• 18th Nov, 2016
    IDPH Offers Tips For Safe Holiday Cooking

    SPRINGFIELD – First things first, TAKE THE TURKEY OUT!  It may already be time to take the turkey out of the freezer so that it will be thawed in time for Thanksgiving.  Allow approximately 24 hours for each 4 to 5 pounds of turkey when thawed in the refrigerator.  A 20 to 24 pound turkey could take 5 to 6 days to thaw.  Never thaw a turkey at room temperature.
    “Every year, 1 in 6 Americans gets sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages, or what is commonly referred to as food poisoning,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “By adhering to what we call ‘the big four – clean, separate, cook, and chill,’ you can avoid becoming ill and ruining your holidays.”
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  • 17th Nov, 2016
    2.4 Million Illinoisans Give $7.3 Billion in Service

    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is commending the state’s more than 2.4 million volunteers who made a difference through volunteerism last year. The Chicago metropolitan area also had the highest volunteerism rate among the four largest cities. Illinois volunteers served nearly 287 million total hours, which is valued at $7.3 billion (based on the value of volunteer time in Illinois).
     “Illinoisans volunteer hundreds of millions of hours to help their neighbors,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of the Serve Illinois Commission. “These volunteers make our state a great place to live. They support our veterans, give comfort to the...

  • 14th Nov, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD – During Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is asking Illinoisans to learn how they can help prevent the misuse of life saving medications.
    “Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs.  However, up to 50 percent of all antibiotics prescribed are not needed or are not as effective as intended,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Because of misuse, antibiotic resistant bacterial infections are more common, resulting in many of our life saving medications losing efficacy.  I encourage everyone to take some time this week to learn how you can keep antibiotics working.”       
    Antibiotics are medicines that treat bacterial infections.  They do not cure infections caused by viruses, such as the common cold or flu.  Taking antibiotics when you do not...