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Heart Disease Takes the Lives of 1in 4 People Each Year


Learn the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease during American Heart Month

SPRINGFIELD – February is American Heart Month and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. encourages everyone to reduce their risk of heart disease and learn the warning signs of a heart attack.

“Heart disease is the single leading cause of death in Illinois and the United States.  Every year, approximately 600,000 individuals die in the United States from heart disease.  That amounts to 1 in every 4 deaths,” said Director Shah.  “But there are things you can do to reduce your risk – even small steps like using spices instead of salt to season your food.  Use American Heart Month as an opportunity to make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease.” 

The risk for developing heart disease depends on overall health, family history and health behaviors.  While family history can’t be changed, even modest changes to diet and lifestyle can improve heart health and lower the risk of heart disease by as much as 80 percent. 

Actions:  Basic actions to lower your risk of heart disease include:

©     Get active and eat healthy

©     Watch your weight

©     Control your cholesterol and blood pressure

©     Don't smoke

©     If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation

Symptoms:  Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort.  Signs of a heart attack include:

©     Chest pain or discomfort

©     Upper body pain or discomfort (arms, back, neck, jaw)

©     Shortness of breath

©     Lightheadedness

©     Nausea

©     Cold sweats

If someone shows signs of a heart attack, call 911 immediately. 

Even though heart disease is traditionally thought of as a “man’s disease,” approximately the same number of women, as men, die from it each year.  Despite increases in the past decade, just over half of women recognize heart disease as the leading killer of women.  To continue raising awareness of the significant role that heart disease plays in women’s health, IDPH is encouraging Illinoisans to celebrate National Wear Red Day with Go Red For Women on Friday, February 6, 2015. 

For more information about heart disease, visit     



March 27, 2015

10 am to noon

Morgan County Extension Office

104 North Westgate, Jacksonville


Dr. Andrew N. Miller, mycologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will discuss mushroom identification for many common mushrooms found in Illinois.  In addition, the Morgan County Health Department will present information for those wishing to sell mushrooms at farmers markets or other outlets.


Registration cost $10 per person.

To register, visit  or call 243-7424 by March 26

  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

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    A lot of information has been in the news lately about the measles.  Do you want more information about measles?  Follow this link:
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    For more information ---Call us  217-245-5111

      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!