• 9th Aug, 2018
    Learn which vaccines you need during National Immunization Awareness Month

     
    SPRINGFIELD – When most people hear the words vaccine or immunization, they think about childhood vaccines.  And while vaccinating babies and children is critical to staying healthy, you never outgrow the need for immunizations.  During National Immunization Awareness Month, learn what vaccines you, your kids, and other family members need.
     
    “Vaccination is a shared responsibility,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Although you may be healthy and only experience mild illnesses from a vaccine preventable disease, you could pass that disease to people around you who may become seriously ill.  Babies who are too young to be vaccinated, older adults, and people with chronic conditions like...

  • 27th Jul, 2018
    Timely Testing and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis Can Save Lives

     
    SPRINGFIELD – In recognition of World Hepatitis Day, July 28, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is encouraging people to talk with a health care provider to see if they should be tested or vaccinated for hepatitis A, B, or C.  Viral hepatitis is caused by several different viruses that can infect the liver.  Each virus is transmitted differently, though in general, they are highly transmissible through bodily fluids, sexual contact, and contaminated water. 
     
    “A person with hepatitis B or C may not show symptoms for years or decades,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “According to the World Health Organization, at least 60 percent of liver cancer cases are due to late testing and treatment of viral hepatitis B and C. ...

  • 20th Jul, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to work with local, state, and federal public health officials to investigate an increase in the number of Cyclospora illnesses in counties all across Illinois. Since mid-May, IDPH has received confirmation of 243 cases of cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic Cyclospora parasite. Of those, 92 reported eating salads produced for McDonald’s restaurants in the days before becoming ill. A new outbreak of cyclosporiasis linked to a private event at Evanston Golf Club in Skokie, Illinois, was identified this week. Not all sources of illness have been identified.

    “Our investigation includes interviewing people who have become ill to learn what they ate, where they ate it, when, and if there are any commonalities,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Additionally, we’re...

  • 18th Jul, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the 2018 Second Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators is now posted on IDPH’s website.  The report contains additional information about the violations.
     
    The facilities listed below were cited with type “AA” or “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act and processed between April-June 2018.  An “AA” violation is cited when there is a condition or occurrence at the facility that proximately caused a resident’s death.  An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted.
     
    The following facilities were cited with “AA” violations and fined $50,000.

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  • 12th Jul, 2018
    Cyclosporiasis Cases Reported Across Illinois

     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received confirmation of approximately 90 cases of cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic Cyclospora parasite.  Cases have been reported in counties across Illinois with people becoming ill starting in mid-May.  The initial investigation indicates a link to consumption of McDonald’s salads produced for McDonald’s restaurants.  Approximately one-fourth of Illinois cases reported eating salads from McDonald’s in the days before they became ill.  The Iowa Department of Health has noted a similar increase in cases. 
     
    “Although a link has been made to salads sold in McDonald’s restaurants in some Illinois cases, public health officials continue to investigate other sources,”...

  • 11th Jul, 2018
    17 Bats Tested Positive for Rabies

     
    SPRINGFIELD – As bats become more active, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding people to beware of potentially rabid bats and other animals.  So far this year, 17 bats have tested positive for rabies. 
     
    “People can receive preventive treatment if they are exposed to an animal infected with rabies,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D.  “Although most bats are not infected with rabies, it’s important to avoid handling bats, get and keep your pets vaccinated, and make sure your home has no openings where bats can come in.”
     
    While the number of bats submitted for rabies testing has ranged from 1,300 to 1,700 each year over the past five years, the number testing positive for rabies is typically around three percent.  More bats are...

  • 10th Jul, 2018
    46 Programs Will Place More than 1,800 AmeriCorps Members in Over 70 counties
     

    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) today announced $20 million in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants to place 1,830 AmeriCorps Members in 46 programs to serve Illinois communities.  This is an increase of $2.5 million over last year, allowing AmeriCorps Members to serve in seven additional programs.  These awards include $7.4 million in education awards that AmeriCorps Members can use to pay for college after their term of service.  AmeriCorps programs will match these funds with an additional $15.7 million in local funding.  The total investment into Illinois communities will be $35.7 million.
     
    AmeriCorps Members dedicate up to one year...

  • 5th Jul, 2018
    Recognition program applications due August 1st 
     

    SPRINGFIELD – The Governor’s Office of the Illinois Bicentennial and the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) are now accepting applications for the Governor’s Hometown Awards program.  The program gives formal recognition to those who contributed to their community’s quality of life through projects that have strong volunteer support, meet a need, and make a definitive impact.
     
    “Much of what has been BORN, BUILT & GROWN in Illinois is thanks to community volunteers,” said Governor Rauner.  “As we celebrate Illinois’ bicentennial, it is important to recognize the strong communities and dedicated volunteers who have worked to make Illinois a great state.”
     
    Interested townships, villages, cities,...

  • 29th Jun, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – With hot weather and high humidity forecasted for the next several days, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D. is reminding people about the importance of staying cool in order to avoid heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
     
    “Hot weather can cause heat-related illness which ranges in severity from relatively mild heat cramps to life-threatening heat stroke.  It’s important for people to recognize the signs of heat-related illness and take action to prevent becoming sick,” said Director Shah.  “Normally, the body cools itself by sweating.  However, if temperatures and humidity are extremely high, sweating is not effective in maintaining the body’s normal temperature.  If the body does not cool properly or does not cool enough, a person may suffer a heat-related illness, which can become serious or even...

  • 28th Jun, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – Fire up the grill, whip up the potato salad, and know how to keep food safe for the Fourth of July holiday.  Whether you’re grilling out, packing a picnic, or getting a snack together to eat while you watch fireworks, there are some simple steps you can take that will reduce the chance of getting a foodborne illness.
     
    “One food safety essential is making sure food is at the proper temperature, whether it’s cooking it to the right temperature on the grill, or keeping it cold,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah.  “There is something called the ‘Danger Zone,’ when food sits at a temperature between 40ºF and 140ºF, which is when bacteria grow most rapidly.  Keeping food at the proper temperature, making sure there is no cross-contamination, and keeping hands and utensils clean are key to avoiding foodborne illness.”
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