• 19th Jan, 2016

    (Spanish version)

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is alerting the public of the potential of contracting Zika virus while traveling abroad.  Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites, similar to West Nile virus or dengue fever.  While illness is usually mild and severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon, there is a possible link between Zika virus infection in pregnant women and subsequent birth defects.
    Two pregnant Illinois residents who recently traveled to countries where Zika virus is found have tested positive for the virus.  Physicians are monitoring their health and pregnancies. 
    “There is virtually no risk to Illinois residents since you cannot contract Zika virus from another person, but only through...

  • 15th Jan, 2016
    Day Of Service Highlights Illinois Place As Top Volunteering State

    SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rauner has proclaimed January 18, 2016 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in the State of Illinois.  The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) today encouraged people across Illinois to take part in the day of service by volunteering in their community.
    Dr. King said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”
    “Illinoisans answer this question each day by helping their neighbors and their community.  Volunteerism is the answer,” said Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland.
    Serve Illinois calls on you to make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a “day on instead of a day off.”  Martin Luther King Jr. Day was...

  • 5th Jan, 2016

    Springfield – This January, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is observing Cervical Health Awareness Month to highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease, and the importance of early detection.
    Cervical cancer forms in the tissues of the cervix (the lower, narrow end of the uterus or womb that connects the vagina or birth canal to the upper part of the uterus).  Cervical cancer is almost always caused by infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV).  To highlight this link, IDPH received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct a media campaign promoting the HPV vaccine across the state.  This campaign will build upon the successful 2014...

  • 17th Dec, 2015
    2.51 Million Illinoisans Give $6.8 Billion in Service
    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is commending the state’s more than 2.5 million volunteers who made a difference through volunteerism last year. Illinois volunteers served nearly 275 million total hours, which is valued at $6.8 billion (based on the value of volunteer time in Illinois https://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time).
    “Illinois has a strong tradition of neighbors helping neighbors,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of the Serve Illinois Commission. “Illinois volunteers save lives every day. They give comfort to the homeless, help educate our students, respond to disasters, and so much more.”

    The recently released...

  • 15th Dec, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is awarding more than $1 million in Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure lottery grants to 37 not-for-profit organizations across Illinois. Net revenue from the sale of the Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure is used to provide grants to organizations to help educate women about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, what they can do to reduce their risk, and where they can go for screenings.

    “Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Illinois and the second leading cause of cancer death,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Early detection is the key to surviving breast cancer. If found early, the five year survival rate for breast cancer is 98 percent, but when detected in later stages, that survival rate drops to 26 percent.”

    In 2012, the latest year for which statistics are available, 9,...

  • 7th Dec, 2015
    National Influenza Vaccination Week – December 6-12, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) urges anyone who has not yet received flu vaccine to get it as soon as possible. This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, a national observance to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination. While many people typically get the flu vaccine in early fall, flu activity usually peaks between December and February, a time when many people are out and about.

    “During the holidays, friends and families often come together to celebrate,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Although you may be in good health, people around you, like young children and grandparents, may be at higher risk of getting the flu and suffering serious complications from it. A flu vaccine is the best defense...

  • 3rd Dec, 2015
    Winners Honored At A Special Ceremony At The Old State Capitol

    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) is accepting nominations for the seventh annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards.  These awards recognize individual volunteers and highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in Illinois.  The Commission will also recognize for-profit businesses that support service.
    “Each year, 2.6 million Illinoisans take time out of their busy lives to help their neighbors,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of Serve Illinois.  “These volunteers are helping keep children safe, keeping our environment pristine, helping people find jobs, and so much more.  They improve and save lives each and every day, and with these awards, we...

  • 25th Nov, 2015
    Goal Of $6 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 is joining Forefront in its #ILGive campaign.  #ILGive is a statewide, non-partisan movement to support nonprofit communities in Illinois by increasing individual giving.  #ILGive will launch on December 1, 2015 as part of the nationwide #GivingTuesday campaign.
    Last year, Forefront launched a statewide campaign and helped more than 600 charitable organizations raise almost $4 million from 5,000 new donors on #GivingTuesday.  This year, Forefront’s goal for #ILGive is $6 million donated by Illinois residents in one day - #GivingTuesday.
    “The holiday season is a time of giving,” said Scott...

  • 18th Nov, 2015
    IDPH Offers Tips For Safe Holiday Cooking

    SPRINGFIELDFirst 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.
    “Each 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.  “There are simple steps you can take to avoid becoming ill, including the big four – clean, separate, cook, and chill.”

    1. Clean...
  • 16th Nov, 2015
    Fight Antibiotic Misuse - Get Smart About Antibiotics Week - November 16-22, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD - Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs.  However, up to 50 percent of all antibiotics prescribed are not needed or are not effective as prescribed.
    The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is leading the Illinois Precious Drugs & Scary Bugs campaign to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics.  The goals are to increase health care provider and patient knowledge about the harms of inappropriate antibiotic use and support clinicians in improving antibiotic prescribing, particularly for acute respiratory infections.
    “Not only are antibiotic resistant bacterial infections becoming more common, many bacteria are...