• 18th May, 2015

    Chicago -- Every year, in observance of EMS Week (May 17-May 23), firefighters, police officers, paramedics and others throughout the state send their nominations to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for the annual EMS Hero Award.  The nominations received are just a few of the many heroic acts people dedicated to saving lives do on a regular basis.   
     
    The 2015 honoree exemplifies how heroism is not limited to EMS personnel. On Monday March 9, 2015 during lunch, 2015 EMS Week Hero, Bill Stajura was alerted by a co-worker that she was choking by hitting him on the neck. At first Mr. Stajura did not immediately realize what was occurring so she hit him on the neck again and motioned with her arms. Mr. Stajura quickly realized she was choking and performed the Heimlich Maneuver to dislodge the meat and she was able to breathe again.  The...

  • 14th May, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD – Before patients with 11 additional medical conditions and diseases recently recommended by the Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board (Board) can apply for an identification card to purchase medical cannabis in Illinois, the conditions and diseases must officially be added to the program through rulemaking.
     
    On May 4, 2015 the Board recommended 11 conditions and diseases be added to the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.  However, before patient registration applications can be accepted for any new conditions or diseases, the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) must approve recommendations made by the Board.  IDPH must also draft rules to add those conditions and diseases to the list of approved conditions.  Applications submitted prior to the 11 recommended conditions being added to the program...

  • 30th Apr, 2015

    Illinois Companies, Farmers, and Zoos Practicing Highest Biosecurity Measures
     
    SPRINGFIELD, IL –The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) continues to work closely with poultry producers, captive bird owners and zoos across the State to reduce the risk of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), which is impacting several states across the nation, including the Midwest.  To date, no cases of HPAI have been detected in birds in Illinois. 

    HPAI entered into the United States in mid-December 2014.  Incidents have occurred within the Pacific, Central and Mississippi Flyways.  There have been cases in wild birds, captive wild birds, backyard poultry and commercial poultry.  Several million birds have either died or have been euthanized due to the virus. 

    “The Department is calling on everyone involved with birds, regardless of flock size, to...

  • 23rd Apr, 2015

    New Vaccination Requirements for Adolescents

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., is urging parents to talk with their child’s doctor about the new school-entrance vaccination requirements, which include meningococcal conjugate vaccination (MCV). In observance of National Infant Immunization Week, April 18-23, IDPH plans to raise awareness of the value of timely vaccinations for infants, as well as for residents across the lifespan.

    Beginning next school year, all students entering the sixth and twelfth grades will be required to show proof of recent MCV in order to prevent all students from acquiring this potentially fatal disease. Although disease incidence is at historic lows, the overall case-fatality rate remains between 10 to 15 percent, with between 11 to 19 percent of survivors experiencing long-term sequelae...

  • 8th Apr, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN – All this week, National Public Health Week, April 6-12, 2015, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. is visiting several communities across the state to hear from local leaders about how to improve the health of Illinois residents.
     
    “Improving our public health infrastructure is vital to helping the citizens of Illinois live longer, healthier lives.  But public health cannot do it alone, especially when people are faced with challenges like poverty, poor education, housing and environmental factors,” said Director Shah.  “The public health community must expand its partnerships to collaborate with city planners, education officials, public, private and for-profit organizations – everyone who plays a role in fostering good health.  That is why I’m meeting with different officials – to help expand our partnerships and...

  • 8th Apr, 2015

    KANKAKEE – All this week, National Public Health Week, April 6-12, 2015, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. is visiting several communities across the state to hear from local leaders about how to improve the health of Illinois residents.
     
    “Improving our public health infrastructure is vital to helping the citizens of Illinois live longer, healthier lives.  But public health cannot do it alone, especially when people are faced with challenges like poverty, poor education, housing and environmental factors,” said Director Shah.  “The public health community must expand its partnerships to collaborate with city planners, education officials, public, private and for-profit organizations – everyone who plays a role in fostering good health.  That is why I’m meeting with different officials – to help expand our partnerships and...

  • 7th Apr, 2015

    WOOD RIVER – All this week, National Public Health Week, April 6-12, 2015, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. is visiting several communities across the state to hear from local leaders about how to improve the health of Illinois residents.
     
    “Improving our public health infrastructure is vital to helping the citizens of Illinois live longer, healthier lives.  But public health cannot do it alone, especially when people are faced with challenges like poverty, poor education, housing and environmental factors,” said Director Shah.  “The public health community must expand its partnerships to collaborate with city planners, education officials, public, private and for-profit organizations – everyone who plays a role in fostering good health.  That is why I’m meeting with different officials – to help expand our partnerships and...

  • 7th Apr, 2015

    MURPHYSBORO – All this week, National Public Health Week, April 6-12, 2015, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. is visiting several communities across the state to hear from local leaders about how to improve the health of Illinois residents.
     
    “Improving our public health infrastructure is vital to helping the citizens of Illinois live longer, healthier lives.  But public health cannot do it alone, especially when people are faced with challenges like poverty, poor education, housing and environmental factors,” said Director Shah.  “The public health community must expand its partnerships to collaborate with city planners, education officials, public, private and for-profit organizations – everyone who plays a role in fostering good health.  That is why I’m meeting with different officials – to help expand our partnerships and...

  • 6th Apr, 2015

    First hearing scheduled for May 4, 2015
     

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board (board) is reviewing 22 petitions requesting 14 medical conditions or diseases be added to the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.  After its review, the board will hold a hearing on May 4, 2015 at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago to discuss and listen to technical evidence concerning those 14 medical conditions or diseases.  The board will then make a recommendation to the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health about those debilitating conditions or diseases that would benefit from the medical use of cannabis and should be considered for addition to the program.
     
    The 14 conditions or diseases for which petitions will be considered are:
    • Anorexia Nervosa
    • Anxiety...
  • 6th Apr, 2015

    PEORIA – All this week, National Public Health Week, April 6-12, 2015, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. is visiting several communities across the state to hear from local leaders about how to improve the health of Illinois residents.
     
    “Improving our public health infrastructure is vital to helping the citizens of Illinois live longer, healthier lives.  But public health cannot do it alone, especially when people are faced with challenges like poverty, poor education, housing and environmental factors,” said Director Shah.  “The public health community must expand its partnerships to collaborate with city planners, education officials, public, private and for-profit organizations – everyone who plays a role in fostering good health.  That is why I’m meeting with different officials – to help expand our partnerships and improve...

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