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2016

  1. Zika virus: WHO declares global public health emergency, says causal link to brain defects ‘strongly suspected’

    December 28, 2016

    “The World Health Organization designated the Zika virus and its suspected complications in newborns as a public health emergency of international concern Monday. The action, which the international body has taken only three times before, paves the way for the mobilization of more funding and manpower to fight the mosquito-born pathogen spreading “explosively” through the Americas.” […]

  2. How to Avoid Bacteria on Your Reusable Grocery Bags

    December 12, 2016

    “Do you use reusable bags for our groceries? It’s a great way to cut down on waste and protect the environment. But you may be packing more than food in your reusable grocery bags – as these convenient carrying cases can become contaminated with germs.” Click here to read the entire article by Family Health Team, […]

  3. Measles (Rubeola)

    December 5, 2016

    Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles virus is highly contagious virus and spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Make sure you and your child are protected with measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. To learn more […]

  4. The Benefits of Daily Cleaning Between Teeth

    November 28, 2016

    By NIH News in Health You may have seen or heard news stories suggesting that you can forget about flossing, since scientists lack solid evidence that you’ll benefit from cleaning between your teeth with a sturdy string. But many dentists may beg to differ. They’ve seen the teeth and gums of people who floss regularly and […]

  5. Immunization Schedules

    November 21, 2016

    These schedules list the age or age range when each vaccine or series of shots is recommended. If your child (birth through 6 years old) or adolescent (age 7 through 18 years old) has missed any shots, consult the catch-up schedule AND check with the doctor about getting back on track. For more information regarding […]

  6. Healthy Holiday Foods and Fun

    November 14, 2016

    By NIH News in HealthMashed potatoes and gravy, Grandma’s apple pie, and other holiday favorites can be a joyous part of any celebration. But to feel your best, you know you need to eat in moderation and stay active. How can you avoid temptation when delicious foods and calories abound?“From Halloween through New Year’s, there’s […]

  7. Community Immunity (“Herd Immunity”)

    November 8, 2016

    Vaccines can prevent outbreaks of disease and save lives. When a critical portion of a community is immunized against a contagious disease, most members of the community are protected against that disease because there is little opportunity for an outbreak. Even those who are not eligible for certain vaccines—such as infants, pregnant women, or immunocompromised […]

  8. Illinois Senate Zika Virus Brief Testimony – 9/27/16

    October 26, 2016

    A PDF version is available in English and Spanish.            Senator Mulroe and colleagues, I am pleased to join this public health panel and am proud to represent the Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators.  I serve as the Public Health Administrator for the Kendall County Health Department.  It is my hope that our collective testimony […]

  9. Environmental Exposurers and AhR in Oral Cancer Development and Progression

    October 7, 2016

    Click here to view in PDF.The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) plays an important role in oral cancer, and environmental chemicals and bacteria that activate the AhR may worsen oral cancer development and progression, according to a recent study from the Boston University Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center.Recent studies have shown that environmental carcinogens do not […]

  10. Illinois Senate Zika Virus Brief Testimony – 9/27/16

    September 27, 2016

    A PDF version is available in English and Spanish.Senator Mulroe and colleagues, I am pleased to join this public health panel and am proud to represent the Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators.  I serve as the Public Health Administrator for the Kendall County Health Department.  It is my hope that our collective testimony will […]

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