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Weakley County Health Department

Your health department provides a variety of basic health services, both to keep you healthy, and if you are sick, to get you well. We participate in TennCare and we hope you will take advantage of these services.

Child Health/TENNder Care
Healthy children are a major priority of the health department. Well child check-ups include physical exams, screening tests and immunizations. Screenings are available to assure normal development and to detect and treat any medical condition for persons from birth to 21 years of age. Dental varnish is also offered to reduce the incidence of dental caries. We strongly recommend regular check-ups and we make referrals for medical/dental services to be sure all children are as healthy as they can be.

Immunization "Shots"
Immunizations against polio, diphtheria, whooping cough, lockjaw, measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), hemophilus, strep pneumococcal, chicken pox, and Hepatitis B are provided for children. Influenza (flu) and pneumonia immunizations and diphtheria-tetanus boosters are also available to adults for lasting protection against these diseases.

Family Planning
Patients receive a complete physical exam and all appropriate lab tests, and are taught about birth control methods and supplied with their chosen method (unless there is a medical reason that would be dangerous). Many infections and other contraceptive problems can also be treated.

Sexually Transmitted Disease Control
The health department provides confidential testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.

Tuberculosis Control
Diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of the tuberculosis patient and contacts are provided. Medication, when needed, is available at the health department.

A Nutritionist is available to teach individuals or groups proper nutrition for everyday livng. Registered dietitians counsel individuals with special dietary needs such as hypertension, diabetes and weight management.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program
Vouchers to buy nutritious foods (cheese, milk, cereals, etc.) are issued to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and children under five years of age who are at risk of poor growth, if they meet income guidelines. Breastfeeding classes and support are available to all new mothers along with smoking cessation through the Smart Mothers Are Resisting Tobacco (S.M.A.R.T. MOMS) program.

Children's Special Services (CSS)
This service assists with medical treatment for children to age 21, when they have special medical needs and the family is financially unable to provide for necessary care. This service may also include speech and hearing services.

Primary Care Clinics
Treatment is now available in (12)* local health departments for patients 19 through 64 years of age who no longer qualify for TennCare or who are uninsured. Common treatable conditions include upper respiratory infections, high blood pressure, minor injuries, diabetes or any condition that can be treated in a Family Practioner's office. Basic lab services are available along with a limited on-site pharmacy. There are no narcotics in the clinics. Charge for the services is based on the patient's income. Appointments are available. Carroll, Crocket, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Henderson, Henry, Lauderdale, McNairy, Obion, Tipton and Weakley.

Basic Prenatal Care
Pregnancy testing and referral are available including TennCare.

HUGS (Help Us Grow Successfully) Program

Home visits are made by a public health social worker to families whose infants may be at risk for medical or developmental problems. This follow-up begins during the prenatal period. Teen mothers, and their infants are given highest priority.

Vital Records

Birth and death information is collected and sent to the State's Office of Vital Records. Copies of death certificates are issued upon request. Certified copies of birth certificates for persons born in Tennessee 1949 or after may be requested through the health department.

Health Education
A health educator is available to provide educational services to patients, and community groups including teens/adolescents upon request. A dental hygienist is also available to provide dental education upon request.

Food and General Sanitation
Environmental specialists are responsible for inspecting food service establishments, hotel/motels, public swimming pools, bed and breakfast, childcare facilities and school plants. The division is also responsible for planning and promoting the rabies vaccination clinic and investigating animal bites.

Motor Voter Program
Voter registration forms are available and assistance in completing the forms will be provided.

Dental Sealants and Dental Program
All children attending schools where 50% of students receive reduced or free lunch are eligible for screening, exam, sealant and referral to dentist if necessary.