• 30th Dec, 2016

    Publication highlights public health data and trends

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today released the fourth 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 and provide analysis, description, interpretation, and discussion of data.

    “It is not only important to collect health data, but to identify what that data means and what actions we can take moving forward to protect and improve our health,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.

    This bulletin features two articles from staff in IDPH’s Office of Policy, Planning, and Statistics.

    In this issue, Jane Fornoff, Theresa Sandidge, Dejan...

  • 28th Dec, 2016

    Millions raised for charity in 2016 and award nominations available

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinoisans donated millions of dollars to charity in 2016, while also contributing millions of hours of service with a value of more than $7 billion. The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) would like to top that number and is asking everyone to resolve to volunteer more in 2017.

    Thousands of community organizations are in desperate need for volunteers throughout the year, and many of those opportunities go unfilled. A great way to find a place to volunteer is by visiting www.Serve.Illinois.gov, where you can search through more than 2,500 volunteer opportunities throughout Illinois.

    “When we ask people why they don’t volunteer, they tell us that they either...

  • 14th Dec, 2016

    Watch out for frostbite and hypothermia

    SPRINGFIELD – As Illinois faces bitterly cold temperatures, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds people of the health dangers of extreme low temperatures and tips on how to stay warm.

    Frostbite

    Parts of the body most commonly affected by frostbite due to exposed skin include the face, ears, hands, and feet. Frostbitten skin is whitish and stiff, and the area will feel numb rather than painful. To treat frostbite, warm the affected part of the body gradually. Wrap the frostbitten area in blankets, sweaters, coats, etc. and seek medical attention immediately. Do not rub frostbitten areas because the friction can damage the tissue.

    Hypothermia

    Hypothermia is caused by a drop in body temperature to 95 degrees Fahrenheit (F)...

  • 5th Dec, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) urges anyone who has not yet received a flu shot to get one as soon as possible.  December 4-10, 2016 is National Influenza Vaccination Week, a national observance to highlight the importance of influenza vaccination.  While many people typically get the flu vaccine in early fall, flu activity usually peaks between December and March, a time when people are with families and out in their communities.
     
    “During the holidays, friends and families often come together to celebrate,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Although you may be in good health, people around you, like young children and grandparents, may be at higher risk of suffering serious complications from the flu.  A flu vaccine is the best defense against getting the flu.  If you don’t get the vaccine to protect yourself, do it to...