Main Office:
300 Schiller Street
Hermann, MO 65041
Phone: 573-486-3129
Fax: 573-486-3745

Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Satellite Office:
305 North First Street Owensville, MO 65066 Phone: 573-437-2579
Fax: 573-486-3745
Monday 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Pregnancy Testing
Walk-ins welcome during office hours.

Women with positive pregnancy tests can be provided with Temporary Medicaid. Temporary Medicaid is for pregnant for women without health insurance who meet certain income guidelines. It allows the woman to make an appointment for prenatal care while she is obtaining Medicaid.

Women are provided referrals and education, depending if their pregnancy test is positive or negative.

Tb Testing
Gasconade County Health Department provides TB skin testing at both the Hermann Office and the satellite office in Owensville. No appointment is necessary. The test must be read 48-72 hrs following the test; if not read within the time frame, it may be necessary to repeat the test.

Due to the timing of the reading of the test, testing in Hermann is preferred on Tuesdays, the test can then be read during clinic hours on Thursday. At the Owensville location, testing is preferred on Mondays, the test can then be read during clinic hours on Wednesday.
 
HIV Testing
Provided during clinic times. Results are received within a week; you must come in person to receive the results. Results will not be given over the phone.  

Blood Pressure Screenings
Provided weekly during clinic hours. No appointment is necessary.

Hermann: Thursdays 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Owensville: Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

If blood pressure screenings are needed at other times, it can be scheduled with one of the public health nurses. For more information on blood pressure screenings, click here.


 
Lead Poisoning Prevention

What is Lead Poisoning?
• A condition caused by swallowing or inhaling lead - even small amounts can be harmful.

• Lead is most harmful to young children (under 6 years) – Young children put everything in their mouths and their bodies absorb lead easily.

• Pregnant women who are exposed to lead are also at risk because the ingested or inhaled lead can cross the placenta and expose the unborn fetus.

What are the effects of lead poisoning?
While the effects of lead poisoning may not be obvious, even low levels of lead can damage the brain and nervous system, interfere with growth, lower IQ scores, and harm hearing. Very high lead levels can be a dangerous and can lead to coma, convulsions and death.

What are the symptoms of lead poisoning?
Lead Poisoning is not always obvious and may be mistaken for other illness. Some signs may include: stomachache, irritability, fatigue, constipation, vomiting, headache and poor appetite. Consult your doctor if your child has these symptoms.

What can be done if a child has lead poisoning?
The most important thing is to prevent exposure or prevent further exposure to lead.

Make sure your child has a well balanced diet. Making sure that your child’s diet has adequate iron, calcium and Vitamin C helps to protect against lead poisoning.

Severely poisoned children are treated with a medication - chelation therapy - which requires hospitalization. This may reduce the level of lead in the body, but may not completely eliminate it.

Depending on the child’s lead level, an investigation may be done to identify the source of lead contamination. Environmental staff with special training would be contacted to assist in the investigation.

Sources of Lead
• Lead paint is the major source of lead poisoning in the Unites States. Homes built before 1978 are likely to have lead paint on the inside or outside.

Other sources of lead include contaminated soil, food that has been contaminated, antique pewter, leaded crystal, battery casings, dust from imported plastic window blinds, stained glass, fishing weights, target practice, lead processing plants, homemade or imported medicines and cosmetics. Sometimes parents bring lead dust home on their clothing from their work.

How do I know if my child has Lead Poisoning?
The only sure way to know if a child has lead poisoning is through a blood test.

Gasconade County is considered a high risk area for lead poisoning, it is recommended that children under the age of six be screened every year for lead poisioning.

The test can be done at the health department or at your doctor’s office; the first test that is usually done is a fingerstick. If it comes back elevated, a blood test is usually done.

For more information, click here.