Are you and your children up-to-date on vaccinations? The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department conducts routine immunization clinics for children, adolescents and adults. We also offer Overseas Travel and Occupational Health vaccinations. We carry all vaccines and offer them at cost with an additional small administration fee.
Our mission is to provide health care services and education through prevention, promotion and screenings to prolong and preserve a healthy and meaningful life. We aim to continually assess the needs of the community and respond efficiently and effectively; to provide health care services to individuals who could otherwise not obtain those services; and to continually develop staff through training and education so that the needs of the public, as well as the agency, are met.
To be a dependable and reliable source of healthcare and healthcare information. To provide to the community enhanced healthcare through our services as well as link the community to other available resources. To continue to develop public and private partnerships that better serve the community’s total healthcare needs.
An STD is a type of infection that is spread through some sort of sexual activity. There are a variety of STDs which range from HIV, HPV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. Some STD’s have severe and obvious symptoms, but some go undetected, causing people to be unaware that they are at risk. Bacterial STD’s can often be cured, but viral STD’s can only be treated, not cured.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. TB disease was once the leading cause of death in the United States.
Who needs flu vaccine? Everyone, Every Year! Influenza is a virus infection that spreads from person to person through coughing and sneezing. Even healthy people can get the flu, and it can be serious. That’s why everyone age 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. This season, protect yourself — and those […]
Head lice are small parasitic insects. Head lice are about the size of a sesame seed and live on the human scalp. They are brownish, tan or gray in color and move by crawling. Lice do not jump or fly, and do not transmit diseases. They feed on human blood and without it they can’t […]
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force applied to the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood through the body. The pressure is determined by the force and amount of blood pumped, and the size and flexibility of the arteries. Blood pressure is continually changing depending on activity, temperature, diet, emotional state, […]
We are a provider of the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP). This is a comprehensive public health program that helps uninsured or underinsured women gain access to breast and cervical cancer screening services. Screening and early detection reduces death rates, improves treatment options, and greatly increases survival. To initially qualify, you […]
The Family Planning Program offers comprehensive medical examinations including: Pelvic exams Pap tests to screen for cervical cancer Clinical breast exams and instruction Testicular exams and instruction (males) Screening and treatment for some sexually transmitted diseases Health education and counseling Pregnancy tests Basic infertility information The following guidelines must be met in order to qualify: […]
The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and Kanawha County Schools partner every year to offer the seasonal influenza (flu) vaccination in the schools. This vaccine is offered in the fall. Influenza vaccination is the best way to protect your family from this potentially serious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that every person over […]