Health board raises flu shot cost

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees voted to raise the cost of flu vaccinations at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 21.

"Over the last two or three years, many places have increased their cost to $20 or $25," said Carol Landstad, Barry County Health Department public health coordinator. "The increase is just to cover our costs for supplies. Over the last few years, we have absorbed some of the cost."

The flu vaccination price was increased from $15 to $20. All board members approved the fee increase.

The board also approved a special use wastewater permit requested by installer Brad Carroll. The permit is for a residence in Eagle Rock.

"This is a weekend and vacation home," said Roger Brock, health department administrator. "They would like to install two 1,000-gallon holding tanks to replace a metal tank that has collapsed and 40 feet of tie line."

Brock reported that he visited the site to review the permit application.

"This place is 50 years old, and it is located on a rock bluff," said Brock. "The special use permit is needed because the tanks will be located less than 35 feet from the well, but they are holding tanks."

The property owner has agreed to maintain a pumping contract to ensure the tanks are pumped as needed. Brock recommended a special use permit that must be renewed every three years to allow the health department to review pumping receipts and information.

"This is not the same as a full time residence," said Brock. "It will not need to be pumped as often. They have no ground to purchase to put a system on. This system will be above ground, but it will be much better than what is there at present."

In other business, the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees:

* Approved the June financial reports.

* Reviewed the public health programs report and monthly service counts, which showed that 1,081 services were provided at the Cassville office and 1,945 services were provided at the Monett office in June.

* Approved the environmental report. A total of 11 wastewater systems were permitted and five routine food, one childcare and two lodging inspections were conducted in June.

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