The Livingston County Health Department is celebrating National Public Health Week with several events.  The Chillicothe Fire Department is handing out free smoke detectors from 10 a.m. to noon.  Click to hear Public Information Supervisor Ann Burchett:

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The health department is located at 800 Adam Drive in Chillicothe.

Press Release from the Livingston County Health Department

Livingston County Health Center will be celebrating National Public Health Week April 1-7.  This year’s theme is “A Wise Investment: Saves Lives. Saves Money,” which emphasizes saving lives and curbing health care spending by highlighting  the importance of prevention and the value of a well-supported public health system.

The health center is offering Tdap vaccinations for adults on a walk-in basis on Tuesday and Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Tdap is a combination vaccine that protects against three potentially life-threatening bacterial diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Nationally, pertussis is on the rise. This disease is potentially fatal, especially in infants.

If you are an adult who is around small children, you should have this vaccination.  Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and other caregivers of infants are often the ones who unknowingly spread pertussis to babies.  That’s why it’s so important that adults and adolescents, especially those in close contact with an infant, receive a single dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) vaccine.

Also on Tuesday, the Chillicothe Fire Department will be handing out smoke detectors as long as the supply lasts from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

On Wednesday, health center staff will be walking at Simpson Park on the noon hour as part of the Walk Chillicothe Spring Walking Challenge, which begins April 8th.  Everyone is welcome to walk with the group and exercise logs and sign up will be available that day at the park.  Those interested in walking should meet at 12:15 p.m. near the playground area.

The week will wrap up with a Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee.  Viewing of the health center’s vintage public health paintings and winners of its poster contest will also be available.

Those who wish to view the paintings and posters during the week can stop by and inquire at the front desk.

All services of the health center are provided on a non-discriminatory basis.