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Mission of the Youngstown City Health District

Our mission is to protect and improve the public health of the local community.

Here at the Youngstown City Health District, we are committed to enable all of the citizens of Youngstown and its surrounding areas which we serve, to engage in healthful and preventive behaviors.

We will strive to achieve and sustain optimal levels of physical and environmental health which will be accomplished by our highly motivated staff. Our staff will responsibly maximize our resources to provide ongoing education, and the development and coordination of programs which are sensitive to the people and the needs of the public.


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Take Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine!

Most people who get the flu will have mild illness, will not need medical care or antiviral drugs, and will recover in less than two weeks. Some people, however, are more likely to get flu complications that result in being hospitalized and occasionally result in death. Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections are examples of flu-related complications. The flu also can make chronic health problems worse. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu, and people with chronic congestive heart failure may experience a worsening of this condition that is triggered by the flu.

Everyone is at risk for seasonal influenza.

Health experts now recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against influenza. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that people in the following groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for flu-related complications:

• Pregnant women

• Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old

• People 50 years of age and older

• People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions

• People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

• People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:

  Health care workers

  Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu

  Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children younger than 6 months of age                                                     (these children are too young   to be vaccinated)

Some children 6 months to 8 years of age may need 2 doses of the vaccine to be fully protected. Ask your doctor.

For a complete list, see “Who Should Get Vaccinated Against Influenza” at

Get Vaccinated Today!


Access Health Mahoning Valley can HELP anyone uninsured in the Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Ashtabula counties enroll in health insurance.  February 15, 2015 is the deadline to sign up for Marketplace plans.  Premium tax credits are available to reduce the monthly premium for most enrollees.  These credits are based on income and can reduce the cost of health insurance by several hundred dollars per month and several thousand dollars per year.  Call 330- 373-0703 to schedule an appointment with a certified Navigator with Access Health Mahoning Valley or go online at and enter your zip code for enrollment locations.  Navigator services are free and funded through a federal grant administered by the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. 


The Ohio Department of Health is activating a 24-hour-a-day call center to answer Ohioans’ questions about Ebola and the recent events in Ohio in an effort to ensure Ohioans get accurate, timely information. 

The number for Ohioans to call is 1-866-800-1404.

 TRAVELER'S Health  - Travel Safe. Travel Smart

Ebola virus disease (EVD), previously known as "Ebola hemorrhagic fever," is one of several viral hemorrhagic fevers.  Ebola was first reported in 1976 in the area now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  The current outbreak is the first in West Africa and the largest in history. 

Ebola is spread through direct contact with:

  1. The blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola
  2. Objects (like needles) that have been contaminated with the blood or body fluids of a person sick with Ebola
  3. Touching the body of someone who has died from Ebola

For more information on Ebola, visit



10 Elements of Healthy Communities

What does it take to create and maintain a healthy community? According to the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health care systems must perfor ten essential elements in order to create and maintain health communities. 
1. Conducting community diagnosis
2. Preventing and controlling epidemics
3. Providing a safe and healthy environment
4. Measuring performance, effectiveness and outcomes of health services
5. Promoting healthy lifestyles
6. Laboratory testing
7. Providing target outreach and forming partnerships
8. Providing personal health care services
9. Research and innovation
10. Mobilizing the community for action

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Influenza Facts

  • An estimated 90% of seasonal flu-related deaths and more than 60% of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations in the United States each year occur in people 65 years and older.
  • People 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults so it is recommended that older adults get their flu shot.
  • Pregnant women should get a flu vaccine to protect not only themselves, but their baby, too.
  • Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.
  • You should be vacccinated if you have the following medical conditios: asthma, neurological or neurodevelopmental conditions, chronic lung disease, heart disease, blood disorders, kidney or liver disorders, diabetes, metabolic disorders, weakened immune systems, or are morbily obese.
  • The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. There are two types of flu vaccines: the flu shot and a nasal spray flu vaccine.
  • The CDC recommends that all children between the ages 6 months and 19 years get a flu vaccine.


For more information about how to order a birth or death certificate in person, online, by mail, or by phone visit: 

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Click here to order a birth or death certificate by mail:  Birth Certificate Application and Death Certificate Application

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