Free colorectal cancer screening

The Shelby County Health Department is offering FIT kits to individuals, ages 50-75. FIT kits or Fecal Immunochemical Test kits, are simple and easy tools to screen for colon cancer that can be completed in the comfort of one’s home. FIT kits and other colorectal cancer screening tools work by detecting small, invisible amounts of blood that can come from colon polyps or early Colorectal Cancer.

If you are ages 50-75, and have not previously had a colonoscopy you may be eligible to receive a FIT kit from the Shelby County Health Department. FIT kits are FREE and can be brought back to the Health Department or returned by mail. 7 out of 10 people diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer have no symptoms. Call the Shelby County Health Department, at 217-774-9555, to see if you qualify for a FIT kit.

Seasonal walk-in flu clinics

The Shelby County Health Department has received its seasonal supply of flu vaccine. Walk-in Influenza and Pneumonia vaccination clinics for all adults age 19 and older has begun and is available Monday thru Friday from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM at the health department.

The Center for Disease Control recommends influenza vaccination for all adults yearly to be protected. Individuals should be vaccinated as soon as the vaccine becomes available. CDC guidelines recommend a pneumonia vaccination for all individuals 65 years of age and older. A booster is required if you were vaccinated for pneumonia before the age of 65.

The Shelby County Health Department is in network with many commercial insurance companies and is a Medicare participating provider. Medicare and Medicaid payments will be accepted full for Flu and Pneumonia vaccinations. Please bring your Medicare, Medicaid or Insurance card to the clinics.

For additional information please contact the Shelby County Health Department at 774-9555 Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Family Case Management Program

The Family Case Management Program (FCM) is a statewide program that helps income eligible clients with a pregnant woman, infant, or young child to obtain the health care services and other assistance they may need to have a healthy pregnancy and to promote the child’s healthy development.

The goals of the Family Case Management Program are to:

Provide access to primary health care

Identify and resolve service barriers

Provide health education to all eligible clients

Reduce infant mortality and morbidity

Reduce very low and low birth rates

The program serves pregnant women and infants in families that are below 200% of the federal poverty level at no cost to you. Local FCM programs develop close working relationships with physicians, hospitals, pharmacists and other specialty medical providers. The FCM program also collaborates (and develops signed working agreements) with community agencies to address barriers in accessing medical services, child care, transportation, housing, food, mental health needs and substance abuse services. Case management providers are extensions of the local Department of Human Service offices in that they serve as authorized agents for completing Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility (MPE) applications for pregnant women, and assist families in completing All Kids applications for their children health insurance.

Adult Wellness

The Shelby County Health Department will sponsor an adult wellness clinic on the first and third Monday of the month (excluding holidays) from 8:30 – 11:30 A.M. The clinic will be held on March 2 and 16. Cholesterol, glucose, hemoglobin and blood pressure screening will be offered at these clinics. Persons should not eat or drink after midnight the night before the test. Please call to schedule an appointment for these tests.

There is no fee for blood pressure check or blood glucose screening. Hemoglobin (anemia) test is $10.00. Total lipid profile including glucose is $20.00.

Questions should be directed to the health department at 1700 W.S. Third St., phone 774-9555 Monday-Friday, 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.

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