Stickney Public Health District has temporarily paused their administration of Johnson and Johnson. Those currently scheduled for a J&J vaccine will be contacted when SPHD has received further guidance from the CDC, FDA, and IDPH. Updates will be forthcoming.
Stickney Township Public Health District Announces Expanded Eligiblity for COVID-19 Vaccinations
April 9, 2021– All adults who live and/or work in Stickney Township are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Stickney Public Health District’s current vaccine supply is restricted to persons age 18 and over. Call the Township COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 708-634-4500 and follow the instructions.
In addition to making vacinations available Monday through Fridey, the Stickney Township Public Health District began offering vaccination appointments to eligible residents and those working in Stickney Township on alternating Saturdays starting on March 27.
Feeling Anxious? Need To Talk To Someone?
Stickney Township Public Health District Offers On-line
Virtual Therapy Sessions During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Behavioral Health Division of the Stickney Township Public Health District is offering virtual therapy sessions on-line for Township residents. Adults, couples, families and children, with or without health insurance, may schedule an appointment by calling (708) 237-8946. Fees for those without insurance are charged on a sliding scale based on income — no one is turned away for the inability to pay.
“During these stressful times we need to pay attention to our emotional health as well as our physical health,” declares Louis S. Viverito, Health District President. “Meeting in person puts our patients as well as our staff at risk for COVID-19. At the same time, isolation may have a negative effect on our health in ways that aren’t just physical. We want to be sure that Township residents have access to the support and services that they need in the safest way possible.”
Melinda Antoskiewicz, LCPC, Stickney Township Behavioral Health Director, acknowledges that anxiety and depression can effect anyone and urges residents going through a tough time emotionally, whether it’s COVID related or not, to contact her department.
“People seek therapy for a variety of reasons. Some have experienced anxiety or depression in the past, and the additional stress due to the COVID pandemic may exacerbate those previous conditions. Others may be experiencing increased sadness or anxiety for the first time.”
“Feelings can be magnified by the stress or isolation of the pandemic and this may cause a person to struggle,” explains Antoskiewicz. “For some, it may be hard to get out of bed or to stay focused on their job.”
“Sometimes that first phone conversation can help a person simply by speaking with someone who can offer emotional support. We’ll discuss their concerns and, if seeing a therapist seems like the right approach, we can get the process started right away,” she says.
After an initial screening by phone to determine a potential client’s concerns, arrangements are made to complete registration forms and to receive instructions on downloading the app to be used during the intake appointment. How quickly this happens is usually up to the caller’s needs and Antoskiewicz assures new clients that “we can often schedule the person’s intake appointment within two weeks of the initial phone call.”
Most patients can use video on their phone to access the virtual sessions.
If talking with a therapist isn’t sufficient, the Behavioral Health Department is linked to a network of professional services. “In some instances, the person may require services that the Behavioral Health Division does not provide. In those cases, we can provide referral resources that best fit the person’s needs,” says Antoskiewicz.
Stickney Public Health District Announces New COVID-19 Testing Restrictions and Modified Location
Changes to the requirements and location of COVID-19 testing offered by the Stickney Township Public Health District at the District’s South Clinic, 5635 State Rd., Burbank, were recently announced by Louis S. Viverito, Public Health District President.
Due to scheduling capacity, COVID-19 testing and services offered by Pillars Community Health will now be restricted to people showing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have had close contact with a confirmed exposure. Close contact is defined as having been within 6 feet for at least 15 consecutive minutes or 15 minutes over the course of a day.
In addition, COVID-19 testing has moved to the State Road entrance of the South Clinic. Testing will continue through the winter months, according to Viverito.
Limited tests are available. An appointment is required. Call 708-PILLARS (708-745-5277) and follow the prompts; messages will be returned within one business day. Insurance will be billed.
Information From Stickney Public Health District Medical Director Dr. Frances Strulovitch
Also known as vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin” is made when our skin is exposed to sunlight.
Research has shown that vitamin d is an active component of immunity thru out the respiratory tract.
Deficiencies are associated with recurrent upper respiratory infections, chronic sinusitis with polyps, otitis media, enlarged adenoids and tonsils, sepsis, and the development of ARDS leading to death.
ARDS is a complication of COVID-19 that is responsible for 93% of the COVID-19 deaths in one study from Wuhan.
In all causes of ARDS there is a 60% mortality rate in older patients.
Risk factors for vitamin d deficiency include the elderly, obesity (BMI >30) having darkly pigmented skin, and living in a northern latitude.
Above the 37th parallel you will not make enough.
The amount of vitamin D in food is only adequate to prevent rickets, the most obvious manifestations of deficiency.
Therefore, oral supplements are the only way to ensure you are getting enough to help prevent colds, the flu, COVID-19 and its deadly complications. D3 is recommended. Infants need less than 2000IU/day.
Children 1-18 need 1000 to 4000IU/day. Adults should take at least 2000 IU/day.
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