The Communicable Disease Control Program strives to provide education and prevention programs to decrease the spread of infectious diseases. This is accomplished through investigation, screening, referrals, and follow-up of residents with a reportable communicable disease.
HPV infection is very common in the United States. Take a look at this STD Facts - Human papillomavirus (HPV) (cdc.gov) Remember to protect yourself and those you love from HPV infection by getting vaccinated.
The Immunization Program provides childhood immunizations that are given at regular clinics throughout the year. Many adult immunizations such as seasonal Influenza, Pneumonia, Hepatitis B, Tetanus and others are offered as well.
The Illinois Tobacco-Free Communities (IFTC) Program enables the Health Department to be one of the enforcement agencies of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act. A variety of enforcement activities are conducted, up to and including the issuance of citations to violators of the Act. The IFTC Program promotes and implements the Illinois Tobacco Quitline through the American Lung Association to provide free nicotine replacement therapy (patches) to individuals. They make weekly contact with the Quitline for assessment of their progress and support.
This program, funded through the Illinois Dept. of Public Health, Office of Women's Health, provides free breast and cervical screenings (mammogram and pap test) for women who are eligible. General eligibility guidelines are as follows:
The Christian County Health Department offers optical assistance for individuals on Illinois Medicaid and Meridian Health Managed Care. If you have a current and valid prescription, we can assist you in ordering frames and lenses. If you do not have insurance or choose to "private pay", we still may be able to assist you. No line bifocal, sunglasses, progressive lenses and other features are available. Call for an appointment at (217) 824-4113 Ext. 111.
The Tuberculosis Program provides tuberculosis testing for those needing it for employment, a school requirement, or another purpose. Those individuals testing positive may be followed through monthly TB clinics conducted by an infectious disease physician at the Health Department. Additional testing and/or medication may also be provided to those who are eligible.