Emerging Issues

Stay Up-to-Date with Emerging Issues in Illinois

ICAAP is dedicated to keeping our pediatric health care provider community up-to-date on the latest issues affecting the health and well-being of children and families in Illinois. Refer to the updates and resources below to better support your response efforts.

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Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

H5N1 Updates

Blueprint for Pandemic Readiness

Respiratory Virus

Medicaid Redeterminations

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Measles Updates & Resources

Measles Updates & Resources

For Families and Caregivers

Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Virus Updates

Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Virus Updates

A person in the United States has tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5N1) virus (“H5N1 bird flu”), as reported by Texas and confirmed by CDC. This person had exposure to dairy cattle in Texas presumed to be infected with HPAI A(H5N1) viruses. The patient reported eye redness (consistent with conjunctivitis), as their only symptom, and is recovering. The patient was told to isolate and is being treated with an antiviral drug for flu. This infection does not change the H5N1 bird flu human health risk assessment for the U.S. general public, which CDC considers to be low. However, people with close or prolonged, unprotected exposures to infected birds or other animals (including livestock), or environments contaminated by infected birds or other animals, are at greater risk of infection. CDC has interim recommendations for prevention, monitoring, and public health investigations of HPAI A(H5N1) viruses.

Children's Hospital Association (CHA)

Blueprint for Pediatric-Specific Readiness in Pandemics & Disasters


This must-read report provides recommendations on how to ensure children’s physical and mental health care needs are considered in planning for pandemics, disasters and public health emergencies. Children have unique physical, mental and social needs that differ from adults, and there are opportunities to ensure these considerations are included in future pandemic and disaster planning. The recommendations in the blueprint report incorporate the results of a May 2023 online survey developed in partnership with FTI Consulting and completed by over 40 CHA members and Pediatric Pandemic Network (PPN) participants. The report also includes documented insights from a range of experts working in pediatric medicine, pediatric disaster response, pharmacy and supply chain issues and more.

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2023/2024 Respiratory Virus Season
Preparing for Respiratory Virus Season
Medicaid Redeterminations
Medicaid Redeterminations

Medicaid Redeterminations

Medicaid redeterminations are likely to result in many children and families losing coverage. Actions now and throughout the unwinding period will help to mitigate these coverage losses.

Redetermination HFS Webinar

IL-Template Letter for Patients & Families Who Receive Medicaid

HFS Ready to Renew Messaging Toolkit

AAP's Preserving Medicaid and CHIP Coverage Resource Page

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Receive Important Communications


Self-register for SIREN (State of Illinois Rapid Electronic Notification) to receive important notifications from IDPH. Select IDPH and then you can select your hospital or the Illinois Chapter which is listed under “DPH Partners”.

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Sign up for alerts from the CDC Emergency Preparedness and Responses.

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Updates on Medicaid and coverage for children can be found on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website.

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Self-register for the Chicago Department of Public Health's Health Alert Network (HAN).

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