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FDA Information on Vaping

Consumers are likely aware of the recent reports of respiratory illnesses — including some resulting in deaths – following the use of vaping products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local public health partners to investigate…
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Flu Immunizations

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health is offering seasonal influenza immunizations to the public starting September 23rd, 2019 at outbound locations and at their walk-in clinic located at 2833 South Grand Avenue East, Springfield. For more information visit: https://scdph.org/health-services/#flu-clinics .
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Free Naloxone Kits

Anyone that has an opioid use disorder, misuses prescription opiates, takes high doses of opioids prescribed for pain relief, or uses heroin is at risk for an opioid overdose. Care givers, family, friends, and community members can help prevent overdoses by carrying naloxone. To find out how to get a free kit, please call (217)…
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Gold Awards

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health (SCDPH) is pleased to announce the 2018 “Gold Award” recipients. This is the 21st year this award has been presented to Sangamon County food service establishments which have demonstrated superior commitment to food safety. The Gold Awards include all types of food service establishments except for seasonal and temporary…
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Sangamon County Department of Public Health
Sangamon County Department of Public Health2 hours ago
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. For more information about risk factors, warning signs, and support visit: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Related-Conditions/Risk-of-Suicide .
Sangamon County Department of Public Health
Sangamon County Department of Public Health24 hours ago
In 2016, there were almost 42 million licensed drivers ages 65 and older in the United States. Driving helps older adults stay mobile and independent. But the risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash increases as people age. Thankfully, there are steps that older adults can take to stay safer on the roads. Read more at: https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/older_adult_drivers/index.html .
Sangamon County Department of Public Health
Sangamon County Department of Public Health2 days ago
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. A mother's food and nutrition choices before and during pregnancy can greatly contribute to the future health of her children. Women living a healthy lifestyle deliver children with fewer birth defects and chronic health problems. Read more at: https://www.eatright.org/health/pregnancy/what-to-eat-when-expecting/a-healthy-start-to-reduce-childhood-obesity .
Sangamon County Department of Public Health
Sangamon County Department of Public Health3 days ago
Who Should Carry Naloxone?

People currently taking high doses of opioids as prescribed for pain
People misusing prescription opioids
People using opioids such as heroin or fentanyl
Care providers
Family and Friends of people who have an opioid use disorder
Community members who come into contact with people at risk for opioid overdose
Sangamon County Department of Public Health
Sangamon County Department of Public Health4 days ago
Approximately 40 million Americans wear contact lenses. In addition to offering flexibility and convenience, contacts help correct a variety of vision disorders. But contact lenses also present potential risks. Contact lenses are worn directly on your eyes and can lead to serious eye infections and corneal ulcers (sores) if you don’t care for the lenses properly—and if you don’t wear them properly. In rare cases, these conditions can lead to blindness. For tips on contact safety visit: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/focusing-contact-lens-safety