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
- The 2008 - 2010 pneumonia and influenza death rate was 16.8 per 100,000 in Allen County. (Allen County Data Dashboard, Lima Allen County Regional Planning Commission)
- In 2014, 50% of Allen County adults reported receiving a flu shot during the last 12 months. (2014 Allen County Health Risk and Community Needs Assessment, Allen County Public Health)
- The Chlamydia rate in Allen County in 2014 was 561.3 cases per 100,000 population, compared to the Ohio rate of 469.3 cases per 100,000 population. (Ohio Department of Health)
- The Gonorrhea rate in Allen County in 2014 was 145.3 cases per 100,000 population, compared to the Ohio rate of 138.6 cases per 100,000 population. (Ohio Department of Health)
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.