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THE MEDINA COUNTY HEALTH UNIT

1206 15th Street

  Hondo Texas 78861

Ph (830) 741-6191       Fax (830) 426-4202

Hours 7:00 am -6:00 pm

(closed 12pm-1pm for lunch)

Monday - Thursday    *Closed Fridays

(Immunizations available in Castroville and Devine by appointment) 

Health Unit Staff                       Image result for facebook clipart

Patricia Mechler,RN, BSN  Health Unit Director

patricia.mechler@medinatx.org

Rhonda Brast, RN

rhonda.brast@medinatx.org

Crystal Pina, LVN

crystal.pina@medinatx.org

Esther Hernandez

esther.hernandez@medinatx.org

Jeanette Vosquez

jeanette.vosquez@medinatx.org

Virginia Gonzales

v.gonzales@medinatx.org

Iris Hernandez, Community Liaison

iris.hernandez@medinatx.org

 

    COVID-19 FORECAST      

last update 6/20/22

COVID-19 community levels are remaining low for our area even as we see an uptick in cases. Bexar County has moved up to the medium level. We will continue to monitor cases and hospitalizations. As cases rise you may be looking for information on what to do if you test positive for COVID-19 or what to do if you are a contact. See the "COVID-19 Helpful Links" section below.

Key Messages: (CDC DATA Tracker as of 6/20/2022 prior report date was 6/6/2022)

  • How many cases are there? Total COVID-19 cases over the last 7 days: 35 reported cases not including home testing.
  • How many total deaths are there? 200, no COVID-related deaths were reported for the last 4 weeks.
  • What can we do about it?  COVID-19 vaccines are available at the Health Unit for ages 5 and up. Go to vaccine.medinatx.org for an appointment slot. Walk-ins are welcome too.         
  • data from CDC Data Tracker and Community Levels)
 

             PROGRAMS                

IMMUNIZATIONS 

The Texas Vaccine for Children Program is for qualifying children 2 months to 18 years.  Adult vaccines are available under the Adult Safety Net Program. Call our office for details. Visit dshs.texas.gov/immunize/ for  up to date immunization schedules.

IMMTRAC2                                                                  The Texas immunization registry, is a no-cost service that stores immunization information electronically in one centralized location for all ages.  Visit Immtrac.com for more information. We can assist you with getting your immunizations on IMMTRAC or accessing your record. 

PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM  

MCHU works with community partners to develop plans and operations to support public health emergencies. Through Public Health emergency exercises and training, we can increase response and recovery from disaster.  If you would like to partner or volunteer with the Health Unit call our office for more information.  

       HEALTH UNIT NEWS        

 School Updates/Reminders

Meningitis for College  All entering Texas college students are required to show proof of a meningitis vaccination booster dose. See dshs.texas.gov/immunize/school/college-requirements for more information.

7th grade Shots All entering 7th graders will be required to show proof of Tdap and Meningococcal vaccine upon enrollment. The HPV vaccine is recommended for boys and girls starting at age 9. Getting the HPV vaccine during the same time as 7th grade vaccines is a great opportunity to get protected against 90% cancers caused by the HPV virus. Talk to your doctor about the HPV vaccine today and get more information at https://www.cdc.gov/hpv/index.html

 

IMMTRAC2 for your Teen  If you have a child turning 18, they will no longer be on the Texas State registry UNLESS they sign an IMMTRAC2 adult consent form. Please see your school nurse or call us to get your student back on the registry so they have access to their vaccines as an adult. 

 

The Health Unit welcomes walk-ins for vaccinations including COVID-19 vaccines Mondays- Thursdays from 7:30am-11:00am and 1:00pm-5:30pm. If you need an appointment outside of these hours please call our office. You can also make an appointment for COVID vaccines online or call us at 830-741-6191. Click on link below if you would like to make an appointment. Slots may be available in Hondo, Castroville or Devine locations. 

vaccine.medinatx.org