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.”
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.