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Oct 30, 2008 Community Leaders Meet with Toronto Health Officials to Discuss SARS & Pandemic Flu
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Hosts Summit on Champaign County Emergency Preparedness

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) will be hosting an Emergency Preparedness Summit on November 4, 2008 at the ILEAS Training Center at 1701 East Main Street in Urbana from 8:30am - 3:30pm. CUPHD has invited three key members from Toronto Public Health to meet with Champaign County community leaders to detail the importance of emergency preparedness in a pandemic situation, and the lessons learned from the 2003 Toronto SARS... more...
Oct 24, 2008 CUPHD Receives National Award to Support Diabetes Screening Activities for Local Seniors
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District to Use Award to Encourage Local Seniors to Take Advantage of Medicare Diabetes Screening Benefits

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) has received a $2500 competitive award to be used for increasing awareness of the benefits for screening for diabetes and pre-diabetes offered by Medicare. CUPHD was one of eleven community-based organizations across the United States to receive an award from the Medicare Diabetes Screening Project... more...
Oct 16, 2008 More Children Ages 0-4 Died Or Were Hospitalized For Flu Last Year Than In The Previous Three Years!
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District encourages parents to have children vaccinated against flu in a new painless way.

Champaign, IL - Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) encourages parents to have their children vaccinated against annual flu. Last flu season (2007-2008) showed a greater overall mortality and higher rates of hospitalization for children ages 0-4 years as compared to the previous three years. CUPHD now offers a painless flu vaccination for children ages 6 months to 18 years. The new vaccination called FluMist is not traditionally injected with a needle, but rather administered as an intranasal... more...
Oct 3, 2008 FREE Mammograms, Pap Tests, Breast and Pelvic Exams are Available for Uninsured Women in Illinois!
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District's IBCCP Program to Hold Enrollment Days in Bloomington, Champaign & Danville in Upcoming Month

Champaign, IL - The local office of the Illinois Breast & Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP), located at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), will be holding program enrollment days for uninsured women ages 35-64. Once enrolled in the IBCCP program, qualified women will have access to FREE mammograms, pap tests, breast and pelvic... more...
Oct 1, 2008 Avoid the Flu Fast - Just Drive Thru!
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Provides a Fast Alternative Way to Receive a 2008 Flu Shot - A Mass Immunization Drive Thru.

Champaign, IL - Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) will be providing annual flu shots from the parking lot of their new building at 201 West Kenyon Road on Wednesday and Thursday, October 8th and 9th from 8:00am - 8:00pm. Vaccines will be available for everyone ages 4 and up. Flu vaccines are available for $30.00 and Pneumonia vaccines are available for $35.00. CUPHD will accept Medicaid, Medicare, Visa, Master Card, cash, and personal checks. This year's flu clinic will be a "drive-thru". Customers wanting flu shots will not have to leave the comfort of their car, but rather be able to "get the shot and... more...
Sep 15, 2008 Safe Kids Champaign County Partners with National Seat Check Saturday
Over 90 child safety seat checkpoints will be held in Illinois

Champaign, IL - The Illinois Department of Transportation/Division of Traffic Safety (IDOT/DTS), AAA and Safe Kids Champaign County urges parents and caregivers to make sure their child safety seats are properly installed in their vehicles at the second annual "National Seat Check Saturday," on Saturday, September 20, 2008. As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 21-27) certified technicians will be available to provide free on-site child safety seat inspections from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Rogers in Rantoul. Checkpoints across the state are sponsored by IDOT/DTS, AAA, Evenflo and Illinois Safe... more...
Aug 19, 2008 Local Students Needing School and Sports Physicals Have Many Options
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District's School Physical Clinic is full, but there are many other options for area students to receive their required school physicals.

Champaign, IL - Local school students that are planning on entering Kindergarten, 6th Grade, 9th Grade or playing on school sports teams are required to have a school physical. The only exception to this mandate is those students that previously received a 5th Grade physical. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) has been offering school physical and immunization clinics this summer. There are currently two more clinics scheduled on August 21 and October 2, 2008. These clinics are currently full, but people can call to be placed on a waiting list in the event of a... more...
Aug 4, 2008 WIC Voucher Challenges Prevent Many Clients From Redeeming Coupons for Fresh Food
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District in Collaboration with the City of Urbana's "Market at the Square" Provides WIC Clients Convenient On-Site Access to Farm Fresh Fruit & Produce

Champaign, IL - Each year the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) issues approximately $40,000 worth of Farmer's Market Fruit and Vegetable Vouchers to women and children participating in the Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). In the past few years, close to $15,000 - $20,000 of these vouchers have not been redeemed by local WIC clients, mainly due to access and transportation issues for the clients served by this... more...
Jul 31, 2008 Equation for Disaster: High Temperatures Plus High Humidity Equals Risk for Heat Related Illness
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Urges the Public to Watch for Symptoms of Heat Related Illness in High Risk Populations Such as Children and the Elderly.

Champaign, IL - Summer is reportedly the time for "fun in the sun", however when high temperatures combine with high humidity the "fun" may be short lived. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) urges the public to watch for the symptoms of heat related illness, and to take precautions to keep their families and communities... more...
Jul 9, 2008 Outdoor Injury Prevention Starts in Your Own Back Yard
Safe Kids Champaign County Offers Yard Safety Tips

Each of five major child injury hazards - motor vehicles, drowning, burns, falls and poison - can be found in the back yard during the summer. Riding mowers, inflatable pools, home playground equipment and even natural vegetation and sunlight require a few simple precautions.

"All of the safety guidelines you apply to sports, playgrounds and swimming apply to those activities in your own back yard," says Susan Butler, Safe Kids Champaign County coordinator. "An inflatable pool needs to be surrounded by a fence, just like any other pool. A home playground needs to be anchored on an appropriate surface just like equipment on a public... more...