• 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...