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.
The Emergency Preparedness Program enables the Health Department to partner with local emergency planners and other agencies throughout the year to plan emergency response activities. In the event of a large- scale emergency, the Health Department may be called upon to provide specific services, such as mass immunizations, medication distribution, assistance with sheltering facilities, etc. The Health Department continually recruits volunteers to enlist in the Medical Reserve Corps Unit to provide a pool of medical and non-medical volunteers to assist our communities by participating during public health events, such as preparedness drills, pre-disaster trainings, health fairs, or public health emergencies
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 Optical Program is offered for individuals on Medicaid. After seeing a participating optometrist for an eye exam, the prescription for glasses is brought to the Health Department. At the Health Department, frames are selected and the glasses are ordered. Upon receipt of the order, the individual is contacted and the glasses are dispensed at the Health Department.
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.