Adult Health Services
The WIC Program: Helping Families as Food Costs Rise
WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program funded and administered by the USDA. The program provides nutritional health information and benefits for Women, Infants, and Children. Certified WIC staff are typically Registered Nurses or Dieticians who assist clients with other resources and services to meet their needs.
Spring Weather Safety: It’s Time to Prepare
Weather officials agree that North America, particularly the United States, has the world's most severe weather extremes. No other place on earth has the same hazardous array of severe thunderstorms, lightning strikes, tornadoes, and floods.
Daylight Savings Time and the Safety of Your Home
Daylight savings time (DST) begins March 12, 2023, at 2:00 am. This day also reminds us to reset our clocks (spring forward 1 hour in the spring of the year) and replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in our homes.
Healthy Habits: Choices for a Healthier Life
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends adopting 5 healthy habits for better heart health and prevention of other chronic diseases.
How to Develop Healthy Habits for a Healthier Life
Every new year begins with volumes of articles and feature stories about New Year’s resolutions concerning healthy habits. Here are 8 tips you should consider for developing healthy habits that will help you make better practices a reality.
Heart Health Numbers That You Need to Know
One of the most important things we can do for our heart health is to become more aware of our own health status. Here are some straightforward guidelines for monitoring basic heart health numbers.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: A Risk That Increases in Winter Months
Every year, exposure to CO will send more than 100,000 people to hospital emergency departments throughout the U.S., and more than 14,000 of those will require hospitalization.
Should I Get a Flu Shot in February to Lower My Risk of Influenza?
According to the CDC, most people should try to get their annual flu vaccine by the end of October. However, influenza vaccination is recommended throughout the flu season. Flu season most commonly peaks in February and can remain active into early spring.
Health Screenings: Routine Healthcare that Can Save Your Life
Routine health screenings can save your life. This may sound like an overstatement, but it is unquestionably true! Regular checkups allow your primary healthcare provider to review your medical history, evaluate your current health condition, and order critical screenings.
The High Cost of Loneliness
Some describe loneliness as a feeling of distress caused by a lack of meaningful, close relationships. In other words, loneliness can be defined as a lack of emotional connectedness. With this definition, it is important to acknowledge that one can be lonely in a crowd.
Recommendations for Improving Your Health in 2023
As the new year begins, the American Medical Association (AMA) offers the following recommendations to help Americans make the most impactful, long-lasting improvements to their health in 2023 and beyond.
Tips for Traveling Safely in Winter Weather
Over the next several weeks, the Moultrie County Health Department will share safety tips concerning the hazardous conditions created by winter weather.
How to Prepare for Winter Storms
Over the next several weeks, the Moultrie County Health Department will share safety tips concerning the hazardous conditions created by winter weather.
Happy Holidays from Moultrie County Health Dept.
The Moultrie County Health Department staff wishes you peace in your heart, joy in your home, and the blessing of friendship throughout the holidays and beyond.
Many Seniors Face Isolation and Loneliness at Christmastime
The Christmas season is a joyous time when families and friends get together and create new memories. Sadly, millions of seniors will not share this same holiday experience. Instead, too many of our seniors will experience this Christmas holiday isolated and alone.
Five Simple Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress
Ironically, we think of the Christmas season as a time of joy and peace, but more often, holidays seem demanding and exhausting. Let's face it, after the last couple of years, we need and deserve an extra measure of kindness and grace from each other this holiday season. That said, most of us will experience some holiday stress, no matter how we try to avoid it. Fortunately, we can reduce some of the stress by choosing to respond to stressful situations, events, and circumstances in a way that protects (and possibly improves) our inner joy and peace.
RSV: What You Need to Know to Prevent Severe Illness and Spread
Respiratory syncytial virus or RSV causes infections of the lungs and respiratory system. While RSV is most common in infants and young children, it can also infect adults.
Thanksgiving: Preparing Your Turkey and Trimmings Safely
If you are among the millions of Americans planning to prepare a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, it's essential to know how to do so safely. Otherwise, a turkey and its juices can be contaminated with germs that could make you, your family, and other guests sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers recommendations that can help you safely thaw, handle, and cook your Thanksgiving turkey. Additionally, they provide tips on how to take care of your leftovers safely.
Breast Cancer: Symptoms, Risk Reduction, and Early Detection
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer (other than skin cancer) among American women, with about 264,000 diagnosed each year. Current statistics indicate that approximately 42,000 of those diagnosed will not survive. Breast cancer isn't just a "female" disease. Each year, approximately 2,710 American men are diagnosed with breast cancer. Of those men, 20% are not likely to survive.
7 Questions and Answers Concerning Newly Approved COVID-19 Boosters
As with other diseases, you can improve your resistance to COVID-19 when you stay up to date with the recommended vaccines and boosters. Boosters can help restore protection that has diminished since a previous vaccination.
Daylight Savings Time Signals an Essential Home Safety Tip
Daylight savings time (DST) begins November 6, 2022, at 2:00 am. This day reminds us to reset our clocks (fall back 1 hour in the fall of the year). It also reminds us to replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in our homes. It's an important reminder because these detection devices are useless without working batteries.
Halloween Treats and Safety
Children are often too excited about their costumes and the treats they will collect to be mindful of their safety. Help keep your kids safe this Halloween with these tips concerning their “goodies.”
Do You Really Need Both a Flu Shot and a COVID-19 Booster?
This year will mark the third flu season with COVID-19 still circulating. Both viruses can cause health problems ranging from mild symptoms to illnesses requiring hospitalization and medical support measures. Likewise, both illnesses can also be deadly for the most susceptible individuals, such as those with chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems. Learn how you can stay healthy.
Why Do You Need an Annual Eye Exam?
Annual check-ups with your doctor and dentist are essential in taking care of your health. But what about going to an eye doctor? Eye exams at every age and through your changing life stages can help keep your eyes healthy and your vision strong.
Staying Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters
Our risk of illness due to Covid-19 continues. Healthcare professionals are working to limit the spread of the virus to the point that it will become a simple matter of routine prevention. Vaccines and updated boosters are one method of reducing our own risk of illness, which in turn will hopefully reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to others.
Flu Vaccination Clinic
The Moultrie County Health Department encourages you schedule and appointments for a Flu vaccine.
Your Best Chance of Avoiding Influenza – A Flu Shot
Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that can cause serious complications. This is particularly true in young children, older adults, and people with underlying medical conditions. Getting an influenza vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of influenza and its complications.
Why Should You Build an Emergency Kit?
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) recommends that everyone create and periodically update their family emergency plans and establish a family communications plan. They also recommend building an emergency kit to support all family members during and after a disaster. According to IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau, “It could be a matter of life or death because if you need to evacuate within minutes, you will need that kit packed and ready to go.”
Suicide Prevention Hotline – Call or Text 988
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, there is hope. You are not alone because there is a service providing 24/7 connection to qualified, confidential support.
What is the Real Cost of Smoking Cigarettes?
Health problems related to smoking include cardiovascular disease, lung disease, and various forms of cancer. Each carries the potential for long-term, debilitating health conditions, daily medications, financial instability, and a shorter life expectancy.
West Nile Virus Activity Reported in Central Illinois
West Nile virus is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the US. During an August 9th broadcast, WAND-TV news reported that the Macon Mosquito Abatement District detected the first batch of WNV-positive mosquitoes in Macon County.
How Do We Monitor Vaccines for Safety?
All vaccines approved in the United States are continually monitored for side effects and adverse events reported after vaccination. Although several agencies are involved in this effort, the primary system for receiving and reviewing vaccine reports is the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
Breastfeeding Benefits for Babies and Moms
Breastfeeding can help new moms recover more quickly from childbirth. Additionally, it can reduce a woman’s risk for various breast and ovarian cancer and type 2 diabetes. Breastfeeding may also assist with weight loss after delivery.
Illinois WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
The Moultrie County Health Department is pleased to once again provide IL WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) services to all eligible families and seniors in and around Moultrie County.
Illinois Poison Center Warns of Fake Prescription Pills and Drug Substitutions
In June, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported multiple fatal and non-fatal overdose events related to heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl in several Northern Illinois counties. On July 12, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) issued a warning to the public to stay safe and avoid recreational drugs, especially synthetic recreational drugs.
Staying Safe in Sunny Weather
Many of us look forward to bright and sunny weather because of the numerous recreational activities we enjoy. Regardless of the season, too much exposure to the sun can prove hazardous to your health. This sun damage is caused by invisible ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
Hearing Loss: Protect Yourself and Your Family this Summer
Loud noise can damage sensitive parts of the ear, causing ringing or buzzing in the ear, increased sensitivity to sound, and hearing loss. Repeated exposure to loud noise over time can result in hearing problems, even after the exposure has stopped.
Heat-Related Deaths are Preventable
Beat the heat this summer!
IDPH Warns the Public to Watch Out for Rabid Bats and Animals
The Moultrie County Health Department joins IDPH in stressing that a bite from a rabid animal can be potentially fatal if not treated. Subsequently, the public should take precautions to keep bats and other unfamiliar animals out of their homes and other enclosures and act quickly if bitten.
June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month
We may not want to admit it, but too many of us choose foods that are not in the best interest of our health. Grocery stores keep plenty of processed foods on their shelves because people buy them.
The Infant Formula Shortage: Information and Resources
As the infant formula shortage continues in the US, many families are struggling to access the products they rely on to feed their babies. The Moultrie County Health Department (MCHD) wants our local families and residents to be aware of available resources.
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. It is caused by damage to nerve cells (neurons) in the brain and is a progressive disease. The neurons damaged first are those in parts of the brain responsible for memory, language, and thinking. As a result, the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease tend to be mild memory loss, impaired language skills, and difficulty thinking clearly.
Illinois Public Health Officials Warn about Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Jif Peanut Butter
Warning issued: The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) warns that some jars of Jif brand peanut butter may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella that is making people sick.
Vector-borne Diseases in Central Illinois
Some vector-borne diseases will produce few noticeable symptoms in an infected person, and the illness may go undetected. However, the same diseases can also cause significant discomfort and illness, Including life-long disabilities or even death. The following is basic information on West Nile virus and Lyme disease, both of which are carried by vectors common in Central Illinois.
Summer Food Safety: Facts and Best Practices
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in six Americans (48 million people) become sick from food poisoning each year. These incidents send 128,000 Americans to the hospital, and an estimated 3,000 die annually from foodborne illnesses. Food safety is especially important as we approach Memorial Day weekend. This weekend traditionally marks the beginning of summer activities, many of which will involve preparing and serving food for family and friends.
May is National Stroke Awareness Month
A stroke occurs when something blocks the blood supply to a part of the brain. It also occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures. When either occurs, parts of the brain can become damaged or die. A stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability, or death. Learn how to identify a possible stroke and what to do.
Health Alert: Human Vector-Borne Diseases
West Nile virus (WNV), Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), are the most commonly reported human vector-borne diseases (VBDs) in Illinois. As summer approaches and more people are inclined to engage in outdoor activities, tick and mosquito vectors are also becoming more active, increasing the risk of disease transmission to humans.
Adults and the Importance of Immunizations
Immunizations (vaccines) help protect you from diseases caused by bacteria or viruses. What’s more, your immunity to these illnesses also protects others around you. As adults, most of us live busy lives with many responsibilities. The last thing you want to do is risk getting sick with a preventable infection.
Herd Immunity and Vaccinations
Herd immunity occurs when a significant portion of a population becomes immune to an infectious disease, limiting disease spread. When there are limits on the spread of the disease, even those not already immune have a reduced risk of exposure. Reducing the risk of disease spread is especially critical in protecting individuals who can’t be vaccinated. These would include newborns, those with compromised immune systems, and those who cannot tolerate the vaccine.
Vaccines and Our Opportunity to Control Infectious Diseases
Smallpox was a severely infectious disease caused by the variola virus. It undoubtedly caused millions of deaths and is believed to have existed since the days of ancient Egypt over 3,000 years ago. It was contagious, spreading from one person to another. People who had smallpox typically presented with a fever and a distinctive, distinct skin rash.
Four Myths About Sexually Transmitted Diseases
STD Awareness Week is April 10-16. Like so many medical concerns, there are myths and inaccurate information concerning sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Regrettably, such misinformation is widespread and can prove harmful to public health. Let's talk about these common myths and learn the truth.
STD Awareness Week: A Matter of Life and Health
STD Awareness Week is April 10-16. Whether you are sexually active or thinking about becoming sexually active, here’s how you can Talk, Test, and Treat to protect your health.
Lead Poisoning: Why Are Children at Greater Risk?
When we protect our children from lead exposure, we protect them from the adverse effects that can stay with them for a lifetime. Read more here to learn about preventing lead exposure and the availability of lead screening and testing.
National Public Health Week and Moultrie County
The Moultrie County Health Department (MCHD) is proud to support National Public Health Week (April 4-10, 2022). The 2022 theme is “Public Health Is Where You Are.”
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in the Home: Part 2
Natural and LP gas has a specific odor that alerts you of their presence. This feature is not true of carbon monoxide (CO). CO is a poisonous, flammable gas with no odor and color, making CO especially hazardous. We can breathe in CO with no sense of odor or irritation to our nose or throats. When we inhale CO, our blood cells attach to CO molecules instead of oxygen molecules. This process starves our organs of the oxygen needed for continued survival, resulting in illness and death. Children and the elderly, as well as individuals with heart or respiratory conditions, are especially vulnerable to the effects of CO.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in the Home: Part 1
The Center for Disease Control reports that over 400 Americans die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning every year, typically in their home or car. Many of these deaths occur during the winter months. These are the months when people heat their homes while minimizing outside ventilation. Although CO levels may not prove high enough to be fatal, they can still result in serious illnesses. CO poisonings account for nearly 50,000 visits to hospital emergency departments each year.
What are the 3 Most Common Toxic Substances in Your House?
The Illinois Poison Center logs over 74,000 calls on poisoning exposures each year. Poison centers across the nation manage over 2.1 million cases each year. It may surprise you that 90% of these incidents occur in the home. Furthermore, some of the most common exposures involve toxic substances we all use or come in contact with relatively often.
National Poison Prevention Week: March 20-26, 2022
National Poison Prevention Week is observed the third week of March every year. Congress established the observance in 1961 to highlight the risks of being poisoned by household products. Although we’ve made substantial progress since the early 1970s, over 2 million poisonings are reported in the U.S. every year. What may surprise you is that over 90% of these occur in the home, and those affected most often are children under the age of 12.
Donate a “Soup-er Bowl” of Food!
Let’s Fill the Food Pantry Shelves February 1-11 (winner announced February 14) Los Angeles Rams vs. Cincinnati Bengals Bring your donations into the Moultrie County Courthouse and cast your vote for which team will win the Super Bowl by placing items on your teams designated table.
Info for Adults: Vaccines—Know what you need
Learn which vaccines you need as an adult. Talk to your healthcare professional about which vaccines are right for you! Immunization is one of the safest and most effective ways to protect your health. Vaccine side effects are usually mild and go away on their own. Severe side effects are very rare.
Learn the Facts About Flu Vaccine!
Learn answers to your most asked flu vaccine questions!
WIC Participants Survey Now Available!
The WIC annual participant survey is available online in English and Spanish.We would love your feedback! Please share what we are doing well, and what we can do better. Please use our agency’s survey link below to share your feedback.
Violence Prevention and Support Resources
Sharing resources with everyone helps prevent violence in our communities.
WIC Farmer’s Market Program
The Moultrie County Health Department is pleased to announce the arrival of WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) in Moultrie County!
The WIC FMNP was established by Congress in 1992, to provide fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables to WIC participants, and to expand the awareness, use of, and sales at farmers’ markets. Pregnant & Breastfeeding women and children one year and older who are certified to receive WIC program benefits or who are on a waiting list for WIC certification are eligible to participate in the WIC FMNP. A variety of fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs may be purchased with FMNP coupons.
Farmers Market Coupons will be distributed by the MCHD beginning July 1st, 2018, to all eligible WIC participants. Come to the Moultrie County Health Department and get your WIC- FMNP coupons to enjoy the fresh produce of Moultrie County all summer long! No appointment needed.
The Moultrie County Health Department welcomes the opportunity to educate individuals as well as the public at large on pertinent health topics. Topics have been presented at health fairs, schools, community organizations, public events, and at the Moultrie County Health Department. Topics covered range from healthy pregnancy and breastfeeding, tobacco prevention and cessation, adult health, food safety, and environmental health.
The Moultrie County Health Department works routinely with the Illinois Department of Public Health, community members, and organizations to identify and address priority health concerns in Moultrie County.
Tobacco-Free Communities Effort
The Moultrie County Health Department encourages everyone to lead a tobacco-free life and reduce the harmful effects of tobacco, smokeless tobacco, and second-hand smoke. The Illinois Tobacco Quitline provides assistance to all individuals with tobacco use cessation.
Smoke-Free Illinois was initiated in 2008 by the State of Illinois and requires all public places to be free of second-hand smoke inside the building and within 15 feet of all entrances and exits.
TB Surveillance and Testing
The Moultrie County Health Department provides health-related information, assessments and TB skin tests for the general population and individuals detained in the Moultrie County Jail.
Adult Health Screenings
The Moultrie County Health Department Adult Health Services program provides a variety of services to adults in clinic sites throughout Moultrie County. These services include blood pressure monitoring, cholesterol and glucose screenings, as well as individual education and referral services for a variety of health concerns.
Communicable Disease Control
The Moultrie County Health Department works closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health, clients, and their physicians to facilitate reporting, investigation, education, referrals, and follow-up for individuals diagnosed or concerned with exposure to a communicable disease. The Moultrie County Health Department also assists schools, area doctors, and other public entities with disease investigation, case contact, and follow-up to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. All services are confidential.
Vision and Hearing Testing
Vision And Hearing Screening services provided through the Moultrie County Health Department are available to all pre-school & school-age children in Moultrie County.
Interpretation of results and referrals to medical providers are made for clients as appropriate. Moultrie County Health Department staff are certified by the Illinois Department of Public Health in Vision and Hearing Screening.
The Moultrie County Health Department provides all required immunizations to children through the age of 18 years as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the CDC. The Moultrie County Health Department also provides adult vaccines, including Influenza and Pneumonia Vaccines. Immunization clinics are offered at the Moultrie County Health Department three times per month. Individual appointments may be made if a client cannot be accommodated during routine clinics.