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CDPH Important Message Regarding Religious Exemption Process

On August 3, 2015, Public Act 099-0249 was enacted that changes the process for parents or legal guardians seeking a religious exemption to any required immunizations or examinations for their children. The new law requires that parents or legal guardians who object on religious grounds to complete a Certificate of Religious Exemption, which must also be signed by the physician, advanced practice nurse or physician assistant responsible for performing the student examination.

CDPH Mumps Testing Recommendations

Since January 2015, 130 cases of mumps have been reported in Illinois. The majority of these cases have been associated with an outbreak at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). In Chicago, seven cases of mumps have been reported this year; two among UIUC students. The Chicago Department of Public Health reminds providers that previously vaccinated individuals may not have detectable mumps IgM antibody regardless of timing of specimen collection, resulting in false-negative serology. For individuals with symptoms suggestive of mumps who have previously received the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, the preferred diagnostic test is real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) from a buccal/oropharyngeal swab of the affected parotid duct within three days but not more than eight days after symptom onset. A negative serologic result, especially in a vaccinated person, should not be used to rule out a mumps diagnosis. In the absence of another diagnosis, a person with clinically compatible symptoms should be reported as a suspect mumps case.

Important Message from IDPH!

Important Message from the Illinois Department of Public Health!

Please use the following Certificate of Religious Exemption form that is at the end of this memo regarding any religious exemption that is required beginning October 16, 2015 for all students entering kindergarten, sixth or ninth grades when the parent(s) or legal guardian (s) is requesting a religious exemption. Please read more regarding the new law (Public Act 099-0249) in this IDPH memo!

6th Annual ABC Conference – Registration now open!

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual ABC (Autism, Behavior, Complex Medical Needs) Conference, “A Trauma-Informed, Interprofessional Approach to Caring for Children with Special Needs.” The ABC conferences emphasize evidence-based and concrete strategies to address the struggles providers encounter related to Autism, Behavioral Challenges and Complex Medical Needs (ABC). Recently, the ABC conference has adopted a trauma-informed ‘lens’, and will focus on the pervasive effects of trauma as they relate to all disciplines serving children and their families, especially children with special needs. Trauma is a widespread public health issue whose implications are not limited to the behavioral health sector. Therefore, this conference emphasizes a multidisciplinary, interprofessional approach to most effectively serve people who have experienced trauma.

New ICAAP Early Childhood Development initiative

You are invited to learn about Tools to Empower Adolescent Moms, or TEAM, a new Early Childhood Development initiative of the Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP). The American Academy of Pediatrics Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents is the foundation for this work, as is the Illinois Promoting Resiliency of Trauma-exposed Communities Together (PROTECT) project.

Upcoming ICAAP Events

Register today for these exciting educational opportunities:

September 1, 2015 HPV Dinner Forum

Big Grove Tavern (Champaign)
Dr. Corinne Kohler
One Main, 1 E Main St, Champaign, IL 61820

Please register at the following link!


September 25, 2015 – MA/ RN Training: What You Should Know About Pediatric Vaccines

140+ Physicians from Leading Pediatric Health Organization in IL Endorse the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Act

More than 140 physicians from ICAAP announced their endorsement today of the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Act. The HEAL Act invests in community prevention and Medicaid, through a small tax on sugary drinks.

PROTECT Phase 1 Report Available Here!


ICAAP is pleased to announce the completion of its first Promoting Resiliency of Trauma-Exposed Communities Together (PROTECT) status report. PROTECT is helping families and communities exposed to trauma build resilience by coordinating efforts among systems to expand access to trauma-informed care and resources systemically and statewide. The report includes origins and vision of the PROTECT initiative, what has informed our work, leadership, the operating structure for decision making, what we have learned, and our next steps. For more information about PROTECT or to become involved, contact Juanona Brewster.