Floyd County Indiana Community Health Nurses
Join us for Kid's Health Day 2023
The Floyd County Health Department Public Health Nurses assist in providing the following:
- Family and community preventive health care education
- Assistance to patients in obtaining medical treatment and health care services within the county
- Health education for the community through talks, and written materials, to assist individuals in gaining knowledge about health risks and health care procedures
- Disease prevention guidelines
- Collaborative relationships with public, private, and welfare agencies for the betterment of services throughout the community
- Community health awareness via news and other media
- Selected health screenings (blood pressure, blood sugar)
- Communicable disease investigations
- Child and adult immunizations
- Lead case management
- TB screening and case management
- Visits to senior centers and child care facilities for screening and shots
- Rabies prophylaxis case management
- Narcan training and distribution
- Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, HIV and Hepatitis C testing
For more information contact the Floyd County Health Department at 812-948-4726.
Medical Record Release Information:
Provided below are two downloadable PDF files to be completed when requesting the release of your medical information from the Floyd County Health Department.
- Click here if you will be coming to the Health Department in person to retrieve your medical history information.
- Click here if you will be sending someone on your behalf to the Health Department to retrieve your medical history information.
Children's Immunization Clinic
Our department will be offering multiple Children's Immunization Clinics for routine vaccines as well as Covid-19 vaccines. Please see the images below for more information.
All clinics will be held at the Floyd County Health Department at 1917 Bono Road, New Albany IN 47150.
MPox Vaccine Coming Soon
Protect your Teen from Cancers Caused by HPV
Schedule an HPV vaccine appointment with the Floyd County Health Department.
LEAD TESTING IN FLOYD COUNTY UNDER NEW STATE LAW
The Floyd County Health Department is making local residents aware of the importance of lead testing for children following enactment of House Enrolled Act 1313, which requires all healthcare providers to offer lead testing to all children at their one- and two-year checkups, or as close as possible to those appointments. Providers also are required to offer testing to any child age 6 or younger who does not have a record of a prior blood lead test.
Parents and guardians seeking information about how to find lead testing can contact Floyd County Health Department at (812) 948-4726, call their healthcare provider or visit www.IndianaLeadFree.org for resources.
Lead exposure can damage the brain and nervous system, causing slowed growth and development, learning and behavior problems, issues with hearing and speech, impulsivity, nausea and other debilitating effects. It is more toxic to the unborn and younger children, though it can negatively impact adults as well. Early intervention, including proper nutrition and removal of sources of lead exposure, can lower lead levels in individuals.
Children who live in homes built before 1980 have a greater chance of experiencing lead poisoning. The chipping and peeling of lead paint being mixed with dust makes these older homes hazardous to children. Of the homes in Floyd County, an estimated 45% were built before 1980. Other common sources of lead are from contaminated soil, drinking water and, occasionally, children’s toys and jewelry. Children also can be exposed if an adult in the home works in an industry or has a hobby that involves lead or through items like reclaimed barn wood that could contain old paint.
Children with blood lead levels between 3.5 and 4.9 mcg/dL and their families receive education about risks and parents are advised to test siblings. Children with a confirmed level of 5 or above are enrolled in case management, and families of these children are encouraged to allow health department staff to do a home risk assessment, which includes discussing potentially leaded objects and surfaces and identifying educational, nutritional, and developmental support services that may be available to the child. The home assessment will also test surfaces to determine where lead hazards may exist and help the family determine how to best address those.
“There is no safe level of lead, and the sooner we can identify that a child is at risk, the earlier we can take steps to improve the health outcomes for that child,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “By having parents and providers understand the importance of asking for this simple blood test, we have an opportunity to protect hundreds of Indiana children each year from the harmful effects of lead.”