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Preparing for Flu Season


The services offered at the City of St. Joseph Health Department are confidential and free of charge unless otherwise noted. At the health department, we believe that growing up is a life-long adventure. Our goal is to provide services and information to help our community stay healthy and grow up happy.

We aim to prevent illness, improve and protect the well being of our citizens, and encourage healthy behavior through proactive measures.

Health department services are available to everyone in our community.


The department also ensures public health preparedness and establishes the capacity to respond effectively to public health threats and other emergencies through its emergency planning and preparedness division. Their efforts focus on assessment and planning, surveillance and epidemiological capacity, laboratory capacity, communications, information technology, risk communication, and education and training. 

September 14-20, 2014 is Child Passenger Safety Week
Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts. Find out more about keeping kids safe while traveling.

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2014 Flu Clinic
The St Joseph Health Department will be conducting its annual flu clinic on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. The clinic will be held at the Mayes Memorial Army National Guard Armory located at 301 North Woodbine (Faraon & Woodbine). The clinic will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until noon or while supplies last. This clinic is open to Buchanan County residents, aged 19 and older, and who are not pregnant. Those with insurance, Medicare or MO HealthNet are asked to present their card at the clinic registration. This is the first year the Health Department is accepting private insurance as a form of payment for flu vaccine, so the clinic is more accessible than ever.

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Smoke-Free Ordinance
Voters passed the Smoke-Free Indoor Air Workplaces and Public Places Ordinance on April 8, 2014. The ordinance shall be in full force and effect on June 7, 2014. For more information on this ordinance, visit the Environmental & Food Safety division,

Air Quality 

The City of St. Joseph Health Department 2013 Annual Report