ECOFHC is a Federally Qualified Health Center that depends upon the support of the community. Please get involved by participating in fund raising and the educational programs that are offered to the patients. ECOFHC promotes a tobacco free culture. Every patient 13 years of age and older are queried regarding their tobacco use at each Provider encounter. No Vaping Allowed. For assistance, please call the Oklahoma Tobacco helpline at 1-800-784-8669.
I’d like to share information with you about Extra Help, a federally funded program that helps people on Medicare save an average of $4,000 a year on their Part D expenses and prescription medications. This program:
Reduces or eliminates the Part D premium
Reduces or eliminates the Part D annual deductible
Reduces the copay for prescription drugs
Eliminates the doughnut hole
You can change plans at any time during the year, not only during open enrollment
We also can assist with filling out the applications for state funded Medical Assistance Plans that help with Medicare Part A and/or B premiums, deductibles, and co-pays.
In addition to help with prescriptions, we have information on preventive Health Services for people on Medicare. Medicare provides coverage for many tests, vaccinations as well as well patient visits. These preventive services are covered for people of all incomes.
We have information on the new Medicare Cards.
I am glad to visit with you more about Extra Help. Give me a call at 405-522-3074 . Anyone interested in applying can do so by calling 405-521-2281.
211 Oklahoma is pleased to announce the official launch of its new website, designed to work on any device, and built around a powerful new search engine that makes it easier than ever for users to find what they need. The 211OK website is quick and easy access to more than 10,000 services in the statewide 211 Oklahoma database.
The new site is location-aware and uses the location from your computer or mobile device (if enabled) to show results for all locations offering the searched service. Starting a search is as easy as typing a need in the search bar. We’ve also organized information in easy to navigate categories with common language names. Results are statewide and can be narrowed to show services near the user. With a single click, users can call the agency, visit a website, or get directions. The site also has a Spanish translation feature. Locations are plotted on an interactive map, allowing users to quickly see the services nearest them.
For more information go to: https://www.211ok.org/
Oklahoma State Department of Health
For Release: January 12, 2017
Prevent to Protect: Prevent Infections for Baby’s Protection
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month and The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is working closely with the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) to raise awareness of infections, like Cytomegalovirus (CMV), that may cause birth defects.
CMV is a common virus that infects people of all ages. More than half of adults have been infected with CMV by age 40. Most people infected with CMV do not become ill from the virus, but if a pregnant woman is exposed to the virus for the first time during her pregnancy she may spread the virus to her unborn baby.
When a baby is born with CMV infection, it is called congenital CMV. About one out of every 150 babies is born with congenital CMV infection and most babies with congenital CMV infection never show signs or have health problems. However, about one in five babies will have long-term health problems such as hearing loss, vision loss, intellectual disability, small head size, lack of coordination, cerebral palsy, seizures, and weakness or problems using muscles.
One such child is Parker, who was born with signs of CMV infection at birth. He had severe bruising, blood spots from the top of his head to his toes, cerebral palsy, and an enlarged liver and spleen. Parker spent nine days in the NICU where he was diagnosed with congenital CMV infection. As a result of the infection, Parker has had numerous surgeries to correct his vision and to improve his hearing. Today, Parker is thriving with the help of physical, occupational and speech therapies and a structured environment. He is a happy and healthy three-year-old who loves Toy Story, Mickey Mouse, singing, dancing and his big sister.
Pregnant women are most likely to get CMV from young children. CMV is passed from young children to pregnant women through urine or saliva during diaper changes, sharing of eating utensils or exchanging saliva when kissing. The NBDPN warns pregnant women against putting a young child’s food, utensils, drinking cups or pacifiers in their mouth to reduce their exposure to CMV. Regular hand washing is one of the best ways to remove germs and prevent the spread of germs to others.
OSDH continues to work with healthcare professionals, birthing hospitals, and advocate groups around the state to raise awareness of infections that can cause birth defects.
Visit https://www.cdc.gov/cmv/index.html for more information.
Oklahoma’s Zika threat pales compared to West Nile
The Zika virus, which can cause devastating birth defects, has led to public fear but poses much less risk in Oklahoma than another mosquito-borne disease. Kristy Bradley, state epidemiologist for the state Health Department, said there have been no reports of locally acquired Zika in the United States, outside of two areas of Miami, Fla.
On the other hand, West Nile virus, which is transmitted by a different type of mosquito, has killed 53 people in Oklahoma since 2002 and has forced the hospitalization of dozens of others.
Some of those stricken with West Nile have been paralyzed or suffered encephalitis.
“Many have long-standing complications and never fully recover,” she said.
Bradley testified Wednesday before Oklahoma legislators examining the risks of Zika.
There have been 26 travel-associated cases of the disease in Oklahoma, including one pregnant woman.
There is no vaccine or medicine to treat the virus, which:
• Is transmitted by the Aedes-species mosquito and also can be transmitted sexually.
• Can lead to flu-like symptoms, lasting as long as a week.
• Can cause severe birth defects including microcephaly (abnormally small head), eye defects, hearing loss and impaired growth. Pregnant women are advised to stay out of areas where local transmission is occurring.
• Doesn’t pose a risk for birth defects in babies conceived after the disease has cleared a woman’s blood.
Bradley said there are several reasons for thinking Zika may not end up posing major problems in this country.
“There is a consensus among U.S. health experts that Zika will not become widespread in the United States,” she said.
The mosquitoes that spread the disease fly only about 200 yards in their lifetime and prefer human blood.
Only small numbers of this particular species of mosquito have been found in Oklahoma.
Any potential outbreaks would likely take place in heavily populated areas, where people spend a lot of time outdoors and there is adequate breeding habitat like areas of standing water.
The West Nile virus poses much more of a health challenge because it is carried by the Culex mosquito in a disease transmission cycle that includes birds that can travel long distances.
This type of mosquito increases in numbers during mid- to late-summer when the temperatures climb and the weather pattern is drier.
People over 50 are at greater risk of developing serious complications from West Nile, including serious illness involving the nervous system.
Mosquito activity is highest during early morning and evening hours.
Health officials advise use of insect repellents and recommend draining or treating standing water with a mosquito larvicide.
## Originally published in the Daily Oklahoman 9/22/16