Flu Season, Springfield Illinois, Taylorville Illinois

Flu season isn’t over yet!

We don’t yet know if flu season has peaked. There’s still time to get the flu shot if you are at risk. Everyone six months or older should get vaccinated. Furthermore, the CDC recommends that children under two and individuals with medical conditions should also get a pneumococcal vaccination to prevent pneumonia. 

If you get the flu you’ll know about it. Flu symptoms are much worse than the common cold. They come on suddenly, whereas cold symptoms are gradual. If you have flu you can expect a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, chills, and aching muscles. If you suspect that you have the flu call your healthcare provider as they may want to prescribe antiviral drugs to help reduce the severity and duration of your illness. 

If you are still planning on getting a flu shot do so sooner rather than later because it takes 10 to 14 days for your body to develop immunity. Getting the flu shot doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t get the flu but if you do it may lessen the severity of your illness. 

In addition to getting vaccinated, there are measures you can take to limit exposure to the virus. Flu germs spread when people who are sick don’t cover their mouth and nose when they sneeze and cough. If you use a tissue make sure you dispose of it quickly and wash your hands. If there is no tissue use the crook of your elbow. 

As a general rule, it’s a good idea to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Flu germs can live for two to eight hours on hard services, which is why the illness can spread so easily. Wash your hands regularly and teach your children to do the same. The most effective way to wash your hands is run them under warm water, add soap, scrub for at least 20 seconds, rinse and dry. It’s important to wash your hands every time you use the bathroom, before you eat, and when you arrive home.

If family or friends have symptoms stay away until they are back to full health. If someone in your immediate family is sick keep them home, limit close contact, change sleeping arrangements if necessary, and avoid sharing washcloths, towels, dishes, toys, and utensils. Most people remain contagious up to a week after their first symptoms. 

Clean frequently to avoid the spread of germs. Disinfect (or throw away) kitchen sponges and dishcloths, and regularly clean cutting boards, surfaces, floors, sinks, and toilets. 

In addition to the above, make sure you’re getting enough sleep, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, drink lots of fluids, exercise regularly and manage your stress. 

Central Counties Health Center, Children's Health, Dental Care, Healthy Lifestyle, Jacksonville Illinois, Springfield Illinois

Do you know how to care for your child’s teeth?

Most children will have a full set of baby teeth by the time they are three years old. Teeth are at risk of decay the moment they appear. However, tooth decay is preventable.

Start cleaning your baby’s mouth the first few days after birth by wiping his or her gums with a clean moist washcloth.

Begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they come through and continue to brush twice daily until your child is comfortable doing it itself. Be sure to use a child-size toothbrush and a pea-sized amount (for children three and above) of fluoride toothpaste. For children less than three years use a smear of fluoride toothpaste. It’s always a good idea to supervise children’s brushing and remind them not to swallow the toothpaste.

As soon as your child’s first tooth appears it’s time to schedule a dental visit. The first dental visit should take place within six months of the first tooth appearing and not later than your child’s first birthday. Our dentists will even go to the pediatric side to do a visual exam with a child when called by the pediatrician. This introduces the child and parent to the dentist and many times they establish care after that initial visual exam. This is just one of the things we do to improve the oral healthcare of the children we serve.

The first visit to the dentist is mainly to examine your child’s mouth, check growth and development, discuss diet and hygiene, but it’s also an opportunity to help make your child comfortable with the process.

Here are five ways you can help in the fight against tooth decay:

  • Don’t share utensils with your child as you could transfer cavity-causing germs.

  • Feed them a healthy and nutritious diet.

  • Use fluoride toothpaste.

  • Make sure your child’s initial dental visit is no later than his or her first birthday.

  • Brush your child’s teeth for two minutes twice a day.


We offer a range of dental services for adults and children in Springfield & Jacksonville.

Call 217-788-2300 for more information or to book an appointment.

Springfield Illinois, Uncategorized

FREE activities available to the public in Springfield and Jacksonville

Each month there are free activities available to the public in Springfield and Jacksonville that many may not know about.  Here are some highlights for this month and next month – be sure to check some of them out!


Saturday, February 9 from 2pm to close

The Barnes & Noble Kids’ Book Hangout in Springfield

Grades 1 to 6 discover your favorite book with 20% off all young reader titles

Enjoy fun games and activities and more surprises, FREE book swag and confetti cupcakes for a $1.


Lincoln Library, The Public Library of Springfield, IL

Spring story time with reading, writing, talking, singing, and play!

Toddler story time Mondays at 10.15am

Infant story time Mondays at 11am

Preschool Storytime Thursday at 10.30am

No registration required.


Tuesday, February 12

FREE admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum to celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday

10am to 2pm Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln will be on site

10am to 3pm games, crafts and history detective for kids

1pm to 2pm Navy Band Great Lakes Woodwind Quintet & Brass Quintet performance


Tuesday, February 12 7pm to 7.30pm at Jacksonville Public Library 201 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL

Kids’ Corner: Stir It Up

This is a monthly cooking group for kids and their adults. In February the group is making snack mix squares and decorating recipe boxes.


Thursday, February 14

Senior Services of Central Illinois in Springfield

1950s and 1960s Valentine Fun Day from 11am to 1pm in the dining room.

There will be a twist contest, mashed potato contest, swim dance contest, green rivers, and cherry cokes.


Prom it Forward

The downtown YMCA in Springfield wants each girl to find the perfect prom dress, shoes, and accessories for their big night.

There are three different days where dresses and accessories will be available in exchange for a minimum donation to Strong Kids. Girls are welcome to shop on more than one occasion. Shop dates are:

February 24 from 1 to 3pm

March 24 from 1 to 3pm

April 28 from 1 to 3pm

For more information contact Allison Buzick at


Saturday, March 30th from 1pm to 3pm at the downtown YMCA 701 S. 4th St

Junior Leagues Kids in the Kitchen

The Junior League of Springfield is inviting Springfield and surrounding area children and their families to participate in its 2019 Kids in the Kitchen event. Kids will learn about making healthy choices. The four activity stations will include healthy habits for eating, hand washing, exercising, and more. Ages five to 12. FREE admission.

Register online and obtain more details at


St Patrick’s Day craft class at Jacksonville Public Library Meeting Room

Wednesday, February 20

Contact Bridget on 217-243-5435 for more information

Healthy Lifestyle, Polar Vortex, Springfield Illinois, Staying Warm, Uncategorized, Weather

Stay warm and safe during the cold snap

With more freezing temperatures expected this week we want everyone to stay warm and safe during the cold snap.

First and foremost, if you have elderly neighbors, family or friends close by check on them, especially if they have health problems. It’s important they take their medicines regularly and eat enough warm food.

Hot meals keep you warm so make sure you are having at least one hot meal a day and drinking plenty too. Try to get plenty of nutrients and vitamins by including a range of foods in your diet. Aim for five portions of fruit or veg a day and remember that frozen fruit and vegetables are as good as fresh.

In winter it’s not unusual to feel down so try to keep to your routine and if you can’t visit family or friends give them a call. It can really help to do something you enjoy every day.

If you’re stuck indoors get up from the sofa at least once an hour to stretch your legs.

It’s important you put several layers of clothing on when you do venture outdoors, especially children. Make sure their head, neck, and hands are covered. Scarves and hood strings can strangle small children so use other clothing to keep them warm. Clothes made from cotton, wool, or fleece help maintain body heat.

Kids will often want to play outside in the snow even if they are cold, make sure you are checking them so that they don’t get too cold.

Keep youngsters hydrated; in drier winter air kids lose more water through their breath. Keep them drinking and trying warm drinks or soup.

If you aren’t mobile, 65 or older, or have health issues heat your home to at least 65 degrees. Keep your bedroom at this temperature all night if possible. Close blinds or draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts.

Children, those with health issues, and the elderly are most at risk during cold weather so do whatever you can to keep them safe and warm.

Central Counties Health Center, Get in shape, Healthy Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Six simple tips for getting in shape after the holidays

We all know how easy it is to overindulge during the holidays. That’s why we’ve put together six simple habits that will help you feel healthier, increase your energy levels, and set you up for a great year.


Stay hydrated

Drink plenty of water. Your body functions best when it’s hydrated. Drinking plenty of water flushes out toxins and excess sodium (salt). It also helps ease constipation.


Eat fiber-rich foods

During the holidays it was probably more of a challenge to stick with your regular eating habits. Your intake may have included foods with high sugar content and less fiber, especially if you were eating a lot of processed foods.


Eat regularly

During the holidays it’s more challenging to stick to a schedule. You should be eating breakfast within an hour of waking up and eating every three to five hours throughout the day. Start your day with a healthy meal, not one packed with sugar. Evenly spaced meals will help regulate your blood sugar and insulin levels and level out your appetite.


Get enough sleep

It’s really important to get the right amount of sleep. If you have some catching up to do that’s ok. But also make sure you’re not oversleeping.


Plan to exercise

If your exercise plan went out of the window, it’s time to get back on track. If you’re struggling to get back to your routine there’s no harm in creating a plan. Your workout regime will depend on your health, age, diet, schedule, and goals. If the weather is preventing you from heading outdoors you could walk in the mall or follow a workout on YouTube at home.


Be kind to yourself

If your intention is to improve your overall health in 2019 don’t be too hard on yourself. Take it one step at a time. You can make big improvements to your diet by making small changes. If you’re not used to working out start slow; take a walk around the block during your lunch hour, kick a ball around the park with the grandkids, or find a beginners exercise class on YouTube. When it comes to your diet the best policy is eat a balanced one with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, not too much sugar or saturated fat, lots of fiber, and don’t forget protein.

Springfield Illinois, Taylorville Illinois

2018 was a fantastic year for Central Counties Health Centers

As 2018 comes to a close we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our patients, staff, and providers for another fantastic year at Central Counties Health Centers (CCHC).

This year we served more patients than any other year prior and grew to over 100 staff members across all locations.

We celebrated one year of service at our Hope Dental Pavilion and Taylorville locations, expanded our hours in Jacksonville and at St. John’s Hospital Dental Clinic, and added pediatrics to our Taylorville and Jacksonville locations.

We implemented a Medication Assisted Treatment program to help address the opioid epidemic. We also embedded a patient navigator staff into the emergency room at St. John’s Hospital in order to create a seamless transition from ER to a CCHC medical home – as well as increasing access to other much-needed services. We successfully completed an Operational Site Visit  – indicating CCHC is in compliance with all regulations and continues to provide quality, affordable health care for our community.

We partnered with Central Illinois Foodbank to provide access to fresh produce on a regular basis at the health center to our patients. We joined forces with SIU School of Medicine Endocrinology Department to provide access to free Diabetes Education classes for CCHC patients – our next class is on Tuesday, January 15 and if you are interested in participating please call calling Vickie at 788-2381 and leave your name and number.

We also explored telehealth options, which will further increase access to health care for those in need and hosted several legislators touring the facility and learning more about CCHC over the past year.

We’re looking forward to 2019 and celebrating 20 years of service to our community.

Merry Christmas and a very happy new year from all of us at CCHC!

Taylorville Illinois

Resources Available for Taylorville Community

Whether you were affected by the tornadoes on Saturday, December 1 or you’d like to support those in the Taylorville community that need additional support here are some of the ways you can help and get help.

In addition to the below we recommend following the Christian County Severe Weather and Disaster Recovery Facebook page, which is constantly being updating with new resources.


Multi Agency Resource Center (MARC)

This is your one stop shop for assistance located at VisionWay Conference Center

1124 N Webster St, Taylorville, IL 62568.

Agencies will be there:

  • IL Department of Insurance
  • IL Department of Human Services
  • City of Taylorville
  • Red Cross
  • Lutheran Early Response Team
  • Many more agencies

For more information call 217-824-6622.


Taylorville Emergency Food Pantry at Taylorville Ministerial Association 1429 East Main Cross (behind the driver’s license facility) open Tuesday 8.30am to 10 am, Thursday 5.30pm to 7pm and Saturday 8.30 to 9.30am*

  • First responders/clean up crews – hot meals, drinks offered all day no charge
  • Items needed – diapers, wipes, baby food, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, bottled water, items that do not require cooking/heat as a lot of homes do not have a way to cook at this time.

Contact is Amy Hagen 217/820-5174, Pam Moses 217/454-6105, or visit for more information.

*If a vehicle in parking lot, knock on the door. If someone is there, they are accepting donations and giving out food, clothing.


CEFS Christian County Outreach in Taylorville

Located at 220 W. Franklin, Taylorville IL 62568. For more information call Jodi Rusher, outreach coordinator, 217/824-4712 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Applications must be completed at the office for assistance with the following:

  • Patching of roofs (not replacement)
  • Tarps
  • Electricity repairs on houses to get the electrical restored to their residence (weatherhead repairs)
  • Cleanup costs
  • Temporary lodging
  • First month’s rent/deposit (if not covered by insurance)
  • Emergency groceries
  • Clothing

Services are provided based on income. Assistance cannot be provided for construction repairs to residences or purchases of property.


Emergency shelter

Crossroads Apostolic Ministries located at 212 Jaycee Drive Taylorville, IL 62568. For more information call 217/824-5683.

The Red Cross has volunteers at the shelter – clothing assistance, food, and blankets.


Emergency monetary assistance for food, clothing, medicine, and school supplies

Contact Lt. Scott Woods with the Christian County Sheriff’s Department on 217/824-4961.


Free storage from U-Haul

30 Days free self-storage UBox Containers

Contact UHaul Moving and Storage:







Central IL Public Transit – call 855-755-2478


Free debris, tree removal, and tarp services

Please contact Rubicon or IL Southern Baptist Disaster Relief at 217/824-3100 or 618/499-2215 stationed at Christian County Fairgrounds or Lutheran Disaster Response Team (LERT) at 217-220-0162 to file work order – located at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1010 N. Webster St. They are credentialed through IEMA and recognized by FEMA.


Free tree service

Contact Mike Stanley at 217/358-8794if you do not have insurance or the means to take care of it.


Red Cross – CALL 844-319-6560

Stationed at the Taylorville Fire Department providing sheltering, meals and other services free to those affected.


KROGER – boxes available FREE at 201 E Bidwell St or call 217/824-2911


Warming Center  – hot coffee, chocolate, and water

Taylorville Care Center, 600 S Houston St, Taylorville

  • Open to area residents and volunteers for a free cup of hot coffee, hot chocolate and water is available.
  • Public Restrooms available
  • To warm up


Christian County Animal Control

  • Taking in any animals displaced by the tornado
  • Asking for donations of blankets, towels, old pillows, fabric for beds, paper towels, cleaning supplies like Lysol wipes and disinfectants, cat or dog supplies including cages
  • Need foster assistance for dogs and cats

Christian County Animal Control is located at 300 S. Baughman Rd, Taylorville. Call 217/824-5433 for more information.


Christian County YMCA – warming center, showers, and charge devices

Doors open to anyone in the area, members or non-members that need a warm place

  • Showers available
  • Charge your electronic devices
  • Open normal business hours


Cell Tech Solutions at 105 E Market, Taylorville

  • Charge your phones
  • Coffee, cookies, relax


Autozone at 203 E Bidwell, Taylorville

  • Free case of water for anyone needing it


Palomino Club/Tina Blazier – Christmas donation at 1101 N Webster, 217/287-7262

  • Accepting donations of toys, hats, coats, gloves, monetary donations to assist is providing Christmas to children of families affected


Taylorville VFW Riders – Toys for Tots  at 515 N. West Avenue, Taylorville


  • Bring unwrapped toys to the Taylorville VFW


Monetary donations can be sent to the following agencies:

Missions for Taylorville, C/O City Hall 115 N. Main Taylorville, IL 62568 or account is setup through US Bank – Taylorville.