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Illinois to receive ‘immediate allocation’ of vaccines for monkeypox as state reports 3rd highest case count in US

The state health department says that Illinois is receiving an “immediate allocation” of monkeypox vaccines as the state records the third most monkeypox cases in the United States. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is receiving the vaccines from the national stockpile. IDPH will initially receive 1,291 doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine while the […]

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Illinois health officials warn residents about salmonella outbreak linked to recalled Jif peanut butter

State health officials are warning Illinois residents to immediately dispose of recalled Jif peanut butter products that may be contaminated with salmonella. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Tuesday that they are working with local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate the multi-state outbreak of salmonella […]

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CDC recommends masks in Lake County for high-risk people due to medium ‘community level’ COVID-19

The CDC is recommending masks for the elderly and the immunocompromised after Lake County was upgraded to “medium community level” of COVID-19 on Friday. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced on Friday that 24,646 new cases of COVID-19 and 46 deaths were reported since last Friday. As of Thursday night, 732 people were […]

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State health officials issue warning to Illinois parents about severe liver damage in children

State health officials are warning parents in Illinois after cases of severe hepatitis in children have been reported in the state, including one case that required a liver transplant. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said Monday that it has learned of three suspected cases of severe hepatitis in children under 10 years of […]

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Federal judge ends President Biden’s mask mandate on planes, trains and other public transportation

A federal judge on Monday struck down the Biden administration’s mask mandate for planes, airports, trains and other public transportation. A lawsuit was filed last July by two individuals along with the Health Freedom Defense Fund. The suit named the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and various government officials as defendants, seeking a declaratory […]

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Illinois to shut down all community-based COVID-19 testing sites due to sharp drop in demand

After over 1.5 million COVID-19 tests at ten community-based testing sites in Illinois, officials are shutting them down as demand sharply drops. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced on Friday that operations at all ten community-based COVID-19 testing sites will end on March 31. The drive-thru sites were established in April 2020. Testing […]

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CDC says cloth masks are least effective, N95 masks provide the ‘highest protection’

The CDC updated their guidance Friday and acknowledged for the first time that cloth masks provide the least protection against COVID-19, while N95s provide the most protection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday updated their public guidance on masks, saying the updates “reflect the science on masking, including what we have […]