Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Press Releases

Jan 13, 2011 Kroger Value Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips Recall
From the Illinois Department of Public Health.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 12, 2011 - Barry Callebaut USA LLC is conducting a voluntary recall on its product sold by Kroger Stores under the brand "Kroger Value Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips", 12 oz., UPC Code is 11110-86603 as the product may contain undeclared milk protein.

The "Best By" date is found printed in black on the end of the back of the bag. The following "Best By" dates are affected by this voluntary recall: People with allergies or severe sensitivity to milk protein may be at risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

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Jan 10, 2011 Flu Activity in Illinois Increasing
From the IDPH,

Not too late to get a flu shot

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting flu activity has increased to the "regional level", meaning many regions in Illinois are reporting recent laboratory confirmed influenza. The most recent surveillance data shows an increase in influenza activity in Illinois, but the flu is not yet widespread.

"Although each influenza season is unpredictable, we typically see the peak in January and February," said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold. "It is not too late to get a flu shot. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, and those around you, from getting influenza and potentially becoming sick for a week or... more...

Nov 30, 2010 December 1st is World AIDS Day
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Encourages Everyone to Get Tested.

Champaign, IL - Annually, December 1st is observed as World AIDS Day in an effort to raise awareness of the global impact of HIV/AIDS. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that more than one million people are living with HIV in the United States and 33.4 million worldwide. More than 18,000 people with AIDS die each year in the... more...

Oct 4, 2010 Governor Quinn Proclaims Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Illinois
An estimated 9,320 women in Illinois will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Governor Pat Quinn today declared October 2010 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Illinois to educate women about breast cancer and the importance of early detection through mammography. Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women. The Illinois State Cancer Registry projects 9,320 women in Illinois will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, and an estimated 1,880 women in Illinois will lose their life to breast cancer this... more...

Oct 1, 2010 The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is holding Adult Seasonal Flu Clinics October 6th and 7t
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is holding Adult Seasonal Flu Clinics October 6th and 7th

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is holding adult (18 years-of-age and older) seasonal flu vaccination clinics next week on Wednesday, October 6th and Thursday, October 7th. CUPHD will accept Medicaid, Medicare, Visa, Master Card, check, or cash. Private health insurance is not accepted and those individuals are encouraged to check with their healthcare provider for scheduled clinics. Anyone wishing to pay for the vaccination during a CUPHD clinic, the cost will be $35.00 for influenza and $55.00 for pneumonia. Clinics for children who qualify for the Vaccine for Children Program (VCP) will be held later in the month once vaccine... more...

Sep 24, 2010 National Seat Check Saturday - Get Your Car Seat Inspected
Safe Kids Champaign County, AAA, Dorel, and IDOT Urge Parents and Caregivers to Have Their Child Safety Seats Inspected

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Hosts "National Seat Check Saturday" on September 25th

Champaign, IL - According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 6 and 8 to 14. That is why Safe Kids Champaign County is urging parents and caregivers to make sure their child safety seats are properly installed. As part of Child Passenger Safety Week (September 19-25, 2010), Safe Kids will have certified technicians available to provide free hands-on child safety seat inspections and advice on Saturday, September 25th, "National Seat Check Saturday", from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), 201 W. Kenyon Road, Champaign. This event is sponsored by AAA, Dorel, the Illinois... more...

Sep 16, 2010 "CATCH" the Spirit of Good Health
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Helps the Students of Carrie Busey Elementary School

Champaign, IL - Carrie Busey Elementary School has partnered with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) to implement the Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) Program. The CATCH Program is a multi-component program that promotes positive healthy behaviors in students and emphasizes the need for a healthy lifestyle to improve both living and learning. CATCH has three core components - nutrition, physical activity, and health education. This is Carrie Busey's second year implementing the... more...

Sep 10, 2010 Whooping Cough is on the Rise
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Encourages Pertussis Vaccination

Champaign, IL - Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), over 445 cases of pertussis have been reported in Illinois to date, with 65 percent of those reported since May 2010. Of the cases reported since May 2010, 45 percent have occurred among school-aged children; over 30 percent have occurred in children under five years-of-age.

Pertussis is a highly infectious illness that is easily transmitted through coughing and sneezing and may persist among a population for weeks to months. Symptoms of pertussis usually occur five to 10 days after exposure, but can take up to 21 days to appear. Initially symptoms are similar to a common cold: a runny nose, low-grade fever, and a mild occasional cough. However, the cough can become... more...

Sep 9, 2010 Medical Reserve Corp Serves Champaign County
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Recognizes Service and Dedication by MRC Members

Champaign, IL - The Champaign County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a local volunteer-based medical unit developed by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) as a way to utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year.

MRC has donated almost 200 hours of service to the Champaign Community over the past year by participating in health fairs, community exercises, and emergency response training. MRC also assisted CUPHD with flu clinics throughout the community during the H1N1 response.

The next Champaign County MRC meeting will be held on September 16th at 6:00 PM in the main conference room at CUPHD, 201 West Kenyon Road in Champaign. Current members and anyone who is interested in the Medical Reserve Corps Program is encouraged to attend. According to... more...

Sep 8, 2010 Fall for Smiles Kicks Off with Free Apples
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Helps Promote Oral Healthcare for Children

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) and its Dental Clinic are showing support for the mission and efforts of Oral Health America by participating in Fall for Smiles, a public messaging campaign conducted in collaboration with Oral Healthcare Can't Wait(R), an initiative of the Dental Trade Alliance.

The Fall for Smiles campaign focuses on four specific messages:

Brushing and flossing teeth as part of a healthy daily routine
Maintaining regular visits to the dentist
Choosing healthy foods for a nutritious diet and healthy mouth
Avoiding all tobacco... more...