• 27th Jan, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD – El director del Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois confirmó hoy un caso de sarampión en Illinois. Un residente de los suburbios del condado de Cook se enfermó a mediados de enero y los resultados positivos de sarampión regresaron este fin de semana.

    “Este caso en Illinois sirve para recordar la importancia de las vacunas,” dijo el direcor Shah. “Con solo 10 casos reportados en Illinois en los últimos cinco años, muchos padres de familia no han tenido la experiencia de la grave enfermedad causada por el sarampión. Las vacunas son imprescindibles para proteger no solo a cada niño, sino a la comunidad entera.”

    El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Cook (CCDPH por sus siglas en inglés), con la ayuda del Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois (IDPH por sus siglas en inglés), está localizando e informando a todos los posibles contactos que podrían...

  • 27th Jan, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav Shah today confirmed one case of measles in Illinois. A suburban Cook County resident became ill in mid-January and test results were positive for measles.

    “This case in Illinois is a reminder of the importance of immunizations,” said Director Shah. “With only 10 cases reported in Illinois over the past five years, many parents may not have experienced the severe illness that can be caused by measles. Immunizations are vital to protect not only each child, but the community as a whole.”

    The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), with assistance from IDPH, is conducting contact tracing and informing all potential contacts of their possible exposure.

    “Measles is highly contagious and a person with no immunity can become infected simply by being in the same room with someone who has the...

  • 10th Jan, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck today released the Trauma Center Feasibility Study with recommendations on how to increase access to medical care in traumatic emergency situations.
    “Every life has value.  And every life deserves the right care, at the right place, and at the right time,” said Dr. Hasbrouck.  “Some victims of violence and other forms of trauma do not have ready access to the care they need because of a lack of high level medical facilities in that area.  The Trauma Center Feasibility Study looks at areas where access to emergency care for traumatic injuries is lacking and offers recommendations on how to fill these relative trauma deserts.”
    Trauma centers are specialized facilities within hospitals with the expertise to care for patients with traumatic injuries.  For a hospital to become a trauma...

  • 9th Jan, 2015

    CHICAGO – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) today encouraged people across Illinois to take part in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 19, 2015.
    “Doctor King said that, ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland said.  “Illinoisans answer this question each day by helping their neighbors and their community.  Volunteerism is the answer.”
    The Day of Service will also mark the beginning of the Year of the Volunteer with the theme of “You are the difference.”  Volunteerism throughout Illinois will increase during the year by celebrating community service and connecting and strengthening the already extensive network of organizations involved in service.  In Senate Resolution 1002, the...

  • 8th Jan, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck today launched IDPH’s updated website that is interactive, user friendly, mobile friendly and offers more online services.
    “We want to provide as much public health information as possible in an easily accessible way, whether you’re on a computer, your phone or a tablet,” said Dr. Hasbrouck.  “Our updated website allows people to easily access health information such as immunization schedules or how to get a copy of your birth certificate.  It also allows health care professionals to quickly find how to report information to IDPH, or how IDPH licensed professionals, like plumbers and EMTs, can easily find license renewal information.”
    What you will find on the IDPH website:

    • Social media integration – access to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube directly from...
  • 7th Jan, 2015

    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is encouraging women ages 21 and older to speak with their physician or health care provider about cervical cancer screening and prevention this month – “Cervical Health Awareness Month.”

    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 human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Fortunately, with regular screenings and follow-up, this form of cancer is easily preventable and highly treatable when detected in its early stage.

    “We recommend women have their first routine cervical screening at age 21,” said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “I also encourage women, along with young girls (ages 11 to 13) and their parents, to ask their health care provider about HPV...

  • 5th Jan, 2015

    Inaugural Illinois Morbidity and Mortality Bulletin

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today released the inaugural issue of its Illinois Morbidity and Mortality Bulletin (IMMB). The IMMB is IDPH’s primary publication for scientific articles of interest to public health communities and professionals in Illinois. Articles in the IMMB are prepared by IDPH staff from various programs based on analysis, description, interpretation and discussion of data...