Children’s Health Services
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Does Better Nutrition Impact Student Performance?
Researchers are still working to prove the connection, but existing data suggest that students who eat a more balanced diet are healthier and more able to learn. Furthermore, these students typically have fewer absences and are better behaved in school, resulting in fewer disruptions in the classroom.
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).
Announcing COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for Children and Teens
Currently, the circulating variants of the Covid-19 virus are relatively mild and typically result in symptoms similar to a prolonged summer cold. However, like all viruses, Covid-19 affects all people differently. The Covid-19 virus can make those who are immune-compromised, including the elderly and some children, very ill for prolonged periods. Reducing the risk of infection is most important for these individuals because they are also at greater risk for lingering or long-term health problems.
Schedule Back-to-School Immunizations Today
If your children return to school in August, you don’t want to wait until the last minute to ensure they are ready. You may want to start thinking about their clothes, school supplies, and whatever else they need to begin their school year. The Moultrie County Health Department encourages you also to think ahead and schedule appointments for their vaccinations as you plan for your child’s return to school. If you wait until mid-August, your child may be delayed in getting the vaccines required to start school.
Children and Teens Immunization Clinics
2022 Back-to-school immunization clinic schedule
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Meningococcal Vaccines for Preteens and Teens
All preteens and teens should get vaccines to protect against meningococcal disease. Talk with your child’s doctor or nurse about meningococcal vaccination to help protect your child’s health.
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.
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 lead exposure screening and testing to all Moultrie County residents for whom such services are indicated. Assessment of lead risk exposure and testing are available any time at the Moultrie County Health Department. Interpretation of testing results and professional, confidential follow-up on lead exposure reduction are provided free of charge to Moultrie County residents.
Child Safety Seat Program
The Moultrie County Health Department continues to provide Child Safety Seat Assistance as a service to Moultrie County residents. A Certified Child Safety Seat Technician is available to provide education, evaluation, and assistance with proper child safety seat installation and use.
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.