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  • washing hands with soap and water
  • food safety inspection
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Bates County Health Center

Bates County Health Center was opened as a demonstration unit on April 1, 1975. A vote of the citizens on August 3, 1976 approved a mill tax for the continuation of the local public health agency. Since its establishment, the Bates County Health Center has been dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of the citizens of the county.  Although services offered have changed over the years, we still strive to fulfill the mission of public health which is to Prevent, Promote, and Protect our citizens.


Health Center hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended hours include remaining open until 7:00 p.m. the first Thursday of every month.

Did You Know?

  • Improper food storage can result in ER visits after holiday meals.
  • Food that is not cooked or stored properly can lead to the growth of salmonella which can cause someone who is infected to have diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps for eight to 72 hours.
  • Start packing up and refrigerating leftovers within two hours, putting items in clean shallow containers.
  • You can store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to four days or put food immediately in the freezer below 0 degrees F indefinitely.
  • A good rule of thumb is to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold and have a SAFE holiday meal.

          Health Updates


CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a yearly flu shot.

We have flu shots available for children and adults

and we are able to bill insurance through our VaxCare partner.

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