The purpose of the Marshall County Health Department is to protect and promote the health and wellness of all Marshall County, Illinois residents. The department carries out this purpose year-round by providing services focusing on four key areas: Wellness, Environmental Health, Emergency Preparedness, and Child & Family Health. Located in the Andy Placher Health Services Building in the city of Lacon, the Marshall County Health Department is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., with the exception of holidays.
What Immunizations Does My Child Need?
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) provides updated immunization schedules on its website. Click here to view those schedules.
There are a number of severe weather hazards that affect Illinois, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, lightning, floods and flash floods, damaging winds and large hail. Severe weather hazards can cause extensive property damage, injury or death. Below you will find some helpful tips on how to deal with Flood waters, including re-entering your flooded home. Click here for further information.
Flood waters and sewer overflows can contain bacteria, fecal material, viruses and other organisms that may cause disease. After flood waters and/or sewer overflows are gone, follow the information below to protect your health and prevent disease.Click here for further information.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, tularemia, ehrlichiosis
SPRINGFIELD – As the weather warms up and people spend more time outdoors, it’s important to take precautions against tick bites and the illnesses they can carry, like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, tularemia and ehrlichiosis. Tickborne diseases can cause mild symptoms, severe infections requiring hospitalization and even death. Last year in Illinois, preliminary numbers show 50 cases of ehrlichiosis, four cases of tularemia, 204 cases of Lyme disease and 151 cases of Rock Mountain spotted fever, which included one death.
“Diagnosing tickborne illness is based largely on the patient’s knowledge that they’ve been bitten by a tick and the signs and symptoms of illness,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “While antibiotics can treat illnesses due to tick bites, it’s best to avoid tick bites altogether by taking some simple precautions.”
Recommendations to avoid tick bites:
· Walk in the center of trails so weeds do not brush against you.
· Use repellent that contains 20 to 30 percent DEET on exposed skin. Always follow product instructions.
· Use products that contain permethrin to treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants (especially they cuffs), socks and tents. Or look for clothing pre-treated with permethrin.
· Tuck long pants into your socks and boots. Wearing light-colored pants makes ticks easier to see.
· In areas where there are ticks, check yourself, children and other family members every two to three hours for ticks (especially ears, hair, neck, legs and between the toes).
· If you let your pets outdoors, check them often for ticks. Ticks can “hitch a ride” on your pets, but fall off in your home before they feed. Tick collars, sprays, shampoos, or monthly “top spot” medications help protect against ticks.
If you do find a tick, on yourself, others or pets, remove it promptly. The best way to remove a tick is to grasp it with fine-point tweezers as close to the skin as possible and gently, but firmly, pull it straight out. Do not twist or jerk the tick. Wash the bite area and your hands thoroughly with soap and water and apply an antiseptic to the bite site.
Within two weeks following a tick bite, if you experience a rash that looks like a bull's-eye, or a rash anywhere on your body, or an unexplained illness accompanied by fever following, call your doctor. The most common symptoms of tick-related illnesses can include fever, chills, aches and pains, and rash. Early recognition and treatment of the infection decreases the risk of serious complications.
More information about preventing tick bites and disease can be found at http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/pccommonticks.htm.
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