Maternal Child Health

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some of these services may not currently be available. Please call 815-544-9730.

Adverse Pregnancy Reporting System (APORS)

All infants and children identified as high risk and meeting APORS criteria are assessed by a registered nurse with specialized training in working with high-risk infants and children. The nurse case manager conducts home visits at scheduled intervals to assess medical, mental health, social, safety in the home, and parent/child interaction.

The nurse case manager conducts appropriate developmental screening, physical assessments, and refers families to appropriate agencies. Infants and children are followed until 24 months of age unless the nurse case manager indicates that services are no longer needed. Parents may terminate case management at anytime.

Childhood Immunizations

Childhood immunization clinics are held Wednesday afternoons by appointment. The following vaccines are available:

  • MMR - Measles, Mumps and Rubella
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis B
  • Haemophilus Influenza B (HiB)
  • Pneumococcal
  • Chicken Pox (Varicella)
  • Meningococcal
  • Rotavirus
  • HPV - Human Papillomavirus
  • Flu Shot (seasonal)

Immunization clinics are held on Wednesday afternoons. Please call ahead for an appointment.  We accept Medicaid.  If child is uninsured or underinsured, the cost per vaccine is $20.00.  Services will NOT be denied for inability to pay.  We bill Public Aid.  We DO NOT bill private insurance.  Please bring child's current immunization record.

For information on adult immunizations contact the Communicable Disease Nurse at the health department.

Flu Clinics are held in the fall each year and clinic schedules are available after September 1st.  We bill Medicare and Public Aid.  Call the health department for costs and current information.

Following are immunization schedules as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

Childhood Lead Testing and Screening

Blood lead testing is available for $20.00.  All children participating in our WIC program are screened for no charge at 12 months and annually thereafter for lead risks. Those at risk have a blood sample taken by fingerstick to determine their blood lead level. All parents receive education about the dangers of lead poisoning.  If a child is determined to have an elevated blood lead level, additional follow-up and educational services will be made available to their family. 

Family Case Management (FCM)

The Family Case Management (FCM) program serves pregnant women, infants up to one year of age in low-income families and Dept. of Children & Family Services (DCFS) wards. The program helps women have healthy babies and reduce the rate of infant mortality.
The FCM program conducts outreach activities to inform expectant women and new mothers of available services. It also assists women in obtaining prenatal and well-child care. Services are provided through both clinic and home visits. Additional home visits by a public health nurse are provided to the families of infants with medical problems. The program also assists families in completing applications for All Kids, the State of Illinois health insurance plan.

School Physicals

Annual school physicals are held in July and August each year for students entering Preschool, Kindergarten, 6th Grade, and 9th Grade. For more information call 815-544-9730.

Vision and Hearing Screening for Preschoolers

The Health Department offers vision and hearing screenings to children age three and up who attend private / parochial schools, and to those in licensed day care facilities and preschools. This service is not available to children in home day care centers.

The screening procedure used is not diagnostic in nature. Children who do not pass the vision and hearing screening tests are referred for further evaluation by a physician or optometrist.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

WIC is a special supplemental food program for Women, Infants and Children. The goal of the program is to improve pregnancy outcomes and early childhood development through nutrition interventions. Ultimately the goal is to decrease the families' dependency on government services.  Services provided through the WIC program include:

  • Child growth and development assessments and referral for services as needed
  • Food coupons for specified nutritious foods according to eligibility category
  • Nutrition education
  • Nutritional/Health Risk assessment which includes: height and weight measurements, hemoglobin and health history

Categories of Participants:

  • Pregnant Women
  • Breastfeeding Women (up to 12 months after delivery)
  • Children up to 5 years of age
  • Infants
  • Post Partum Women (up to 6 months after delivery)

Income Requirements:

Starting July 13, 2020, a new electronic sytem will replace the issuance of paper WIC coupons. The new system will be a WIC EBT card. See here for more details.

En Español: ¡Próximamente! La tarject EBT WIC de Illinois. 

Breastfeeding Peer Counselors

The breastfeeding peer counselor program provides you with a staff member who was/is a breastfeeding mom just like you.  She will be available to answer questions about breastfeeding during your pregnancy, through baby's first year and beyond.

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