Office Hours

Monday- Friday, 8 -11:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 5 p.m.

Phone: 417-745-2138

Fax: 417-745-2400

Located at 201 Cedar, Hermitage, MO. 65668

Health Education


Stay healthy! Check here for food recalls as they are announced.


Did you know we offer two different Women's Health Programs, based on age? Read more here...


We also offer classes to help you Stop Smoking and to learn Crib Safety.




Get all the facts. Have your kids ready for their first day of school, or come in for adult or adolescent vaccines. Read more here.


T.B. Concerns



Is it true that tuberculosis is on the rise in the US? What can you do to avoid this disease? Click here to learn more.



Rabies is a viral disease of mammals and is transmitted primarily through bites.

Annually, 7,000 to 8,000 rabid animals are detected in the United States, with more than 90 percent of the cases in wild animals. Rabies is found naturally in Missouri, occurring primarily in bats and skunks, although other animals are also found rabid each year, including domestic species such as dogs, cats, horses, and cattle.

To learn more about Rabies click here.

Welcome to the Hickory County Health Dept. Website



We have been serving area residents since 1966, and are dedicated to promoting the health of all county residents. Our commitment to disease prevention is the driving force behind the many health services we offer you.


On our site you'll find information about the services we offer, WIC information, and a list of resources for many different health issues and questions.




Contact us by phone, email or by visiting our office.


Latest News & Updates

Flu Shot Clinics

The Hickory County Health Department will be holding two upcoming flu shot clinics, the first one Oct 3 from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. The Second clinic will be held on Oct 17 from 8:00 am to 11:30 am and 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Please have insurance information available, Call the Health Department at 417-745-2138 for with any questions.

September is National Preparedness Monthan opportunity for families everywhere to prepare for emergencies.  We know our community is at risk for floods, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, ice storms, and disease outbreaks.  By getting prepared now, you can help protect your family.  It’s simple, really – just three steps:  plan, prepare, practice. Click here to learn more! 

Starting April 1, 2016 all water samples going to the State Health Lab will be picked up daily at noon.


September 12 - October 21 

 The Walking School Bus Spring Program will be starting soon! Please click the following link for more information. 2016_WSB_registration_form.doc



Hello Farmers and Ranchers! Are you looking for a new wholesale market for your products?
There is a vast untapped market near you: LOCAL SCHOOLS. There are area schools interested in finding out how they might be part of the ever growing farm-to-school movement. These schools are interested in discovering how to produce local agricultural products so they can incorporate them into their food service.
We want to help facilitate the farm-to-school plate process. By working... together and pooling our resources we can get organized and start supplying some of the food needs for our schools.
You may think your farm is too small to sell into the market. Our goal is to accommodate all farm sizes, with the ultimate goal of creating a strong local market for farm-to-school products that will help increase economic opportunities for farmers in our rural community.
Please contact us if you are interested in learning more and/or getting involved in this farm-to-school effort. Call the Hickory County Health Department and ask for Dawn or Sandi 417-745-2138.

Zika Virus Infections 

Recognizing, Managing, and Reporting Zika Virus Infections in Travelers Returning from Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Click here to learn more.



Influenza Facts

 To learn more about influenza click here. 


Meningitis Information



For more information about meningitis please visit the CDC website.


The Hickory County Farmers Market

 Visit our new Farmers Market Website! See what's happening at the market and what's on sale this week!

The Hickory County Farmer's Market is making plans and hoping to start the first weekend in May! Everyone is getting very excited! If anyone is interested in being a vendor at the Farmer's Market or if you know someone who might be, we would like everyone to come! Please call the Hickory County Health Department at 745-2138.

Click here for Rules of Hickory County Farmers Market. rules.pdf

Click here for Hickory County Farmers Market Membership agreement. farmers_market_membership_application.docx





The Hickory County Health Department would like to acknowledge W-Dee's Grill, Smith's, Our Kitchen Table, Ru's Café, Cross Timbers Café and 5-Star Supermarket for becoming Live Well Restaurants. All are offering two healthier menu items and have agreed to be a smoke free environment!


Free Dental Screening Available at the Hickory County Health Department. Call and schedule your appointment today!


WIC Clinic Opens in Urbana.

When: First Monday of each month from 8:30-11:00 am.

Where: Praire Chapel United Methodist Church (across from Skyline School).

Call the Hickory County Health Department to schedule your appointment today!



Healthy Recipe of the Week


Grilled Veggie Tacos

 Recipe courtesy of Hungry Girl, nutritional content included! Courtesy of Hungry Girl! 

1 large portabella mushroom cap (stem removed)
Two 1/2-inch-thick onion slices, rings intact
1 red bell pepper, halved, stem and seeds removed
1 small zucchini, ends removed, cut lengthwise into 4 slices
1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
4 corn taco shells (flat-bottomed, if available)
1/4 cup reduced-fat crumbled feta cheese

Bring a grill sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add veggies, and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Grill for 5 minutes with the grill cover down.

Flip veggies. With the grill cover down, grill for 5 more minutes, or until softened and lightly blackened.

Once cool enough to handle, blot away excess moisture from mushroom. Cut mushroom and bell pepper into strips, cut onion slices in half, and cut zucchini slices in half lengthwise. Place veggies in bowl, and drizzle with vinegar. Stir to coat.

Evenly distribute veggies among the shells, top with feta cheese, and enjoy!





Live Well Restaurants offer healthy menu items to their customers. If you have a restaurant that would like to become a Live Well Restaurant click here to learn more.