• 11th Jul, 2019
    IDPH Public Health Community Map Updates

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) proudly announces the addition of maternal and child health data to its Illinois Public Health Community Map.  The Community Map features information about the quality of and access to health care in communities throughout Illinois, as well as highlights socioeconomic, geographic, and racial/ethnic disparities. 
    “The addition of maternal and child health data can help clinicians, health care administrators, community stakeholders, and legislators identify areas where additional community resources and/or education are needed,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “These data will ultimately help us improve maternal and child health outcomes.” 
    Data categories for maternal and child...

  • 3rd Jul, 2019
    Vaccines to be provided for Children’s Health Insurance Plan and Vaccines For Children

    SPRINGFIELD – In its ongoing commitment to increasing vaccination rates across the state, the Pritzker administration is taking action to make vaccines more easily available for low-income children. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are announcing the availability of vaccines for children covered under the Children’s Health Insurance Plan through the Vaccines For Children (VFC) program.  Ordering vaccines for CHIP-eligible children through the VFC program will increase the number of providers for these vital services and help ensure vaccines are more readily available for low-income children.
    “Illinois is committed to every child being...

  • 2nd Jul, 2019
    Tobacco 21 reduces medical costs and improves Illinois’ health

    SPRINGFIELD – Effective July 1, 2019, people must now be at least 21-years-old to buy tobacco in Illinois, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, and vapes.  Governor JB Pritzker signed the initiative, known as Tobacco 21, on April 7, 2019.  Illinois was the 7th state in the U.S. (tied with Virginia) to implement raising the tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21 years.
    “I’m so proud that Illinois became the first state in the Midwest to raise the purchase age for tobacco to 21,” said Gov. Pritzker.  “This law will reduce costs for our state, make our schools and communities healthier places to learn and live, and most importantly, will save lives.  I am grateful to Senate President John Cullerton and our legislators in...

  • 27th Jun, 2019

    Four individuals at Advocate Christ Hospital test positive since 2018
    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is investigating four cases of Legionnaires’ disease in individuals who were at Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, two of whom were patients within the past two months.  The investigation is currently limited to this hospital. 
    IDPH is working with the hospital to collect information and further investigate these cases, including an on-site visit by IDPH this week to test the facility’s water.  The hospital is working with IDPH to strengthen its water management plan and implement multiple control measures.  
    IDPH has recommended the facility provide information to potentially impacted patients and families about Legionella. Additionally, IDPH recommended that the facility...

  • 17th Jun, 2019
    Adrenoleukodystrophy added as the 48th disorder

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is rolling out today a test for adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) for all newborn babies statewide.  ALD is a rare hereditary disorder that affects the brain, nervous system, and adrenal gland.  It affects approximately 1 in 20,000 births. 
    “Babies born with adrenoleukodystrophy have normal brains at birth.  However, progression of the disorder without treatment can be fatal,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “By adding ALD to the Illinois newborn screening panel, every baby born in Illinois will be tested for ALD.  Babies who test positive for this disorder can then receive therapies during the early stage of the disease.”
    Early diagnosis of babies with ALD can lead to...

  • 13th Jun, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Illinois Department of Public Health are working cooperatively with the Madison County Health Department and Village of Hamel, Illinois to provide residents with information following a hazardous materials spill in the community.
    On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at approximately 10:55 a.m., a semi-truck transporting Electric Arc Furnace Dust was involved in an incident at the intersection of West State and Hamel Ave. in Hamel, Illinois.  As a result, contents from the trailer were released into the air and onto the ground.  The product released was waste from steelmaking or smelting that contains heavy metals.  The responsible party has hired an environmental contractor to remediate the area.  The contractor is collecting the nearby food stand and its contents for disposal.  The contractor is also collecting samples from...

  • 11th Jun, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognizing the Illinois State Cancer Registry as a National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) Registry of Excellence.  The Illinois State Cancer Registry met all of the standards for data quality and completeness.
    “I would like to thank and congratulate all those who have worked so hard to make the Illinois State Cancer Registry one of the best in the country,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “The quality, completeness, and timeliness of the cancer data allows not only Illinois, but others to confidently use the data for cancer control activities and to address the physical, emotional, and financial burden of cancer in the U.S.”
    The Illinois State Cancer Registry is tasked with the collection, analysis, and reporting of cancer incidence...

  • 6th Jun, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – As flooding continues to impact communities across our state, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Illinois Department of Public Health would like to remind volunteer workers to make safety a priority.  Volunteers who are filling sandbags to help with the flooding efforts need to make sure they take steps to protect themselves. 

    • Individuals should wear insect repellent to combat mosquito and tick bites;
    • Sunscreen to help prevent sunburn;
    • Wear protective footwear (water boots) if working in standing water;

  • 24th May, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in Illinois for 2019.  DuPage County Health Department staff collected the positive mosquitoes on May 21, 2019 in Wayne, Illinois.  No human cases of West Nile virus have been reported so far this year.
    “The recent rains are leaving many pools of water behind, not only in sewer systems under streets and drainage ditches along roads, but in our own backyards,” said Acting IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “As we start to see higher temperatures, we will start to see more West Nile virus activity.  While we see West Nile virus in Illinois every year, it is important not to become complacent.  It’s easy to take precautions to protect yourself by wearing insect repellent and getting rid of standing water around your home.”  

  • 23rd May, 2019
    Ron W. Lee, M.D. Pediatric Care Award – Lifetime Achievement

    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program are honoring John Underwood, DO, FACEP, with a special pediatric Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to pediatric emergency medical care.  The Ron W. Lee, M.D. – Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards are given annually by IDPH and EMSC to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives.  Individuals or organizations can be nominated in one of three award categories - Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence, and Community Service.
    Dr. Underwood has 40 years of experience as an emergency physician in the Rockford
    area, the last 20 years of which he...