School-age children, from preschools to college students, need vaccines. Immunizations are one of the best defenses against serious illnesses and disease such as pertussis (whooping cough), flu, measles, aricella (chickenpox), human pappillomavirus (HPV) and meningoccal.
Franklin County Public Health provides immunizations to Franklin County residents. For more about our Immunization Program, visit our Immunization Program webpage.
Travelers and TB Testing
If you and your family are traveling out of the country, you may be wondering what shots you need. Franklin County Public Health does not provide international travel vaccinations including Yellow Fever, Typhoid and Malaria medications. Some local health care offices offer travel vaccines:
Dublin Travel Medicine
Dr. Dennis Flynn MD
6760 Avery-Muirfield Road Suite A
Dublin, OH 43017
OSU Rardin Family Practice at OSU
2231 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43201
Dublin: 5650 Blazer Pkwy
Dublin, OH 43017
Lewis Center: 8837 Whitney Dr.
Lewis Center, 43035
Tel: Tollfree 1-877-358-8648
Local (614) 408-8783
Travel Health Services
7219 Sawmill Road, Suite 105 C
Dublin, OH 43016
1699 West Mound Street
Columbus, OH 43223
Refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to learn about health information related to your travel distination.
Franklin County Public Health does not administer TB testing. If a TB test is needed and you don't have a primary care health provider, the following clinics offer TB testing:
Kroger’s Little Clinics
CVS’s Minute Clinics
Walgreen’s Take Care Clinics
OSU's FastCare Clinics at participating Giant Eagle locations
If you like in Franklin County and suspect to have or have active TB disease or Latent TB Infection, Columbus Public Health provides treatment and case management services. For more information about their TB Program, click here.
The Infectious Disease Program at Franklin County Public Health investigates:
Reportable infectious diseases in compliance with state and federal regulations.
The goals are to:
Ensure epidemiology activities are directed toward disease surviellance, prevention and detection
Notify the public of their risk of infectious diseases
Manage and control disease throughout the community including in schools
Coordinates information exchange during outbreaks for disease control
Find an alphabetical list of diseases
Infectious Disease Reporting System (IDRS)
The Infectious Disease Reporting System (IDRS) is the combined infectious disease reporting system for all of Franklin County, including the City of Colmbus, for health care providers in Franklin County. The Columbus and Franklin County Public Health agencies have joined forces to make the reporting, tracking and investigation of infectious disease cases easier and more convenient. Physician and health care providers, per Communicable Disease Rules 3701-3-01 through 3701-3-30 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC), are legally required to report suspected, lab-confirmed and clinical diagnoses of specific diseases and conditions within specified time frames to IDRS. For more information or to report an infectious disease, visit the IDRS website.
Franklin County Public Health inspects yearly all K-12 public, private, chartered, non-chartered, community schools and career centers located with our jurisdictions. Inspections are typically done during the school year and during the school day. We also respond to public complaints regarding the health and sanitary conditions of schools.
For more information about school inspections, click here.
The Community Engagement Program at Franklin County Public Health focuses on examining and strenghtening the health of our communities through active partnerships. These active partnerships are commonly with city, town or township leaders, school officials, local business leaders and residents of Franklin County.
For more information about our Community Engagement Program, click here.
Farm to School
Every month, Franklin County Public Health distributes an electronic newsletter featuring health related topics and events. To sign up, please complete the sign-up form below.