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.
Starting October 1, 2013, Illinois consumers can shop for coverage on the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace. They can apply for coverage on the Marketplace online; www.getcoveredillinois.gov or by phone 1 (866) 311-1119. Support will be available for Illinois residents every step of the way. The Marketplace is a website that will help you apply for coverage, compare insurance options, and enroll in the health coverage that is best for you and your family. You may also be eligible for financial help to reduce the cost of monthly premiums and medical expenses.
The enrollment period will be October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. During open enrollment, specially trained community members will be available to help you apply for and enroll in health insurance.
For more information visit or call the Marshall County Health Department and ask to speak with Susan at 309-246-8074.
For detailed information on preparing for severe weather this season, click here.
For more information on preventing the spread of flu, click here.To get a flu shot, just come in to one of our regularly scheduled immunization clinics. The first Tuesday of the month from 10a - 12p or the third Tuesday of the month from 1-4p.
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine!
Adults $30 / Children $10
Medicare Part B, Medicaid, All Kids, cash or check accepted
It’s not too late to vaccinate
SPRINGFIELD – Flu activity is increasing daily across the country and here in Illinois. Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck is urging people who have not yet received a flu vaccination this season to get one now.
“It is not too late to get a flu shot,” Dr. Hasbrouck said. “Flu activity typically peaks in January, but can run into April. Getting vaccinated now can help protect you from the flu in the coming months.”
IDPH is currently reporting widespread influenza activity in Illinois with 122 flu-related intensive care unit hospitalization and six flu-related intensive care unit deaths. IDPH expects to see an increase in the number of hospitalizations and deaths.
IDPH recommends everyone 6 months and older receive a flu vaccination. Anyone can get the flu, even healthy people. To help protect those most at risk for serious complications caused by the flu, it’s important that everyone be vaccinated.
Seasonal flu is responsible for severe illness and death every year, but who is most affected each season can vary depending on the predominant circulating virus. So far this season, 2009 H1N1 viruses have been most common. The 2009 H1N1 viruses have circulated as a seasonal flu virus worldwide since it emerged in 2009, causing a pandemic.
During the pandemic, younger adults and children, particularly people with chronic medical conditions and pregnant women, were harder hit by H1N1 compared with adults aged 65 and older. If the H1N1 virus continues to circulate widely, illness may disproportionately affect young and middle-aged adults this season.
People at high risk for serious flu complications include: people with underlying chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or neurological conditions; pregnant women; those younger than 5 years or older than 65 years of age; or anyone with a weakened immune system. This year, however, some who people have been severely ill with complications have been younger individuals with no underlying health problems.
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, but it is not typically associated with respiratory flu. People with flu symptoms should stay home 24 hours after the fever is gone (without the use of a fever-reducing medicine). Antiviral drugs can make illness milder, shorten the length of illness and may prevent serious complications.
Flu vaccines are available in many doctor’s offices, local health departments, health clinics, pharmacies and other health care providers. For additional information about flu vaccinations and availability in your area, contact your local health department or visit http://www.flu.gov/prevention-vaccination/vaccination/index.html and enter your zip code into the Flu Vaccine Finder tool.
To reduce the spread of flu, it is also important to practice the 3 C’s –
· Clean – properly wash your hands frequently
· Cover – cover your cough and sneeze
· Contain – contain your germs by staying home if you are sick
More information about influenza can be found at http://www.idph.state.il.us/flu/index.htm.
Providing health guidance and information to the public aligns the Illinois Department of Public Health with its strategic plan to become the state’s trusted public health authority, a place where Illinoisans can turn for health information and education. For a copy of the strategic plan, visit http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/StrategicPlan_Final_2014-2018.pdf.