• 31st Aug, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Center for Rural Health, the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network, the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, the Illinois Pharmacists Association, and the Healthy Communities Partnership are sponsoring a workshop designed to help rural communities organize, implement, and maintain coalitions to address opioid and substance abuse.

    WHAT: Opioid Crisis Next Door: Strategies for Building Local Coalitions workshop
    WHERE: The Crowne Plaza (second floor ballroom)
    3000 S. Dirksen
    Springfield, IL
  • 26th Aug, 2016
    Ton Shen Health/ Life Rising Recalls DHZC-2 Tablet

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is cautioning people about potential health risks associated with the recalled herbal supplement Ton Shen Health/Life Rising DHZC-2.  Ton Shen Health of Chicago is recalling its DHZC-2 Tablets because they have the potential to be contaminated with elevated levels of lead.
    “Lead poisoning can occur when a person is exposed to high levels of lead over a short period of time,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “We urge people not buy the recalled supplement if they see it in stores, and for people who have purchased this product, to return it for a refund.  The health effects of lead poisoning can be serious, and in some cases deadly.”
    IDPH is aware of two illnesses...

  • 16th Aug, 2016
    Grants designed to improve and strengthen Illinois communities

    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission today announced that funding is available for agencies interested in administering AmeriCorps programs in Illinois. AmeriCorps programs are designed to improve education and health care, protect public safety, safeguard the environment, provide disaster relief, and promote civic engagement in communities across Illinois.
    “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 with disabilities, the homeless, and many other individuals who need a helping hand to succeed.”
    The Serve Illinois...

  • 11th Aug, 2016

    Quincy, IL – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., and Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) Director Erica Jeffries today issued the following statement following the debriefing of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) team’s visit to the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy (IVHQ):

    “We want to thank our partners at CDC for their hard work and dedication in helping us ensure the health and safety of our veterans. Our Departments have been implementing all of the CDC's past recommendations to reduce the risk of Legionnaires’ disease in our most vulnerable residents. While these steps have made an impact, we look forward to the CDC's insight and advice on other scientific measures we can implement to further reduce the risk of infection."

    Since the first report of new Legionnaires’ disease infections at IVHQ was announced...

  • 11th Aug, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is partnering with Kerr Hearing Aid Center, Southern Illinois University-Simmons Cancer Institute, Springfield Urban League, and Walgreens to provide free health screenings and vaccinations during the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

    Monday, August 15
    Illinois Building
    • Flu and pneumonia vaccinations from 10a.m. – 4p.m.
    • Head and neck cancer screenings from 10a.m. – 3p.m.
    • Hearing screenings from 12p.m. – 3p.m.
    • Blood pressure screening from 10a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Tuesday and Wednesday, August 16 and 17
    Wellness on Wheels Mobile Unit, Happy Hollow
    • Hearing screenings from 10a.m. – 1:30p.m.
    Thursday and Saturday,...
  • 2nd Aug, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) echoes CDC’s recent recommendation that pregnant women avoid travel to an area in Miami, Florida, because of the risk of Zika virus.  This recommendation comes after the Florida Department of Health identified that Zika virus is being spread by mosquitoes in Wynwood, an area in one neighborhood of Miami. CDC recently announced that pregnant women should not travel to this area and has issued new guidance for people who traveled to this area any time after June 15, 2016.  This date represents the earliest time symptoms can start and the maximum 2-week incubation period for Zika virus.
    CDC recommends that visitors to areas with Zika virus take special health precautions, particularly for pregnant women, their sexual partners, and individuals who may become...

  • 1st Aug, 2016
    Illinois Department of Public Health Celebrates National Immunization Awareness Month

    SPRINGFIELD – Many parents are preparing their children to head back to school, which includes making sure they have all their needed immunizations.  And while immunization is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children from serious diseases, during National Immunization Awareness Month this August, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) would also like to remind those parents and others that immunizations are important for people of all ages.    
    “The need for vaccines does not end in childhood.  Immunizations are recommended throughout our lives based on age, lifestyle, occupation, travel destinations, medical conditions, and vaccines received in the past,” said IDPH Director...