"To prevent disease and to assist in the maintenance of optimum health for the citizens of Crawford County through the assessment of needs, development of policy, provision of education and the assurance of services."
Share more than Thanksgiving, share your family health history.
National Family Health History Day is celebrated every Thanksgiving, make it a tradition in you family.
Knowing your family health history can save your life. The earlier you know which health conditions run in your family, the easier it is to develop prevention plan with your doctor.
Family gatherings are a great time to talk about health history and share information that could affect family member's future health.
People with a family history of disease may have the most to gain from lifestyle changes and screening tests.
Recipe For Healthy Holiday Foods
SPRINGFIELD – Starting with Thanksgiving and going through New Year’s Day, it’s the time of year for family dinners, parties, and other gatherings where food is served. But the merriment can turn to misery if the food makes you sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 48 million people a year get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die.
“While most healthy people who become sick with a foodborne illness, typically called food poisoning, will get better without seeing a doctor, others can experience severe illnesses,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “By taking a few simple precautions, you can help protect yourself and those around you from an unhappy holiday.”
Typical symptoms of foodborne illness include vomiting, diarrhea, and flu-like symptoms, which can start anywhere from hours to days after consuming contaminated food or drinks. Symptoms can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Those at risk of more severe and even life-threatening foodborne illness include older adults, infants, young children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems.
Fortunately, there is a simple recipe that can help you stay healthy.
Healthy Holiday Recipe
Keep everything in the kitchen clean, including your hands
Separate raw meats from other foods
Cook and keep food at the right temperature
Refrigerate food promptly
A good rule of thumb is, make sure hot foods are hot (above 140°F) and cold foods are cold (below 40°F). Don’t eat food that has been sitting out for more than two hours if the food is not being kept hot or cold.
2017 FLU DATES
Crawford County Health Department encourages flu vaccinations for everyone over six months of age and plans to provide ample opportunities for vaccination this season.
During November and December vaccinations will be provided every Monday morning from 8:00 am to 11:00 am during the Department’s regular “Walk In” clinics for adults and children. Persons wishing to be vaccinated who are unable to attend one of these organized clinics may call the Health Department to schedule an individual appointment. Special arrangements can be made to accommodate those with limited mobility.
CCHD will not provide nasal mist flu vaccinations again this season due to current recommendations from the Advisory Council on Immunization Practices (ACIP). ACIP recommends shots instead for this season. “High-Dose” vaccinations will be available upon request for those who are over 65 years old.
There is a charge for the seasonal flu shot. Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and several other insurance companies can be billed for flu vaccination for those persons presenting appropriate cards.
Residents with questions about flu vaccination, scheduling, or insurance coverage should call CCHD at 544-8798.
What exactly is "Public Health"?
CCHD is now a Milk Depot
CCHD has a new service to help mothers and babies. Having a milk bank in Robinson means mothers can bring breast milk to donate to babies who are in need in many other places in the U.S. Each donor must go through screenings which includes a blood test, medical and lifestyle history. For more information call Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Valerie Collier at 544-8798 or the Milk Bank is available at www.themilkbank.org.
WIC Income Guidelines have increased as of July 1, 2017!
As of July 1, 2017 WIC income guidelines have increased. If you are a pregnant woman, have a child under the age of 5 years or an infant, you may apply to receive supplemental food from the WIC program. Please call
544-8798 for more information or to apply. WIC is a supplemental food program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Click on the word "Guidelines" above for the income eligibility guidelines.
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Crawford County Social Services and Mental Health Resources
Click on the link above for information and telephone numbers for area agencies dealing with emergency, abuse, basic needs, financial assistance, housing, medical, mental health services, support groups, and transportation