The Stickney Public Health District operates three primary care clinics
providing free physician services and Health District programs
to township residents.
5635 State Road Burbank, IL 60459
4949 So. Long Chicago, IL 60638
6721 W. 40th Street Stickney, IL 60402
Residents need to obtain a Stickney Township identification card to obtain services.
Please contact any of the offices or stop by during our business hours (South
and North Clinics, 8:30a.m. to 4:00p.m. or Central Clinic 8:30 to Noon, Monday
A number of other health services are also available including: pregnancy testing,
well baby clinics and immunizations, communicable disease investigations and
follow-up, home health care school nursing services, vision and hearing screenings,
blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, diabetes screenings and school physicals.
We encourage each resident to take advantage of these low-cost ways to better health
Public Health Nursing Services
The mission of Public Health Nursing Services are to care for people of their community, monitor and prevent the spread of disease, prevent premature death and educate the community on how to care for themselves and others. We provide primary and secondary measures to obtain these goals. Public Health Nurses are expected to abide by the Public Health District Policies as well as state and federal regulations.
Home Health Services
Eligibility for Public Health Home Nursing visits include proof of residency, the need for service, physician’s orders, and no other nursing service being utilized. Referrals are taken and an evaluation visit is completed. The nurses perform wellness checks to help residents to remain in their home as long as possible with independence and dignity. These services include, but are not limited to, blood pressure monitoring, respiratory checks, safety and nutrition counseling, and medication management. No client is seen on a daily basis. To inquire about home nursing visits, please contact the Public Health Nursing Department at the South Stickney Township site.
Communicable Disease Surveillance and Investigations
Communicable disease surveillance and investigations are done by the Public Health Nursing Department in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Rules and Regulations. If you receive a call or letter from any of our nurses, please respond as soon as possible. These investigations are done to protect your health and the health of the community. Your cooperation in answering a few questions is always necessary and kept confidential. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Vision and Hearing Program
Stickney Public Health District offers vision and hearing screenings as needed for various schools and individuals from preschool through high school age groups. You may call the South Site, Public Health Nursing Division, for more information.
School Nursing Services
The Stickney Public Health Department works with area schools to meet the immunization and medical/dental requirements. Scoliosis screenings are provided to various schools at the required age limits. We work with the schools to inform the community of communicable disease outbreaks and pertinent medical information. Education as needed for specific medical conditions of students is also provided to appropriate staff.
Pregnancy Testing and Counseling
This service is available by appointment at the South Site. Please call the Public Health Nursing Division if an appointment is needed.
Seniors (over the age
of 55) and elementary school children have access to free examinations,
cleanings and some dental treatment services. Contact your local clinic
for information or to schedule an appointment.
and basic care is available for all residents. Go here for additional contact information.
Community Care Program
Seniors over the age of 60 may be eligible for assistance with personal care, housework, grocery shopping, and general help with daily activities. Our Home Care Aides can help seniors stay in their homes for as long as possible. The Community Care Program Supervisor is Teri Szymanski and can be reached at 708-424-9200, ext. 120, if you have any questions concerning the program and eligibility.
Stickney Public Health District does not require that a chore/housekeeping client be a permanent resident, nor be a U.S. citizen to receive Chore/Housekeeping services from the Community Care Program. Funds (in whole/part) for this program were provided through an award/contract from Age Options under Title III of the Older Americans Act as administered through the Illinois Department on Aging and Federal Administration on Aging.
Seasonal Influenza Information
Stickney Public Health District has started administering the seasonal influenza vaccine for all age groups. The vaccine is available at the three clinic sites, during normal business hours. Costs vary, with the average influenza vaccine costing $15.
Adults 19 years of age and older -- $15
Children 18 years and younger --$5 (if unqualified for the VFC Program)*
Children 18 years and younger – Free if qualifying for the VFC Program*
*The VFC Program or Vaccines for Children Program is a Federal Program offering free influenza vaccine to uninsured or Medicaid eligible children.
The following information was taken directly from the Influenza CDC Website. Important points have been condensed for your viewing. To view the entire CDC web site for complete information, you can visit: www.cdc.gov/flu
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
The 2011-2012 flu vaccine will protect against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus.
Signs and symptoms of flu
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (very tired)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
How flu spreads
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.
Period of contagiousness
You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.
How serious is the flu?
Flu is unpredictable and how severe it is can vary widely from one season to the next depending on many things, including:
- what flu viruses are spreading,
- how much flu vaccine is available
- when vaccine is available
- how many people get vaccinated, and
- how well the flu vaccine is matched to flu viruses that are causing illness.
Certain people are at greater risk for serious complications if they get the flu. This includes older people, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), and persons who live in facilities like nursing homes.
Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 and 2006, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people.
Complications of flu
Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.
Preventing seasonal flu: Get vaccinated
The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. There are two types of flu vaccines:
- “Flu shots” — inactivated vaccines (containing killed virus) that are given with a needle.
- The nasal–spray flu vaccine — a vaccine made with live, weakened flu viruses that is given as a nasal spray (sometimes called LAIV for “Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine”). The viruses in the nasal spray vaccine do not cause the flu. LAIV is approved for use in healthy* people 2 to 49 years of age who are not pregnant.
About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop that protect against influenza virus infection. Flu vaccines will not protect against flu-like illnesses caused by non-influenza viruses.
The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the three influenza viruses that research suggests will be most common.
When to get vaccinated against seasonal flu
Yearly flu vaccination should begin in September, or as soon as vaccine is available, and continue throughout the flu season which can last as late as May. This is because the timing and duration of flu seasons vary. While flu season can begin early as October, most of the time seasonal flu activity peaks in January, February or later.
Who should get vaccinated?
Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. This recommendation has been in place since February 24, 2010 when CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu vaccination in the U.S. to expand protection against the flu to more people. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications.
Who is at high risk for developing flu-related complications?
- Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
- Adults 65 years of age and older
- Pregnant women
- American Indians and Alaskan Natives seem to be at higher risk of flu complications
- People who have medical conditions including:
- Asthma (even if it’s controlled or mild)
- Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions [including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizure disorders), stroke, intellectual disability (mental retardation), moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury]
- Chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] and cystic fibrosis)
- Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease)
- Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease)
- Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes mellitus)
- Kidney disorders
- Liver disorders
- Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)
- Weakened immune system due to disease or medication (such as people with HIV or AIDS, or cancer, or those on chronic steroids)
- People younger than 19 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
- People who are morbidly obese (Body Mass Index [BMI] of 40 or greater)
Who else should get vaccinated?
Other people for whom vaccination is especially important are:
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
- Health care workers
- Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
- Household contacts and caregivers of children younger than 5 years of age with particular emphasis on vaccinating contacts of children younger than 6 months of age (children younger than 6 months are at highest risk of flu-related complications but are too young to get vaccinated