Welcome To The
Effingham County Health Department
The mission of the Effingham County Health Department is to assure that high quality services and education in the area of public health, including personal and environmental health, are readily available and accessible to the residents of Effingham County. It is the expectation of the Health Department to inform and educate the community regarding the allocation of federal, state and local resources for public health, along with proper policy, procedures and compliance of public health requirements. The Effingham County Health Department strives on a daily basis to ensure a high level of health and safety among residents and families for the betterment of the community.
The purpose of the Effingham County Health Department is to improve and protect the health of the residents of Effingham County.
2013-2014 Influenza Season
The following are Effingham County Health Department 2012-2013 Flu Recommendations:
What do you need to know about this years flu?
- The flu season starts in the fall. But you can get the flu earlier or later in the year.
What are the symptoms of the flu?
- Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Not everyone may get a fever.
- Some people also have upset stomach and diarrhea.
What can you do if you get sick?
- Stay home! Do not go to work or school so you don't pass the flu to others.
- If you have flu symptoms, call your health care provider or clinic. Ask if you should come in for a visit.
- Most people can get over the flu at home.
- Get plenty of rest, drink fluids and take over-the-counter medicine for pain and fever. (Never give aspirin to children or teens).
What can you do to avoid the flu?
- Wash your hands often! Scrub for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your elbow.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- When possible, avoid being around people who are sick.
- Get enough sleep, eat healthy foods and be physically active.
Get your flu vaccine!
- Health Officials recommend that everyone over 6 months of age get vaccinated.
- Contact the Health Department at 217-342-9237 for vaccine availability.Return to Top of Page