While seasonal influenza (flu) viruses are detected year-round in the US, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. So far this flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that at least 26 million people have become ill from the flu. CCPHD is reminding you that it's not too late to visit us for your 2023 flu shot, and protect yourself and your family from becoming one of the millions missing school or work due to this persistent virus!
Click here for the Flu Form, which you should fill out before your visit
The sensory room offers a private space inside the health department with a variety of tactile and sensory items including a bubble light, activity panel, and more. The CCPHD staff are well versed in distraction techniques and can make accommodations for any individual who struggles with the vaccine process. Any Calhoun County resident who prefers a sensory-friendly setting is welcome to come into the Albion or Battle Creek clinic to receive services. The sensory-friendly room was made possible by funding from the Children’s Special Healthcare Services Vaccine Initiative. Individuals will be able to receive immunizations in the sensory room.
They are short descriptions of a particular situation, event or activity, which include specific information about what to expect in that situation and why.
Additional links to prepare for your arrival to the Sensory Room
(Albion - 517-629-9434)
Tell us how your experience was with the CCPHD Sensory Room Survey
Vaccine Specific Information can be found by following the links below
What immunizations does my child or family need?
The goal of the Calhoun County Public Health Department Immunization program is to protect the public’s health from vaccine-preventable diseases. CCPHD offers clinics in multiple settings to promote complete immunization of all citizens. Children receive immunizations before they start school. Flu shots are given in the fall and winter months.
Many people find vaccinations confusing and complex. CCPHD strives to assist parents in getting their children vaccinated to avoid life-threatening diseases and to meet the requirements established for enrollment in schools. Immunizing your children is the best way to protect them against preventable diseases.
Visit the CDC for more information on recommended vaccinations for children here: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.html
What if I don't want to immunize my child?
Parents should be aware of the problems associated with an unvaccinated child. First, they leave their child open to contracting a disease. Second, a parent/guardian must remove their child from daycare or school if another child in the school or in a daycare tests positive for any of these contagious diseases. This occurs even if a parent has signed a waiver to exempt their child from being vaccinated.
What vaccines do adults need?
Adults are not exempt from needing vaccinations either. Adults who have small children or work with children should also get a booster for many of these diseases. There is a vaccine that guards against many strains of pneumonia and shingles. If you are 50 or older you can receive the Zoster vaccine (shingles) and if you are 65 or older you can receive the pneumococcal vaccine.
Visit the CDC for more information on recommended vaccinations for adults here: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/index.html
I'm traveling - what vaccinations do I need?
Vaccines are often necessary to protect those traveling to other parts of the world with diseases that haven't been in the United States in a very long time.
Vaccination recommendations vary depending on your travel itinerary. You should speak with your health care provider about your destination and the diseases you may be exposed to there. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also provide a database for travelers to find their recommended immunizations at www.cdc.gov/travel.
MSU's travel clinic utilizes national and international travel expertise to provide current travel information and recommendations. https://travelclinic.msu.edu/
Keep yourself protected from these diseases by making an appointment at the CCPHD Clinic at least two weeks prior to leaving the country.
Bring back souvenirs and memories from your trip, not a disease!
Vaccine Specific Information
- Chickenpox (see Varicella)
- Flu (See Influenza)
- HPV: cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/hpv/index.html
- Hepatitis A: cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/hepa/index.html
- Hepatitis B: cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/hepb/index.html
- Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (HIB): cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/hib/index.html
- Influenza: cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/flu/index.html Everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot every year. Flu shots are needed annually because the virus strains that cause sickness are constantly changing. Getting a flu shot helps you to avoid missed days at work or school, hospitalization and protects those that cannot get the flu shot or who have weakened immune systems from other diseases.
- MCV4: Young adults living in a dormitory setting should be vaccinated against meningococcal disease. Meningitis can be dangerous and even life-threatening.
- MMR (Measles, mumps, and rubella)
- Meningococcal: cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/mening/index.html
- Pneumococcal: cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/pneumo/index.html
- Polio: cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/polio/index.html
- Rotavirus: cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/rotavirus/index.html
- Shingles (see Zoster)
- Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis)
Notice of Privacy Practices (HIPAA)
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES [Click here for printable version]
This Notice of Privacy Practices describes how we may use or disclose your protected health information (PHI), with whom that information may be shared, and the safeguards we have in place to protect the PHI. This notice also describes our legal duties and privacy practices, as well as, your rights regarding your PHI. Please review this carefully.
“Protected health information” is individually identifiable health information. This information includes demographics, for example, age, address, e-mail address, and relates to your past, present, or future physical or mental health or condition and related healthcare services.
Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD) is required to maintain the privacy of your health information. We must follow the privacy practices that are described in this Notice while it is in effect. This Notice took effect April 14, 2003 and was updated on April 25, 2016.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT OF THIS NOTICE.
You will be asked to provide a signed acknowledgment of receipt of this notice. Our intent is to make you aware of the possible uses and disclosures of your protected health information and your privacy rights. The delivery of your healthcare services will in no way be conditioned upon your signed acknowledgment. If you decline to provide a signed acknowledgment, we will continue to provide your treatment and will use and disclose your protected health information for treatment, payment, and healthcare operations when necessary.
USES AND DISCLOSURES OF HEALTH INFORMATION
We use or disclose your personal health information for the purposes listed below. Not every use or disclosure in a category will be listed. However, all of the ways we are permitted to use and disclose health information will fall within one of these categories.
Treatment: We may use or disclose your health information to a physician or other healthcare entity(ies) that provides or will provide treatment or services to you. For example, if we refer you to a physician or another healthcare provider for a service that we cannot provide, your health information will be disclosed to that office.
Payment: We may use and disclose your health information to obtain payment for services we provide to you. If an insurance company or program can pay for your service, it may be necessary to disclose your health information to that company.
Healthcare Operations: We may use and disclose your health information in connection with our public health and healthcare operations and practices. Healthcare operations include quality assessment and improvement activities, reviewing the competence or qualifications of healthcare professionals, evaluating practitioner, and provider performance, conducting training programs, accreditation, certification, licensing, or credentialing activities.
Provide appointment reminders: We may disclose limited health information to provide you with appointment reminders via voicemail, text, or email messages, postcards, or letters.
Persons involved in your care: We may use or disclose health information to notify or assist in the notification of a family member or personal representative of your location, your general condition, or death. If you are present, then we will provide you with an opportunity to object to such uses or disclosures before they are made. In the event of your incapacity or emergency circumstance, we may disclose information that is directly relevant to the person’s involvement in your healthcare.
Required by law: We may disclose your health information when we are required to do so by federal, state, or local law, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that we are complying with federal privacy law.
Public health activities: We may use and disclose medical information about you for public health activities, including public health surveillance activities and preventing disease, help with product recalls, reporting adverse reactions to medications, reporting and notifying appropriate authorities if we suspect abuse, neglect, or domestic violence, or to prevent or reduce a serious threat to your health or safety or the health or safety of others.
Communicable disease: We will report by law to the Michigan Department of Community Health Disease Surveillance and/or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues related to communicable diseases that would endanger public health.
Research: We can use or share your information for health research.
Health oversight activities: We may disclose medical information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law.
Judicial and administrative proceedings: We may disclose medical information about you in response to a court or administrative order. We may disclose medical information in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process.
Law enforcement purposed: We may disclose health information to law enforcement officials when certain conditions are met.
Workers’ compensation: We may release medical information about you for workers’ compensation or similar programs.
National security and similar government functions: We may disclose to authorized federal and state officials or sanctioned individuals health information required for lawful intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities, or for special government functions such as military, national security, and presidential protective services.
De-identified information: We may use or disclose health information that does not contain individually identifiable information.
Organ and tissue donation requests: We may share health information about you with organ procurement organizations.
Medical examiner or funeral director: We may share health information with a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director when an individual dies.
Other uses: With your authorization, other uses and disclosures of medical information not covered by this notice or the laws that apply to us will be made only with your written authorization. If you give us authorization, you may revoke it in writing at any time. Your revocation will not affect any use or disclosers permitted by your authorization while it was in effect.
Access: You have the right, under Privacy Act of 1974, to look at or get copies of your medical information, with limited exceptions. Any request for access to your medical records must be made in writing and by sending the request as a letter to the address at the end of this Notice. We will provide a copy or a summary of your health information, usually within 30 days of your request. We may charge a reasonable cost-based fee. We may deny your request in certain very limited circumstances. If you are denied access to medical information, you may appeal.
Disclosure accounting: You have the right to receive a list of disclosures we made of your health information for purposes other than treatment, payment, healthcare operations, and certain other activities for a period of time up to six years prior to the date you ask, who we shared it with, and why. If you request this accounting more than once in a 12-month period, we may charge you a reasonable, cost-based fee for providing this.
Request restrictions: You have the right to request that we restrict how we use or disclose your medical information for treatment, payment, or healthcare operations or the disclosures we make to someone who is involved in your care or the payment of your care, such as a family member or friend. We are not required to agree to these additional restrictions but will abide by your request to the extent possible. If you pay for a service or healthcare item out-of-pocket in full, you can request us not to share that information for the purpose of payment or our operations with your health insurer. We will abide by that request unless a law requires us to share that information.
Confidential communication: You have the right to request that we communicate with you about your health information by alternative means or to alternative locations. You must make your request in writing. Your request must specify the alternative means or location and provide satisfactory explanation of how payments will be handled under the alternative means or location you request.
Choose someone to act for you: If you have given someone medical power of attorney or if someone is your legal guardian, that person can exercise your rights and make choices about your health information. We will make sure the person has this authorize and can act for you before we take action. Amendment: You have the right to request that we amend your health information. Your request must be in writing and it must give a reason for your request. We may deny your request if you ask us to amend information that was not created by us, is not part of the information kept by CCPHD, is not part of the information you would be permitted to inspect and copy, or is accurate and complete. Any denial will be in writing within 60 days and state the reason for the denial.
For certain health information, you can tell us your choices about what we share. If you have a clear preference for how we share your information in the situations described below, talk to us. Tell us what you want us to do and we will follow your instructions.
Unless you object, we may disclose to a member of your family, a relative, a close friend, or any other person you identify, your protected health information that directly relates to that person’s involvement in your healthcare. We may also give information to someone who helps pay for your care. Finally, we may use or disclose your protected health information to an authorized public or private entity to assist in disaster relief efforts and coordinate uses and disclosures to family or other individuals involved in your healthcare. If you are not able to tell us your preference, for example if you are unconscious, we may go ahead and share your information if we believe it is in your best interest. We may also share your information when needed to lessen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.
Your information will never be shared, unless you give us written permission, for marketing purposes, sale of your information, most sharing of psychotherapy notes.
We may contact you for fundraising efforts, but you can tell us not to contact you again.
CHANGES IN NOTICE
We reserve the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of this Notice at any time. The new Notice will be available upon request, in our office, and on our web site. Changes will be available from the CCPHD office that provides your service. Any changes in our privacy practices and the new terms of our Notice will be effective for all medical information that we maintain, including medical information we created or received before we made the changes. You may request a copy of our Privacy Notice at any time. If you have questions or for more information about our privacy practices, to file a complaint, or for additional copies of this Notice, please contact us at:
Calhoun County Public Health Department
Attn: Brigette Reichenbaugh, Privacy Officer
190 E. Michigan Avenue Battle Creek, MI 49014
You may also seek additional information from or submit a written complaint to the:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office for Civil Rights
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201
We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.
We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your protected health information.
We will inform you promptly if a breach occurs that may have compromised the privacy or security of your information.
We must follow the duties and privacy practices described in this notice and give you a copy.
We will not use or share your information other than as described here unless you tell us we can in writing. If you tell us we can, you may change your mind at any time. Let us know if writing if you change your mind.
For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html.
FEDERAL PRIVACY LAWS
This CCPHD Notice of Privacy Practices is provided to you as a requirement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). There are several other privacy laws that also apply including the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act and the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration Reorganization Act. These laws have not been superseded and have been taken into consideration in developing our policies.