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Mission of the Youngstown City Health District

Our mission is to protect and improve the public health of the local community.

Here at the Youngstown City Health District, we are committed to enable all of the citizens of Youngstown and its surrounding areas which we serve, to engage in healthful and preventive behaviors.

We will strive to achieve and sustain optimal levels of physical and environmental health which will be accomplished by our highly motivated staff. Our staff will responsibly maximize our resources to provide ongoing education, and the development and coordination of programs which are sensitive to the people and the needs of the public.


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Rabies Vaccine Distribution!

Beginning on or about August 19th, approximately 417,000 baits containing the ONRAB oral rabies vaccine will be distributed in portions of eastern Ohio by fixed wing aircraft in rural areas and by helicopter in urban and suburban areas (Figure 1). This field trial will take place within a study area approximately 6,085 km2 (2,350 mi2) and will span portions of Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Geauga, Mahoning, Portage, Stark, Tuscarawas, and Trumbull counties.

This vaccine has been shown to be safe in many species of animals, including domestic dogs and cats. Eating a large number of baits may cause a temporarily upset stomach in your pet but does not pose a long-term health risk. Do not attempt to remove a bait from your pet's mouth; doing so may cause you to be bitten and result in a vaccine exposure. It is also recommended to contact a veterinarian as a precaution if a pet has consumed vaccine baits.

The goal of the USDA Wildlife Services’ National Rabies Management Program is to prevent the spread of rabies in terrestrial wild carnivores such as raccoons, foxes and coyotes in the U.S. by containing and eliminating the virus. The program works cooperatively with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and multiple federal, state, and local agencies and organizations.

Infant Safe Sleep

A=Alone B=Back C=Crib

Every week in Ohio, 3 babies die in unsafe sleep environments. These deaths don’t have to happen! Learn why it’s safest for baby to follow the ABCs of safe sleep – Alone. Back. Crib. Every baby, every sleep!

The safest place for your baby to sleep is in the room where you sleep, but not in your bed.

  • The safest place for your baby to sleep is in the room where you sleep, but not in your bed.
  • Never place babies to sleep on adult beds, chairs, sofas, waterbeds, pillows, cushions or soft surfaces.
  • Dress your baby in sleep clothing, such as a sleep sack, and do not use a blanket.
  • Avoid letting the baby get too hot. Keep room temperatures in a range comfortable for a lightly clothed adult.
  • Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations.
  • Breastfeeding is recommended to help to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Avoid smoke exposure during pregnancy and after birth. Place the crib in an area that is always smoke free.
  • Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development.
  • Consider using a pacifier at nap time and bed time, once breastfeeding is well established. 
  • Talk to those who care for your baby, including child care providers, family, and friends, about placing your baby to sleep on his back for every sleep.
  • Obtain regular prenatal care to reduce the risk of SIDS even before birth.

Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after Follow these tips and explore the rest of to learn why of the ABCs of infant safe sleep are safest for baby.


    10 Elements of Healthy Communities

    What does it take to create and maintain a healthy community? According to the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health care systems must perfor ten essential elements in order to create and maintain health communities. 
    1. Conducting community diagnosis
    2. Preventing and controlling epidemics
    3. Providing a safe and healthy environment
    4. Measuring performance, effectiveness and outcomes of health services
    5. Promoting healthy lifestyles
    6. Laboratory testing
    7. Providing target outreach and forming partnerships
    8. Providing personal health care services
    9. Research and innovation
    10. Mobilizing the community for action

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    Influenza Facts

    • An estimated 90% of seasonal flu-related deaths and more than 60% of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations in the United States each year occur in people 65 years and older.
    • People 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults so it is recommended that older adults get their flu shot.
    • Pregnant women should get a flu vaccine to protect not only themselves, but their baby, too.
    • Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.
    • You should be vacccinated if you have the following medical conditios: asthma, neurological or neurodevelopmental conditions, chronic lung disease, heart disease, blood disorders, kidney or liver disorders, diabetes, metabolic disorders, weakened immune systems, or are morbily obese.
    • The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. There are two types of flu vaccines: the flu shot and a nasal spray flu vaccine.
    • The CDC recommends that all children between the ages 6 months and 19 years get a flu vaccine.
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