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Mosquito Control Starts At Home

Let’s Fight the Bite and prevent diseases like Zika and West Nile Virus by taking the mosquito control prevention tips here. For more information on Zika Virus and West Nile Virus visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov.

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Information from the Center for Disease Control regarding the Zika virus and pregnancy.

Walk To School Event Encourages Healthy Habit

Stickney Township Public Health District, in association with Central School District 110, sponsored the first annual Walk To School Day, held Wednesday, October 5 at Charles J. Sahs School in Central Stickney. The event encouraged children and their families to walk to school as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Featured activities included a tee-shirt give away, blood pressure screenings for adults, an appearance by the Central Stickney Fire Protection District and the Sahs School mascot, Eddie The Eagle. Township officials and staff, including President Louis S. Viverito, were joined by Sahs Principal Jennifer Toschi, teachers and school staff in greeting students and their families.

Stickney Public Health Department Reports Increase in Chlamydia Cases

Stickney Public Health Department is reporting an increase in Chlamydia cases for 2016, as compared to the same time period last year. According to Susan Shinkus, STD Communicable Disease Nurse: “The number of Chlamydia cases reported to the health department has more than doubled. 58% of cases are in 13 – 22 year olds, 26% in 23 – 30 year olds, 14% in 31 – 40 year olds, and 2% in those 41 years of age or older. 67% of these reported cases have been in females and 33% of the cases in males. This increase is concerning and the provider community has been alerted to increase testing to promptly identify and treat the infection.”

Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI). 50% of men and 80% of women infected with Chlamydia may have no symptoms. Even when Chlamydia causes no symptoms, it can damage your reproductive system. If you do have symptoms, they may not appear until several weeks after you have sex with an infected partner. The only way to know for sure if you have an STI is to get yourself tested. A simple urine test is an accurate way to determine if an STI is present.

Chlamydia can be cured with the right treatment. It is important that you take all of the medication your doctor prescribes to cure your infection. When taken properly it will stop the infection and could decrease your chances of having complications later on. Medication for Chlamydia should not be shared with anyone. You should not have sex again until you and your sex partner(s) have completed treatment. If your doctor prescribes a single dose of medication, you should wait seven days after taking the medicine before having sex. If your doctor prescribes a medicine for you to take for seven days, you should wait until you have taken all of the doses before having sex.

It is very important for individuals diagnosed with Chlamydia or any STI to inform their sex partners of their potential exposure. Re-infection will reoccur if sex partners are not treated for the infection. Since informing partners can be difficult, the Health Department has specially trained staff members who can help notify partners anonymously. Repeat infection with Chlamydia is common. You should be tested again about three months after you are treated, even if your sex partner(s) was treated.

To decrease the risk of Chlamydia or other sexually transmitted infections:

  • Practice abstinence
  • Use condoms correctly and with every sexual partner
  • Practice Mutual Monogamy
  • Reduce the number of sex partners
  • Arm yourself with basic information concerning sexually transmitted infections

    Individuals wanting Chlamydia or other sexually transmitted infection information or screening, may contact their primary care provider. The Stickney Public Health Department also offers information on testing sites. If you need further information, please contact Stickney Public Health District at 708-424-9200 and ask to speak with the Public Health Nursing Department.

    To learn more about Chlamydia and the risk behaviors for the infection, visit CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/std

    Zika virus cases in Florida linked to local mosquito transmission

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) echoes CDC’s recent recommendation that pregnant women avoid travel to an area in Miami, Florida, because of the risk of Zika virus. This recommendation comes after the Florida Department of Health identified that Zika virus is being spread by mosquitoes in Wynwood, an area in one neighborhood of Miami. CDC recently announced that pregnant women should not travel to this area and has issued new guidance for people who traveled to this area any time after June 15, 2016. This date represents the earliest time symptoms can start and the maximum 2-week incubation period for Zika virus.

    CDC recommends that visitors to areas with Zika virus take special health precautions, particularly for pregnant women, their sexual partners, and individuals who may become pregnant. Zika virus has been linked to birth defects, including microcephaly.

    “We know that Miami is a popular travel destination for Illinoisans and we urge all residents to follow updated CDC recommendations, given that it is now possible to contract Zika virus in the United States,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “We want to make sure that people traveling to the Miami area have the facts so that they can protect themselves from becoming infected.”

    The Little Company of Mary Health Education Center offers Wake Up Call Screenings one Saturday each month from 7:30 am-noon. This one hour comprehensive screening for stroke and heart attack could save your life! Includes CBC, chemistry panel, cholesterol panel, thyroid level, liver enzymes and more. Ultrasound of the abdominal aorta and carotid arteries, peripheral vascular screening, heart rhythm screening for atrial fibrillation. NEW this year!!! Screening for metabolic syndrome. Includes personalized visit with the wellness nurse educator. Fee $155 (value $4,000). By appointment only. Payment required at time of registration. First appointment at 7:30 am. To register and for more information call 708 423-5774.

    Animal Control Spring News

    See our spring notes on what you can do to keep both your pets and the community safe and healthy.

    More info here.

    Important Announcement Concerning Phlebotomy Services

    Stickney Public Health District is sorry to announce that it has discontinued phlebotomy services previously provided by MedStar. SPHD is actively seeking another company to partner with for these services. Please continue to watch this site for updates. Thank you for your understanding.

    Stickney Public Health District is a Healthy Hotspot!

    Healthy HotSpot partners are working together to support or advance policy, systems and environmental improvements to make healthy living easier in places where people live, work, learn, worship, play or receive health care in suburban Cook County.

    Since 1946, the Stickney Public Health District has provided community-based public health services to the residents of Stickney Township. Our service area includes the City of Burbank, the Villages of Stickney and Forest View, unincorporated areas of Central Stickney and Nottingham Park, and parts of the Village of Bridgeview (east of Harlem Avenue). We are focused on making Stickney Township a healthy place to live and work.

    Aligned with our mission, the Stickney Public Health District has goals to promote physical activity and healthy eating; reduce obesity; and decrease the level of untreated high blood pressure in our community. We work together with many partners --- community-based organizations, schools, senior homes to name a few – to develop and implement programs and initiatives that make healthy living easier for our residents.Visit the Cook County Public Health website for more information concerning the Healthy Hotspot program.

    Community Health Improvement: Your Voice Counts and Your Opinion Matters

    The Cook County Department of Public Health is asking suburban Cook County adults, ages 18 years and older, for information about conditions in our communities that support health. Conditions that support health include: affordable housing, health services, job opportunities, good schools, public transportation, recreation, community safety, and more.

    Answering a few questions can help the health department and our partners improve your community's health. The survey takes about 15 minutes and is available in English and Spanish.


    A Polish version can be found here.

    Language Volunteer Program

    Are you bi-lingual? Interested in helping others? Find out how you can volunteer to bridge the language barrier for those seeking public services. More on the Language Volunteer Program...

    Diabetes Support Program Offered in collaboration with Little Company of Mary Hospital

    One hour sessions starting at 10 A.M. on the second Tuesday of each month from April through October are held at the South Stickney Public Health District Site, 5635 State Road, Burbank, IL. This program is FREE of charge and open to Stickney Township Adults. Space is limited to 25 attendees. Call 708-424-9200, est. 2137 for more information or to reserve your seat today.

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    Students from Sahs School celebrate good health by walking to school!

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    Eddie The Eagle joined in the fun!

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    Stickney Public Health nurses were on hand for blood pressure screenings.

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    (L to R) SPHD President Louis S. Viverito was joined by Sahs Principal Jennifer Toschi, SPHD Secretary Hector Cesario and SPHD Health Director Dr. Christopher Grunow to cheer on the children walking to school.

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