• 7th Feb, 2019

    “Together for Love: Stop HIV Stigma”
     
    SPRINGFIELD – National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is celebrated February 7 every year to help end the stigma and mobilize communities to get educated, tested, treated, and involved with their local HIV/AIDS community efforts.  This year’s theme, “Together for Love: Stop HIV Stigma,” raises awareness that we all have a role to play in stopping HIV stigma.
     
    Nationally, the black community is the racial/ethnic group most burdened by HIV across all stages of the disease¾from new infections to death.  Education, outreach, testing, and treatment have all helped reduce the number of new HIV infections.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HIV diagnoses have fallen in recent years among black women (25 percent decline from 2010 to 2016) and heterosexual men (...

  • 31st Jan, 2019

    Registration now open
     
    SPRINGFIELD – Individuals looking to register for the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program (OAPP) can now do so on-line through the Illinois Cannabis Tracking System at https://etk.icts.illinois.gov.  The OAPP, which is part of the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (MCPP), was created through the Alternative to Opioids Act of 2018.  The OAPP allows access to medical cannabis for individuals who have or could receive a prescription for opioids as certified by a physician licensed in Illinois.
     
    The Opioid Alternative Pilot Program was designed to provide people with an option to manage their pain.  Opioids can be highly addictive in a very short period of time and this program offers qualifying...

  • 24th Jan, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the 2018 Fourth 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 “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act and processed between October-December 2018.  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.
     
    Admiral at the Lake, a 36-bed skilled care facility located at 933 West Foster Avenue in Chicago, was...

  • 15th Jan, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – Rules proposed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) that will increase the number of children identified with lead poisoning and trigger earlier intervention were approved by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) today.  The rules lower the level at which public health interventions are initiated for children with blood lead levels from 10 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) to 5 µg/dL, the same lead reference level used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    “The new lower action level means more children will be identified as having lead poisoning, allowing parents, doctors, public health officials, and communities to take action earlier to reduce the child’s future exposure to lead,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Even low levels of lead in...

  • 20th Dec, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – Within the past 24 hours, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received reports of approximately ten individuals transported to area hospitals for respiratory distress or cardiac arrest.  Individuals reported using crack cocaine before experiencing these symptoms.  There has been one death.  These cases have been reported in Chicago and suburban Cook County and law enforcement is investigating.
     
    While illicit drugs are always harmful, IDPH is cautioning people due to the number of cases over a short period of time and the severity of symptoms.  People who use, or know someone who uses illegal drugs, should seek substance use treatment.  The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Recovery and Treatment offers resources on its website.      
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  • 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...

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