September 2017  


   

Vaccines Save Lives

Vaccines have dramatically reduced the number of people affected by potentially deadly diseases such as measles, whooping cough, influenza and polio, but misleading information about vaccination safety threatens to undermine decades of medical breakthroughs.
Measles, one of the most contagious of all infectious diseases with consequences ranging from disability to death, was officially declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. Unfortunately, anti-vaccine advocates have been successful in misleading the public about the safety of vaccines, and immunization rates have now reached dangerous lows.
Health officials in Harris County are working to prevent measles outbreaks by urging parents to talk to their pediatricians. A pediatrician that you have chosen and trust is usually the best advocate for the health and well-being of your child.
While immunizations are available from most private primary care physicians, here is information on the Harris County funded programs offering immunizations.
Harris County government provides immunization services at both its local health department - Harris County Public Health (HCPH) - and through its hospital district, Harris Health System (HHS).
In addition to the clinic locations, HHS operates a mobile immunization unit called TroubleShooters.
The Immunization Program of Harris County Public Health (HCPH) provides population-based and clinic-based immunizations:
  Harris County Public Health Immunization Program:
http://publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/Services-Programs/All-Services/Immunizations
  Harris County Public Health Clinic Locations: http://publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/Services-Programs/Services/HWC/Health-and-Wellness-Clinic-Locations
Harris Health System (HHS), the local Harris County Hospital District, provides clinic-based and mobile unit-based immunizations:
  Harris Health System Locations: https://www.harrishealth.org/en/services/locations/pages/default.aspx
  Harris Health System's TroubleShooters Mobile Immunization Program: https://www.harrishealth.org/en/our-community/outreach-services/pages/troubleshooters-immunization.aspx
Helping children and youth stay healthy is the goal of the Harris Health System's TroubleShooters Immunization Program. The program is an effort to increase the percentage of children who are fully immunized in Harris County by providing immunizations in non-traditional settings (daycare centers, Medicaid offices, pre-schools, public events, etc.)
TroubleShooters helps reduce the potential of childhood disease outbreaks like measles, educates parents about the importance of sibling immunization and reduces potential in-patient costs for sick children.
Child shot records are reviewed and parental consent is obtained prior to immunizations. Harris Health nurses follow up, as needed, with additional immunizations. Children identified with a health problem are referred to one of Harris Health's community health centers for a physician visit.
To see upcoming mobile outreach dates, visit https://www.harrishealth.org/en/our-community/outreach-services/pages/troubleshooters-immunization.aspx for a printable calendar. TroubleShooters site visits are available upon request to provide immunization services at schools (public/private), churches, stores, health fairs, daycare centers, low-income housing or apartment complexes, or any other special community site or event.
For more information about TroubleShooters, call 713-873-TOTS (713-873-8687). Download the TroubleShooters Request Form (PDF) here.
Or go to: https://www.harrishealth.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/troubleshooters/troubleshooters-immunization-program-request-form.pdf
The City of Houston also provides immunization services. Here is a link to the City of Houston Immunization website: http://www.houstontx.gov/health/Immunizations/
      CHILD IMMUNIZATIONS: Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents Aged 18 Years or Younger. United States, 2017. (Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control, as posted on the Harris County Public Health website)
    Print PDF document of this schedule:
8.5"x11" print color[8 pages](https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/child/0-18yrs-child-combined-schedule.pdf)
  Harris Health System's TroubleShooters Mobile Immunization Program: https://www.harrishealth.org/en/our-community/outreach-services/pages/troubleshooters-immunization.aspx
Additionally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says everyone should receive immunizations. Check with your doctor to see which vaccines are important for you. It is important that parents and grandparents are protected, so they do not bring infections home to their children and they are well enough to take care of their children.
  Parents and children 6 months and older should receive the flu vaccine.
  All adults should receive the tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine to avoid getting whooping cough.
 
  Pregnant women should receive a dose of Tdap during each pregnancy to protect the newborn from whooping cough.
 
  Adults who have received Tdap should get a booster dose of the tetanus and diphtheria (Td) vaccine every 10 years, or sooner if you have an injury that can lead to tetanus.
 
  People older than 65 years should receive the older version of the pneumococcal vaccine (the polysaccharide vaccine).
     
  People 60 years of age or older should get the shingles vaccine. They should get the vaccine whether or not they recall having had chickenpox, which is caused by the same virus as shingles (https://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/overview.html).
    Adults who may be exposed to blood, or who are adopting children from areas of the world where hepatitis B is common, should get the hepatitis B vaccine. Travelers should consider hepatitis A vaccine and others depending on where you are traveling.
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Harris County History

The Harris County Historical Commission works to preserve, protect and promote Harris County history and historical locations. The commission reviews and processes applications for Harris County historical markers, recorded Texas Historic Landmark designations and historic Texas Cemetery programs. The county's preservation marker program for identifying historical sites, a companion and alternative to the Texas Historical Commission's marker program, creates countywide awareness of historic preservation and promotes interest and appreciation of Harris County history.

The Harris County Historical Commission's website contains databases with the names and addresses of historical markers found throughout the county. Additionally, the website includes archives of marker dedication ceremonies, lists of local museums, information about county sites listed on the National Register and more. Virtual tours also are available on the website along with information about county walking and driving tours. Visit www.historicalcommission.harriscountytx.gov for more information.

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Harris County Property Taxes for Homeowners Over 65

The Harris County Tax Office is holding property tax workshops for homeowners over 65. The workshop will help homeowners learn about the different types of property tax exemptions, understand property transfer basics, learn about tax deferrals and explain the special payment options available for seniors.
The following is a list of dates and locations for upcoming sessions:
September 1 September 5
1:00 p.m.
Dennis Johnston Park
Big Stone Lodge
709 Riley Fuzzel Road
Spring, TX 77373

10:00 a.m.
Tomball Community Center
221 Market St
Tomball, TX 77375

   
September 7 September 12

2:00 p.m.
Glazier Senior Center
16600 Pine Forest Lane
Houston, TX 77084

10:00 a.m.
Grayson Community Center, Baldree Building
13828 Corpus Christi
Houston, TX 77015
   
September 13 September 26

10:00 a.m.
Finnigan Park Community Center
4900 Providence St.
Houston, TX 77020

10:15 a.m.
Hockley Community Center
28515 Old Washington
Hockley, TX 77447
   
October 3 October 6

10:00 a.m.
Mangum-Howell Community Center
2500 Frick Road
Houston, TX 77038

9:00 a.m.
Crosby Community Center
409 Hare Road
Crosby, TX 77532
   
October 10 October 24

9:15 a.m.
El Franco Lee Park Community Center
9400 Hall Road
Houston, TX 77089

10:30 a.m.
Cavalcade Community Center
3815 Cavalcade St.
Houston, TX 77026
   
October 25 October 26

10:30 a.m.
Barrett Station/Riley Community Center
808 ½ Magnolia
Barrett, TX 77532

11:00 a.m.
Bear Creek Community Center
3055 Bear Creek Drive
Houston, TX 77084
                                                    
                            For more information, call the Harris County Tax Office at 713-274-8000.
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