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  • Health Department Observes National Infant Immunization Week, April 26- May 3 Apr 25, 2014 3:44 PM
    Each year, numerous vaccine-preventable illnesses are reported in Illinois. Certain diseases, such as measles, are making a comeback as some parents choose to either delay or decline vaccinations for their children. In observance of National Infant Immunizations Week, April 26 to May 3, the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center is reminding parents to follow the recommended immunization schedule to protect their infants and children by providing immunity early in life. “Babies need to visit a doctor or clinic for vaccinations at least five times by the age of 2 for protection against serious childhood diseases,” said Tony Beltran, the Lake County Health Department’s Executive Director. “Immunizations not only provide individual protection to each child, but protect the health of the entire community.” The Health Department’s Immunizations Program works to prevent the spread of illness by vaccinating adults and children for protection against a wide variety of diseases. These diseases can be especially serious for infants and young children. Last year the program provided more than 20,000 vaccinations to babies up to 2 years of age and more than 23,000 vaccinations to children between 2 and 18 years of age. Vaccine-preventable diseases still circulate in the United States and around the world. In 2013, the Lake County Health Department investigated nine outbreaks of vaccine-preventable illnesses. One example of the seriousness of vaccine-preventable diseases is an increase in measles cases or outbreaks that were reported in 2013. Data from 2013 showed a higher than normal number of measles cases nationally and in individual states, including an outbreak of 58 cases in New York City that was the largest reported outbreak of measles in the U.S. since 1996. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. Diseases that vaccines protect against include chickenpox, diphtheria, measles, mumps, pertussis, polio, rubella, tetanus, hepatitis B, hepatitis A, rotavirus, haemophilus influenza type b, pneumococcus, and influenza. For the 2014 infant immunizations schedule, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/child.html Immunizations are available by appointment only at the Lake County Health Department’s Immunizations Clinic, 2303 Dodge Avenue in Waukegan. The clinic is open Monday through Friday and on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. For more information or to make an appointment, call: (847) 377-8470 or visit: http://health.lakecountyil.gov/Population/Pages/Immunizations.aspx. The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center is a member of the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium (NIPHC), a 501 (c)(4) organization of public health departments. Other members include the health departments of the City of Chicago, the Village of Skokie, and the Counties of Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, McHenry, Will and Winnebago. These organizations are promoting in unison the importance of immunizations in observance of National Infant Immunizations Week.

     
  • Health Department Offers Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic in Lindenhurst Apr 21, 2014 3:41 PM
    The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center’s Animal Care and Control Program, in cooperation with the Lindenhurst Police Department, will offer a low-cost pet vaccination clinic on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. until noon at 2301 E. Sand Lake Road in Lindenhurst.

     
  • Registration Deadline Nears for Free K-12 Science Teacher Workshop Apr 17, 2014 3:59 PM
    Science teachers who wish to attend a free May 10 workshop on how to bring the excitement of NASA to their Earth Science classrooms should register by April 25.

     
  • Procrastinators can Celebrate! Scientists Say it’s in Your Genes Apr 14, 2014 1:08 PM
    If you’d rather put off until tomorrow what could be done today, blame your parents. Researchers have discovered there may be a genetic reason for these tendencies, genetically linking procrastination and impulsivity which suggests they can be inherited.

     
  • West Chicago Mayor Delivers 2014 State of the City Apr 10, 2014 4:41 PM
    Mayor Credits "Thoughtful Planning and Strategic Foresight" For City's Solid Financial Position in the 2014 State of the City Address

     
  • Local 4-H members part of legislative team in Springfield Apr 9, 2014 3:37 PM
    Avni Patel promoted the value of the 4-H program as part of Illinois’ delegation to the Illinois Capitol as part of Illinois 4-H’s Legislative Connection. Avni from Lake County was one of the 29 4-H members statewide who met with state legislators March 25 and 26 to show the impact of University of Illinois Extension 4-H on the lives of Illinois families.

     
  • Downtown Retailer Celebrates First Anniversary Apr 7, 2014 5:12 PM
    Downtown Retailer Celebrates First Anniversary

     
  • ommission Members Bring Backgrounds to Volunteer Appointments Apr 7, 2014 5:21 PM
    Commission Members Bring Impressive and Accomplished Backgrounds to Volunteer Appointments

     
  • Health department highlights its 2013 accomplishments Apr 3, 2014 12:29 PM
    National Public Health Week, April 7 to 13, is a time to recognize the contributions of public health. Since 1995, communities across the nation have participated in this observance that is sponsored by the American Public Health Association.

     
  • Lourdes H S Class of 1959 Mar 31, 2014 7:44 AM
    High School Reunion

     
  • Oak Brook Park District Lifeguard Receives National Top Honor Mar 31, 2014 4:45 PM
    Oak Brook Park District is proud to announce that the agency has not only recently been awarded the prestigious Gold International Aquatic Safety Award by international risk management company Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc., but it’s very own lifeguard, Darius Melton, 23, has been recognized as one of the top lifeguards in the nation.

     
  • Last Chance to Enroll in Marketplace Health Plans Mar 26, 2014 3:59 PM
    The March 31 deadline for uninsured residents to enroll in Marketplace health insurance plans is rapidly approaching. For the convenience of last minute insurance shoppers, Enroll Lake County! is extending its hours at several enrollment locations. On Sunday, March 30, the West Field Office, at 2 E Rollins Road in Round Lake Beach, will be open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Additionally, on Monday, March 31, the Waukegan Public Library, at 128 N. County Street in Waukegan, will remain open until midnight. The United Methodist Church at 848 Main Street in Antioch will also be open from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. Navigators will be available at all three locations to help individuals and families learn about their health insurance options, shop the health insurance Marketplace, and enroll for health care insurance. Walk-in appointments will be available, but residents are encouraged to call the Enroll Lake County! phone line at 847-377-4999 in advance to schedule an appointment for assistance. Spearheaded by the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center, Enroll Lake County! is the initiative working to educate and enroll Lake County residents in new health insurance programs available through the Affordable Care Act. Individuals and families eligible to purchase insurance on the health insurance Marketplace have until March 31, 2014 to enroll in a health insurance plan. For those eligible for Medicaid, there is no end date for enrollment. Enroll Lake County! navigators will remain available beyond March 31 to assist people applying for Medicaid on an ongoing basis. Through the Enroll Lake County! initiative, nearly 80 specially trained and certified counselors, called navigators, are available at 28 sites throughout Lake County to assist, answer questions and work with residents to enroll for health insurance. Their services are completely free. Since October, Enroll Lake County! navigators have educated more than 16,000 individuals and helped more than 5,500 complete applications. Under the Affordable Care Act, thousands of Illinoisans who were previously unable to get insurance can now get covered. There are several ways for residents to enroll for health insurance: • Visit GetCoveredIllinois.gov • Call Enroll Lake County! at: 847-377-4999 for assistance or to schedule an appointment with a local navigator at no charge • Call the Get Covered Illinois Help Desk at 866-311-1119 To find the location, use our Enroll Lake County map. For information about other Enroll Lake County! community events and enrollment site locations, visit: EnrollLakeCounty.com or GetcoveredIllinois.gov/events.

     
  • Lake Among ‘Healthier Counties’ in Illinois According to County Health Rankings Report Mar 26, 2014 3:58 PM
    A public health report card that grades the health of America’s counties has ranked Lake County among the healthier counties in Illinois. The report card, developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, ranked Lake County thirteenth out of 102 counties in Illinois.

     
  • Lake County Health Department offers low-cost pet vaccinations Mar 21, 2014 11:10 AM
    The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center’s Animal Care and Control Program is providing two opportunities in April for pet owners to participate in low-cost pet vaccination clinics. The first is April 5 in cooperation with Beach Park Public Works at the public works facility, 40185 Glendale, in Beach Park. The second is on April 26 in cooperation with the Vernon Hills Police Department at the department headquarters, 754 Lakeview Parkway, in Vernon Hills. Each clinic is held from 9 a.m. until noon. These clinics are a convenient and affordable way for any Lake County resident to keep pets up to date with shots and rabies tags. Vaccination costs are as follows: For Pets Spayed/Neutered One-year rabies vaccination and Lake County tag: $20.00 One-year rabies vaccination, tag and distemper: $25.00 Distemper complex only: $10.00 Microchip: $15.00 For Pets Not Spayed/Neutered One-year rabies vaccination and Lake County tag: $60.00 One-year rabies vaccination, tag and distemper: $65.00 Distemper complex only: $10.00 Microchip: $15.00 Pets will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. All animals brought to the clinic must be at least four months old. Dogs must be leashed and cats placed in carriers. Only cash will be accepted on site. The Health Department’s Animal Care and Control Program tracks pet vaccinations and rabies tags, investigates animal bites and complaints of nuisance and neglect, as well as impounds stray animals. The number of pets vaccinated through the low-cost clinics increases each year. A record 2,420 were vaccinated in 2013. For additional information please contact the Lake County Health Department’s Animal Care and Control facility at: (847) 949-9925.

     
  • Woodlands Academy’s Congé: Fundraising for Financial Aid Mar 21, 2014 11:06 AM
    Online bidding in April for silent auction items such as four VIP tickets to a Los Angeles taping of Conan O’Brien’s TBS TV show is just one way of participating in the 41st annual Congé fundraiser, Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart’s largest campaign to support ongoing academic and student financial aid programs.

     
  • How video games might actually help kids lose weight Mar 20, 2014 7:54 AM
    Kids these days are often living a more sedentary lifestyle which has contributed to increasing obesity.

     
  • Lake County Medical Reserve Corps Seeks Volunteers Mar 18, 2014 3:58 PM
    Individuals seeking a volunteer opportunity that includes free training for widespread emergency situations should consider joining the Lake County Medical Reserve Corps and participating in training this month and next. A medical background is not required for those who want to volunteer. Affiliated with the Lake County Health Department’s Emergency Response program, the Medical Reserve Corps is in place to support the existing health care system in situations of public health emergencies. For instance, volunteers assisted with the H1N1 outbreak in Lake County and 10 volunteers from the Lake County Medical Reserve Corps traveled to Louisiana to assist after Hurricane Katrina in what was the first national activation of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers. “We are asking people to step up and help their community. If you want to volunteer, we will find a job for you,” said Chet Splitt, MRC Coordinator. Locally there are 375 members and the goal is to double that number. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Lake County or one of the adjacent counties. In case of a large-scale emergency wherein medication needs to be distributed, volunteers and their immediate family will receive the medication first. Medical or non-medical students who meet the age and residency requirement are encouraged to be volunteers as well. Volunteers are asked to complete less than 10 hours of training a year and each person is required to attend one four-hour exercise to practice what they learn. The training includes learning how to assist in distributing medication to all residents of Lake County within 48 hours during a public health emergency. The Training schedule is as follows: March 20 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Orientation 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. PODS (Points of Distribution Training) College of Lake County Southlake Campus - V324 1120 South Milwaukee Avenue Vernon Hills April 3 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Orientation 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. PODS (Points of Distribution Training) College of Lake County Grayslake Campus – Room C002 19351 West Washington Street Grayslake Those who volunteer will not only be better prepared at home and work in case of an emergency, but they also will be part of a nationally-recognized group of volunteers. In 2012, the Lake County Medical Reserve Corps was recognized as an Active Partner in the Illinois Heart Rescue Project which focuses on forming community, emergency management system (EMS) and hospital partnerships across the state to measure and improve cardiac arrest survival. In 2010, the group received the 2010 Mentor Award from the Office of Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps for efforts in collaboration with the Southeast Wisconsin Medical Reserve Corps. Lake County Medical Reserve Corps volunteers can also spend anywhere from 2 to 20 hours each year representing the Medical Reserve Corps and educating the public at public events such as presentations to senior groups, the Lake County Fair, the Kids 1st Health Fair and the College of Lake County Fair. There are 74 Medical Reserve Corps units in Illinois and 991 across the United States with more than 4,000 members. For more information about the Medical Reserve Corps, visit the website at: http://health.lakecountyil.gov/Population/Pages/Lake-County-Medical-Reserve-Corps.aspx. Questions about how to volunteer or the training may be directed to Chet Splitt at csplitt@lakecountyil.gov or call him at (847) 377-8358.

     
  • Wine tasting banishes cabin fever for record crowd Mar 6, 2014 9:55 PM
    On Saturday, February 22, over 450 people wined and dined at the 50th annual A Grapevine of Friends Wine Tasting, benefitting Clearbrook’s Employment Services Program.

     
  • What is Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)? Feb 26, 2014 2:05 PM
    Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) combines endoscopy and ultrasound; this procedure allows a doctor to obtain detailed images of the digestive track.

     
  • Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is Hosting Community Blood Drive on March 5 Feb 25, 2014 8:06 AM
    Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, March 5, 10 am – 4 pm in the Prairie Room at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, 450 West Highway 22 in Barrington, Illinois.

     
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