• 13th Dec, 2018

    IDPH encourages vaccination for people at greatest risk
     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting six new cases of hepatitis A within the past week among individuals at high risk for infection.  On average there are 70 cases of hepatitis A reported in Illinois each year.  To date, 75 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed statewide in 2018.  Three of the most recent cases were reported in east-central Illinois, one in central Illinois, and two in suburban Cook County.
     
    “While we are only slightly above our annual average for the number of hepatitis A cases, the accelerated rate of new cases in Illinois, not only in the past week, but the past month, is concerning,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “We encourage those at highest risk for infection, including men who have sex with...

  • 4th Dec, 2018

    IDPH encourages vaccination for people at greatest risk
     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received confirmation of five hepatitis A cases in east-central Illinois during November.  On average there are 70 cases of hepatitis A reported in Illinois each year.  To date, 69 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed statewide in 2018.
     
    “These recent cases are a reminder that states across the country, including states bordering Illinois, have been seeing hepatitis A outbreaks,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “We encourage those at highest risk for infection, including men-who-have-sex with men, homeless individuals, and those who use drugs, to get vaccinated against hepatitis A.”
     
    Hepatitis A is an infection that can damage the liver, and is passed easily from one person to...

  • 3rd Dec, 2018

    National Influenza Vaccination Week December 2-8, 2018
     
    SPRINGFIELD – If you haven’t received a flu shot yet, it’s not too late.  While it’s best to get vaccinated against the flu in October, you can still get a flu shot.  Flu activity is usually highest between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.
     
    “Even healthy people can get the flu,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “And while healthy people may not suffer serious illness from the flu, they can pass the virus to babies too young to be vaccinated, people who have chronic illnesses, and others who may develop serious health problems like pneumonia.  Before you get together with grandkids and grandparents for the holidays, make sure you not only protect yourself from the flu, but your loved ones as well...

  • 30th Nov, 2018

    McHenry Villa water tests positive for Legionella
     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has sent a notice of violation to McHenry Villa, an independent senior living community, regarding a sanitary hazard in its plumbing system.  After three residents of McHenry Villa were confirmed earlier this month to have Legionnaires’ disease, IDPH conducted an investigation, which revealed structural issues with the plumbing system.  Test results have also confirmed the presence of Legionella bacteria in the plumbing system.
     
    “Our concern is the health and safety of the McHenry Villa residents,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Because this community is similar to an independently operated apartment complex, implementation of water use restrictions is not feasible and correction of the...

  • 26th Nov, 2018

    Goal of More Than $13.4 Million in Donations in One Day
     
    SPRINGFIELD – To help increase donations to nonprofit organizations throughout the state, the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is joining Forefront in its #ILGive campaign.  Forefront is a membership association for nonprofits, grantmakers, public agencies, advisors, and others.  #ILGive is a statewide movement to support nonprofit communities in Illinois by increasing individual giving.  #ILGive will begin at midnight on November 27 and end 24 hours later as part of the nationwide #GivingTuesday campaign.
     Last year, Forefront’s statewide campaign helped raise $13.4 million from donors on #GivingTuesday for more than 600 charitable organizations.  This year, Forefront’s goal for #ILGive is to surpass the amount donated by Illinois...

  • 21st Nov, 2018

    Knowing your risks today can lead to a healthier tomorrow
     
    SPRINGFIELD – As many families gather for Thanksgiving, the conversation often drifts toward talking about traits and characteristics that run in their family.  Each year since 2004, the Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving to be National Family History Day. In recognition, IDPH encourages families to talk about health conditions that run in their own families.
     
    “Tracing your family members’ illnesses can help doctors predict the conditions for which you may be at risk and take steps to keep you healthy,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “In public health, we know that what we can predict, we can ultimately prevent.”
     
    Health care professionals have long recognized that common diseases—such as diabetes or cancer—as well as rare diseases—such...

  • 20th Nov, 2018

    CDC and FDA investigating multistate E.coli outbreak
     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections linked to romaine lettuce. 
     
    The CDC reports that 32 people in 11 states have been infected with the same outbreak strain of E. coli.  There are two individuals in Illinois who have tested positive for this same strain.
     
    CDC is advising people not to eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until CDC learns more about the outbreak.  The investigation is ongoing and CDC will update its advice as more information is available.
     
    Consumers who have any type of...

  • 19th Nov, 2018

    Public Health Thank You Day November 19, 2018
     
    SPRINGFIELD – Today the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins leading public health organizations to thank those whose work has made a difference in protecting the health of Illinoisans. Public Health Thank You Day recognizes public health professionals who are committed to protecting the health, safety, and wellness of our communities.
     
    “Public health professionals work 365 days a year to protect Illinois residents, whether that be through nursing home regulation, outbreak management, health equity, data analysis, or one of the many other vital roles IDPH plays,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Their work as dedicated professionals makes me proud to lead IDPH.”
     
    In Illinois, if you have eaten at a restaurant, required hospital or nursing home...

  • 15th Nov, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), working closely with the McHenry County Health Department, has confirmed three cases of Legionnaires’ disease at McHenry Villa, an independent senior living community.  
     
    “Legionnaires’ disease does not spread from person to person,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “IDPH is investigating possible sources, identifying individuals who may have been exposed, and recommending remediation and prevention measures.”
     
    Public health officials confirmed the third case today. McHenry Villa is notifying residents, the residents’ identified contact, and staff.  All three cases had outside exposures, and two of the cases had potential exposures at Centegra Hospital-McHenry.  Public health officials will continue to investigate any other potential sources.
     
    Separately, the Warren...

  • 13th Nov, 2018

    IDPH Offers Tips For Safe Holiday Cooking
     
    SPRINGFIELD – Whether you are making a signature dish or trying something new this holiday season, the secret ingredient is always food safety.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 48 million people a year get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. 
     
    “While most healthy people who become sick with a foodborne illness, typically called food poisoning, will get better without seeing a doctor, others can experience severe illnesses,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “By taking a few simple precautions, you can help protect yourself and those around you from an unhappy holiday.”
     
    To make sure foodborne illness is not on the menu at your holiday party, adhere to the...

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