Posted on: September 30, 2015
House Bill 3190, which will require students, upon entering the sixth and the twelfth grade of any public, private, or parochial school, to receive an immunization containing meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) in accordance with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), was signed into law as Public Act 098-0480 to become effective in January 1, 2014; however, the new law allows that the requirement would not be implemented until at least six months after the Illinois Department of Public Health established administrative rules for implementing the law. The immunization requirement consists of one dose of the MCV4 vaccine for 6th grade entrance and 2 doses for 12th grade entrance, unless the first dose was administered to a child who was 16 years of age or older, in which case only one dose would be required at 12th grade entrance. It is anticipated the meningococcal requirement will be implemented for the 2015-2016 school year.
Posted on: September 11, 2015
What is the HPV vaccine?
The Human Papillomavirus Vaccination shot is administered in a series of three doses over six months for preteens 11-12 years old. The shot protects against Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infections developing into cancers of the vagina, vulva, throat, penis, and anus.
Posted on: September 2, 2015
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.
Posted on: September 2, 2015
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.
140+ Physicians from Leading Pediatric Health Organization in IL Endorse the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Act
Posted on: May 28, 2015
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.
Posted on: April 29, 2015
PROTECT PHASE I REPORT
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.
Posted on: April 23, 2015
In celebration of National DNA Day (April 25), ICAAP is launching a new webinar entitled “Talking Genetics: Identification, Referral, and Helping Families Understand Genetic Information in Primary Care Practice.” This training, presented by Dr. Kruti Acharya, is designed for those in primary care settings and will discuss mechanisms of inheritance and common genetic conditions, red flags of genetic disorders seen in primary care practice, screening and referral practices, and anticipatory guidance and communication strategies when supporting families and coordinating care.
Posted on: March 24, 2015
Creating Baby-Friendly Communities in Illinois: Strategies for Successful Collaboration between Hospitals and Local Health Departments is now available in PDF and printed form. This guide is a result of a recent collaborative project between ICAAP and the Illinois Department of Public Health’s We Choose Health Initiative, which aimed to assist fifteen Illinois hospitals and their local health departments on their journey through the Baby-Friendly Pathway. Creating Baby-Friendly Communities in Illinois highlights four hospital success stories as an example for others to follow in their own pursuit of Baby-Friendly designation.
Posted on: March 20, 2015
Promoting Healthy Beverage Consumption, a presentation developed and presented by Dr. Goutham Rao, Co-Chair of the ICAAP Health Care Provider Campaign on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, and Mary Elsner, JD, Director of ICAAP Obesity Prevention Initiatives, is now available to view in recorded form. Members of the ICAAP Health Care Provider Advisory Group on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages have recently conducted Grand Rounds presentations of Promoting Healthy Beverage Consumption at the following institutions: Southern Illinois University, Rush University Medical Center, Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, and Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. If you would like a copy of the presentation slides to use for a Grand Rounds presentation at your institution, please contact Sarah Nau, Manager of ICAAP Obesity Prevention Initiatives, at email@example.com.