SPRINGFIELD - As we head into the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. urges residents to take a few easy steps to help avoid injury and illness during the summer.
“During the Fourth of July holiday, many people have plans for picnics and pool time. I would like to remind everyone that taking a few simple precautions can help prevent foodborne illness, heat exhaustion and insect bites,” said Director Shah.
FOOD SAFETY – for cookouts and picnics, temperature is key to avoiding foodborne illness.
· Wash hands with soap and water and keep surfaces clean
· Keep hot food hot and cold food cold
· Make sure all meat and poultry are properly cooked
· Refrigerate leftovers within two hours, and if you have doubts, throw it out
· Use separate cutting boards, plates and utensils for raw meats, and a clean plate and utensils when taking food off the grill
· Wash fruits and vegetables
Know the symptoms of most types of food poisoning, which include severe cramps, fever, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and bloody diarrhea. Symptoms can begin from 30 minutes to three or more days after eating contaminated food. If symptoms are severe or last longer than two days, contact a doctor or health care provider.
WATER AND SWIMMING SAFETY – whether at the beach, on the lake or in a swimming pool, use safety precautions.
· Supervise young children around water
· Always use life jackets and secure personal flotation devices
· Avoid alcohol while supervising children and before or during swimming, boating, or waterskiing
· Shower before entering a swimming pool and do not swim when ill with diarrhea
· Be aware of the local weather conditions and forecast, especially watch for thunderstorms with lightening
· Pay attention to lifeguards and posted instructions
SUN AND HEAT – guard against sunburn and heat illness.
· Never leave anyone, including pets, alone in a closed, parked vehicle
· Apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before going outside
· Increase fluid intake - drink more liquid than thirst indicates; avoid alcohol and caffeine
· Wear lightweight, light-colored, loosing-fitting clothing
· Be aware of heat exhaustion symptoms: heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, clammy skin, pale or flushed complexion, and fast and shallow breathing
o If present, be sure to move the person to a cooler place; remove or loosen tight clothing; apply cool, wet cloths; and give cool water to slowly drink
· Be aware of heat stroke symptoms - hot, dry skin, hallucinations, chills, throbbing headache, high body temperature, confusion/dizziness and slurred speech
o If present, be sure to call 911; quickly cool the person in a cool bath or wrap wet sheets around them; if the victim refuses water, is vomiting or shows a decreased level of consciousness, do not give anything to eat or drink
TICKS AND MOSQUITOES – whether camping, hiking or in the backyard, guard against insect illnesses. Mosquitoes can transmit West Nile virus and ticks can transmit Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis and other serious infections.
· WEAR INSECT REPELLENT. Apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions
· Avoid being outside during prime mosquito-biting hours, dusk to dawn
· Avoid tick-infested areas, such as the woods and high grasses
· Check for ticks people and pets for ticks every 2 to 3 hours
· Remove ticks attached to the body promptly to help prevent diseases. Use tweezers to remove the tick and call a health care provider if a rash, fever or body aches develop during the 1 to 3 weeks following a bite.
· Check with a veterinarian about preventing tickborne diseases in pets as they can carry ticks into the home
For more information about summer safety, check out our “Summer? No Sweat. A Summer Survival Guide” at www.dph.illinois.gov.
Stickney Township is proud to announce its NEW Farmer’s Market located at the township Medical Center at 5635 State Road in Burbank every Wednesday from 2¬–7pm. From June 17th through October 14th.
The market will open this summer and continue through the fall, offering seasonal, healthy, fresh and local produce to the community. In addition to a selection of produce, the Township will provide health and fitness information as well as ongoing activities for adults and children.
“We want to shine a spotlight on healthy eating and give our local vendors an opportunity to contribute to making the Township a healthy community,” says Supervisor Louis S. Viverito. “It is our hope that our residents will look forward to this Market as an annual event and that it continues to grow in scope each year.”
For more information, please call 708-424-9200. If you are an area vendor, and would like to participate in the Stickney Township Farmer’s Market, some booth spaces are still available. Links to registration formsand information for vendors may be found here.
Get your school physical completed now! The Certificate of Child Health Examination Form, also referred to as the school physical form, is required for entry into daycare, preschool, kindergarten, 6th grade, 9th grade, college and for transfer students. Come on in now…to beat the rush! Stickney Public Health District Clinics operate on a walk-in basis.
Wait times traditionally increase as the start of school gets closer. Be sure to check out the web site or call for details of what you need to bring for your child’s physical.
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The Illinois Department of Public Health has documented 3 instances of the West Nile Virus in Evergreen Park and Oak Lawn Mosquito populations over the past month.
West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms. In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur. People older than 50 and immunocompromised individuals are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile Virus. No human cases of West Nile virus have been reported so far this year.
Mosquitos breed in standing water. Please reduce the opportunity for standing water in your yard by emptying or discarding containers where water can collect. In addition, the Illinois Department of Public Health suggests the following:
The Stickney Public Health District (SPHD) has formed the SPHD Walking Club to help encourage local residents to stay active and get out and meet their neighbors. Each of the District’s clinic sites, and the Louis S. Viverito Senior Center, will have specific times and days set aside from which the group can embark
The group is open to walkers of all levels, and ages, and encourages those with strollers to participate as well. Each site location will have clean and accessible bathrooms. The Walking Club will begin in April and, weather permitting, continue through October.
Location start dates, times and addresses are listed below.
If you have questions, please call 708-424-9200 and ask for Shelly.
Stickney Public Health District – South Site
5635 State Road
Mondays at 4pm
Wednesdays at noon
Start date: April 6, 2015
Stickney Public Health District – Central Site
4900 S, Long
Chicago, Il 60638
Tuesdays at noon
Start date: April 14, 2015
Stickney Public Health District – North Site
6721 W. 40th St.
Stickney, IL 60402
Thursdays at noon
Start date: April 9, 2015
LSV Senior Center
7745 S. Leamington
Burbank, IL 60459
Wednesdays at 9am
Start date: April 8, 2015
Stickney Strollers have invited us to join their group!