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Oct 4, 2005 Public Health to Offer Its First Flu Shot Clinics of the Season
October 17 Flu Clinic Will Target Adults at High Risk for Complications from the Flu

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District will offer the first adult flu shot clinic of the season on October 17, and is urging people 65 years of age and older, those with chronic medical conditions, residents of long-term care facilities and health care workers with direct patient care to attend. Pregnant women and adults who care for children under six months of age are also encouraged to come in for a flu... more...
Oct 4, 2005 Public Health District Reorganized
Some Programs Move to New Divisions, Some Divisions Change Names; All Services Continue Without Interruption

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is undergoing a structural overhaul that will help it better serve the people of Champaign County. Many of the changes will be invisible to those served by Public Health, but will enhance the way divisions are organized and managed.

Here are the... more...
Oct 1, 2005 Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
What is Bird Flu?

Bird flu is an infection caused by avian (bird) influenza (flu) viruses. These flu viruses occur naturally among birds. Bird flu viruses do not usually infect humans, but several cases of human infection with bird flu viruses have occurred since 1997. The current outbreak of avian influenza A (H5N1) among poultry in Asia is an example of a bird flu outbreak that has caused some human infections and... more...
Sep 29, 2005 Community Health Nurses to Receive Governor's Unique Achievement Award October 5 in Springfield
Health Check Clinic on October 5 Canceled; Three Other Clinics Offered in October

Five Champaign-Urbana Public Health District nurses will travel to Springfield on October 5 to participate in a ceremony honoring them as recipients of the 2005 Governor's Unique Achievement Award. The state gives the award to nominees from each district of the Illinois Department on Aging. This year the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging selected the Health District division of Community Health Nursing for the award.

A Community Health Nursing Health Check Clinic will be canceled on October 5 to allow the nurses to attend the award ceremony. Three other Health Check Clinics will be offered in Champaign in October. The clinics will... more...
Sep 23, 2005 Horse in Champaign County Tests Positive for West Nile Virus
First Mammal in the County to Test Positive for the Disease This Year

Public Health learned this week that a horse in Champaign County has tested positive for the West Nile virus. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the horse was first reported to state authorities on September 20, and test results were released this week. A bulletin from the health department describes the horse as "symptomatic". No other details are available.

Horses, like humans, become infected via bites from mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus. There have been no known cases of transmission of the disease from mammal to mammal, bird to bird, or bird to... more...
Sep 23, 2005 Get Your "Health Check" This October in Mahomet, Rantoul, St. Joseph or Tolono
Adult and Child Immunizations, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Cholesterol Screenings Are Available to All Champaign County Residents

The Champaign County Public Health Department is offering the following Health Check Clinics in October. At the clinics, nurses provide adult and child immunizations, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings to all Champaign County residents.

The Health Check Clinics will... more...
Sep 20, 2005 Public Health and Parkland College To Stage Emergency Response Exercise
Event Will Simulate Emergency Medicine Dispensing Site; Other County Health Departments Will Participate

On Thursday, September 22, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, the Champaign County Public Health Department and Parkland College will stage an exercise designed to simulate an emergency medicine dispensing site. The event is part of a state-wide effort to plan and prepare for terrorist attacks or other public health disasters.

Nearly 100 staff members of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District will participate in the two-hour drill, along with staff from several other central Illinois health departments, the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Observers from Carle Foundation Hospital, local employees of the U.S. Postal Service and the University of Illinois will also... more...
Sep 19, 2005 C-UPHD nominated for the 2005 Governor's Unique Achievement Award
The East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging is pleased to nominate the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (C-UPHD) for the 2005 Governor's Unique Achievement Award. The following individuals can accept the Award on behalf of the Health District: Dave King, Administrator and Charlene Stevens, RN, Division of Community Health Nursing and Clinical Services, Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department, 71 0 North Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61 820; telephone:... more...
Sep 16, 2005 Rabid Fox Picked Up at Local Shopping Center
Public Health Urges Champaign Residents to Vaccinate Pets and Watch for Potentially Rabid Wildlife

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District learned today that a rabid fox was recovered Tuesday at the Round Barn Shopping Center, in Champaign. A police officer and a woman at the shopping center managed to subdue the fox until Animal Control could collect the animal. State laboratory tests today confirmed that the fox was infected with rabies.

Public Health officials are urging all Champaign area pet owners to observe the following basic... more...
Sep 16, 2005 Fox with Rabies Identified in Champaign County, September 2005
A memo from IDPH.

On September 15, 2005, the Illinois Department of Public Health laboratory in Springfield reported that a fox from Champaign County tested positive for rabies. The fox was collected by Champaign County Animal Control. Champaign-Urbana Public Health District has reported that the fox was found wandering in broad daylight in a Champaign shopping center. The fox was staggering and aggressive as people approached and died shortly after... more...