• 31st Aug, 2017

    August 31 - International Overdose Awareness Day

    SPRINGFIELD – Today, on International Overdose Awareness Day, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is raising awareness of an alarming trend in opioid overdose deaths. Recent analysis of Illinois death records shows that overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, have increased more than any other category of opioids.

    "While fatal overdose deaths involving opioids have increased in Illinois during the past five years, the number of deaths involving synthetic opioids has increased even more dramatically,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah., M.D., J.D. “It is important that we raise awareness and recognize this growing problem and work together to prevent these deaths and the devastating pain family and friends experience."

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  • 8th Aug, 2017

    Money for 39 programs will place more than 1,600 AmeriCorps Members in 65 counties

     

    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) today announced $17.5 million in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants to place 1,671 AmeriCorps Members in 39 programs to serve Illinois communities.  This is an increase of $1.9 million over last year, allowing AmeriCorps Members to serve in 20 additional counties.  These awards include $6.4 million in education awards that AmeriCorps Members can use to pay for college after their term of service.  AmeriCorps programs will match these funds with an additional $15.9 million in local funding.

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  • 3rd Aug, 2017
    National Immunization Awareness Month celebrates the importance of vaccines

     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month as a reminder that vaccines protect against a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases.  Vaccines give parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from serious diseases like measles and whooping cough (pertussis).
     
    “Most young parents in the U.S. have never seen the devastating effects of diseases like measles and polio, but those diseases still exist,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Children who don’t receive recommended vaccines are at risk of not only getting those diseases, but of having a severe case of those diseases.  You can’t predict if your child will...