Thursday, February 22, 2018
Family Planning and Well Woman Services

The Family Planning Program in Kansas originated in 1965 with the passage of K.S.A. 23-501, 502 which directed the State Board of Health "to establish and maintain family planning centers to furnish and disseminate information concerning means and methods of planned parenthood".  Subsequent to federal legistlation in 1970, family planning services were broadened by providing federal funding and guidelines for services.

The Family Planning Program is viewed as a basic health service essential for the promotion of optimal family health throughout the reproductive life cycle.  The program strives to improve the health of families through the advantageous timing and spacing of pregnancies.  The Wabaunsee County Health Department's objective is to provide comprehensive family planning services to women and men throughout the county who cannot obtain services from the private sector, due either to economic barriers or lack of medical resources.

Family Planning/ Well Woman Clinics are conducted once a month on a Saturday morning 9:00am to 11:00am.  Specific dates vary from month to month.  Appointments are required to ensure that adequate supplies are available for services requested.  Services provided during the clinic include:  health education, laboratory screening, pap smear, breast exam, and history intake.  Contraceptives are available as needed following contraceptive and reproductive health counseling.  Policies and procedures are in line with the current federal regulations and guidelines for Title X funds.  A schedule of fees and discounts for services is available at the time of service or upon request.

The next Family Planning/Well Woman Clinic will be conducted on February 24th 9-11A.M.  The Wabaunsee County Health Department is located at 215 Kansas Ave, Alma, KS, in the basement level of the county courthouse. You can make an appointment for either of these clinics by calling our office at 785-765-2425.


Child Care Laws and Reporting Abuse and Neglect

Kansas Child Care Laws K.S.A. 65-501 through 65-524 and Lexi's Law Senate HB 2356 requires that anyone providing care for unrelated children in their home must be licensed.  Exemptions exist for two conditions: first, if the children are immediately related to the provider; and second, if the provider is caring for two or less children, unrelated to the provider, for a combined total of less than 20 hours a week.

More information may be found at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment website: Parents seeking family day care may find community specific information by calling Child Care Aware of Kansas @1-877-678-2548 or log on to  

Child Care Licensing Application Packets and Forms may be found at the KDHE website via this link:

How to Find the CHILDCARE LICENSING On-Line Application

The new on-line Application for Day Care can be found on the state child care website as follows:

1.       Go to

2.        Click on the Public Health tab toward the top of the page.

3.        Go to the Family Health box, near the middle right side of the white page and

      click “Child Care Licensing.”

4.        In the middle of the Child Care Licensing page, go to the box titled, “Child Care and Early

       Education Portal.”  Click on “Apply Online for a Child Care License.”

All child care applications new and renewal are to be completed on-line beginning June 1,2014.  Tutorials and assistance are available at the website.


Parents who have concerns about the quality of care their children are receiving or about someone who is caring for children and is not licensed or registered should contact Jamie Roberts, Child Care Licensing Specialist, (620) 342-4864, option 5, or email at To report your concern anonymously, visit  If you feel your child has been neglected or physically, sexually, or mentally abused while in care, or by anyone else, immediately contact the 24 hour SRS hotline # 1-800-922-5330.



Pertussis, also known as "whooping cough," is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is easily transmitted from person to person. People who have the disease spread it by coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others, who then breathe in the bacteria. The bacteria attach to the cilia (tiny, hair like extensions) that line part of the upper respiratory tract and which are responsible for helping keep the respiratory tract clean and healthy. The bacteria release toxins, which damage the cilia and cause inflammation (swelling).

Symptoms of pertussis usually develop within 7-10 days after being exposed, but may not show up for as long as 6 weeks. There is a vaccine available for pertussis, which is very effective in helping to control the spread of the disease. No vaccine is 100% effective, however, so it is possible for someone who has been fully vaccinated to still become infected. If you have been vaccinated, infection is usually less severe.

The symptoms of the disease are similar to many other respiratory infections, so diagnosis can be missed. Persons with pertussis have a persistent cough that lasts longer than the usual cold, more than 1-2 weeks, and is usually a very severe cough. They can have severe coughing fits and the tell-tale "whoop" is the sound made when they try to catch their breath during one of these fits. Not all people who have pertussis will have the "whoop," however. This severe cough is often described as the worst cough of their lives, disrupts sleep and can even cause complications such as fractured ribs, broken blood vessels, and pauses in breathing long enough to cause loss of consciousness (passing out). The disease can even lead to death.

Infants are most at risk for severe complications from pertussis. They may not even cough at all, but may have life-threatening pauses in breathing or struggle to breathe.

The best protection against pertussis is to get vaccinated! Children should receive the DTaP (diptheria, tetaunus, pertussis) vaccine in a series of five vaccinations at 2,4, and 6 months of age, at 15-18 months of age, and again at 4 to 6 years of age. A booster of Tdap (tetanus, diptheria, pertussis) is given to preteens at 11 or 12 years of age. If you are over the age of 19 and have never received a Tdap shot, you should get vaccinated. If you are not sure whether or not you have had the Tdap shot, you can receive a booster. It is especially important for you to receive a booster if you will be in close contact with children, especially newborns.

If you are pregnant, it is especially important for you to be vaccinated sometime during weeks 27 - 36 of your pregnancy, regardless of whether or not you have previously received a Tdap shot. You should be revaccinated EVERY pregnancy. This will help provide some immunity to your newborn during their first two months of life, since they do not start receiving the vaccine until 2 months of age.

Information in this article has been taken from the website. For more information go to or call the Wabaunsee County Health Department.


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Health Department

Office Hours:
Monday: 8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Tuesday through Thursday: 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Friday: 8:00 A.M.- 3:00 P.M.
Satellite immunization clinics and multiphasic clinics at 2 sites a month.

215 Kansas
Alma, KS 66401

Phone: 785-765-2425
Fax: 785-765-3594


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