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2014 Community Flu and Pneumonia Dates and Locations  

Community Flu and Pneumonia Vaccination Clinics for adults for 18 years and older have been scheduled by the
Winnebago County Health Department 

The Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD) is announcing the Flu Vaccination Clinics for the 2014 – 2015 season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Winnebago County Health Department recommend all individuals 6 months and older receive a flu shot. This vaccination is the single best way to prevent getting the flu.

It is not too early to get your flu shot. The flu season can begin as early as October, but most commonly peaks in the January or February. The 2013-2014 flu season began early, and provides a good example of the unpredictable nature of the flu season. “You can do your part to protect yourself and those around you by getting your vaccination before flu starts spreading in our community,” said Winnebago County Health Department Health Promotion & Protection Director, Kara Biery.

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory disease that infects the nose, throat, and lungs and can lead to serious complications (ex. Pneumonia and bronchitis), hospitalization, or even death.  Influenza is spread by coughing, sneezing, or nasal secretions.

Winnebago County Health Department Reports First Bird Positive with West Nile Virus in Winnebago County for 2014

 

The Winnebago County Health Department announces today, Tuesday, September 9, 2014, that a dead bird found in Winnebago County 61107 Zip Code (Rockford) has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This finding is much later from last year, when the first positive bird in Winnebago County occurred on August 6.

"This finding is not surprising and we want to remind residents that WNV is once again present in our County. As you head out this late-summer and fall, it is important to take precautions to protect yourself and your family to reduce the risk of being bitten by an infected mosquito," states Todd Marshall, Environmental Health Director for the Winnebago County Health Department. "West Nile Virus has been confirmed to be present in Winnebago County for the 13th year in a row", added Todd.

Warmer temperatures can increase the rate of Culex mosquito production, mosquito flight activity and virus replication, thereby increasing the proportion of birds and mosquitoes infected with WNV and the risk of disease to humans.

Released: 9/9/2014 Contact: Sue Fuller
Contact Phone: 815-720-4213

Winnebago County Health Department Reports First Bird Positive with West Nile Virus in Winnebago County for 2014

Contact:      Sue Fuller, Public Information Officer    815-720-4213
Date:           Tuesday, September 9, 2014 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Winnebago County Health Department Reports First Bird Positive
with West Nile Virus in Winnebago County for 2014

The Winnebago County Health Department announces today, Tuesday, September 9, 2014, that a dead bird found in Winnebago County 61107 Zip Code (Rockford) has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This finding is much later from last year, when the first positive bird in Winnebago County occurred on August 6.  

“This finding is not surprising and we want to remind residents that WNV is once again present in our County.  As you head out this late-summer and fall, it is important to take precautions to protect yourself and your family to reduce the risk of being bitten by an infected mosquito,” states Todd Marshall, Environmental Health Director for the Winnebago County Health Department. “West Nile Virus has been confirmed to be present in Winnebago County for the 13th year in a row”, added Todd. Warmer temperatures can increase the rate of Culex mosquito production, mosquito flight activity and virus replication, thereby increasing the proportion of birds and mosquitoes infected with WNV and the risk of disease to humans. Based on nationwide experience in Illinois over the previous 13 years of WNV presence in the United States, the peak period for WNV transmission, particularly to humans, has been from mid-July through the middle of October.

Fifteenth Annual Partners for Peace Luncheon and Forum on Thursday, September 18, 2014
“A Conversation with Dr. Rajmohan Gandhi”

On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the Violence Prevention Collaborative of the Winnebago County Health Department will host its annual Peace Awards, along with “A Conversation with Dr. Rajmohan Gandhi” at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center.  The forum with Dr. Gandhi runs from 9:30-11:15 a.m. with registration beginning at 9:00 a.m.  The Peace Awards luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m.  The cost is  $35.00.   Dr. Gandhi is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and a Professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois.  Dr. Gandhi will also be interviewed by Dr. Robert Head, President of Rockford University on Wednesday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Maddox Theater.
    
The Violence Prevention Collaborative (VPC) is composed of over 20 formal members comprised of community, social service agencies, grassroots organizations, faith-based organizations, law enforcement, health care, education and judicial sectors of the community.  The VPC’s Mission Statement is to create Safe Inclusive Communities in Winnebago County and our vision is to promote a community-wide coalition of agencies, organizations, adults and youth, to promote violence prevention.

Released: 9/3/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2014

Community Sees Increase in Children with Rhinovirus

ROCKFORD, Ill. — An increase in pediatric asthma flare-ups and breathing difficulties related to the Rhinovirus has local hospitals urging parents to be aware of their child’s symptoms if they get sick. Rhinoviruses are among the most common causes of the common cold, but can cause more severe illnesses in people with underlying lung disorders. They can trigger asthma attacks and have also been linked to sinus and ear infections.

While asthma flare-ups typically increase during the fall, local hospitals are seeing a greater number of cases and more severe cases than usual. Testing of patients has linked these flare-ups to the Rhinovirus. Since Rhinovirus is not a reportable disease, no statistics are available.

Physicians say early treatment and prompt recognition are key to keeping asthma under control. Parents of asthmatic children are urged to be proactive should their child become sick and contact the physician if symptoms increase.

The virus is spread through the air and close personal contact. Symptoms usually include sore throat, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, headaches and body aches. Most people recover in seven to 10 days. You should call your doctor if you or your child has one or more of these conditions:

  • A temperature higher than 100.4° F
  • Symptoms that last more than 10 days
  • Symptoms that are severe or unusual
  • Breathing that is difficult, fast or unusual, or if the child is using stomach muscles tobreathe.

The Winnebago county health department recommends the following ways to protect yourself and others:

  • Frequent hand washing
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay away from sick people
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with others
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue
  • Disinfect frequently touches surfaces and objects such as toys and doorknobs

Should you have questions regarding the Rhinovirus call your pediatrician or primary care provider, or you can call the Winnebago County Health Department at (815) 720-4050.


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