DCHD Back- to-School Immunization Mobile Clinics

DATE:    July 12, 2023

TO:         DeKalb County News Media

FROM:    DeKalb County Health Department  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DCHD Back- to-School Immunization Mobile Clinics

DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD) is collaborating with our community partners to provide back-to-school immunizations using the Health Department’s Mobile Unit. The DCHD Mobile Unit will be able to provide additional convenient opportunities for parents and guardians to schedule their child’s back-to-school immunizations. COVID-19 vaccines will also be available at the mobile clinic sites.

Low-cost vaccines are available through the Vaccines for Children (VFC)Program. Uninsured children will not be turned away due to the inability to pay for required childhood immunizations. Cash or check, Medicaid, and most PPO plans are accepted.

School immunizations are required for:

  • Kindergarten
  • 6th grade
  • 16-year-olds

For more information about the required vaccinations, please visit: CDC Resources: Immunization schedules (immunize.org)

Back-to-School Mobile Vaccine Clinics

Saturday, August 5th from 9:00am-12:00pm                         Wednesday, August 9th from 1:00pm-4:00pm

Walnut Street Daycare Center                                                    Prairie View Elementary School

201 Walnut St. Genoa, IL.,60135                                                1201 Castle St., Sandwich, IL. 60548

Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, please call (815) 748-2460.

If you are unable to attend the mobile clinic events, DCHD also offers appointments 5 days a week at the Health Department. Please call (815) 748-2460 for more information.

To learn more about the many programs and services of the Health Department, visit health.dekalbcounty.org or follow us on social media.

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DeKalb County Pilots New Recyling Site

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DeKalb County Pilots NEW Recycling Site
The DeKalb County Health Department will be piloting a new DeKalb County recycling site located in the parking lot of the Health Department near the DeKalb County Community Outreach Building. This new location is a piloted site to measure how many items the area receives and that the site remains contamination free. This requires residents to ensure the correct items are in the bins. The acceptable recycled items do not need to be sorted at this site as it is a single stream recycling bin. For a list of acceptable items, please view the images at the end of the news release.


Greg Maurice, Director of Health Protection, “hopes that this site will give residents that live in apartments and townhomes the opportunity to recycle at a location that is closer than the current rural recycling programs in Genoa or Somonauk.”With this site, there are now three recycling locations throughout DeKalb County:

DeKalb Location
2550 N. Annie Glidden Rd. DeKalb, IL. 60115
Located in the parking lot between Health Department and Community Outreach Building
Bin accessible year-round 24/7


Genoa Location
220 E. Railroad Ave. Genoa, IL. 60135
Across from ComEd
Bin accessible year-round 24/7


Somonauk Location
2990 Council Rd. Somonauk, IL. 60552
Located at the Southeast Corner of Pine and Council Roads
Bin accessible Saturdays from 8am-12pm


If you have questions, please contact James Carlin, Solid Waste Associate, at 815-748-2408 or email recycle@dekalbcounty.org.

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DeKalb County’s Hosting of Free Household Electronics Collection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DeKalb County’s Hosting of Free Household Electronics Collection

The DeKalb County Health Department will be hosting a free household electronic, textile, shoes, aerosol products and latex paint collection available to DeKalb County residents only. Proof of address is required. The event will be held at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport on Saturday June 24, 2023 from 9:00a.m. until 12:00p.m. The DeKalb Airport is located at 2200 Pleasant Street in DeKalb. Residents will enter Pleasant Street from Peace Road and will be directed to the entrance of the event. To avoid long lines, we strongly encourage residents of Sycamore, Genoa and Kirkland to use the “At Your Door Program” provided by Waste Management (1-800-449-7587).  Residents within limits of the City of DeKalb are encouraged to utilize the collection services provided by Lake Shore Recycling Systems (815-770-7550). Staff will be onsite to assist with traffic flow, and to remove items from vehicles.

We are partnering with Flat Can Recycling, which accepts a variety of products, including different kinds of aerosol spray cans like paint, hairspray, baking spray, and asthma inhalers. Flat Can Recycling also accepts small propane tanks (size 14.1 &14.4 oz and 16 & 16.4 oz) and latex paint. For more information email hello@flatcanrecycling.com.

Most electronic items are acceptable, however items not accepted include smoke detectors, air conditioners, vacuum cleaners, large appliances (stove, washing machine, and dryer), lightbulbs, refrigerators, wooden speakers, alkaline batteries, car/marine batteries, and hazardous waste.

There is another electronics recycling collection event September 30th 9:00a.m. until 12:00p.m. and a Household Hazardous Waste Collection September 9th from 8:00a.m. until 3:00p.m. These events will also be held at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport.

If you have questions, please contact James Carlin, Solid Waste Associate, at 815-748-2408 or email  recycle@dekalbcounty.org.

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Local Influenza Activity on a Rise

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cases of influenza activity are significantly rising throughout the state, including in DeKalb County. In 2021, there were 78 influenza like illnesses (ILI) reported by Northwestern Medicine’s Emergency Department from October 31st through November 13th. This year there have been more than double the influenza like illnesses reported (181 reports) during that same time frame.

With the substantial increase in cases, it’s important to know you can still get the flu vaccine for yourself and family members. Getting an annual flu vaccine before the holidays is the best way to protect yourself and your family from flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk\ of flu illness and hospitalization.

Ways to help you and your family prevent the flu:

  • Get an annual flu vaccine.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces often.
  • Use proper hygiene etiquette by coughing into your elbow instead of your hands; avoid close contact with people who are sick and if you are sick stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
  • Take antiviral medication if your doctor prescribes them.

Locally, there are many opportunities to receive the flu vaccine:

DeKalb County Health Department

The Health Department provides flu vaccines for adults and children starting at 6 months of age, with no appointments needed Monday-Friday from 8 am to 4pm.

A parent or guardian must accompany individuals under 18 years of age. Most PPO insurance plans, Medicaid, and Medicare Part B are accepted with no cost to the client. Please bring all insurance cards and a photo ID. DCHD is a Vaccine for Children (VFC) Provider.

Northwestern Medicine

Please contact your primary care provider for information about the flu vaccine at Northwestern Medicine. In addition, Northwestern Medicine Immediate Care Sycamore offers flu vaccines Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 am to 2 pm to patients age 3 years and older. High dose flu shots are available for people age 65 years and older. Please bring all insurance cards and a photo ID.

Flu vaccines can also be found at https://www.vaccines.gov/find-vaccines/

To learn more about flu vaccinations, visit:
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/index.html
https://health.dekalbcounty.org/services/flu-vaccinations/ or
https://www.nm.org/conditions-and-care-areas/flu

For more information about the DeKalb County Health Department services, visit
https://health.dekalbcounty.org/ or follow us on social media. For more information about
Northwestern Medicine location and hours, visit https://www.nm.org/

Local Influenza Activity Rises – News Release

DeKalb County’s Holiday Lights Recycling Drive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Year after year residents find themselves testing bulbs and replacing fuses. When that does not work, the lights often end up in the garbage. With this program, DeKalb County can divert all holiday lights from the landfill, as recycled goods. One strand of lights may seem as though it does not help, but even these small contributions help reduce waste going into the landfill.

This year the DeKalb County Health Department’s Holiday Light Program will be a hybrid program with residents able to drop off their holiday lights and extension cords items at the DeKalb County Health Department or the DeKalb County Farm Bureau from November 28, 2022 to January 31, 2023. Additionally, the public can continue take these items to DeKalb Iron and Metal Company (DIMCO) or Zimmerman Recycling in DeKalb directly year-round, at their convenience.

Residents can drop off their non-working holiday lights at the location’s listed during regular operating hours:

Dekalb County Health Department
2550 North Annie Glidden Rd, DeKalb, IL. 60115

Phone: (815) 748-2408

Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:00AM–4:30PM
November 28, 2022 to January 31, 2023

Dekalb County Farm Bureau
1350 W Prairie Dr, Sycamore, IL 60178

Phone: (815) 756-8600

Hours:
Monday- Friday 8:00AM–4:30PM
November 28, 2022 to January 31, 2023

Dekalb Iron & Metal, LLC
900 Oak St., DeKalb, IL. 60115

Phone: (815) 758-2458

Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:30AM–4:00PM
Saturday 8:00AM–12:00PM

Zimmerman Recycling
301 Industrial Dr., DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: (815) 756-8600

Hours:
Monday- Friday 7:00AM–4:30PM
Saturday 7:00AM–2:00PM

For more information about The Holiday Lights Recycling Program, please call 815-748-2408 or email recycle@dekalbcounty.org.

Holiday Lights Press Release 2021

Canine Parvovirus Warning: Take Precautions to Keep Your Dog Safe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DeKalb County Animal Control is reporting new cases of Parvovirus in dogs in the City of DeKalb
with the majority of cases in the area North of Lincoln Hwy and West of First St. over the past
week. Parvovirus is specific to dogs and is not transmitted to humans. Parvovirus is most
commonly seen in young puppies but can affect an unvaccinated dog of any age.

Parvovirus is highly contagious and is spread by oral or nasal contact with contaminated feces
in the environment. It is also spread through contact with contaminated objects such as hands,
clothing, food and water dishes, toys and bedding. It’s extremely resistant in the environment
but can be destroyed by using a solution of 1 part chlorine bleach to 30 parts hot water
to disinfect food and water bowls, bedding, and on outdoor areas such as patios.

If you have a puppy, contact your veterinarian to schedule the Canine Parvovirus vaccination
series. Adult dogs usually receive the Parvovirus vaccination as part of their yearly shot
package. Treatment for Parvovirus can be very costly, so ensuring that your dog is vaccinated
against the disease is extremely important.

Residents are urged to keep all unvaccinated puppies/dog’s safe by not taking them to places
where interaction with other dogs is likely. Additionally, if you are unsure about your dog’s
vaccination status contact your veterinarian to make sure they are protected.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your dog and Parvovirus, please contact your
veterinarian. For a listing of veterinary clinics and hospitals in DeKalb County, please visit the
DCHD website, https://health.dekalbcounty.org/services/animal-control/

News Release – Canine Parvovirus Warning 9-9-22

Positive Mosquito Samples Reported by DeKalb County Health Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The DeKalb County Health Department is reporting that mosquitoes collected in traps in Sandwich have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the first WNV positive mosquito pool in DeKalb County within the 2022 season.

Several counties have reported WNV positive mosquito samples this year, which is associated with an increased risk of WNV in people. There have been no human cases in DeKalb County this year.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected after feeding on an infected bird. It is important to remember that not all mosquitoes, or birds, carry West Nile virus – most do not.

Most people with the virus have no clinical symptoms of illness, but some may become ill three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. Illness from West Nile is usually mild and includes fever, headache and body aches, but serious illness, such as encephalitis and meningitis have been known to develop. Persons older than 50 years of age have the highest risk of severe disease.

“The most effective way to prevent you or your family from being infected is to reduce the chances of being bitten by mosquitoes” says Greg Maurice, Director of Health Protection. “This includes eliminating standing water from around your house and using mosquito repellent when outside.” Maurice offers these tips:

  • Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.
  • When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that includes DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
  • 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, especially at night.
  • Change water in birdbaths weekly. Properly maintain wading pools and stock ornamental ponds with fish. Turn over any buckets, garbage cans, or other containers that collect water.

For additional information, check the DeKalb County Health Department website at https://health.dekalbcounty.org/services/nuisance-complaints/ To learn more about the many programs and services of the Health Department, visit https://health.dekalbcounty.org/ or follow us on social media.

First WNV Mosquitos DeKalb County 2022

Health Department Reports Bat Positive for Rabies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DeKalb County Health Department confirms that a second bat for 2022 tested positive for rabies on August 29th. The bat bit a person in Sycamore on Saturday, who is now receiving rabies prophylaxis.

Bats are the primary carriers of rabies in Illinois. A bat that is active during the day, found on the ground and unable to fly, may be rabid, however you cannot tell by looking at a bat if it is rabid. The animal does not have to be aggressive or exhibit other symptoms to have rabies. If a bat is found indoors, and you are able to do so without putting yourself at risk for physical contact or being bitten, try to cover the bat with a large can or bucket, and close the door to the room.

Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals. Humans can get rabies after being bitten by an infected animal. Rabies can also be contracted when saliva from a rabid animal gets directly into the eyes, nose, mouth or a wound. Without preventive treatment, rabies is a fatal disease. If you have been bitten or exposed to a bat, seek immediate medical attention. Bat bites may not be felt while sleeping, and special consideration also needs to be taken when a bat is found in a child’s room or in a disabled person’s living area. Preventive treatment with rabies immune globulin and a vaccine series must begin immediately.

The following tips can help prevent the spread of rabies:

  • Be a responsible pet owner. Keep vaccinations up-to-date for all pets (indoor/outdoor).
  • If a bat is in your home, do not release the bat outdoors until after speaking with animal control or public health officials.
  • Seek immediate veterinary assistance if your pet is bitten by a wild animal or exposed to a bat.
  • Do not handle, feed or attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.
  • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home. Do not try to nurse sick animals to health. Call animal control or an animal rescue agency for assistance.
  • Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly. “Love your own, leave other animals alone” is a good principle for children to learn to reduce the risk of exposures to rabid animals.
  • Maintain homes and other buildings so bats cannot gain entry.
  • All animal bites to humans that occur in DeKalb County must be reported to: DeKalb County Animal Control at (815) 748-2427.

First Confirmed Case of Monkeypox (MPV) in DeKalb County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD) is announcing the first confirmed case of MPV (monkeypox) in DeKalb County. The individual is isolating, receiving necessary care, and recovering. The potential contacts of this case have been notified. The risk to DeKalb County residents remains low.

MPV does not spread easily between people. The majority of cases seen throughout Illinois and the United States have been spread through direct intimate contact with a rash or sore on someone infected with MPV. Activities that can spread MPV include kissing, sex, or other activities with skin-to-skin contact with someone who has the MPV virus. It can also spread through clothing, bedding/linens, or other materials used by a person infected with MPV, or through respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact. MPV can be spread from when symptoms start until all sores have healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. This can take several weeks. While most cases of MPV are self-limited lasting 2 to 4 weeks, severe cases can occur.

Preventing MPV

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid skin-to-skin contact with someone with MPV
  • Don’t share bedding, clothing, towels, personal items, or with someone with MPV
  • Do not have sex if you or you sex partner(s) feel sick or have a rash or sores and do not kiss or touch each other’s bodies while you are sick.
  • Call your healthcare provider if you have new or unexplained rash, sores, or other MPV symptoms.

For more information, go to:

• https://health.dekalbcounty.org/about/monkeypox-mpv/
• https://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/monkeypox.html
• https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/outbreak/us-outbreaks.html

If you have personal medical questions, please contact your healthcare provider. Community members and agencies can also sign up for the online DCHD newsletter.

Beat the Heat

Very hot and humid conditions are in the forecast the next few days, which may lead to an increased risk of heat related stress and illness, particularly for individuals who are very young, elderly, and participating in strenuous outdoor activities. With summer temperatures on a rise, DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD) is sharing tips from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to “Beat the Heat:”

Stay Cool

  • Stay indoors: Stay in air-conditioned locations as much as possible. • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.
  • Check on at-risk friends, family, and neighbors at least twice a day. These may include seniors and people with chronic health conditions.
  • Never leave anyone, including pets, alone in a parked vehicle. The air temperature inside a car rises rapidly during hot weather and can lead to brain damage or death.
  • Cooling centers are available to provide an air-conditioned place where residents may go to cool off. During normal business hours, cooling centers would include public libraries, police departments, and Government owned buildings.

Below are a few locations and their hours for the next several days:

  • DeKalb Senior Center (330 Grove Street, DeKalb, M-F 9:00am-4:30pm)
  • DeKalb Public Library (309 Pak Street, DeKalb M-Th 9:00am-9:00pm)
  • Genoa Public Library District (240 W. Main St. Genoa, T-Th 10:00am-8:00pm)
  • The Sycamore Center (308 W State Street, M-F 8:30am-5:00pm)
  • Sandwich Public Library District (925 South Main Street, Sandwich (M-Th 10:00am- 8:00pm, F 10:00am-5:00pm)

Stay Hydrated

  • Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to hydrate.
  • Avoid alcohol or beverages with high amounts of sugar. Stay Informed.
  • Check the local news for extreme heat warnings.
  • Know the signs of heat-related illnesses: heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting.
  • Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which can cause death or permanent disability unless immediately treated. Symptoms of heat stroke include an extremely high body temperature (above 103°F); red, hot, and dry skin; rapid breathing; racing heart rate; headache; nausea; confusion; and unconsciousness. If heat stroke is suspected, call 911 immediately.

For more information about staying cool during the summer months, follow DCHD on social media and visit https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/infographics/beattheheat.htm or Extreme Heat | Natural Disasters and Severe Weather | CDC

Heat PSA June 2022