• 29th Jul, 2015

    August marks National Immunization Awareness Month
     
    SPRINGFIELD —  As students are preparing to head back to school, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) encourage parents and guardians to ensure their children’s immunizations are up to date. There is a new school-entrance immunization requirement for the upcoming school year.
     
    Beginning this fall, a meningococcal conjugate vaccination (MCV4) requirement becomes effective for students entering grades six or 12. Sixth-graders must show proof of one dose of MCV4; 12th-graders must show proof of having received two doses. Twelfth-graders who received the first dose after 16 years of age need only one dose.
     
    In addition, any child entering kindergarten, sixth grade or ninth grade for the first time shall show proof of having...

  • 23rd Jul, 2015

    Enhancements to the Illinois Comprehensive Automated Registry Exchange (I-CARE)
     
    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois is one of three state immunization programs in the country to receive the AIM (Association of Immunization Managers) Bull's-Eye Award for Innovation and Excellence in Immunization.  The award recognizes immunization strategies that “hit their mark” by achieving identified goals.  The award also serves to increase awareness of outstanding initiatives and encourages other state immunization programs to replicate or adopt similar efforts to improve performance. 
     
    The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Immunization Program enhanced its Illinois Comprehensive Automated Registry Exchange (I-CARE).  Staff developed vaccine ordering and accountability enhancements to allow providers to easily order and manage vaccines online.  These added...

  • 14th Jul, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD - With high temperatures expected over the next couple of days, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah, M.D., J.D. is urging Illinoisans to take preventive actions to avoid heat-related illness like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
     
    “It’s important for people to recognize the signs of heat-related illness and take action to prevent becoming sick.  High heat and humidity can lead to serious health problems,” Director Shah said.  “To help your body cope with high temperatures, take steps to stay cool, increase your fluid intake, decrease your activities and wear appropriate clothing.”
     
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  • 2nd Jul, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD - As we head into the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. urges residents to take a few easy steps to help avoid injury and illness during the summer.
     
    “During the Fourth of July holiday, many people have plans for picnics and pool time.  I would like to remind everyone that taking a few simple precautions can help prevent foodborne illness, heat exhaustion and insect bites,” said Director Shah.
     
    FOOD SAFETY – for cookouts and picnics, temperature is key to avoiding foodborne illness.

    • Wash hands with soap and water and keep surfaces clean
    • Keep hot food hot and cold food cold
    • Make sure all meat and poultry are properly cooked
    • Refrigerate leftovers within two hours, and if you have doubts, throw it out
    • Use...