Travel Tips When Traveling to Countries With Zika Virus Outbreaks
SPRINGFIELD – Visiting friends and family in areas with Zika virus requires taking special health precautions because individuals may stay longer, be in places with fewer protections against mosquitoes (e.g. houses without screens or air conditioning), or be in familiar places where individuals may not take as many precautions to stay healthy.
“Illinois is a very diverse state where people born in other countries have come to call home, but who may frequently travel to their country of origin to visit friends and family,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “We want to make sure that people traveling to countries where Zika virus is spreading have the facts so that they can protect themselves from becoming infected.”
Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has documented the spread of Zika virus in almost 50 countries and territories including Central and South Americas, and the Caribbean islands. To check if the country you may be visiting is experiencing Zika virus, check the CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html.
More information concerning Zika, travel and planned pregnancy can be found here.
Township Sprays to Reduce Mosquito Populations
The Stickney Public Health District is continuing its efforts against West Nile virus by spraying to kill adult mosquitoes throughout the Township. Spraying will begin in Stickney Township the week of June 27th and continue into the following week or until necessary to spray the entire Township.
More info here.
Wake Up Call Health Screening
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.
Warnings Issued Concerning the Zika Virus
The Center for Disease Control has issued travel warnings for pregnant women traveling to some Central and South American countries including Mexico. The Zika virus is currently being actively transmitted in these areas. The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes and can lead to birth defects. Information can be found on the CDC website.
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...
Need Vaccines? 19 Years or Older With No Insurance?
Adult Vaccines Available at No Cost! It is important that everyone, no matter what age, get vaccinated. Questions?
Contact Public Health Nursing staff 708-424-9200.
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 will be 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.