• 27th May, 2015

    Ron E. Lee, M.D. Pediatric Care Award – Lifetime Achievement

    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program is honoring Dr. Sally Reynolds, the Emergency Department Medical Director at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago with a special pediatric care Lifetime Achievement award for her contributions to childhood care.  The Ron W. Lee, M.D. – Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards are given annually by IDPH and EMSC to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives.  Individuals or organizations can be nominated in one of three award categories - Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence and Community Service.
    “Dr. Reynolds has devoted her career to improving the outcomes for...

  • 23rd May, 2015

    Simple prevention tips for avoiding illness

    SPRINGFIELD - As the weather warms up and people spend more time outdoors, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., reminds residents about the importance of taking precautions against tick and animal bites, which can cause illness. 
    “Ticks can carry diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, tularemia, babesiosis and ehrlichiosis,” said Director Shah.  “Bats and other wild animals can transmit rabies, a virus that affects the nervous system.  A bite from ticks, bats, or wild animals can cause severe illness and even death in some cases, so it is important to protect yourself against bites.”
    Simple tips to avoid ticks bites include:

    • Wear light-colored, protective clothing—long-sleeved shirts, long trousers,...
  • 22nd May, 2015

    Illinois Department of Public Health offers tips for avoiding mosquito bites

    SPRINGFIELD – As we start to see warmer weather, we will start to see mosquitoes, and that means West Nile virus.  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) began accepting birds for West Nile virus testing on May 1, 2015.  Local health departments will also collect birds and mosquito samples for West Nile virus testing in order to track the virus across Illinois.
    “Since we started seeing human West Nile virus cases in Illinois back in 2002, 2,137 people have been infected, including 133 West Nile virus-related deaths,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., JD.  “While we have seen West Nile virus in Illinois over the past 13 years, it’s important that we don’t become complacent and that we continue to protect ourselves from mosquito bites.”...

  • 19th May, 2015
    Healthy and Safe Swimming Week – May 18-24, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD – This coming Memorial Day weekend, before you jump in the water, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds you of some simple things you can do to stay healthy while swimming.
    “Swimming is a great summertime activity,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “To make sure it doesn’t end in illness from swallowing germs in pool water, or injury from too many chemicals, IDPH has some basic prevention tips to help keep you safe and healthy when swimming.
    The week before Memorial Day is designated as National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week.  This year’s theme, “Make a Healthy Splash: Share the Fun, not the Germs,” focuses on the role of swimmers, pool/beach staff, residential pool owners and public health officials...

  • 19th May, 2015
    Semana de la salud y seguridad en el agua - Mayo 18-27, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD – Se acerca el fin de semana cuando celebramos el Día de Recordación de los Caídos en la Guerra (Memorial Day), pero antes de tirarse al agua, el Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois (IDPH) le recuerda algunas medidas fáciles que puede tomar para mantenerse seguro y sano cuando salga a nadar.
    “La natación es una buena actividad de verano,” dice el Director Nirav D. Shar, M.D., J.D. “Para evitar que no resulte en enfermedades causadas por sorber gérmenes en el agua o sufrir lesiones por demasiados químicos, IDPH ofrece algunos consejos básicos para mantenerse seguro y sano.”
    La semana antes de el Día de Recordación de los Caídos en la Guerra se ha designado como la Semana de la salud y seguridad en el agua. El tema...

  • 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...