Suicide Awareness

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Find local resources and news about an upcoming event to recognize World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2017 here.


How To Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe

The American Academy of Pediatrics has an updated policy statement regarding SIDS. Read it here.


The Stickney Public Health District supports adopting a healthy lifestyle at an early age. Children from Sahs School celebrate good health by walking to school!

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Eddie The Eagle joined in the fun!

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District Secretary Hector Cesario distributes tee shirts celebrating students' healthy choices.

Rabid Bat Alert

Rabid Bat Found in Stickney, IL

BURBANK – On August 14, 2017, a bat was found in the vicinity of the 4200 block of Scoville Ave. in Stickney, IL. The bat was submitted for rabies examination. It was determined by the Illinois State Public Health Laboratory that the bad was rabid.

The Stickney Public Health District would like to remind residents to stay safe when bats are near. Rabies is perhaps the most well known disease associated with bats, however several highly fatal diseases have been linked to them. An exposure to rabies most commonly occurs when a person is bitten by a rabid animal. It can also be transmitted when the saliva from a rabid animal comes in contact with a person’s mouth, eyes, nose, or a fresh wound. Even if you don’t think you were bitten, but find a bat in your home, this can be considered an exposure.

Take these precautions to help minimize the risk of exposure to bats and their diseases:

  • Carefully examine your home for holes that might allow bats entry into your living quarters.
  • Any opening larger than a quarter inch by half-inch should be closed.
  • Use window screens, chimney caps, and draft guards beneath doors and attics.
  • Bats do not chew holes so if the entrance to the home is not there, they are easily excluded.
  • Have your dogs and cats on a leash when out of their homes, and be sure they are vaccinated against rabies. If your animal does not have a current rabies vaccination, have the pet immediately inoculated with rabies vaccine.

    When a person is exposed to rabies, timely administration of a vaccine called post-exposure prophylaxis can prevent infection. If you are bitten by a bat immediately wash the bite site with plenty of soap and lots of running water for a minimum of 10 minutes and seek medical attention immediately. If you were exposed to, or bitten by a bat, contact your doctor.

    Always remember do not handle bats. If you find one living in your home, if you find one dead on your property, or in the instance of a bat bite notify: Stickney Township Animal Control (708) 424-9200 Ext. 2187. To get more information about rabid bats please visit or

    Take Precautions against West Nile Virus

    Be on the lookout for standing water in your yard

    Stickney Public Health District would like to remind our residents to take precautions to protect against West Nile Virus, which is carried by the Culex mosquito. West Nile virus cannot be transmitted from person-to-person. WNV is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread WNV to humans and other animals when they bite.

    Most mosquitoes do not carry the virus. Culex mosquitoes lay their eggs in water that is stagnant for more than 7 days. Breeding grounds for the Culex mosquito include: old tires, pool covers, bird baths, and ponds. With recent heavy rains residents may be bothered by floodwater, or nuisance mosquitoes. It is important to remember that these mosquitoes are not significant carriers of West Nile Virus, or other diseases in Illinois. However, it is still important to take precautions to protect yourself and your family against mosquitoes with these precautions:

  • Use insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
  • Eliminate standing water. This includes emptying water from flowerpots, gutters, pool covers, pet water dishes and birdbaths regularly.
  • Keep grass and weeds short to eliminate hiding places for adult mosquitoes.
  • When outside between dusk and dawn, wear loose-fitting, light colored clothing including long pants, long sleeve shirts, socks and shoes.
  • Check that all screens, windows and doors are tight-fitting and free of holes and tears
  • Check on neighbors regularly who may need additional assistance, including the elderly.

    Illinois Breastfeeding Month

    Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner declares August 2017 Breastfeeding Promotion Month in Illinois.

    The proclamation aims to increase public awareness of breastfeeding as the normal and expected way to feed all babies in Illinois. Breastfeeding advocates in more than 120 countries worldwide will celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) with the theme “Sustaining Breastfeeding Together.” Every year millions of people use this opportunity to take action to protect, promote and support Breastfeeding.

    “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” - Helen Keller. It will take effort from us all to succeed in establishing Breastfeeding as a foundation for lifelong health and a means of food security for infants, and to establish maternity protections and other workplace policies to enable women to combine breastfeeding and employment.

    Throughout Illinois, local WIC agencies work within their communities to get mothers and babies off to a great start with breastfeeding. Continuing the education and counseling moms receive prenatally, WIC agencies work with their area hospitals to provide seamless support as moms come home from the hospital and transition back to work and school. Through the statewide Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program, moms receive one-on-one support from experienced breastfeeding moms.

    As part of The Healthy People 2020 Breastfeeding Goals for the Nation, Illinois continues to work with community partners to increase breastfeeding at 3 months to 46% and to increase the number of babies born at hospitals that provide recommended care for breastfeeding moms and their babies.

    Stickney Public Health District’s WIC Program reports:

  • 72% of mothers initiated breastfeeding.
  • 10.7% of those infants are Exclusively Breastfed.
  • 28% of infants are still being Breastfed 6 months and beyond.

    Stickney Public Health District’s WIC Program has a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) on Staff to support and assist mothers and their infants with breastfeeding.

    Local events and activities have been planned to promote breastfeeding knowledge and awareness. WIC Breastfeeding Staff will be available and have a table at the Stickney Township Farmer’s Market on Wednesday, August 2nd from Noon-3pm.

    Avoid Possible Exposure to Rabies by Avoiding Bats and Wild Animals

    Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) officials are reminding residents that bats become active during this time of year, which means the possibility of exposure to rabies is increasing. A bat tested positive for rabies in LaGrange Park this week. It was the first in suburban Cook County in 2017.

    Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system in humans and other mammals. A person may contract rabies through a bite, scratch, or saliva from an infected animal. A bat bite or scratch may not be seen or even felt by the injured person due to the small size of its teeth and claws. A potential rabies exposure should never be taken lightly. If untreated, rabies is fatal.

    “If you find yourself in close proximity to a bat, dead or alive, do not touch, hit or destroy it and do not try and remove it from your home,” said CCDPH Chief Operating Officer Terry Mason, MD, FACS. “Call your local animal control office to collect the bat and call your healthcare provider or local public health department immediately to report the exposure and determine if preventive treatment is needed. If the bat is available for testing and test results are negative, preventive treatment is not needed.”

    Animals do not have to be aggressive or behaving erratically to have rabies. Changes in any animal’s normal behavior can be early signs of rabies. Bats that are on the ground, unable to fly, or active during the day are more likely than others to be rabid. Such bats are often easily approached but should never be handled.

    Recommendations to help prevent the spread of rabies:

  • If a bat is in your home, do not release the bat outdoors until after speaking with animal control or public health officials. It may be possible to test the bat and avoid the need to receive rabies treatment.
  • If you wake to a bat in the room you may need to be treated if the bat cannot be tested.

    Keep vaccinations up-to-date for all dogs, cats, ferrets and other animals you own. To find low cost Cook County Animal Control clinics, visit:

  • Seek immediate veterinary assistance for your pet if it is bitten by a wild animal or exposed to a bat.
  • Call your local animal control office about removing stray animals in your neighborhood. Never adopt wild animals, bring them into your home, or try to nurse sick, wild animals to health.
  • Do not touch, feed or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.
  • Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
  • Maintain homes and other buildings so bats cannot get inside.
  • Call your local animal control office or Cook County Animal and Rabies Control (708-974-6140) to report a bat in your home or a dead bat on your property.
  • Call the CCDPH at 708-836-8699 to report human exposure to a bat.

    For more information about rabies, visit:

    Diabetes Support Program Announced

    Stickney Health District, in collabortation with Little Company of Mary Hospital, will offera diabestes support program held on the second Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The program will run from April through October. The one hour program will be held at Stickney Public Health District South Clinic, 5635 State Road, Burbank, Il. The program is freee of change and open to Stickney Townshiop adults. Space is limited to 25 attendees. To register and for more information call 708 424-9200, ext. 2137.

    Walk To School Event Encourages Healthy Habit

    Stickney Township Public Health District, in association with Central School District 110, sponsored the first annual Walk To School Day, held Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Charles J. Sahs School in Central Stickney. The event encouraged children and their families to walk to school as part of a healthy lifestyle.

    Featured activities included a tee-shirt give away, blood pressure screenings for adults, an appearance by the Central Stickney Fire Protection District and the Sahs School mascot, Eddie The Eagle. Township officials and staff, including President Louis S. Viverito, were joined by Sahs Principal Jennifer Toschi, teachers and school staff in greeting students and their families.

    Stickney Public Health Department Reports Increase in Chlamydia Cases

    Stickney Public Health Department reported an increase in Chlamydia cases for 2016, as compared to the same time period the previous year. According to Susan Shinkus, STD Communicable Disease Nurse: “The number of Chlamydia cases reported to the health department has more than doubled. 58% of cases are in 13 – 22 year olds, 26% in 23 – 30 year olds, 14% in 31 – 40 year olds, and 2% in those 41 years of age or older. 67% of these reported cases have been in females and 33% of the cases in males. This increase is concerning and the provider community has been alerted to increase testing to promptly identify and treat the infection.”

    Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI). 50% of men and 80% of women infected with Chlamydia may have no symptoms. Even when Chlamydia causes no symptoms, it can damage your reproductive system. If you do have symptoms, they may not appear until several weeks after you have sex with an infected partner. The only way to know for sure if you have an STI is to get yourself tested. A simple urine test is an accurate way to determine if an STI is present.

    Chlamydia can be cured with the right treatment. It is important that you take all of the medication your doctor prescribes to cure your infection. When taken properly it will stop the infection and could decrease your chances of having complications later on. Medication for Chlamydia should not be shared with anyone. You should not have sex again until you and your sex partner(s) have completed treatment. If your doctor prescribes a single dose of medication, you should wait seven days after taking the medicine before having sex. If your doctor prescribes a medicine for you to take for seven days, you should wait until you have taken all of the doses before having sex.

    It is very important for individuals diagnosed with Chlamydia or any STI to inform their sex partners of their potential exposure. Re-infection will reoccur if sex partners are not treated for the infection. Since informing partners can be difficult, the Health Department has specially trained staff members who can help notify partners anonymously. Repeat infection with Chlamydia is common. You should be tested again about three months after you are treated, even if your sex partner(s) was treated.

    To decrease the risk of Chlamydia or other sexually transmitted infections:

  • Practice abstinence
  • Use condoms correctly and with every sexual partner
  • Practice Mutual Monogamy
  • Reduce the number of sex partners
  • Arm yourself with basic information concerning sexually transmitted infections

    Individuals wanting Chlamydia or other sexually transmitted infection information or screening, may contact their primary care provider. The Stickney Public Health Department also offers information on testing sites. If you need further information, please contact Stickney Public Health District at 708-424-9200 and ask to speak with the Public Health Nursing Department.

    To learn more about Chlamydia and the risk behaviors for the infection, visit CDC at


    Stroke and Heart Attack Screenings Offered

    The Little Company of Mary Health Education Center offers Wake Up Call Screenings one Saturday each month from 7:30 am-noon. This one hour comprehensive screening for stroke and heart attack could save your life! Includes CBC, chemistry panel, cholesterol panel, thyroid level, liver enzymes and more. Ultrasound of the abdominal aorta and carotid arteries, peripheral vascular screening, heart rhythm screening for atrial fibrillation. NEW this year!!! Screening for metabolic syndrome. Includes personalized visit with the wellness nurse educator. Fee $155 (value $4,000). By appointment only. Payment required at time of registration. First appointment at 7:30 am. To register and for more information call 708 423-5774.

    Stickney Public Health District is a Healthy Hotspot!

    Healthy HotSpot partners are working together to support or advance policy, systems and environmental improvements to make healthy living easier in places where people live, work, learn, worship, play or receive health care in suburban Cook County.

    Since 1946, the Stickney Public Health District has provided community-based public health services to the residents of Stickney Township. Our service area includes the City of Burbank, the Villages of Stickney and Forest View, unincorporated areas of Central Stickney and Nottingham Park, and parts of the Village of Bridgeview (east of Harlem Avenue). We are focused on making Stickney Township a healthy place to live and work.

    Aligned with our mission, the Stickney Public Health District has goals to promote physical activity and healthy eating; reduce obesity; and decrease the level of untreated high blood pressure in our community. We work together with many partners --- community-based organizations, schools, senior homes to name a few – to develop and implement programs and initiatives that make healthy living easier for our residents.Visit the Cook County Public Health website for more information concerning the Healthy Hotspot program.

    Community Health Improvement: Your Voice Counts and Your Opinion Matters

    The Cook County Department of Public Health is asking suburban Cook County adults, ages 18 years and older, for information about conditions in our communities that support health. Conditions that support health include: affordable housing, health services, job opportunities, good schools, public transportation, recreation, community safety, and more.

    Answering a few questions can help the health department and our partners improve your community's health. The survey takes about 15 minutes and is available in English and Spanish.

    A Polish version can be found here.

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    Lab Services Available

    Stickney Public Health District in collaboration with Simple Labs will offer lab services every Friday starting at 8:30 a.m.
    Location: Stickney Publi Health District South Site, 5635 state Road, Burbank, IL 60459
    Call 708-424-9200, ext. 2137 for more information.

    Free Community HIV and STI Testing

    3:30 – 7 P.M., Second and Fourth Tuesday of Each Month,
    Stickney Public Health District,
    5635 State Road, Burbank, IL 60459
    More information here.
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    Stickney Public Health nurses were on hand for adult blood pressure screenings during last fall's walk to school event.

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    (L to R) SPHD President Louis S. Viverito was joined by Sahs Principal Jennifer Toschi, SPHD Secretary Hector Cesario and SPHD Health Director Dr. Christopher Grunow to cheer on the children walking to school.