• 20th Sep, 2017
    Nasal spray again not recommended for 2017-2018 flu season

    SPRINGFIELD – As soon as the influenza (flu) vaccine is available in your community, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends everyone six months and older be vaccinated.  Because of concerns about how well the nasal spray vaccine worked during the past two flu seasons, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is recommending people get a flu shot and not the nasal spray.  Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu.
    “We recommend people get a flu shot by the end of October, if possible.  It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body’s immune response to fully respond and for you to be protected,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “...

  • 19th Sep, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human West Nile virus-related death in Illinois for 2017.  A Kankakee County resident who tested positive for West Nile virus died earlier this month.
    “Although we will soon start seeing cooler weather, West Nile virus is still a concern,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “It’s important for everyone to continue taking precautions like using insect repellent, wearing long sleeve shirts and pants, and staying indoors between dusk and dawn.”
    IDPH reported the first human case of West Nile virus in Illinois this year on July 20, 2017 and IDPH is currently reporting 37 human cases.  Last year there were 155 human cases, including six deaths.
    West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito.  Common symptoms include fever, nausea,...

  • 5th Sep, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health, along with other state agencies, substance abuse coalitions and stakeholders, law enforcement, those affected by substance abuse, and health care professionals come together to tackle the opioid crisis.

    Illinois Department of Public Health, Director, Nirav D., Shah, M.D., J.D.
    Illinois Department of Human Services, Assistant Secretary, Maria Bruni, Ph.D.
    Dixon Police Department, Chief, Danny D. Langloss, Jr.
    Graduate student, Andrew Dewey
    Sangamon County Health Department, Administrator, Jim Stone

    Sangamon County Health Department
    2833 S. Grand E. – conference room

    Wednesday, September 6, 2017...

  • 31st Aug, 2017

    August 31 - International Overdose Awareness Day

    SPRINGFIELD – Today, on International Overdose Awareness Day, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is raising awareness of an alarming trend in opioid overdose deaths. Recent analysis of Illinois death records shows that overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, have increased more than any other category of opioids.

    "While fatal overdose deaths involving opioids have increased in Illinois during the past five years, the number of deaths involving synthetic opioids has increased even more dramatically,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah., M.D., J.D. “It is important that we raise awareness and recognize this growing problem and work together to prevent these deaths and the devastating pain family and friends experience."

    In a major undertaking...

  • 8th Aug, 2017

    Money for 39 programs will place more than 1,600 AmeriCorps Members in 65 counties


    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) today announced $17.5 million in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants to place 1,671 AmeriCorps Members in 39 programs to serve Illinois communities.  This is an increase of $1.9 million over last year, allowing AmeriCorps Members to serve in 20 additional counties.  These awards include $6.4 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 $15.9 million in local funding.

  • 3rd Aug, 2017
    National Immunization Awareness Month celebrates the importance of vaccines

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month as a reminder that vaccines protect against a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases.  Vaccines give parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from serious diseases like measles and whooping cough (pertussis).
    “Most young parents in the U.S. have never seen the devastating effects of diseases like measles and polio, but those diseases still exist,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Children who don’t receive recommended vaccines are at risk of not only getting those diseases, but of having a severe case of those diseases.  You can’t predict if your child will...

  • 28th Jul, 2017
    Looking at the sun when it is partially eclipsed is unsafe

    SPRINGFIELD – On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible across the entire U.S.  The last total solar eclipse seen coast to coast in the U.S. was in 1918.  Starting shortly before noon and lasting until 2:45 p.m. central time, people in Illinois can see the moon pass in front of the sun.  There is a 70-mile wide path across the country called the path of totality, which is when the sun will be completely blocked by the moon.  Parts of southern Illinois are in the path of totality and people there will see a total eclipse.  Totality in Carbondale and the immediate surrounding area will last approximately 2 minutes and 40 seconds.  Central and northern...

  • 21st Jul, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – With high temperatures expected over the next couple of days, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. is urging Illinoisans to take preventive actions to avoid heat-related illness like heat exhaustion and 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 deadly if unattended.”    

    An easy to read chart of heat-related illnesses, what to look for, and what to do is below.

  • 20th Jul, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus reported in Illinois for 2017.  A Will County resident in his 60s became ill at the end of June.
    “This is typically the time of year we start to see human cases of West Nile virus in Illinois,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Although the flooding in northeastern Illinois may be producing a large number of floodwater mosquitoes, those mosquitoes do not carry West Nile virus.  However, the hot, dry conditions we’ve been seeing around the rest of Illinois, which leave small, stagnant pockets of standing water, create ideal breeding sites for the type of mosquito that does carry West Nile...

  • 19th Jul, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission is reminding all interested parties that applications for the Governor’s Hometown Awards are due in less than two weeks. The awards give 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.
    Interested townships, villages, cities, and counties can apply by August 1, 2017 for projects that use volunteers in their communities for the period of January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016. For additional information regarding program criteria and the application process, please visit www.Serve.Illinois.gov.
    Recent previous winners include:

    • Township of Edwardsville; Boundless Playground
    • Mount Vernon; Lifeboat Alliance
    • East St. Louis; F.R...