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  Senior Citizens Month 2014

    Age has its advantage. June 2014 is designated as Senior Month or Older Americans Month if you prefer and we want to celebrate the maturity and wisdom of our older citizens! Generally, the term "older American" implies 60 years of age and older. In April1963 President John F. Kennedy designated Senior Citizen month; seventeen years later in 1980, President Jimmy Carter changed the name to Older Americans month. Each year there is a theme for the month of celebration and this years theme is "Experts at Living Well".

    Today's senior is no longer relegated to the proverbial rocking chair. Admittedly physical and perhaps mental changes may occur but today's senior has many resources to help him stay active and well into our advanced years. Indeed, we are encouraged by health practitioners and geriatricians to keep active mentally and physically to ensure that as we age, we do so gracefully and with dignity. Acknowledging the accomplishments of older Americans reminds the younger generation that not only do their parents and grandparents enjoy life to its fullest but today's society cannot relegate seniors to the "back of the room" where they will not be seen. Even employers are beginning to recognize the value and commitment of older workers. According to some reports, often older Americans outperform their juniors in the workplace because they are committed, loyal and reliable, which are important attributes for an employee . The medical community has ongoing medical interventions that enable us to live longer and more effectively with medical conditions that in years past would have been untreatable or perhaps terminal.

    Morgan County Health Department would also like to applaud our seniors.  We also would like to remind you our services are not just for children or young families.  We offer services for seniors like blood pressure checks and immunizations like your yearly influenza vaccination or the “Shingles” vaccine, zostavax not to mention everyone needs a Tetanus every 8-10 years and/or the Tdap which includes Pertussis to protect those grandbabies.  We also want to engage our seniors in being a public health volunteer through our emergency preparedness activities as well as other programs that might be of interest like Chronic Disease Prevention, Communicable Disease Prevention, Tobacco (Quitline), Travel Vaccinations, Vital Records and Environmental Health Services.  We are here to service all the citizens of Morgan County, including our seniors.

    Take a well deserved bow Older Americans. Together may we enjoy the life that we have and expand the horizons before us. Next June we endeavor to evaluate how far we have come during the year.  Let us all live a life of purpose and fulfillment and never look back to what was but what is to be.

Avoid bug bites

It's that time again!!!!   Bugs (including mosquitoes, ticks, and some flies) can spread a number of diseases. Many of these diseases cannot be prevented with a vaccine or medicine. You can reduce your risk by taking steps to prevent bug bites.

What type of insect repellent should I use?

man spraying bug spray on arm
  • FOR PROTECTION AGAINST TICKS AND MOSQUITOES: Use a repellent that contains 20% or more DEET for protection that lasts up to several hours. Products containing DEET include Off!, Cutter, Sawyer, and Ultrathon.
  • FOR PROTECTION AGAINST MOSQUITOES ONLY: Products with one of the following active ingredients can also help prevent mosquito bites. Higher percentages of active ingredient provide longer protection.
    • DEETExternal Web Site Icon
    • Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin. Products containing picaridin include Cutter Advanced, Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus, and Autan [outside the US])
    • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or PMD (Products containing OLE include Repel and Off! Botanicals)
    • IR3535 (Products containing IR3535 include Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition and SkinSmart)
  • Always follow product directions and reapply as directed.
    • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second.
    • Follow package directions when applying repellent on childrenExternal Web Site Icon. Avoid applying repellent to their hands, eyes, and mouth.
  • Consider using permethrin-treatedExternal Web Site Icon clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). You can buy pre-treated clothing and gear or treat them yourself.
    • Treated clothing remains protective after multiple washings. See the product information to find out how long the protection will last.
    • If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions carefully.
    • Do not use permethrin directly on skin.

What other steps should I take to prevent bug bites?

mosquito biting
  • Prevent mosquito bites.
    • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
    • Stay and sleep in screened or air-conditioned rooms.
    • Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.
  • Prevent tick bites.
    • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
      • Tuck in shirts, tuck pants into socks, and wear closed shoes instead of sandals to prevent bites.
    • Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass, brush, and leaves. Walk in the center of hiking trails.
  • Prevent tsetse fly bites.
    • The tsetse fly lives in sub-Saharan Africa and can spread African sleeping sickness (African trypanosomiasis).
    • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
      • Clothing fabric should be at least medium weight because the tsetse fly can bite through thin fabric.
    • Wear neutral-colored clothing. The tsetse fly is attracted to bright colors, very dark colors, metallic fabric, and the color blue.
    • Avoid bushes during the day, when the tsetse fly is less active. It rests in bushes and will bite if disturbed.
    • Inspect vehicles for tsetse flies before entering. The flies are attracted to moving vehicles.

What should I do if I am bitten by bugs?

  • If you are bitten by mosquitoes:
    • Avoid scratching mosquito bites.
    • Apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to reduce itching.
  • Find and remove ticks from your body.
    • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors.
    • Check your entire body (under your arms, in and around your ears, in your belly button, behind your knees, between your legs, around your waist, and especially in your hair). Use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body.
    • Check your pets and belongings. Ticks can be on outdoor equipment and clothes. 

    May is Asthma Awareness Month

    Know Your Triggers and Develop an Action Plan for Effective Management  

    CHICAGO – Nearly 26 million Americans suffer from asthma, a chronic lifelong disease that affects the lungs.  Asthma causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing at night or early in the morning.  In the United States, approximately half of people with asthma had at least one asthma attack in 2012.  More children (55%) than adults (49%) had an attack.  Asthma attacks cause adults to miss work and children to miss school. 

    To raise awareness about the health consequences and personal costs of asthma, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is urging Illinoisans to take control of their asthma. 

    “While there is no cure for asthma, there are ways to manage it and keep it under control,” said IDPH Director Dr. Hasbrouck. “Taking your medicine exactly as prescribed by your physician or health care provider – and avoiding your triggers – can help you avoid having an asthma attack.”

    The IDPH encourages Illinoisans to speak with a health care provider to develop an action plan to manage their asthma effectively, and to learn what triggers their asthma.  Common triggers like tobacco smoke, dust mites, mold, outdoor air pollution, furry pets and cockroaches can trigger an asthma attack – which can range from mild to life-threatening.

    In Illinois approximately 850,000 people have asthma.  Seventy-four percent of adults and 76.5 percent of children do not have their asthma under control.  National guidelines recommend that persons with asthma seek at least two routine checkups per year.  In 2011, there were 72,810 emergency room visits and 18,968 hospitalizations with asthma listed as the primary diagnosis.

    African Americans are 2 to 3 times more likely to die from asthma than any other racial or ethnic group.   

    In 1999 the Illinois Asthma Program was established to develop strategic goals and long-range planning in the effort to reduce asthma in Illinois. In 2009, the 3rd Illinois Asthma Strategic Plan was released with long-range goals and solutions to reduce the burden of asthma for people with asthma and their caretakers.  

    In August 2010, the Illinois General Assembly passed Public Act 96-1460 making it simpler for students to carry and self-administer rescue inhalers at school. 

    To learn more about asthma control and management, visit CDC at


    Congratulations WIC!!!

    We want to congratulate our WIC Team for taking 2nd place at the 2014 WIC Training and Educational Conference Poster Contest.  This years them was Wizard of Oz.  Congratulations gals!

      Why Recycle??
        Recycling may require a few extra minutes and conscious commitment.  However, by recycling, the negative impacts on the environment can be minimized and promote a safer and more sustainable community. 
        Recycling conserves energy and our natural resources, saves landfill space, as well as reduces water and air pollution.  As environmental awareness increases, recycling increases in relevance.
        The common montra Reduce, Reuse, Recycle combined with purchasing recycled products comprise a comprehensive waste and resource reduction strategy that benefits our natural world.  For every 1,000 tons of recycled material, 15 jobs are created as compared to less than one job created by land filling the material.
        The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 70% of the waste Americans produce could be recycled.
        The Morgan County Health Department has dedicated a section of our website for information and education to help you with your recycling efforts.
        Recycling is a very important part of our countys waste management.  Click on the page at the left for more information about recycling opportunities in Morgan County.


    WE NEED YOU!!!

    A disaster can strike anywhere, whether it’s a hazardous material or weapons of mass destruction or a natural disaster like a tornado or flood.   Problems arising from emergencies and disasters pose a threat to human health, well-being, and survival.


        In the event of a disaster, the health department would need volunteers to help us help the citizens of Morgan County.  We will need medical staff as well as support and environmental staff.  If  you would be interested in being on our list, please fill out the Volunteer application and send it to us.


      Click here for the Volunteer Application.


     Thank you for your support!