Sumter County Health Department, Public Health Prevent, Promote, Protect

Clinical Services

Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings
Child Health
Healthy Start
Family Planning
HIV Testing & Treatment
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Tuberculosis Testing
WIC (Women, Infants & Children)

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Breast and Cervical Caner Screening
Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening - Mammograms & pap smears are performed in coordination with the Florida Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Prevention Program (FBCCP). Women who are 50-64 years of age, who have little or no health insurance, and who meet income guidelines are eligible for this program. Florida Department of Health in Sumter County also provides cervical screenings and clinical breast exams for a fee to women who do not qualify for FBCCP if they are uninsured. Please contact us for more information.

For more information, please visit The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG).
Breast Cancer
Cervical Cancer

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Child Health
Child Health - Preventive and Sick Child Care is available for county residents at or below 100% poverty level guidelines. Please contact us for eligibility determination.

Fluoride Varnish treatments are recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) and are offered to children under the age of 10.

Fluoridation Facts - ADA

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Healthy Start
Healthy Start - is a statewide program that can helps families have a healthy pregnancy and baby.

All pregnant women (and infants up to age 3) are eligible to receive the FREE Healthy Start services regardless of their marital, economic or immigration status. The Healthy Start program is voluntary and all information shared is kept confidential. Healthy Start services include:

Care coordination to ensure access to needed services
Childbirth education
Parenting education and support
Nutrition services and counseling
Tobacco education and cessation assistance
Breastfeeding education and support
Inter-conceptional education and counseling

For more information please visit:
Healthy Start Coalition
Healthy Start Bulletin 0713
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Family Planning
Family Planning - We provide education, counseling, medical services, referrals, and follow-up visits that will help men and women plan their family size. We offer a variety of methods of birth control. All methods of birth control are available to any person of childbearing age, including teens. Birth control methods include natural family planning, male and female condoms, diaphragm, birth control pills, intra-uterine devices (IUD) and Depo Provera injection. Confidential pregnancy testing and emergency contraception are available at both clinic locations.

Pregnancy Testing - Appointments to assess for possible pregnancy is available for women who are at least 2 weeks past their expected date of menses. If your test is positive, you will receive counseling about healthy choices for you and your baby. If your test is negative you will receive counseling on family planning options. Women between the ages of 15-26 are offered testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections (Chlamydia and Gonorrhea) as recommended by Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Vasectomy is a dependable method of birth control for men who think they will never want any more children.
For more information please visit

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HIV Testing & Treatment
HIV Testing & Treatment - Confidential & Anonymous testing and pre/post test counseling is available. Case management will be provided to qualified clients.

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Ryan White Program
What is the Ryan White Program?
Our clinic provides appiontments with Physicians and HIV specialist that provide medical care to those living with HIV in our area.
Services are always confidential.
Potential clients must have a positive HIV test to qualify.
Who may be eligible for the Ryan White Program?
Any person residing in Sumter County who is HIV positive may apply for services. It's not necessary to have a physician referral. Call patient care programs toll free at 1-866-901-9646.
We do more than just treat patients.
Our clinic provides appointments with the doctor, referrals to mental health & substance abuse counselors (as needed), and nutritional assessment.
To make an appointment, please contact us.
*Visits are by appointment only.
For more information, please visit
Florida HIV/AIDS Hotline
1-800-FLA-AIDS (352-2437) English
1-800-545-SIDA (545-7432) Spanish
1-800-AIDS101 (243-7101) Haitian Creole
1-888-503-7118 TDD/TTY (Hearing/Speech Impaired)
Useful Resources
Awareness Days for HIV/AIDS -

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Immunizations - are provided free for all children, from birth through 18 years. Before any child may enter daycare or attend school, they must be current on their vaccines. Proof of vaccinations are required. Immunizations can protect your child, family, friends and their families and the community.

For an interactive childhood immunization schedule tool for children 6 years of age and younger visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at
Vaccines for children at the Florida Department of Health in Sumter County
Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTap) Hib (Haemophilus Influenzae type b) Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) IPV (Inactivated Polio Vaccine)
Chickenpox Heb B Hep A Prevnar
Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td) Influenza
LIVE Intranasal

Tetanus/Diphtheria(Pertussis) (Tdap) Menactra
HPV (Human Papillomavirus Vaccine)   Rotavirus  
Adult vaccinations are also available. Please contact us for more information and fees.
Vaccine Information Statements in OTHER languages
Information Statements
The following vaccine is available for uninsured adult clients, age 19 years or older at no charge: Human Papillomavirus (HPV4) Vaccine
Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine
Pneumococcal Polysaccharide (PPSV) Vaccine
See The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for high risk criteria at:
Pneumococcal Vaccination Recommendations for Children and Adults by Age and/or Risk Factor
Religious exemptions: The DH 681 Form is issued ONLY by county health departments and ONLY for a child who is not immunized because of his/her family’s religious tenets or practices. This form must be signed by the parent affirming the written statement that a religious conflict exists. Exemptions for personal or philosophical reasons are not permitted under Florida law.
Did you know? The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.
Find a Flu Shot Near You
2012-2013 Flu Season: What You Should Know
Key Facts About the Seasonal Flu Vaccine
"Take 3" Actions to Fight The Flu
Seasonal Flu Questions & Answers (Q&A) for Pregnant Women
Information for Caregivers of Children less than 6 months old
Take the Flu Vaccination Pledge
Easy-To-Read Immunization Schedules
Other helpful vaccine and immunization information -
Vaccinations for Travelers
Vaccination Information Statements
What if you don't immunize? (pdf 113KB)
VIDEO: People around infants should get the Tdap vaccine
VIDEO: Immunizations save lives - WHO (World Health Organization)
VIDEO: Get The Picture: Child Immunizations - CDC
VIDEO: Chickenpox
VIDEO: HPV (Human Papillomavirus Vaccine)
VIDEO: Rotavirus

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Maternity Care - available to Sumter County residents who meet eligibility requirements.
Prenatal Care
Regular Prenatal Care is essential to ensure your health as well as the health of your baby. Our OB Doctor will follow your care from the time of your positive pregnancy test until the birth of your baby. To make an appointment or for more information, please contact us.
Prenatal services include:
- Comprehensive Prenatal Care
- Education & Counseling
- Healthy Start Screenings
- Laboratory Services & Ultrasounds

Breastfeeding Counseling and Promotion

Breastfeeding is recommended for the first year. After six months of age, other foods should be introduced.
One of the main causes for new mothers to give up breastfeeding is lack of support. In the past, women grew up watching their mothers, aunts and friends breastfeed. They felt comfortable with it and learned from watching and talking with them. Florida Department of Health in Sumter County has nurses certified in lactation counseling and wants to improve breastfeeding experiences for our mothers.

Main reasons why women stop breastfeeding before they had planned:
- Latching problems in the first week
- Worried they don't have enough milk or it is not good enough
- Early feeding difficulties
- Lack of support or proper information

We will help new mothers and help them feel more comfortable during those first few weeks.

TIPS we teach for successful breastfeeding:
- How to hold your baby
- How to latch properly
- Signs of when and how much to feed
- Working and pumping tips
- Safely storing breast milk
- Nutrition and breastfeeding
- Dealing with breast and nipple issues
It has all the nutrients the baby needs.

It is easily digested and babies are less likely to have diarrhea.

Mom's immunities can help babies fight disease.

Lowers the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

Decreases chances of obesity, asthma, respiratory infections and even skin rashes.

Breastfeeding can save you time and money.

Mommy and baby can have a stronger bond!

Breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

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Sexually Transmitted Infections
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) - We provide information, counseling for disease prevention, and confidential diagnosis & treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Evaluation for possible sexually transmitted infections are available to clients at high risk. Reduced fees are available for those below federal poverty guidelines with income verification.

The hepatitis prevention program serves adults 18 years of age and older and high risk for hepatitis. Hepatitis testing (A, B, & C) are available at no charge.

For more information please visit

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Tuberculosis (TB) Testing
Tuberculosis (TB) Testing is available to anyone. Contact investigations are also provided. Treatment for positive testing and case management is provided to county residents.

TB is spread from person to person through the air. People can breathe in these bacteria and become infected.

Who is most at risk for TB?
- Persons with recent exposure to an active TV case
- Small children and the elderly
- Persons with HIV/AIDS
- Diabetics
- Persons who take medications that effect their immune system such as steroids or chemotherapy agents
- Persons with certain cancers
- Persons who have weak immune systems due to substance abuse
- Persons who are foreign born

For more information, please contact us.

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Women Infants & Children
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) - provides food benefits, nutrition education and counseling for low-income and medically high-risk pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under 5 years of age.

Listing of Farmers' Markets by State
Government information on Food and Nutrition
FDA Food Safety for Kids & Teens

For more information, please contact us.

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Page last updated: 1/23/2014