Jefferson County health department will launch billboard campaign
by Dennis Sharkey
Travelers through north Topeka will soon learn what the Jefferson County Health Department has to offer.
Commissioners approved a 13-month contract on Monday that will provide the health department with a billboard advertisement in north Topeka.
Health Department Director Beth Brown said the sign would be located on U.S. 24 Highway heading eastbound. She said several Jefferson County businesses have used the same billboard location in the past. The county will pay $4,150 for the 13-month period that will begin around Aug. 1.
In other actions:
• Commissioners approved contracts with five of the six Jefferson County school districts for school nursing services.
The only district not to come to an agreement was McLouth USD 342. Brown said that board decided to go with a private contractor for services. She said the health department has been providing nursing services to the schools for more than 50 years.
• Brown urged any adults, especially those who are around infants, to get a tetanus booster shot to help fight whooping cough.
Brown said Nemaha County has reported cases and Johnson County has 176 confirmed cases. Children under the age of two months are the most vulnerable to the sickness.
Booster shots are available at the Health Department or the hospital. The cost is $46 and is covered by most insurance.
• Again this year the state is facing issues with blue-green algae. The algae is dangerous to people and animals if they come in contact with water that contains the algae.
No waterways in Jefferson County have been affected so far. Last year some beaches at Lake Perry were closed because of the algae.
• Commissioners gave initial approval for a used-car purchase for the IT department. Employees have been using personal vehicles to make trips.
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