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130 West North Street
Lima, Ohio 45801-4311
Phone: (419) 228-1836
Fax: (419) 228-3891

Immunizations & Infectious Diseases

Current Situation -Immunizations are recommended throughout life to reduce vaccine-preventable diseases.  The recommended childhood vaccines help protect children from 17 different diseases and there are additional diseases that can be prevented by vaccines not on the regular child/adult schedule. 

While the leading causes of death in Allen County are caused by chronic conditions brought about by lifestyles, some infectious diseases continue to cause morbidity and mortality.  Infectious diseases can affect anyone at any age, however, the very young and the elderly have a higher rate of illness for most diseases, excluding Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) that are more likely to occur in teenagers and young adults (15-24 years of age).

Key Data Points



Opportunities for Improvement 

  • The Chlamydia rate in Allen County increased from 507.8 cases per 100,000 persons in 2012 to 561.3 cases per 100,000 persons in 2014. (Ohio Department of Health)
  • The Gonorrhea rate in Allen County increased from 95.9 cases per 100,000 persons in 2012 to 145.3 cases per 100,000 persons in 2014. (Ohio Department of Health)


Allen County Rate of Chlamydia for Allen County

* This chart reflects the rate of Chlamydia for Allen County compared to Ohio.  Rates are shown per 100,000 cases of disease.  (Ohio Department of Health)            

What is being done in our Community?

Women' s Reproductive Health and Wellness/STD clinic serves both males and females.   Screening exams include pap tests, breast health exams, male reproductive health exams, and screening tests for Sexually-Transmitted Infections.  Treatment is provided as needed.  HIV and Hepatitis C testing are also available along with pregnancy testing.  Various forms of contraceptive products are also available through this clinic.  

Adult and Child Immunizations  are available for infants, children, adolescents and adults. We participate in the Vaccine for Children (VFC) Program through the Ohio Department of Health. A variety of adult vaccinations are also available including Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Zostavax.  Travel vaccinations which include Yellow Fever and Typhoid are also available.   

Lima Memorial Health System and St. Rita's Medical Center - To prevent the spread of pertussis (whooping cough) these hospitals provide the Tdap vaccine to all new mothers before they leave the hospital with their baby.