• 5th Dec, 2017

    Elizabeth Tomev
    Video of the event will be posted here.

    Governor’s opioid task force delivers programs to attack overdose surge

    CHICAGO (Dec. 5, 2017) — Gov. Bruce Rauner today announced the launch of a statewide helpline to provide immediate assistance for those impacted by addiction to opioids and other substances.

    The helpline will provide a confidential outlet for individuals experiencing opioid use disorders, their families and anyone affected by the disease 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Helpline specialists...

  • 1st Dec, 2017
    It’s not too late to get a flu shot

    SPRINGFIELD – Influenza (flu) activity is starting to increase across the country just as friends and family are coming together for the holidays.  Getting a flu shot is the best line of defense when it comes to protecting yourself, and those around you, from getting the flu.
    The flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and thousands or tens of thousands of deaths each year in the United States.  The majority of hospitalizations and deaths occur in people 65 years and older, but even healthy young children and younger adults can have severe disease or even die from influenza.
    “One of the biggest myths about getting a flu shot is that is that it gives you the flu.  I’m here to say it has been scientifically proven that...

  • 29th Nov, 2017

    QUINCY – One resident at the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Quincy (IVHQ) is recovering after being diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease.  The resident was diagnosed while being treated at a local hospital over the weekend and has since been released.  
    The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and Illinois Department of Public Health continue to collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Adams County Health Department to help ensure the safety and well-being of the residents and staff at the home.
    Legionella bacteria occur naturally in the environment.  As such, the source is rarely identified in cases of Legionnaires’ disease.  The CDC reports there has been a rise in the number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease over the past 15 years, with 6,000 cases reported nationwide in 2015. Approximately 300...

  • 17th Nov, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – Starting with Thanksgiving and going through New Year’s Day, it’s the time of year for family dinners, parties, and other gatherings where food is served.  But the merriment can turn to misery if the food makes you sick.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 48 million people a year get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. 
    “While most healthy people who become sick with a foodborne illness, typically called food poisoning, will get better without seeing a doctor, others can experience severe illnesses,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “By taking a few simple precautions, you can help protect yourself and those around you from an unhappy holiday.”
    Typical symptoms of foodborne illness include vomiting, diarrhea, and flu-like...

  • 14th Nov, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and its partners – Fifth Street Renaissance and Walgreens, will be providing free health screenings and flu shots in homeless communities in central Illinois starting in November and running into February.
    IDPH will be driving its Wellness on Wheels van to various locations in Decatur, Jacksonville, Quincy, and Springfield in an effort to take health services to people who may not otherwise seek care.  Walgreens will be providing free flu shots and blood pressure screenings.  Fifth Street Renaissance will provide free HIV, hepatitis C, and STD (sexually transmitted disease) testing.

  • 13th Nov, 2017
    U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week – November 13-19, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is recognizing U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 13-19, 2017, to help decrease the misuse of antibiotics and protect people from the dangers of antibiotic resistant bacteria.  Antibiotics do NOT cure viral infections such as colds, flu, most sore throats, most coughs and bronchitis, many sinus infections, and many ear infections. 
    “Antibiotics are crucial in treating many diseases.  However, when antibiotics are used incorrectly or unnecessarily, which happens more than 50 percent of the time according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bacteria become resistant to antibiotics,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “As bacteria become more resistant to...

  • 26th Oct, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the 2017 Third Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators can be found on IDPH’s website and contains additional information about the violations.
    The facilities listed below were cited with type “AA” or “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act processed during the third quarter of 2017.  An “AA” violation is cited when there is a condition or occurrence at the facility that proximately caused a resident’s death.  An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted.
    The following two facilities were cited for “AA” violations....

  • 11th Oct, 2017
    National Service Recognition Day

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner is declaring Oct. 12, 2017, National Service Recognition Day. Almost 1,000 Illinoisans will pledge their continuing commitment to helping their communities at the 23rd Annual Illinois’ National Service Recognition Day event on Thursday, Oct. 12. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Bank of Springfield Convention Center in Springfield and is open to the media. A parade to the Old State Capitol starts at 11 a.m.  

    The Serve Illinois Commission will kick off the celebration by recognizing service projects benefiting several Springfield organizations. The commission will present awards to volunteers and honor all military veterans for their continued service. Attendees then will parade to the Old State Capitol where the commission will swear them in for...

  • 3rd Oct, 2017
    IDPH Issues Illinois Naloxone Standing Order

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. today announced the release of the Illinois Naloxone Standing Order (Standing Order).  This Standing Order makes a drug that is able to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose more readily available to first responders and the community.
    “We are seeing an alarming increase in the number of people in Illinois dying due to opioid overdoses,” said Director Shah.  “By making it easier to obtain, distribute, and administer the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone, commonly called Narcan, we can help save the lives of some of the 1,900 estimated annual opioid overdose deaths.”

    “As co-Chair of the Governor’s Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force, I...

  • 27th Sep, 2017
    Opioid overdose grant targets south-central Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – To fight the opioid epidemic in 18 south-central Illinois rural counties[1] that have been hard hit, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received a grant entitled, “Empowering and Equipping Law Enforcement and Communities in Rural Illinois to Reduce Opioid Overdose,” from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  IDPH will receive more than $2 million in federal funding under this grant over the next four years.
    “Rural areas typically do not have as many emergency medical service resources, so law enforcement officers are often the first to arrive at the scene of an overdose,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “To combat the number...