Monday, November 19, 2012

ATTENTION: Childcare Providers. FREE 1 hour training

Upcoming FREE Communicable Diseases in Childcare training
When: December 17 from 6:15-7:15pm
Where: Platte County Health Department
1201 East Street, Parkville, Mo. 64152
Pre-register required at

Monday, October 29, 2012

ATTN: Pre-K teachers opportunity

The Metropolitan Council on Early Learning is providing a unique opportunity for pre-kindergarten teachers to use the “myTeachingPartner” math and science curriculum, developed at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. This program, part of a national research study and professional development program, explores the impacts of high-quality curriculum on children’s math and science skills. Information sessions will be held on Oct. 25 and Oct. 27 at the Mid-America Regional Council and the final deadline to participate is Oct. 31. Click here for more details on this program.

Monday, September 17, 2012

ATTENTION!!! Infants' Acetaminophen Dosing Change

Manufacturers are changing the concentration amount of acetaminophen (tylenol) in medicines for infants.  These new concentrations will have different dosing directions.  During the transition you may find both concentrations on store shelves. Always READ the LABEL before administiring medications!!!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Preventing Whooping Couch in Child Care Facilities

Preventing Whooping Couch in Child Care Facilities
Staff Should Get Tdap Vaccine to Protect Themselves and the Children They Care for.

Missouri has seen an increase in confirmed and probable cases of pertussis through the first half of 2012. Pertussis (whooping cough) is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable respiratory disease that can be passed easily from person-to-person. Pertussis is caused by a bacteria found in the mouth, nose and throat of an infected person and is spread when that person coughs, sneezes or talks. Pertussis is a year-round disease that typically peaks in the fall and winter during cold and flu season. The best way to protect against pertussis is vaccination.

Infants and Children: The recommended pertussis vaccine for children is called DTaP. For maximum protection against pertussis, children need five DTaP shots.
•The first three shots are given at 2, 4, and 6 months of age.
•The fourth shot is given at 15 through 18 months of age.
•The fifth shot (booster dose) is given when a child enters school, at 4 through 6 years of age.

11 years through Adulthood: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a single booster (Tdap) for 11 year olds through adulthood and especially for those who are in close contact with a baby, including parents, siblings, grandparents and caregivers. Tdap is required for students beginning in the eighth grade.
Pertussis most commonly effects infants and young children and can be fatal, especially in babies under one year of age. Unvaccinated children are more likely to get pertussis than fully immunized children. Adults are responsible for transmitting more than half of the whooping cough cases diagnosed in infants and young children.
Pertussis usually starts with cold and flu-like symptoms and after about two weeks, the coughing becomes more severe. Pertussis is known for uncontrollable coughing which can make it hard to breathe. After a coughing episode, someone with pertussis needs to take deep breaths which often times can result in a "whooping" sound. After an episode, the patient commonly vomits and feels very tired. Between episodes, there may be no signs of illness. Pertussis can last for weeks and even months if not treated early.
Talk to your staff and the families enrolled at your facility about getting vaccinated against pertussis today!
For more information about pertussis, visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ web site at

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dangers of Button Batteries. PLEASE WATCH!!

The Battery Controlled campaign has released a new video about the dangers of button battery ingestion.  Feel free to post and share as you wish.  I’ve included the link and the code, as well.


Monday, July 2, 2012

Attention Childcare Providers!!!  Need training hours?  We are offering a FREE 12 hour     I am Moving I am Learning training on Aug 2nd and 3rd (must attend all 12 hours) from 830am - 4pm.  To register or for further details: email or

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

ALERT: Highly Concentrated Detergent Packs Out of Reach from Children

If you use highly concentrated liquid laundry detergent that comes in small packets, you’ll want to heed this warning from the experts at America’s 57 poison centers: Always keep them locked up high and out of the reach of kids!  Check out the entire article here:

Friday, March 30, 2012

Mandated Standards for Baby Cribs

On December 28, 2010, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to approve new mandatory standards for full-size and non-full-size baby cribs as mandated by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). Federal crib standards had not been updated in nearly 30 years and these new rules are expected to usher in a safer generation of cribs. These new standards will directly affect the childcare community. After June 28, 2011, cribs manufactured, sold, or leased in the United States must comply with the new federal standards. Effective December 28, 2012, child care facilities, such as family child care homes and infant Head Start centers, and places of public accommodation, such as hotels and motels, must have compliant cribs in their facilities. A flyer detailing the new crib standards can be found at:

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Free Mammograms

We are offering FREE mammograms on April 24th at our Parkville location to uninsured and under-insured women in our community. Availability is limited to 25 women. Call 816-880-6046 to qualify and register.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Did you know?

Did you know 1 in 5 youth starts drinking alcohol by age 12? ParentUp! Visit for tools on how to start those important converstations with your kids today!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

FREE Diabetes Claass

Starting April 5th our FREE Diabetes class will be starting another series from 6-7:30pm in the Conference Center at our Parkville location.  The class will meet every other Thursday until June 7th.  To register call Angela at 816-587-5998.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

March 18-24 is National Poison Prevention Week

About half of all poison exposures involve children younger than 6, most often occurring when parents
are busy preparing meals. Poisonings also occur when the normal routine changes – during holidays or while moving, visiting or traveling. Saving lives 24/7 – poison centers provide free, confidential medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year. 1-800-222-1222

Friday, March 9, 2012

New Food Establishments opening in Platte County

Do you want to be one of the first people to know when a new food establishment opens in Platte County?  Follow us on twitter and/or Like Us on facebook!

Below is the first post on our facebook page:
The Platte County Health Department conducts inspections prior to food establishments opening in Platte County. Today we are happy to announce that Hissho Sushi located in Price Chopper 900 in Parkville has been approved to open. Look for their grand opening soon!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Is your home or daycare center safe?

Is your home safe? Check out the My Safe Home website to make sure. It is an interactive website which helps families identify dangers in their home and provides simple steps to fix them. Using a 360-degree interactive technology, parents can explore all areas of a home or explore specific risks, like carbon monoxide poisoning. The safety information is available in both English and Spanish.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Send the letter today....Feb 21st

Take Action by Tuesday, February 21     Keep Kids Walking and Biking!

The U.S. House and Senate will be voting Tuesday on Transportation Bills which would significantly harm the long-term health of children and adults. The Bills would eliminate funding for:

  • Trails
  • Bicycling
  • Walking
  • Safe Routes to Schools programs
  • Other supports that ensure people can move in their communities and not just sit in cars 

Childhood obesity continues to rise and even kids who are not obese suffer damage to their health when they are not physically active.

KC Healthy Kids supports sidewalks, bicycle paths, trails and safe route programs because one of the best ways to really reduce childhood obesity and inactivity in kids is to ensure the environment around us promotes physical activity.

A bi-partisan amendment is being considered in the Senate (Cardin-Cochran) which would allow local governments access to funds for these items.

Here is a simple way you can make a difference. Just click HERE to sign this letter which will be sent directly to your Senators and Representatives. By signing this letter you will be opposing the Bills being supported by the Majority in the House and Senate and supporting the alternative Bill in the Senate.

Thank you

Monday, February 13, 2012

Warming Centers

The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has created an interactive map of warming centers or shelters available to provide a heated place for people to go during extremely cold weather       Click here to enter your zip code

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


This Friday, February 3rd show your support by wearing RED for the Go Red for Women campaign.  Did you know that heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined?
Take a moment and watch this very real life video of a typical morning in a women's life.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Northland Coalition Community Survey

If you live in Platte, Clay or Ray counties please take 5 minutes to fill out this community survey for the Northland Coalition.  After completion, you will receive a free Zona Rosa coupon booklet for 2012.  Thank you for helping our community keep our kids safe and drug free!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tween Time starting soon!!


When: PLC Wednesdays 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. Fridays, 4:00p.m. – 5:45p.m.

Starts Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tween Time is an active program for children ages 9 to 12.

Click on link below for more information.