How To Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe

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

Walk for Mental Health

Stickney Township Staff were joined by residents for the "Stickney Township Walks For Mental Health" event to promote the connection between physical and mental health.

Louis S. Viverito

Stickney Township Public Health District President Louis S. Viverito set a healthy example during the one mile walk.

Township Day

Stickney Township Public Health District supports area children in making healthy choices.

Township Day

District Secretary Hector Cesario distributes tee shirts celebrating good health.

Behavioral Health Workshops Offered

SMART Goal Setting
March 6, 2019 at 2pm
Stickney-Forest View Library
Contact 708-237-8944 for more information

TALLER: “Transforma tus miedos en poder” (Turn Your Fears Into Power)
Febrero 27, 2019
12 p.m.
Stickney-Forest View Library

Three-week workshop for Polish Speaking Parents: “We Are In This Together: Parenting and Acculturation”
March 14, 21, and 28
10-11 am Prairie Trails Public Library

More details are available on the Behavioral Health Department Page.

Acute Flaccid Myelitis

SPRINGFIELD – As of December 31, 2018, IDPH is reporting the following number of patients under investigation and number of cases that are confirmed, probable, and not cases according to CDC review of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). IDPH is working with the health care providers to collect necessary information to send to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for AFM case classification. The case reports are from northern and central Illinois, and all but one patient is under 18. Specific location information is not available.

Patients Under Investigation in Illinois: 18
Confirmed AFM Cases: 9
Probably AFM Cases:2
Investigations found not to be AFM: 4

CDC has not confirmed the cause for the majority of these cases. CDC has been actively investigating AFM and continues to receive information about suspected AFM cases.

More information about AFM, its causes, signs and symptoms, and treatment can be found on the IDPH website under diseases and conditions. Additional information on AFM can be found on the CDC website. Any further updates on the number of suspected cases will be posted on the IDPH website.

Stickney Township Walk for Mental Health

Stickney Township – Township staff were joined by area residents in the Stickney Township Walks For Mental Health event this past May. The walk, which underscored the connections between physical and mental health, stepped off from the Township's South Clinic.

Participants included staff from various township departments as well as residents who support or have benefited directly from the Township's Behavorial Health services. Township Supervisor Louis S. Viverito, a strong proponent of mental health services, joined Dr. Christopher Grunow, Health Director, and Melinda Antoskiewicz, Behavoral Health Director, in completing the one mile walk.

“Our services offer the opportunity for anyone to get help for mental or emotional issues. It's important to de-stigmatize those seeking help,” said Township Supervisor Louis S. Viverito.

More information about Behavioral Health services offered by the Stickney Public Health District can be found here.

Avoiding Tick And Mosquito Borne Illnesses

SPRINGFIELD – Ticks and mosquitoes pose a danger of spreading disease even during the early fall months. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding people about simple precautions they can take to avoid bites.

“Ticks can carry diseases like Lyme disease, spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis, while mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “These diseases can cause anywhere from mild to severe illness, and even death in some cases. To protect yourself from both, use insect repellent that contains DEET and follow some simple precautions.”

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, disease cases from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the U.S. during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016. Reported cases from mosquito and tick bites in Illinois have increased by more than half (58%) from 2005 to 2016.

Ticks Many tick-borne diseases have similar symptoms. The most common symptoms can include fever, chills, aches and pains, and rash. Within two weeks following a tick bite, if you experience a rash that looks like a bull’s-eye or a rash anywhere on your body, or an unexplained illness accompanied by fever, contact your doctor. Early recognition and treatment of the infection decreases the risk of serious complications. Tell your health care provider the geographic area in which you were bitten or traveled to help identify the disease based on ticks in that region.

A fairly new virus called Bourbon virus has been associated with tick bites and has been found in a limited number of cases in the Midwest and southern U.S. People diagnosed with Bourbon virus disease have symptoms including fever, fatigue, rash, headache, other body aches, nausea, and vomiting. They also had low blood counts for cells that fight infection and help prevent bleeding. Some people who were infected later died.

Ticks are commonly found on the tips of grasses and shrubs. Ticks crawl―they cannot fly or jump. The tick will wait in the grass or shrub for a person or animal to walk by and then quickly climb aboard. Some ticks will attach quickly and others will wander, looking for places like the ear, or other areas where the skin is thinner.

Simple tips to avoid tick bites include:

  • Wear light-colored, protective clothing—long-sleeved shirts, pants, boots or sturdy shoes, and a head covering. Treat clothing with products containing 0.5 percent permethrin.
  • Apply insect repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin for protection that lasts several hours.
  • Walk in the center of trails so grass, shrubs, and weeds do not brush against you.
  • Check yourself, children, other family members, and pets for ticks every two to three hours.
  • Remove any tick promptly by grasping it with tweezers, as close to the skin as possible and gently, but firmly, pulling it straight out. Wash your hands and the tick bite site with soap and water. Mosquitoes The most common mosquito-borne illness in Illinois is West Nile virus. West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected Culex pipiens, or “house” mosquito. Mild cases of West Nile virus infections may cause a slight fever or headache. More severe infections are marked by a rapid onset of a high fever with head and body aches, disorientation, tremors, convulsions and, in the most severe cases, paralysis or death. Symptoms usually occur from 3 to14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms. People older than 50 are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile Virus.

  • REDUCE - make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut. Eliminate, or refresh each week, all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires, and any other containers.
  • REPEL - when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
  • REPORT – report locations where you see water sitting stagnant for more than a week such as roadside ditches, flooded yards, and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes. The local health department or city government may be able to add larvicide to the water, which will kill any mosquito eggs.

    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.

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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 Public 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 Thursday of Each Month,
    Stickney Public Health District,
    5635 State Road, Burbank, IL 60459
    More information here.
    Walk for Mental Health

    The Stickney Township Walk for Mental Health - 2018.

    Walk for Mental Health

    (L to R) SPHD President Louis S. Viverito, Behavioral Health Director Melinda Mantoskiewicz and Public Health Director Dr. Christopher Grunow participated in the Stickney Township Walk For Mental Health.