• 18th Nov, 2015
    IDPH Offers Tips For Safe Holiday Cooking
     

    SPRINGFIELDFirst things first, TAKE THE TURKEY OUT!  It may already be time to take the turkey out of the freezer so that it will be thawed in time for Thanksgiving.  Allow approximately 24 hours for each 4 to 5 pounds of turkey when thawed in the refrigerator. A 20 to 24 pound turkey could take 5 to 6 days to thaw.  Never thaw a turkey at room temperature.
     
    “Each year, 1 in 6 Americans gets sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages, or what is commonly referred to as food poisoning,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “There are simple steps you can take to avoid becoming ill, including the big four – clean, separate, cook, and chill.”

    1. Clean...
  • 16th Nov, 2015
    Fight Antibiotic Misuse - Get Smart About Antibiotics Week - November 16-22, 2015
     

    SPRINGFIELD - Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs.  However, up to 50 percent of all antibiotics prescribed are not needed or are not effective as prescribed.
     
    The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is leading the Illinois Precious Drugs & Scary Bugs campaign to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics.  The goals are to increase health care provider and patient knowledge about the harms of inappropriate antibiotic use and support clinicians in improving antibiotic prescribing, particularly for acute respiratory infections.
     
    “Not only are antibiotic resistant bacterial infections becoming more common, many bacteria are...

  • 26th Oct, 2015
    October 25-31, 2015

     
    SPRINGFIELD - – Governor Bruce Rauner has issued a proclamation declaring that Illinois will observe National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 25-31, 2015.  The Illinois Department of Public Health joins Governor Rauner, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to build awareness around the hazards of lead poisoning during this week of observance.  Lead poisoning occurs most often from exposure to lead-contaminated dust created by deteriorating lead-based paint. In addition, other lead-containing products may also lead to exposure and result in life-long...

  • 22nd Oct, 2015
    Precautionary Statement Lifted

     
    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency announced today that recent samples taken from the Illinois portion of the Ohio River indicate that levels of the blue-green algal toxin are well below advisory thresholds for recreational activities in the river.  Therefore, IDPH and IEPA are removing the precautionary statement pertaining to the Illinois portion of the Ohio River due to potential toxins from blue-green algae.  
     
    Last month, IDPH and IEPA urged residents to use caution while in or on the Ohio River due to potential toxins from blue-green algae.  Blue-green algae are microscopic organisms that naturally occur in lakes and streams.  Rapid growth of algae is referred to as a “bloom.” 
     
    The Ohio...

  • 19th Oct, 2015
    Nearly 1,000 to be Sworn In At Ceremony Honoring IL’s Service Volunteers
     
    SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rauner has declared  October 21, 2015 National Service Recognition Day.  On Wednesday, nearly 1,000 Illinoisans will pledge their continuing commitment to helping their communities at the 21st Annual Illinois’ National Service Recognition Day.  The event will be in Springfield on October 21 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, will include a walk to the Old State Capitol, and is open to the press.
     
    “I am proud to welcome these new AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers into the national service family – they are the heart of everything we do,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for...
  • 29th Sep, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today released the second 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. 
     
    “We are very committed to planning and implementing programming that is data-driven,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “One of our core functions is to be a clearinghouse for public health research and the IMMB is an example of how we accomplish that goal.” 
     
    This bulletin features two articles from staff in IDPH’s Office of Health Protection.
     
    In the first article, IDPH Data Informatics Manager Judy...

  • 28th Sep, 2015
    Blue-Green Algae May Cause Harmful Algal Bloom

     
    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency urge residents to use caution while in or on the Illinois portion of the Ohio River due to potential toxins from blue-green algae.  Blue-green algae (also known as cyanobacteria) are microscopic organisms that naturally occur in lakes and streams.  Rapid growth of algae is referred to as a “bloom.” 
     
    Both Illinois agencies have been working with the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission to respond to reports of a harmful algal bloom in the Ohio River.  The Commission and partners from various states along the Ohio River have been tracking an algal bloom in the river that stretches from West Virginia to the Illinois/Indiana border.  While a harmful...

  • 23rd Sep, 2015
    Illinois Department Of Public Health Urges Everyone 6 Months And Older To Be Vaccinated

     
    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. is recommending that everyone older than 6 months be vaccinated against influenza.  The flu season in Illinois typically starts around October and can last up to May.  The flu vaccine is becoming available at many local health departments, pharmacies, and health clinics around the state.
     
    “The single most effective way to prevent getting the flu is an annual flu shot,” said Director Shah.  “Influenza is a serious illness and can be fatal.  Even healthy people get the flu each year, so it’s important for everyone to be vaccinated.  Being vaccinated will not only help protect you, but it will help protect people at higher risk of...

  • 23rd Sep, 2015
    El Departamento De Salud Pública Del Estado De Illinois Les Urge A Todas Las Personas De 6 Meses De Edad O Más Que Se Vacunen
     

    SPRINGFIELD - El director del Departamento de Salud Pública (IDPH) Nirav Shah, MD., JD recomienda que todas las personas mayores de 6 meses se vacunen contra la influenza. La temporada de influenza en Illinois por lo general comienza alrededor de octubre y puede durar hasta mayo. La vacuna contra la influenza se está haciendo disponible en muchos departamentos locales de salud, farmacias y centros de salud del estado.
     
    "La forma más efectiva de prevenir la influenza es vacunarse cada año contra la influenza", dijo el director Shah. “La influenza es una enfermedad grave y puede ser fatal. Incluso las personas sanas contraen la influenza cada año, así que es importante que todos sean vacunados. Estar...

  • 16th Sep, 2015
    Analysis Indicates Need For Expanded Mental Health Services

     
    SPRINGFIELD - Every five years the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) conducts a needs assessment of its federally-funded maternal-child health block grant (Title V) programs to inform our priorities moving forward.  IDPH studies ways to strengthen existing health services, address unmet health needs, and remove barriers to care.  Findings from the latest needs assessment, such as a decline in teen births and a rise in teen suicide attempts, serve as the cornerstone for the development of the state’s maternal-child health priorities for the next five years.
     
    “As we find improvements in some areas of our maternal-child health program, such as the steady decline of teen pregnancy rates over the last two decades, we are simultaneously...

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