• 28th Aug, 2015

    Quincy, IL - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the deaths of two residents at the Illinois Veterans’ Home-Quincy.  The two residents, both of whom had underlying medical conditions, were among the 23 individuals who had been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease to date.  Test results are currently pending for other residents.
    “The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and our Quincy Home staff are deeply saddened by the passing of these two veterans, just as we are when any of our residents pass.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and caretakers of these residents.” said Erica Jeffries, Director, IDVA.  “We are keenly focused on making all of our Homes places for residents to live and thrive, and we work very hard to provide the safest,...

  • 27th Aug, 2015

    Quincy, IL - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced eight confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in residents at the Illinois Veterans’ Home - Quincy.  There have been no known deaths related to this outbreak. IDVA and IDPH are working closely with the Adams County Health Department to identify and mitigate possible sources of the Legionella bacteria. 
    “Our Quincy Home staff and the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) leadership are taking this situation seriously, as we do with any other situation facing our fellow veterans and residents,” said Erica L. Jeffries, Director, IDVA.  “The health, safety, and high quality of life for the...

  • 20th Aug, 2015

    Grants designed to improve and strengthen Illinois communities

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Serve Illinois Commission today announced that funding is available for agencies interested in administering AmeriCorps programs in the state. AmeriCorps members serve their communities by improving education and healthcare, protecting public safety, safeguarding the environment, providing disaster relief, and promoting civic engagement.

    “Each year, AmeriCorps Members dedicate a year of their lives to get things done in their communities,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of the Serve Illinois Commission. “Members work with disadvantaged youth, veterans and their families, people...

  • 20th Aug, 2015

    Following a Highly Successful First Two Years of ACA Enrollment, Illinois is Gearing Up to Again Assist and Educate Health Care Consumers about Coverage Options Through $5 Million in Grants
    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Get Covered Illinois today announced that it will be accepting applications from community organization and other qualified entities that wish to participate in the 2016 Get Covered Illinois’ In-Person Counselor (IPC) Program, the outreach and education arm for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Illinois.
    “We are extremely proud of Get Covered Illinois’ work to provide access to quality affordable health care to nearly 1 million Illinois residents within the first two years of the...
  • 19th Aug, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human West Nile virus case reported in Illinois for 2015.  The St. Clair County Health Department reported an adolescent female became ill in August.
    “The recent hot, dry weather in Illinois has increased the number of mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “This first human case is a little later in the year than we typically see in Illinois, but it’s a good reminder of the importance for people to continue taking precautions like wearing insect repellent and staying indoors between dusk and dawn.”
    West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.  Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.  Symptoms may last from a few...

  • 14th Aug, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (DPH) is partnering with Walgreens to provide flu and pneumonia vaccines to Illinois residents on Monday, August 17, 2015, at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

    WHO:     IDPH and Walgreens

    WHAT:   Free flu and pneumonia vaccines.  Bring a photo ID and medical card (if available).  No insurance needed.
    WHEN:   Monday, August 17, 2015 (9 am to 3 pm)
    WHERE: Illinois Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds (801 Sangamon Ave, Springfield)

  • 14th Aug, 2015
    Strategic National Stockpile Training Exercise

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today tested its ability to receive and distribute medicine and medical equipment during a public health emergency.  In the event there is an emergency (terrorist attack, flu outbreak, earthquake) severe enough to cause local supplies to run out, the State can request what is called the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).  The SNS is a national repository of antibiotics, chemical antidotes, antitoxins, life-support medications, IV administration, airway maintenance supplies, and medical/surgical items.  The SNS is designed to supplement and re-supply state and local public health agencies in the event of a national emergency anywhere and at anytime within the U.S. or its territories.
    “The anthrax...

  • 12th Aug, 2015

    Exemption certificate requires health care provider signature
    SPRINGFIELD – Parents or legal guardians who object, for religious reasons, to their child being immunized for school entrance must submit a Certificate of Religious Exemption, which now must be signed by a health care provider.  Signed into law on August 3, 2015, this new legislation requires a health care provider to sign the certificate confirming they have provided education to the parents or legal guardians about the benefits of immunizations and the health risks of not vaccinating students.
    “Vaccines not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Because vaccines are not...

  • 11th Aug, 2015

    Illinois is one of 8 states to obtain national public health accreditation
    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., announced today that IDPH has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).  To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of quality standards and measures.
    “The accreditation process helps ensure the programs and services we provide are responsive to the needs of our communities,” said Director Shah.  “Achieving accreditation demonstrates our accountability and credibility to the public and our partners, and our commitment to continuously strive to improve the health of all Illinois citizens.”
    IDPH’s mission is to...

  • 6th Aug, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD – Whether it’s the state fair, county fair, or a summer festival, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. says taking five simple precautions can help keep you healthy.
    “We want people to enjoy their visit to the state fair, as well as other outdoor events.  These tips will help everyone avoid some of the more common hazards associated with the summer season,” said Director Shah.
    #1 Wear sunscreen:  Applying sunscreen is a quick and easy thing to do, and all skin types need protection from the sun.  For the most effective protection, be sure to apply your sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and then reapply every two hours.  Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s harmful rays in as little as 15 minutes, yet it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effects of sun...