hispanics served by the department, 85 percent went to the Monett clinic. Most continue to seek nutritional aid through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.
Both the Monett and Cassville clinics served more than 500 people in the WIC program in September, though Monett served 30 more. While 6 percent of WIC clients in Cassville are Hispanic, 52 percent of the Monett WIC clients are Hispanic.