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THE MEDINA COUNTY HEALTH UNIT

3103 Avenue G  Hondo Texas 78861

Ph (830) 741-6191       Fax (830) 426-4202

Hours 7:00 am -6:00 pm

Monday - Thursday    *Closed Fridays

(Immunizations available in Castroville and Devine by appointment)

WHO WE ARE                                                                     The Medina County Health Unit (MCHU) is responsible for developing and operating State and Federally funded public health programs and activities for Medina County. Our mission is to provide health related services and education that will prevent  disease, generate healthy lifestyles, support awareness of health issues and prepare for public health emergencies.

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Health Unit Staff
Patricia Mechler,RN, BSN     Health Unit Director

patricia.mechler@medinacountytexas.org

Esther Hernandez   

esther.hernandez@medinacountytexas.org

                         Crystal Pina, LVN                              crystal.pina@medinacountytexas.org

          Jeanette Vosquez                jeanette.vosquez@medinacountytexas.org

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PROGRAMS

IMMUNIZATIONS                                                           The Texas Vaccine for Children Program is for qualifying children 2 months to 18 years.  Adult vaccines are available under the Adult Safety Net Program. Call our office for details. Visit dshs.texas.gov/immunize/ for  up to date immunization schedules.

IMMTRAC2                                                                  The Texas immunization registry, is a no-cost service that stores immunization information electronically in one centralized location for all ages.  Visit Immtrac.com for more information. We can assist you with getting your immunizations on IMMTRAC or accessing your record. 

PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM      MCHU works with community partners to develop plans and operations to support public health emergencies. Through Public Health emergency exercises and training, we can increase response and recovery from disaster.  If you would like to partner or volunteer with the Health Unit call our office for more information.         

HEALTH UNIT NEWS
School Updates/Reminders

“Meningitis for College”All entering Texas college students are required to show proof of a meningitis vaccination booster dose. See dshs.texas.gov/immunize/school/college-requirements for more info. and/or exemptions

“7th grade Shots”

All entering 7th graders will be required to show proof of Tdap and Meningococcal vaccine upon enrollment. See dshs.texas.gov/immunize/school/school-requirements

“ IMMTRAC2 for your Teen”

If you have a child turning 18, they will no longer be on the Texas State registry UNLESS they sign an IMMTRAC2 adult consent form. Please see your school nurse or call us to get your student back on the registry and fill out an Adult Consent Form.

2019 nCoV UPDATE
Coronavirus                                                                 

INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC     website dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/   website cdc.gov/coronavirus/

How do people become infected with 2019-nCoV?

Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
  • Rarely, fecal contamination.

It’s not clear yet how easily 2019-nCoV spreads from person to person. Many of the patients in the pneumonia outbreak caused by 2019-nCoV in Wuhan, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with 2019-nCoV, and investigations are ongoing.

What are the symptoms of 2019-nCoV?

Patients with confirmed 2019-nCoV infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS coronaviruses.

How can I avoid infection with 2019-nCoV?

The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What do I do if I think I may be infected with 2019-nCoV?

If you are experiencing fever, cough or difficulty breathing, and have traveled to China or been exposed to a sick traveler from China in the last 14 days, you should contact your healthcare provider. Be sure to call ahead before going to your doctor’s office or emergency department to prevent any potential spread.