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  • Flu Season

    It’s Not Too Late To Get A Flu Shot
    Flu continues to circulate
    SPRINGFIELD – The influenza activity level in Illinois remains widespread. Similar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports the number of influenza-related ICU admissions, influenza-related pediatric deaths, and influenza outbreaks. The most recent report shows 830 influenza-related ICU admissions, one influenza-related pediatric death, and 244 influenza outbreaks. Weekly reports can be found at
    “The most common influenza strain circulating in Illinois and across the country has been an influenza A strainH3N2, which tends to cause more severe illness,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “However, other strainsinfluenza B, often show up later in the season. If you still have not gotten a flu shot, it’s not too late. The vaccine will help protect you and those around you from the flu strains circulating this season.”
    Getting a flu shot can also reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, especially those who may not be able to be vaccinated, such as babies under six months. Anyone can get the flu, even healthy people. Getting a flu shot is the first and most important step in protecting you and those around you against flu viruses.
    Flu symptoms can include fever or feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, tiredness, and some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
    Flu is typically spread by droplets when someone with the flu talks, coughs, or sneezes. People can also get the flu by touching something, like a door handle, that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, eyes, or nose.
    On average, it’s about two days after being exposed to the flu before symptoms begin. However, you can pass the flu to someone roughly a day before you start experiencing those symptoms, and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.
    In addition to getting a flu shot, IDPH recommends following the 3 C’s: clean, cover, and contain.
     Clean – frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water.
     Cover – cover your cough and sneeze.
     Contain – contain your germs by staying home if you are sick.
    Influenza antiviral drugs can be a second line of defense for treatment of some who get sick with the flu. Many observational studies have found that in addition to lessening the duration and severity of symptoms, antiviral drugs can prevent flu complications. Because it is important to start antiviral medication quickly, high-risk patients should contact a health care professional at the first signs of influenza symptoms, which include sudden onset of fever, aches, chills, and tiredness.
    To find a location to get a flu shot in your community, check with your health care provider or local health department. You can also use the online Vaccine Finder.

  • Norovirus Clean-up and Disinfection

    All Clark County Food Establishments are required to have posted guidance and procedures on cleaning up diarrheal and vomiting accidents that could possibly be attributed to Norovirus. Per the CDC, Norovirus is the leading cause of illness and outbreaks from contaminated food in the United States. Most of these outbreaks occur in the food service settings like restaurants. Infected food workers are frequently the source of the outbreaks, often by touching ready-to-eat foods, such as raw fruits and vegetables, with their bare hands before serving them. However, any food served raw or handled after being cooked can get contaminated with Norovirus. Norovirus outbreaks can also occur from foods, such as oysters, fruits, and vegetables, that are contaminated at their source.

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  • Help Wanted

    Help Wanted: Environmental Health Practitioner/Sanitarian

    Contact: Cathy Hayden, Administrator

                    Clark County Health Department



    Environmental Health Practitioner/Sanitarian

    Clark County Health Department

    The Clark County Health Department in Martinsville, Illinois is currently seeking an Environmental Health Practitioner/Sanitarian. Applicants must be licensed (LEHP) or meet licensing requirements. For more information or to obtain an application please call 217-382-4207 or visit our website at  EOE 

  • Flu Season

    Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from the Flu

    Yearly influenza vaccination is recommended as the first and most important step in protecting yourself and your loved ones from influenza illness and the Clark County Health Department can provide this protection. Annual seasonal flu vaccination is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get the flu and lessen the chance that you will spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu illness can spread through the community.

    All people 6 months of age and older are recommended to receive an influenza vaccination each year. Depending on the vaccine types available to you, the 2017-2018 vaccine will protect against either three or four different influenza viruses.

    Vaccination is especially important for certain people who are at "high risk" of serious complications from seasonal flu. People at high risk include adults age 65 years and older, children younger than five years of age, pregnant women, and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions.

    In addition, people who live with or care for persons who are at increased risk of developing serious complications should be vaccinated. This includes household contacts and caregivers of young children (especially infants less than 6 months of age) and people with certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.

    Protection from the vaccine occurs within two weeks of vaccination and lasts throughout the flu season. If you don’t get it right away, you can still get vaccinated through the fall, winter, or spring since flu season usually peaks in January or February but often continues through May.

    Children aged 6 months through 8 years of age who have never received a seasonal flu vaccine need two doses of vaccine spaced at least 4 weeks apart. This flu season, other children in this age group may need two doses as well. For individuals 9 years of age and older, only one dose of vaccine is needed each flu season regardless of how early the vaccine is given.

    For more information on obtaining a flu shot please contact the health department at 217-382-4207.


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Emergency Contact Information

In the case of an emergency after business hours, please call the Clark County Sheriff's Department at 217-826-6393 or 9-1-1.