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Flu season is soon to be upon us

[OCT. 5, 2001]  Logan County Health Department will have flu and pneumonia immunizations available beginning Monday, Oct. 15. 

The flu and pneumonia shots will be available at the Health Department, 109 Third St., on a walk-in basis during normal business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on the Mobile Medical Van at regular scheduled times of operation. Both facilities are closed on Monday, Oct. 8, and Monday, Nov. 12.

The cost for flu shots is $14, and pneumonia shots are $17. Medicare will pay for flu and pneumonia shots; clients must bring their Medicare card to the clinics with them. Medicaid will also pay for flu shots; clients must bring their Medicaid card with them.

People at high risk should get the flu shot as soon as the vaccine is available. Those at high risk include:

•  People 65 years of age or older.

•  People with serious long-term health problems.

•  People with immune system problems.

•  Women who will be in second or third trimester of pregnancy during flu season.

•  Children receiving long-term aspirin therapy.

•  Employees of nursing homes or other chronic care facilities.

•  Health-care workers or anyone coming in close contact with people at risk of serious influenza.



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Everyone else should wait until November for flu shots. October and November are the optimal months for receiving flu vaccination. Centers for Disease Control recommends, however, that vaccination continues into December, January and beyond — as long as vaccine is available.

Flu clinics on Monday, Oct. 22, and Monday, Oct. 29, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. are recommended for women only, as Logan County Health Department will also offer free osteoporosis screenings and breast cancer awareness information, along with flu shots. Women over 50 years of age are encouraged to get the free bone density screening as well as educational materials. The bone density screenings will be done by radiology technicians at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. The screenings are funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Women’s Health. No other Health Department services will be available during these times except WIC.

For more information, contact Logan County Health Department at (217) 735-2317.

[News release]


Health Matters

A monthly feature from  Logan County Health Department

October is National Breast
Cancer Awareness Month

[OCT. 1, 2001]  Today, one out of every eight American women will develop breast cancer at some point in her lifetime. (Male breast cancer incidence is small, but it is important to know the disease can affect men.) The most important thing for you to remember is that breast cancer is best treated when found early. Total breast health is the key to early detection.

How should you look for breast cancer? There are several early detection methods:

Mammogram or X-ray — A mammogram is a special breast X-ray that can detect 90 percent of cancers — even before a lump can be felt. The American Cancer Society recommends that women have annual mammograms beginning at age 40.

Clinical examination — Women should have their breasts checked by a health professional once each year. It is important to remember that most lumps found in the breast are not cancerous. However, any lump needs to be checked by a doctor as soon as it is found. Again, breast cancer can be treated best when it is diagnosed as early as possible.

Breast Self-Examination — Beginning at age 20, all women should check their breasts monthly. Look for:

•  Any lump or thickening in the breasts.

•  Any change in skin texture or in breast size or shape, or a nipple discharge (fluid coming from the nipple).

The National Cancer Institute recommends that women follow these steps in doing monthly breast self-examinations:

1. Stand in front of a mirror that is large enough for you to see your breast clearly. Check each breast for anything unusual.

2. Watching closely in the mirror, clasp your hands behind your head and press your hands forward.

3. Next, press your hands firmly on your hips and bend slightly toward the mirror as you pull your shoulders and elbows forward.

4. Gently squeeze each nipple and look for a discharge.

5. Raise one arm. Use the pads of the three middle fingers of your other hand to check the breast and the surrounding area firmly, carefully and thoroughly. Some women like to use lotion or power to help their fingers glide easily over the skin. Or complete this step in the shower when your skin is soapy. Concentrate on feeling for any unusual lump or mass under the skin.



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Feel the tissue by pressing your fingers in small overlapping areas about the size of dime. Make sure to change the amount of pressure to feel all levels of breast tissue. To be sure you cover your whole breast, take your time and follow a definite pattern: lines, circles or dividing the breast into "wedges."

6. It is important to repeat Step 5 while you are lying down. Lie flat on your back, with one arm over your head and pillow or folded towel under the opposite shoulder. This position flattens the breast and makes it easier to check. Check each breast and the area around it very carefully using one of the patterns described above.

The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program is currently offered through the Logan County Health Department and covers the following counties: Sangamon, Macon, Morgan, Cass, Piatt, DeWitt, Mason, Menard, Logan and Shelby counties. Breast and cervical screening services are provided to eligible Illinois women. Eligible women may receive:

•  Information about breast and cervical cancer.

•  No-cost screening services, including mammograms, clinical breast examinations and Pap smears by health-care professionals in their area of residence.

•  Instructions on how to do a breast self-examination at home.

•  Referrals for follow-up medical attention if abnormal test results are received.

•  Reminders to return for annual screenings.

Screening services are provided to Illinois women who meet federal income guidelines. To find out if you are eligible, call (800) 269-4019 or call the Logan County Health Department at (217) 735-2317.

[News release]

Lincoln Park District


Red Cross

Oct. 17 blood drive postponed

The Heart of America Region of the American Red Cross has advised the local office that due to the large amount of blood donations recently it is necessary to cut back on a few blood drives. The blood drive scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Lincoln Sports Complex has been postponed.


October 2001

Monday, Oct. 22
SPONSOR: Logan County Health Department
WHO: Women
WHAT: Clinic offering flu shots, free bone density screening and breast cancer awareness information
WHERE: Logan County Health Department, 109 Third St.
8-11:30 am

Monday, Oct. 29
SPONSOR: Logan County Health Department
WHO: Women
WHAT: Clinic offering flu shots, free bone density screening and breast cancer awareness information
WHERE: Logan County Health Department, 109 Third St.
8-11:30 am


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Mobile health unit schedule

The Rural Health Partnership has announced the schedule for its mobile health unit. Effective Feb. 1, 2001, the unit will run as follows:


Morning: 9-11 a.m.



Afternoon: 1-3:30 p.m.


1st and 3rd


1st and 3rd



2nd and 4th

San Jose

2nd and 4th






Mount Pulaski



New Holland




1st, 2nd, 3rd





Friendship Manor-Lincoln


1st, 2nd, 4th





2nd and 4th




Maintenance/ special events


special events

The mobile health unit does not operate on the following dates/holidays during 2001:  Feb. 19 (President’s Day), April 13 (Good Friday), May 28 (Memorial Day), July 4 (Independence Day), Sept. 3 (Labor Day), Oct. 8 (Columbus Day), Nov. 12 (Veterans Day), Nov. 22-23 (Thanksgiving break), and Dec. 24 - Jan. 1, 2002 (Christmas break).

For more information on the mobile health unit schedule and services, contact Dayle Eldredge at (217) 732-2161, Ext. 409.

This family resource list to save and use is provided by the Healthy Communities Partnership (732-2161, Ext. 409) and the Healthy Families Task Force.         

Resources for Logan County families


Phone number



911 (Emergencies)
732-3911 (Office -- non-emergency)

911 Pekin St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital


315 Eighth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Aging (Department of)


421 E. Capitol, #100
Springfield, IL 62701-1789

American Cancer Society

546-7586 (24 hour)

1305 Wabash, Ste. J
Springfield, IL 62704

American Red Cross


125 S. Kickapoo
Lincoln, IL 62656

Catholic Social Services


310 S. Logan
Lincoln, IL 62656

Chamber of Commerce


303 S. Kickapoo St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Community Action (CIEDC)


1800 Fifth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Community Child Care Connection


1004 N. Milton Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702-443

Crisis Pregnancy Center


513 Pulaski St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

DCFS (Department of Children & Family Services)

(crisis hotline)

1100 Keokuk St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Heartland Community College GED Program


620 Broadway St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Hospice Care of Illinois

(24 hour)
732-2161, Ext. 444

720 N. Bond
Springfield, IL 62702

Housing Authority

732-6312 (24 hour)

1028 N. College St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Illinois Breast & Cervical Cancer Program


LCHD - 109 Third St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Illinois Department of Public Health


535 W. Jefferson
Springfield, IL 62761

Illinois Employment and Training Center (replaces JTPA office)


120 S. McLean St., Suite B
Farm Bureau Building
Lincoln, IL 62656

Legal Assistance Foundation

(217) 753-3300

730 E. Vine St., Ste. 214
Springfield, IL 62703

Library - Atlanta

(217) 648-2112

100 Race St.
Atlanta, IL 61723

Library - Elkhart

(217) 947-2313

121 E. Bohan
Elkhart, IL 62634

Library - Lincoln


725 Pekin St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Library - Mount Pulaski


320 N. Washington
Mount Pulaski, IL 62548

Lincoln Area YMCA


319 W. Kickapoo St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln/Logan Food Pantry


P.O. Box 773
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln Parents’ Center


100 S. Maple
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln Park District


1400 Primm Rd.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan County Department of Human Services (Public Aid)


1550 Fourth St., P.O. Box 310
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan County Health Department


109 Third St., P.O. Box 508
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan Mason Mental Health

(crisis line)

304 Eighth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan-Mason Rehabilitation Center


760 S. Postville Dr.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Oasis (Senior Citizens of Logan County)


501 Pulaski St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Project READ


620 Broadway St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Salvation Army


1501 N. Kickapoo
Lincoln, IL 62656

Senior Services of Central Illinois

(crisis line)

109 Third St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Sojourn Shelter & Service Inc.

(217) 726-5200 (24-hour hotline)

1800 Westchester Blvd.
Springfield, IL 62704

U. of I. Division of Specialized Care for Children



421 S. Grand Ave. West, 2nd Floor
Springfield, IL 62704

U. of I. Extension Service


122 S. McLean St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

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