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The Sedgwick County Department of Health is offering vaccinations for kids heading back to school in the fall.

Students can get state-required immunizations at the health department’s Main Clinic. Insurance, plus Medicaid and Medicare, are accepted, and vaccinations are available on a sliding fee scale for kids without coverage.

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Kansas health officials have reported a confirmed case of measles in Butler County.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Butler County Health Department said in a joint news release Tuesday that a number of county health departments will be notifying all identified contacts.

Staff will evaluate immunization status and ask about any possible symptoms among people exposed.

Measles is highly contagious and is spread through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing.

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Tuesday is National HIV Testing Day, and clinics in Wichita are offering the tests to all adults for free.

The Centers for Disease Control says that one in seven people who have HIV don't know it. There are an estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV in the U.S., and in Kansas, there are over 3000 living with the disease.

All adults ages 13-64 are encouraged to get tested at least once, and those with higher risks should do so more often.

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Laws restricting gun ownership and use are few and far between in Kansas, including laws that might keep children from stumbling upon a gun owned by an adult.

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Sedgwick County is in the bottom half of a new county health ranking from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

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Via Christi is partnering with the city of Wichita to host a day of free health care services on April 8.

The event will take place in Fairmount Park and will offer a number of services, such as medical care and testing; dental, vision, and hearing screenings; and foot care for diabetics. All care will be free, and is available for adults and children.

Speaking at the mayor’s briefing Thursday, Peg Tichacek, Via Christi’s Chief Mission Integration Officer, said she has invited hundreds of health care professionals to volunteer.

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The Sedgwick County commissioners reversed course on whether the county health department should provide travel immunizations.

At their meeting on Wednesday, commissioners voted 3-2 to reinstate the program.

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The Sedgwick County Commission approved funding and renewed its partnership with the Project Access health care program Wednesday.

Project Access coordinates medical care and the supplies needed to treat people who are low-income or don’t have insurance. Doctors donate their time to treat eligible patients, hospitals donate the use of their facility, and thousands of dollars worth of medical equipment and prescription medicines are donated as needed during treatment.

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Obamacare enrollment is up over last year across the country but not in Kansas.

The deadline for selecting Obamacare coverage that kicks in at the start of the new year just passed. And so far, nearly 6.5 million Americans have selected marketplace plans – an increase of 400,000 over last year.

But enrollment is down by more than 10,000 here in Kansas, where consumers have fewer coverage options to select from. About 73,000 Kansans have enrolled in Obamacare plans compared to nearly 85,000 at this time last year.

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Kansas was the only state where the obesity rate went up significantly in 2015, according to an annual report, and state officials are trying to figure out why and how to reverse the trend.

The state also lagged on vaccination rates and remained stuck in the middle on overall health, according to the America’s Health Rankings Report, which was released Thursday.

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