COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CONTROL PROGRAM
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.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM
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 HPV facts and myths page
Remember to protect yourself and those you love from HPV infection by getting vaccinated.
ILLINOIS TOBACCO FREE COMMUNITIES (ITFC) PROGRAM
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.
ILLINOIS BREAST AND CERVICAL CANCER PROGRAM
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:
- 35-64 years of age for pap test
- 40-64 years of age for mammogram
- No health insurance coverage or coverage which does not pay for these
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.
TUBERCULOSIS (TB) PROGRAM
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.