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Posted on: January 4, 2019

Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases

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Take action to protect yourself and your family from the flu and colds. Prevention is the key.

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Posted on: November 27, 2018

McLean County Health Department to Mark World AIDS Day with a Tree Lighting on World AIDS Day Eve

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World AIDS Day is commemorated each year on the 1st of December and is an opportunity for communities around the world to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and remember those who have passed away.

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Posted on: October 17, 2018

McLean County Health Department Offering Free (or Reduced Cost) Hep A Vaccine for People At-Risk

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The McLean County Health Department, in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health, is offering free (reduced cost) hepatitis A vaccine to people at the greatest risk of becoming infected in our community.

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Posted on: October 16, 2018

McLean County Health Department Says, Don’t Wait – Get your Flu Shot Today!

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Stand united with the McLean County Health Department in efforts to keep seasonal flu from disrupting lives in McLean County by getting a seasonal flu vaccination.

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Posted on: October 10, 2018

Nominations Sought for the 25th Annual Public Health Award

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Every November, the McLean County Health Department accepts nominations for a Public Health Award. Your nomination recognizes a McLean County resident whose actions or involvement in the community results in healthier people or healthier spaces.

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Posted on: September 19, 2018

Positive Bird a Reminder of the Continued Presence of West Nile Virus in McLean County

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The McLean County Health Department has received notification that a bird from the 61704 zip code area has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).

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Posted on: September 5, 2018

McLean County Health Department Holding Full-Scale Exercise

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The McLean County Health Department will host a full-scale mass dispensing exercise from 8:15 a.m. until 12 noon on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Redbird Arena on the Illinois State University campus.

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Posted on: August 13, 2018

Back-to-School Walk-In Immunization Clinics

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With many young people returning to school this week, the McLean County Health Department is advising parents to make sure their children have met the back-to-school immunization and dental requirements...

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

Here’s to Health, Safety, and Summer!

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Summer has officially started! It’s the time for cookouts, exploring the great outdoors, and spending time at the pool.

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Posted on: June 21, 2018

Health Department offering free HIV testing June 26th

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In honor of National HIV Testing Day, the McLean County Health Department will offer free, confidential HIV testing and counseling on Tuesday, June 26th, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in room 139.

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Posted on: June 12, 2018

Positive Mosquito Pool the first sign of West Nile Virus Presence in McLean County

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A mosquito pool collected on June 8th from a trap set in the 61705 zip code area has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), the first positive test for 2018.

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

West Nile Virus Surveillance Begins

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It’s time to start thinking about mosquitoes again and taking steps to protect against the diseases they can carry.

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Posted on: March 29, 2018

Take A Walk with Us

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During the celebration of National Public Health Week the McLean County Health Department encourages residents to consider how they can help create a healthier McLean County by making small changes to improve their own health.

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Posted on: March 19, 2018

McLean County Health Department Requesting Proposals for Behavioral Health Programming

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The McLean County Health Department is requesting proposals for calendar year 2019 behavioral health program funding.

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Posted on: March 13, 2018

AmeriCorps Members Serving at the Health Department Get Things Done in McLean County

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Making people safer, stronger and healthier; strengthening communities; and getting things done for America are core reasons why people choose to become AmeriCorps members.

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Posted on: February 26, 2018

McLean County Health Department Requesting Proposals for Development Disability Programming

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The McLean County Health Department is requesting proposals for calendar year 2019 developmental/intellectual disability program funding.

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Posted on: January 30, 2018

Behavioral Health Social Media Campaign Launching in February

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A year-long social media campaign aimed at informing and educating the community about behavioral health topics and conditions is launching on February 1st.

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Posted on: January 22, 2018

McLean County WIC Program Not Impacted by Lapse in Appropriations

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The McLean County Health Department wants County residents to know that the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) remains fully operational.

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Posted on: January 11, 2018

Health Department Encourages Participation in Getting to Zero Town Hall

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There’s a movement underway and everyone is invited to take part.

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Posted on: January 3, 2018

2017 Health Department Employee of the Year Chosen

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Hannah Emerson, Office Support Specialist II in the Maternal Child Health Division at the McLean County Health Department was selected as the 2017 Alice J. Olsson Memorial Employee of the Year.

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Posted on: December 21, 2017

2018 Mental Health First Aid Training Classes Announced

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Staff at the McLean County Health Department are encouraged by the fact that 1,200 individuals have attended a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training since the course was first offered in McLean County in 2014, but note they still have a long way to go.

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Posted on: December 15, 2017

Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases

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Take action to protect yourself and your family from the flu and colds and make the holiday season one that is truly merry and bright.

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Posted on: December 13, 2017

McLean County Health Department Welcomes New Director

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The McLean County Health Department welcomes Camille Rodriguez as its new director after its Board of Directors voted to appoint Ms. Rodriguez in their meeting this evening.

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Posted on: November 29, 2017

Events Planned to Mark World AIDS Day

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World AIDS Day is commemorated each year on the 1st of December and is an opportunity for every community to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and remember those who have passed away.

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Posted on: November 9, 2017

McLean County Board of Health presents 2017 Public Health Award

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Colleen O’Connor, CPS, CADC, a powerful voice in teen suicide prevention efforts in McLean County, was awarded the 2017 McLean County Public Health Award by the McLean County Board of Health at a reception held before the Board of Health meeting.

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Posted on: October 30, 2017

Flu Vaccination and WIC Walk-In Clinics at McLean County Health Department this Saturday

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The McLean County Health Department will be holding a walk-in flu immunization clinic for adults age 19 and up on Saturday, November 4th from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the health department.

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Posted on: October 10, 2017

Nominations Sought for the 25th Annual Public Health Award

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The McLean County Health Department is seeking nominations for the 2017 Public Health Award.

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

McLean County Health Department Offering Family and Adult Seasonal Flu Clinics

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McLean County is standing united once more in the battle against the seasonal flu virus with local businesses and agencies joining with the McLean County Health Department to make flu immunizations convenient for adults and families.

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Posted on: August 31, 2017

Second mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile Virus

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A second mosquito pool has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The mosquito pool was again from the 61705 zip code area, but this time from an area west of Bloomington.

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Posted on: August 31, 2017

McLean County 377 Board Welcomes Vern McGinnis as President

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The McLean County Board for Care and Treatment of Persons with a Developmental Disability (377 Board) installed Vern McGinnis as the new president at its July meeting.

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Posted on: August 7, 2017

Positive Mosquito Pool the first sign of West Nile Virus Presence in McLean County

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A mosquito pool collected on August 1st from a trap set in the 61705 zip code area has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV), the first positive test for 2017.

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Posted on: August 2, 2017

Two Campaigns Focus on Breastfeeding Awareness in August

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The month of August shines a spotlight on the benefits of breastfeeding and the challenges still to be overcome on the journey to greater acceptance and support of breastfeeding women.

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Posted on: July 21, 2017

Kids are Kickin’ Asthma with the McLean County Health Department

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Did you know McLean County residents have higher rates of asthma than the rest of Illinois?

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

McLean County Health Department Site of Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training

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The McLean County Health Department as part of the Mental Health First Aid Collaborative is hosting a Mental Health First Aid instructor certification training class June 12 through June 16 at the McLean County Health Department.

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

National HIV Testing Day: We’re Doing It

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In observance of National HIV Testing Day, the Personal Health Services Department at the McLean County Health Department will offer free, confidential HIV testing and counseling on Tuesday June 27th, from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in room 139.

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Posted on: June 6, 2017

Health Department Seeing Rise in McLean County Mumps Cases

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A recent rise in confirmed mumps cases not tied to the previously reported outbreak at Illinois State University in March is prompting the McLean County Health Department to alert residents of the presence of mumps in the community and strongly encourage

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Posted on: May 30, 2017

Make Swimming Healthy and Safe this Summer

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As the temperatures rise this summer, so will the number of cases of recreational water illnesses (RWIs) as more and more people visit public pools and other water play areas.

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Posted on: May 18, 2017

West Nile Virus Surveillance Activities Have Begun

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With the mild winter and recent summer-like temperatures, mosquitoes are out early in McLean County prompting the McLean County Health Department to begin accepting birds for testing for the presence of West Nile virus.

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Posted on: May 4, 2017

Behavioral Health Community Forum

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In 2015, the McLean County Board enlisted the assistance of stakeholders from across the community to develop the McLean County Mental Health Action Plan and to step up to the challenge of addressing behavioral health needs within the community.

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Posted on: April 25, 2017

Health Department Partnership leads to Fitness Program Pilot

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Something special is happening right now in McLean County and most people don’t even know it.

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Posted on: March 31, 2017

McLean County Health Department Invites the Community To Participate in National Public Health Week

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The McLean County Health Department wants residents to consider their health and the health of their family, friends, and neighbors next week during the celebration of National Public Health Week (April 2th until April 8th) by getting involved.

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Posted on: March 29, 2017

Mumps return to Illinois State University

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The McLean County Health Department has been able to link three confirmed cases of mumps by time or place to individuals on the campus of Illinois State University (ISU).

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Posted on: March 17, 2017

Hospitals Lift Visitor Restrictions Imposed During Flu Spike

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The current level of influenza activity in McLean County has lowered substantially prompting OSF St. Joseph Medical Center and Advocate BroMenn Medical Center to lift visitor restrictions imposed in February to protect against the spread of influenza.

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Posted on: March 15, 2017

McLean County Health Department Requesting Proposals for Behavioral Health Programming

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The McLean County Health Department is requesting proposals for calendar year 2018 behavioral health program funding.

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Posted on: March 1, 2017

McLean County Health Department Requesting Proposals for Development Disability Programming

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The McLean County Health Department is requesting proposals for calendar year 2018 developmental/intellectual disability program funding.

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Posted on: February 28, 2017

Spring-like Weather Brings Spring-like Storms Even in Winter Months

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The McLean County Health Department warns residents to be cautious and be prepared for possible severe weather this evening.

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Posted on: February 21, 2017

McLean County Community Health Improvement Plan Released

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In the second phase of the joint community health needs assessment (CHNA) process for McLean County involving the collaborative efforts of the McLean County Health Department, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, and the United

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Posted on: February 16, 2017

Coverston Anderson Named Interim Director of the McLean County Health Department

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The McLean County Board of Health has appointed Cathy Coverston Anderson to the position of interim director of the McLean County Health Department.

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Posted on: February 10, 2017

McLean County’s First Milk Depot Site To Open at the Health Department

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The McLean County Health Department has partnered with Chicago-area based Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes to open McLean County’s first milk depot site.

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Posted on: February 9, 2017

Increased Flu Activity Prompts Area Hospitals to Limit Visitors

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Due to an increase in influenza activity, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center and Advocate BroMenn Medical Center are asking the public to voluntarily limit hospital visits.

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Posted on: February 6, 2017

Walt Howe to Retire from the McLean County Health Department

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Walt Howe has announced that he will retire from the McLean County Health Department after leading the organization as director for nearly eight years.

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Posted on: January 3, 2017

Leigh Hayes named Health Department Employee of the Year

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Leigh Hayes, a case manager in the Family Case Management Division at the Mclean County Health Department was selected as the 2016 Alice J. Olsson Memorial Employee of the Year.

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Posted on: December 8, 2016

Cases of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Reported in McLean County

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Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough, is being reported in McLean County, prompting the McLean County Health Department to encourage residents to take preventative steps to avoid infection with the disease.

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Posted on: October 24, 2011

Lead Poisoning Prevention

October 23-29 is Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. Lead poisoning is entirely preventable, yet 250,000 US children have elevated blood-lead levels.

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Posted on: October 17, 2011

National Health Education Week

Nine out of 10 Americans do not have the knowledge or skills to make informed healthcare decisions. The 2011 National Health Education Week is dedicated to addressing health literacy.

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Posted on: October 3, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Take your breast health into your heads and learn about early detection methods through free breast health programs available from MCHD.

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Posted on: September 30, 2011

Flu Ends with You: New Flu Shot Clinics

MCHD will hold flu clinics for both children and adults every Tuesday in October at the health department. Information on times and eligibility available on our flu page.

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Posted on: September 27, 2011

World Rabies Day

September 28 is World Rabies Day. Vaccinating pets and staying away from wildlife are vital ways to stop rabies transmission to humans.

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Posted on: September 20, 2011

Public Health Award Nominations Sought

Do you know someone who has made a difference in the health of McLean County? If so, take a minute and nominate them for the 2011 Public Health Award.

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Posted on: September 16, 2011

Johnson Receives Red Ribbon Award

Congratulations to MCHD's Erin Johnson, who recieved the Opening the Door Red Ribbon Award at the Illinois Department of Public Health HIV/STD Conference for excellence in HIV counseling and care.

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Posted on: September 7, 2011

September is Preparedness Month

The best time to prepare for an emergency is before one hits. Are you prepared? Get a kit. Make a plan. Stay informed. Be involved.

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Posted on: August 23, 2011

2011 Flu Season

Flu season is just around the corner. The #1 way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot. The McLean County Health Department has clinics scheduled for elligible individuals.

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Posted on: August 2, 2011

World Breastfeeding Week 2011

August 1-7th is World Breastfeeding Week. Learn about all of the resources available to help you and baby successfully breastfeed.

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Posted on: July 19, 2011

Heat Wave 2011

Due to extreme temperatures, Cooling Centers have opened in McLean County.

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Posted on: June 27, 2011

National HIV Testing Day

25% of people with HIV in the US do not know they're infected. Take the test. Take control.

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Posted on: June 23, 2011

McLean County Wins Two Emergency Preparedness Awards

McLean County was recognized with two Director's Awards at the Illinois Public Health Emergency Preparedness Summit.

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