Zika Virus

Zika Virus Memorandum


To:  Local Health Department Administrators

From:  Connie Austin, State Veterinarian
Jane Fornoff, APORS Manager

Date: January 25, 2016

RE: Zika virus and microcephaly


The Illinois Department of Public Health is beginning to receive questions about the Zika virus infections during pregnancy and its suspected relationship to severe microcephaly.  This memo provides information about this issue and requests your help in the ongoing national research efforts.

Outbreaks of Zika have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas.  Because the Aedes species mosquitoes that spread Zika virus are found throughout the world, it is likely that outbreaks will spread to new countries.  please check the CDC website for the latest countries reported with Zika virus http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html.  Cases of Zika have been reported in Illinois among returning travelers.

The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis.  The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week.  There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika.   travelers should reduce their risks of this disease by using insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, and staying in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens.  Pregnant women should consider postponing travel to areas where there is ongoing transmission.  CDC is developing and translating information for travelers: they will be available at the web-site above.  Current recommendations are attached with this memorandum.

When High-risk Infant Follow-up nurses offer services to families of an APORS baby reported with microcephaly, we would like to ask mothers about their travel history (countries and dates of travel) to affected regions during her pregnancy.  This information (positive or negative) should be documented in the APORS database in the local health department comment field.  This data will be helpful in understanding whether Zika virus could be implicated in less severe microcephaly as well as the most severe cases.  Thank you for your contributions to our better understanding of the public health concern.

Link To Zika Questions and Answers
Link to the CDC for more Zika Information

Flu Season

Not Too Late To Vaccinate

For Immediate Release
Date: January 27, 2016
Contact Person: Karri Combs, RN.
Phone#: (815) 941-3417
Website: www.grundyhealth.com

Grundy County Health Department reminds you “Not too Late To Vaccinate”

Grundy County Health Department would like to remind everyone that it is “Not Too Late To Vaccinate” for the current flu season.

November usually marks the beginning of the flu season which normally peaks in February. The flu season continues through February and sometimes later into the spring. Getting vaccinated is the single best way for people to protect not only themselves against flu, but their loved ones as well.

Both adult high dose flu vaccine for people 65 years and older and regular flu vaccines are available. Medicare and Medicaid are accepted. Please bring your card with you to your appointment. For those who do not have Medicare or Medicaid the cost of regular flu vaccine is $35.00 and high dose vaccine is $60.00.
The health department accepts cash, check or credit cards. No debit cards please.

You don’t have to be a resident of Grundy County to receive the adult vaccine.

The Illinois Department of Public Health’s Vaccine for Children program will provide the vaccine for children 6 months to 18 years of age who meet the following requirements: children must reside in Grundy County, be an American Indian or Alaskan Native, have been enrolled in Medicaid or do not have health insurance that covers the cost of vaccines. People who have insurance that pays for immunizations are not eligible to participate in this program. A $20.00 donation is requested for children receiving vaccines under this program but they will not be turned away because of inability to pay. Cash, check or credit cards accepted. No debit cards please.

Please call the Grundy County Health Department at 815-941-3404 for more information and to schedule flu vaccinations for adults and children.

For more information about the flu and flu vaccine go to: www.grundyhealth.com or www.cdc.gov/flu.

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