Health Board Talks Cash, Measles & Appointments

Health Board President Dr. Tom Dawdy presents a gift to retiring board member Dennis Korte for his 9 years of service.

In their recent meeting, Bond County Health Department Administrator Sean Eifert reported to the Bond County Board of Health that cash on hand at the end of May totaled $610,515. Eifert said this was a decrease over the previous month, partially due to May being a 3 payroll month. However, the health department’s financial position remains better than one year ago and Eifert expects an increase in cash flow during the summer and fall months.

The health department still has free measles vaccines for any Bond County resident. Measles was declared eliminated in 2000, but Eifert said there has been a resurgence due to people not being vaccinated. The CDC reports there have been over 1,000 reported cases of measles in 28 states.

The health department, in collaboration with HSHS Holy Family Hospital, will host the second annual back to school clinic on July 24 and July 31. Dr. Hannah Strong will provide physicals to students entering preschool, kindergarten, 6th and 9th grades. The health department will also provide immunizations and dental exams to students needing those. Eifert said appointments are recommended as time slots will fill up quickly.

Retiring health board member Dennis Korte, of Pocahontas, was recognized by the board for his tenure of 9 years serving on the board. He was presented with an engraved clock. Pharmacist Karla Plage will take Korte’s place on the board.

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