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Extra Times Available for Back-to-School Shots

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Time to update your kids' shots before they head back to school. A new law that took effect last year requires kids entering grades K-12 to have 2 doses of chickenpox vaccine given after age 1 year (or a form from a medical provider confirming immunity). Students entering grades 7-12 need a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) booster. We're adding on to our walk-in immunization clinics over the next 2 weeks to help accommodate you.

All immunization clinics are 11 AM to 4:30 PM at 1930 Ninth Avenue. We bill all insurance providers.
   Week of August 22: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
   Week of August 29: Monday through Friday

Many Factors Influence How Healthy You Are

Pie chart showing estimated impact of four factors that influence health.

What makes some people healthy and others unhealthy? A lot of factors combine to affect the health of individuals and communities. Collectively, these factors are known in the public health profession as "determinants of health."  Find out what factors affect your health and whether you can do anything about them.

Protecting Your Health from Wildfire Smoke

During wildfire season, smoke hanging over the Helena Valley and other parts of Lewis and Clark County can create a health hazard, especially for the young, the old, and those with heart or lung disease. Here are some tips for protecting your health when air quality is poor.

First Zika Case in County Reported, Related to Travel

Aedes mosquito

Local public health officials have announced the first confirmed case of Zika virus infection in Lewis and Clark County. The infected person, a woman who was not pregnant, recently traveled to another country with an active Zika outbreak. She became ill shortly after returning home. The case is only the third reported in Montana since the virus turned up in the Western Hemisphere in May 2015. Visit our Zika Virus web page for more information.

Community Sets 'Common Agenda' to Improve Health

2016 Community Health Improvement Plan

Health officials have released a plan that identifies public health priorities in Lewis and Clark County and specific strategies to address them. The 2016 Community Health Improvement Plan was developed by a task force of about 50 people representing health care, social services, business, education, civic and nonprofit groups, law enforcement, and local and state government. "The purpose of the plan is to establish a common agenda that will help all of us focus our energy and resources,” said Melanie Reynolds, county health officer. “We’ll be most effective in improving people’s health if we all pull in the same direction.” Find the plan here.


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Main Offices
1930 Ninth Avenue
Helena, MT 59601
Fax: 406-457-8990
Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM
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Administrative Offices
City-County Building
316 North Park, Room 148
Helena, MT 59601
Fax: 406-447-8443
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Environmental Services
City-County Building, Room 230
316 North Park Avenue
Helena, MT 59623
Fax: 406-457-8990
Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM
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East Helena Lead
Education and Assistance

306 East Main, Room 201
PO Box 1231
East Helena, MT 59635
Monday-Friday 8 AM to 4 PM
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Augusta Public Health Nurse
Augusta, MT 59410
Mondays, Wednesdays 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Tuesdays 9 AM to 1 PM
Home and Office Visits by Appointment