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COVID-19 Vaccinations:

COVID-19 Vaccination information:

To find a vaccination site near you visit this link:

Many of our local pharmacies are giving COVID-19 vaccinations.


COVID-19 Testing:

Free, at-home test kits are available while supplies last.

Please call your primary care physician to request a COVID-19 test. 

Walgreens and Physicians Immediate Care also do COVID-19 testing. 


Exposure & Testing Positive:

Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19:

What to Do If You Were Exposed to COVID-19:


Lee County Status:

A Variety of COVID related data can be found at this link:

If you would like to submit a complaint on a restaurant, bar, small business, work place or an employer please click here for the complaint form.

Forms can be submitted by
Lee County Health Department
309 S. Galena Ave, Suite 100
Dixon, IL 61021

Is your child up-to-date on their shots?
Not sure? Give us a call! 815-284-3371 Ext: 2124

Kindergarten – 1st Grade

4th dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria & Acellular Pertussis (DTap)
3rd dose of Inactivated Polio Virus
2nd dose of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

Annual Influenza vaccination
Final dose of Hepatitis A

2nd – 5th Grade

Proof of 2 doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

Annual Influenza vaccination
First dose Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) – If HPV series is started before age 15 only 2 doses are needed to complete the series.

6th – 12th Grade

Dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria & Acellular Pertussis (TDap)
3rd dose of Hepatitis B
Proof of 2 doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
First dose of Meningococcal (6th grade only)
Second dose of Meningococcal (12th grade only)

Annual Influenza vaccination
2nd to final dose Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) – If HPV series is started after age 15 3 doses are needed to complete the series
Meningococcal B

Hungry? Need help finding a meal?

St. Patrick Church
612 S. Highland Ave
5:00 – 6:00 PM
Loves and Fishes Meals to-go

Dixon Food Pantry
2001 W. 4th St
1:00 – 3:00 PM


KSB Hospital Circle Drive
403 E. First St
4:30 PM
Drive or walk up and get a meal to-go


McReynolds Towers
1000 Washington Ave
6:00 PM

Dixon Food Pantry
2001 W. 4th St
1:00 – 3:00 PM


KSB Hospital Circle Drive
403 E. First St
4:30 PM
Drive or walk up and get a meal to-go


Dixon Food Pantry
2001 W. 4th St
1:00 – 3:00 PM

LCHD LogoThe POC program is a “harm reduction” outreach program that offers many valuable services to people that have, currently are, or know someone who is injecting drugs.


• Risk reduction resources of your choosing
• Free & legal exchange of syringes
• Cotton
• Alcohol pads
• Water
• Cookers
• Free HIV antibody testing
• Free Hepatitis C testing
• Healthcare referral
• Referral for treatment
• Male & receptive partner condoms
• Overdose reversal training & Naloxone

Harm reduction outreach “is the philosophy and practice of respectfully collaborating with people to assist any positive change as a person defines it for him/herself and begins where the person is at with no biases or condemnation for the person’s chosen lifestyle”- The Chicago Recovery Alliance.

Our goals:

• To provide persons injecting a new syringe and needle for every injection, therefore reducing the risk of infections that can lead to lifelong health concerns.
• Disposal of syringes.
• To encourage “safer” practices.
• Provide education on overdose prevention (saving lives).
• Make referrals as determined by the needs of our clients.
     ° Referrals available for treatment through the safe passage program

Chicago Recovery Alliance Positive Change logo

If you are interested in our program or have questions call
 (815) 284-3371 Ext 2106

Our office is located at:
Lee County Health Department
309 Galena Avenue
Suite 100
Dixon IL, 61021

Our office is open from 8:00am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Do you know of someone at risk of an opioid overdose?

Naloxone reverses opioid overdose.

You can easily and safely administer Naloxone.


How to Identify and Opioid Overdose:

Look for these common signs:

  • The person won’t wake up even if you shake them or say their name
  • Breathing is slow or even stops
  • Lips and fingernails turn blue or gray
  • Skin gets pale and/or clammy

In case of an overdose:

  1. Administer one dose of Naloxone and call 911
    • If no reaction in 2-3 minutes give a second dose of Naloxone
  2. Do rescue breaths and/or chest compressions
    • Follow 911 dispatcher’s instructions
  3. After Naloxone
    • Stay with person for a t least 3 hours or until help arrives
Heroin is an Opioid but there are many other medications/drugs that are Opioids as well:
Generic / Brand Name

Heroin / N/A
Hydrocodone / Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab, Marco, Zohydro
Oxycodone / Percocet, OxyContin, Roxicodone, Percodan
Morphine / MSContin, Kadian, Embeda, Avinza
Codeine / Tylenol with Codeine, TyCo, Tylenol #3
Fentanyl / Duragesic
Hydromorphone / Dulaudid
Oxymorphone / Opana
Meperidine / Demerol
Methadone / Dolophine, Methadone
Buprenorphine / Suboxone, Subtex, Zubsolv, Bunavail, Butrans

For more information on Naloxone or if you would like to attend a training on how to administer Naloxone and obtain Naloxone give us a call.
(815) 284-3371 Ext: 2106

The Lee County Health Department is now participating in a Residential Sharps Collection Program

Examples of Sharps include: Needle, Syringe, Lancet or “fingerstick”, Auto-injector, Infusion set, or Connection needle/set.

In order to drop off your sharps at the Health Department they must be in approved sharps containers and an appointment to drop off must be made.  Please contact Jenny by email at or by calling 815-284-3371 and dialing extension 2106.


State of Illinois
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
March 2015

Safe Options for Home Needle Disposal

Solid Waste Receptacle being usedEvery year millions of people throughout the country use billions of needles, syringes, and lancets – also called sharps – to manage medical conditions at home. Finding ways to safely dispose of used medical sharps is an important public health priority.

Those who use sharps must be aware of proper disposal methods to avoid haphazard disposal habits and accidental exposure to used sharps. Although needle-stick injuries are occupational hazards for sanitation, house- keeping, and janitorial workers, children and pets are also at risk for being stuck by improperly discarded used sharps. Needle-stick injuries are a preventable health risk and specific actions can be taken to protect yourself and others.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has identified several types of safe and convenient disposal methods for people who give themselves medical injections. When possible, the following sharps disposal methods are preferred over placing the sharps in the solid waste receptacle:

Drop Off Collection Sites

Check with appropriate collection sites such as local doctors’ offices, hospitals, health clinics, pharmacies, health departments, community organizations, police and fire stations and medical waste facilities.

Please note, sharps are not accepted at Illinois Household Hazardous Waste Collection sites.

Mail back Programs

Mail-back programs may be available for individual use by sharps users, and can also serve as a disposal method for community collection sites. Used sharps are placed in special containers and are mailed in accordance with U.S. Postal Service requirements.

These programs work especially well for rural communities, facilities that don’t already have a medical waste pick-up service and individuals who wish to protect their privacy. These programs can reduce or eliminate the danger of sharps by entering into the waste stream. Please be aware that this service usually involves a fee.

SyringeHome sharp users should practice the following guidelines if the previously mentioned options are not available:

• Medical sharps may be placed in either a medical sharps container purchased from a pharmacy or health care provider, or in a heavy‐plastic or metal container.
• Household containers, such as plastic detergent bottles, can be used if heavy duty tape is used to secure the lid to the container and the words “Do Not Recycle” are written on the container with a permanent marker.
• Never place the container in the recycle bin.
• The container should also be puncture‐proof with a tight‐fitting lid.
• Please refrain from using a clear or glass container.
• Please do not overfill the containers.
• Please keep the containers out of reach from children and pets.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does “Medical Sharps” mean?
Medical Sharps (syringes, hypodermic needles, needles attached to tubing, lancets, etc.) are considered biohazardous medical waste. Since ‘sharps’ potentially have disease-carrying blood or other bodily fluids on them, which can live on these objects for over a week, they are capable of ‘injecting’ that contaminated blood or fluid into anyone who comes in contact with them.

What are sharps used for?
People use sharps to treat various kinds of medical conditions in the home, and the number of conditions treated at home with injectable medicines continues to rise.

If someone uses sharps for medical conditions that are not contagious (like diabetes or allergies), why is it important to dispose of the syringes, needles and lancets properly?
For those community workers and the general public who may come into contact with contaminated needles, the risk factor appears the same because it is impossible to know whether needles have been used on a diabetic cat or on a person with HIV. There are millions of people in the U.S. infected with hepatitis B and C, HIV, syphilis, or other contagious diseases which can be contracted from a stick with a used hypodermic needle.

Why can’t needles/syringes be thrown in the trash?
Some sharps users throw their used needles in the trash or flush them down the toilet. Used sharps left loose among other waste can hurt sanitation workers during collections, at sorting and recycling facilities, and at landfills, or become lodged in equipment, forcing workers to remove them by hand. Children, adults, and even pets are at risk for needle-stick injuries when sharps are disposed of improperly at home or in public settings like parks.

Solid Waste ReceptaclesFor More Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Provides links to state websites to learn more about public health laws and regulations affecting community syringe disposal options

Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal:
Home needle destruction devices sever, melt, or burn the needle For a list of vendors visit:

Earth 911 / Household Hazardous Waste Section:
Users can enter their zip code and view a list of sharps disposal programs available in their area

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA):
Learn about proper medication disposal in Illinois

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
1021 North Grand Avenue East
Post Office Box 19276
Springfield, Illinois 62794-9276

Phone: 217-782-3397
Fax: 217-782-9039

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