Welcome to Polk County Public Health

Polk County Public Health strives to increase the health and well-being of the community through prevention based services.  We envision Polk county with healthy people living in a healthy community achieved through prevention and early intervention.

This site will help you learn more about the programs and clinics that Public Health offers.


Pertussis Update

Due to a continuing increase in the concern for pertussis in our area, Polk County Public Health would like remind community members about the importance of vaccination and early testing for pertussis. Any person with a new cough lasting more than a week should be tested, even if you have been vaccinated or have had pertussis before. Some people can still get pertussis even after receiving the vaccine. In nearly all of these cases the symptoms are much less severe and last for a shorter period of time. An outbreak is defined as two or more cases from different households clustered in time and space.

Polk County Public Health's Immunization Program is already looking toward the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Please see the following flyers for the 2015-2016 school requirements:

Polk County Public Health is excited to partner with Family Building Blocks, Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, Oregon Child Development Coalition, Willamette ESD and other in home service agencies in the Polk Partners Home Visiting Network.

Public Health Staff Recognized for
Life Saving Actions!

On Tuesday, May 13, the Public Health staff jumped into action when one of their own went into cardiac arrest.  Immediately, staff members called for a nurse, called 911, and began CPR. Thanks to their valiant efforts, the staff member survived. Emergency Medical Services and Dallas Police arrived on the scene and rushed her to Salem Hospital where she is still recovering.

Incidences of pertussis in Polk County has decreased over the last few months, however, there are still cases in the area.

In the past few weeks, flu cases have been on the rise in Oregon, but officials say flu activity remains at a moderate level across the state.  Since October 1, 2012, there have been 65 hospitalizations in the Portland metro area, of which 46% have been elderly.  While the current rate of flu activity has been increasing, it remains well below the rate seen during the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic.

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