• 29th Jun, 2017
    How to avoid food poisoning

    SPRINGFIELD – As people prepare for Fourth of July barbeques and picnics, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding people about food safety tips that can help reduce the risk of foodborne illness, commonly called food poisoning.
    “Each year about 1 in 6 Americans get sick from food poisoning,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “To avoid foodborne illness, remember these four tips―clean, separate, cook, and chill.”
    Wash with soap and water your hands, utensils, cutting boards, counter tops, and any area where you prepare food, especially after handling raw meat.  Rinse all fresh fruits and vegetables under running water.
    Raw meat,...

  • 22nd Jun, 2017
    More than a dozen rabid bats found in Illinois so far this year

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) wants people to beware of rabid animals, including bats, as they become more active this time of year.  To date, more than a dozen rabid bats have been reported in Illinois this year.
    “Most cases of rabies in Illinois are almost always found in bats,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “You can’t tell just by looking at a bat if it has rabies so it’s important to avoid handling bats and to make sure your home has no openings where bats can come in.”
    Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system.  People can get rabies after being bitten by an infected animal.  Rabies can also be contracted when saliva from a rabid animal gets directly into a person’s...

  • 9th Jun, 2017

    CHICAGO – Disastrous events in your community—like a tornado, long power outage, or disease outbreak—can strain health care resources.  Knowing what to expect and having a plan can help you and your community get through it. 
    The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are cosponsoring a series of community engagement meetings around the state entitled “Healthcare in Disaster Situations: Your Voice Matters.”  Join us for an open discussion on how to prioritize health care resources during a disaster.  Learn how you and your neighbors can respond during these situations.  Bring your ideas, questions, and concerns to this open forum and let your voice be heard.  Your input will be used to help Illinois develop a health care plan for disasters.
    Meetings are planned for the following locations:

  • 7th Jun, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – As the weather warms up, more ticks are starting to appear.  Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., reminds residents about the importance of taking precautions against tick bites and the diseases they carry.
    “Ticks can carry diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis,” said Director Shah.  “A bite from a tick can cause anywhere from mild to severe illness, and even death in some cases, so it is important to protect yourself against bites.”
    Many tickborne diseases have similar symptoms.  The most common symptoms of tick-related illnesses can include fever, chills, aches and pains, and rash.  Within two weeks following a tick bite, if you experience a rash that looks like a bull’s-eye or a rash anywhere on your body, or an unexplained illness accompanied by fever,...

  • 5th Jun, 2017
    Ron E. Lee, M.D. Pediatric Care Award – Clinical Excellence

    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program are honoring Stefanie Clarke, B.S.N., R.N., C.P.E.N., C.E.N., SANE-A, T.N.S., with OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, with a special pediatric Clinical Excellence Award for her contributions to childhood care.  The Ron W. Lee, M.D. – Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards are given annually by IDPH and EMSC to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives.  Individuals or organizations can be nominated in one of three award categories - Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence, and Community Service.
    Clarke currently serves as the SANE (sexual assault nurse...

  • 2nd Jun, 2017
    Recognition program applications due August 1st 

    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for the Governor’s Hometown Awards program. The program gives formal recognition to those who contributed to their community’s quality of life through projects that have strong volunteer support, meet a need, and make a definitive impact.

    Serve Illinois, the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, is excited to be able to tie the Governor’s Hometown Awards to its mission to improve Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the state. Adding the Governor’s Hometown Awards, which recognizes community projects, to Serve Illinois’ existing Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards, which recognizes...