• 4th Dec, 2014

    The Illinois Department of Public Health encourages flu vaccinations to protect you and your family

    SPRINGFIELD – As we see increasing influenza activity in the state, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck is encouraging everyone 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine during Vaccinate Illinois Week, December 7-13, 2014. Vaccinate Illinois Week coincides with National Influenza Vaccination Week, a national observance established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination and encourage more people to be vaccinated during the holiday season and into the new year.

    “Previous flu seasons have shown the number of people being vaccinated drops quickly after November, but this is typically when we start seeing increased flu activity, which we currently are. If you haven’t received your flu vaccine, it’s not too late,” said...

  • 1st Dec, 2014

    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Office of Performance Management has awarded grants totaling more than $32,000 to Clay County and Knox County Health Departments. The two local health departments are pursuing national public health accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), and will use the money to pay fees associated with achieving this designation. Clay County was awarded a 2015 Accreditation Support for Local Health Departments Grant (ASLHD-15) for $12,720. Knox County was awarded under the same grant for $20,670.

  • 29th Nov, 2014

    CHICAGO – Today, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck announced negative Ebola test results.

    “We have promised the public we would let them know if the Illinois Department of Public Health conducted testing for Ebola, and today, we are doing just that,” said Dr. Hasbrouck.

    “IDPH performed testing for Ebola, which was negative, of an individual who travelled from Liberia and arrived in Illinois on November 16. The individual was evaluated, was determined to be asymptomatic and...

  • 25th Nov, 2014

    CHICAGO – The season for family gatherings and festive meals is here, and with that comes the potential for foodborne illnesses, if the foods are not properly prepared and handled. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck offers this helpful advice to avoid getting sick:

    “You should make sure your meats, including your Thanksgiving turkey, are completely thawed before you cook them. As you plan your meal, consider how much time you’ll need to thaw and cook your meats, and keep raw meat and poultry separate from food that’s ready to eat.”

    If your turkey is thawed on the outside, but still frozen inside, you won’t be able to cook it to the appropriate 165° Fahrenheit temperature, which is needed to kill disease-causing bacteria. In addition, many foodborne outbreaks result from food being contaminated during preparation or when it’s being...

  • 20th Nov, 2014

    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is asking residents to make a commitment to stop smoking today – Thursday, November 20 – in support of the Great American Smokeout. This annual health observance challenges tobacco users across the nation to quit using tobacco for one day or make a plan to quit for good.Smoking is responsible for nearly 1 in 3 cancer deaths, and 1 in 5 deaths from all causes. Another 8.6 million people live with serious illnesses caused by smoking.


  • 17th Nov, 2014

    CHICAGO – This November, American Diabetes Month, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck is encouraging everyone to learn their risk factors for diabetes and how to reduce or eliminate them.

    Diabetes is a serious chronic disease caused when blood sugar (glucose) levels are above normal and a hormone called insulin is not able to help glucose get into the cells. This causes sugar to build up in the blood. If left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems, including kidney failure, blindness, heart attacks, strokes and amputations.

    “Knowing how to control your risk factors is important,” said Dr. Hasbrouck, who encourages residents to talk with their health care providers to identify their risk factors and develop a plan to control or eliminate them.

    The percentage of Illinois adults diagnosed with...

  • 10th Nov, 2014

    CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck announced today the appointment of a 15-member Illinois Community Health Worker (CHW) Advisory Board. The board will advise the Governor, IDPH and the legislature on all matters impacting the effective work of CHWs across the state, including the training and certification processes.

    Signed into law in August of 2014, the CHW Advisory Board is composed of eight CHWs from across the state. The remaining seven members consist of individuals representing healthcare and social services, health workforce policy and institutions of higher education. Board members include the following:

    Mary Ann Abate, MS LSW
    Vice President Public Policy, Rosecrane Health Network

    Teresa Berumen (CHW)
    Community Health Promoter, Enlace Chicago

    Leticia Boughton, BA (CHW...

  • 28th Oct, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), in conjunction with the Illinois Public Health Association, will open the 23rd Annual HIV/STD Conference on Wed., Oct. 29 - 30, 2014 in Springfield. This event aims to strengthen efforts to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and STDs. A preconference will be held today, Oct. 28, from 10 am – 4:30 pm.
    Illinois ranks 7th in the nation in the estimated number of AIDS cases, 4th for the number of reported primary and secondary syphilis cases, 10th for reported gonorrhea cases and 9th for Chlamydia cases. Hundreds of health care providers, practitioners, educators and advocates statewide are expected to attend this event to share information and develop comprehensive strategies to further prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and STDs.

  • 27th Oct, 2014

    CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck today provided further guidance on Illinois’ Ebola safety guidelines, including mandatory home quarantines for individuals who have a high-risk of exposure to the virus.

    “The Ebola safety guidance IDPH issued on Friday was designed to ensure that the public is protected without discouraging our health care workers from volunteering to fight this virus at its source,” Dr. Hasbrouck said. “These guidelines ensure that we appropriately address the risks posed by workers who have been directly exposed to the Ebola virus without the necessary protective gear or procedures. These individuals have a higher probability of becoming ill and a home quarantine is the most responsible way in which to manage this situation.”

    The guidance on Friday was issued in light of the need for direction to...

  • 24th Oct, 2014

    CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today ordered the Illinois Department of Public Health to require a mandatory 21-day home quarantine for high-risk individuals who have had direct contact with an individual infected with the Ebola virus while in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea.

    The mandatory quarantine order includes any high-risk medical personnel who have performed medical services to individuals infected with the Ebola virus. The order will be implemented by local health departments across the state. Previously these high-risk individuals were subject to a voluntary quarantine.

    “This protective measure is too important to be voluntary,” Governor Quinn said. “We must take every step necessary to ensure the people of Illinois are protected from potential exposure to the Ebola virus. While we have no confirmed cases of the Ebola virus in Illinois, we will continue to...