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IDPH stands ready to help protect the health and safety of Illinois citizens. We can help calm public fears by communicating credible information and by promoting appropriate health actions.

Appropriate and timely communication allows IDPH to work effectively with our partners, engender public trust in our scientifically based health recommendations, and perform our public health mission.  Through our Regional Health Officers, IDPH identifies and leverages new and existing relationships, service providers, and formal and informal support networks (e.g., faith-based institutions, civic groups, etc.) to reach the targeted populations.

IDPH will provide the latest information and recommendations about Zika virus through several media platforms.

  • News releases and media interviews – Monitor media, issue news releases, and conduct interview about mosquito control, and local, or widespread transmission of Zika virus in Illinois.  News releases are translated into Spanish and media interviews have been conducted in Spanish, as well.  
  • Website – Link rotator graphic on IDPH website home page to Zika virus page. Include case count updates. Link to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) microsite for more information.
  • Post IDPH Zika virus presentations on website. Presentations cover or reference CDC’s most current guidelines and list actions being implemented by IDPH to monitor Zika virus activity in Illinois.
  • Social media – Make regular Facebook postings and tweets (and reposts/retweets of CDC information and advisories). Infographics. - posters - prevention, travel, pregnancy. Link to CDC microsite on IDPH website for more information.
  • Zika virus FAQ – To use in the event a Zika Virus Hotline is needed.
  • Campaign – e.g., fact sheets, billboards, posters, flyers, etc.  Items have been translated and are available in Spanish and French Creole.  Items are made available to service providers of the targeted population.
  • Public Service Announcements

Messaging targeted toward the general public, pregnant women, travelers, and health care providers, as well as messaging about Guillain-Barré Syndrome and sexual transmission, can be found in Appendix A.