• 27th Sep, 2017
    Opioid overdose grant targets south-central Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – To fight the opioid epidemic in 18 south-central Illinois rural counties[1] that have been hard hit, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received a grant entitled, “Empowering and Equipping Law Enforcement and Communities in Rural Illinois to Reduce Opioid Overdose,” from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  IDPH will receive more than $2 million in federal funding under this grant over the next four years.
    “Rural areas typically do not have as many emergency medical service resources, so law enforcement officers are often the first to arrive at the scene of an overdose,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “To combat the number...

  • 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...