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  Learn about Who Needs A Flu Vaccine.

  • Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick from flu. Protecting yourself from flu also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.
  • Flu vaccination can help protect people who are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from flu, like older adults, people with chronic health conditions and young children (especially infants younger than 6 months old who are too young to get vaccinated).
  • Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
  • Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of more serious flu outcomes, like hospitalizations and deaths.
    • A recent study* showed that flu vaccine reduced children’s risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission by 74% during flu seasons from 2010-2012.
    • One study showed that flu vaccination was associated with a 71% reduction in flu-related hospitalizations among adults of all ages and a 77% reduction among adults 50 years of age and older during the 2011-2012 flu season.
    • Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions. Vaccination was associated with lower rates of some cardiac events among people with heart disease, especially among those who had had a cardiac event in the past year. Flu vaccination also has been shown to be associated with reduced hospitalizations among people with diabetes (79%) and chronic lung disease (52%).
    • Vaccination helps protect women during pregnancy and their babies for up to 6 months after they are born. One study showed that giving flu vaccine to pregnant women was 92% effective in preventing hospitalization of infants for flu.
    • Other studies have shown that vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-related hospitalizations in older adults. A study that looked at flu vaccine effectiveness over the course of three flu seasons estimated that flu vaccination lowered the risk of hospitalizations by 61% in people 50 years of age and older
    So, don't wait--vaccinate!!!  Getting your flu vaccine here at the Health Department helps to fund programs provided to our Morgan County families throughout the year.

    Vaccine is available: Mondays:10-12 and 1-6
                                     Tuesdays: 8-12 and 1-4
                                                            Thursdays and Fridays    8-12 and 1-4

    Ebola Update: CDC Response to 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa and Texas

    The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. One imported case from Liberia and associated locally acquired cases in healthcare workers have been reported in the United States. CDC and partners are taking precautions to prevent the further spread of Ebola within the United States.  For continuing information as well as precautions and traveling information, click on the following websites.

    24hr Ebola Hotlline--Available for Illinois residents who have questions about ebola.   800-889-3931


    Updated information about Ebola and Illinois response:



     National updated information from CDC (Center for Disease Control):



    Information from World Health Organization:


      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!