The Stickney Public Health District operates three primary care clinics
providing free physician services and Health District programs
to township residents.
5635 State Road Burbank, IL 60459
4949 So. Long Chicago, IL 60638
6721 W. 40th Street Stickney, IL 60402
Residents need to obtain a Stickney Township identification card to obtain services.
Please contact any of the offices or stop by during our business hours (South
and North Clinics, 8:30a.m. to 4:00p.m. or Central Clinic 8:30 to Noon, Monday
A number of other health services are also available including: pregnancy testing,
well baby clinics and immunizations, communicable disease investigations and
follow-up, home health care school nursing services, vision and hearing screenings,
blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, diabetes screenings and school physicals.
We encourage each resident to take advantage of these low-cost ways to better health
Salmonella Outbreak Investigation in Illinois: Dozens of illnesses being linked to alfalfa sprouts
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDP), working in conjuction with the health departments and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is investigating a Salmonella outreak (Serotype I 4,5,12,i-). Many people who have become ill reported eating alfalfa sprouts at Jimmy John's restaruants in nine counties in Illinois - Adams, Champaign, Cook, Kankakee, McHenry, McLean, Peoria, Will and Winnebago. The Department has received reports of 46 Illinois residents becoming ill with theis serotype of Salmonella since November 1, 2010.
In the course of this ongoing investigation, the Department is investigating alfalfa sprout producers and suppliers. Produce testing for Salmonella is ongoing.
If you have eaten alfalfa sprouts and become ill with diarrhea and fever, call your physician and your local health department.
Symptoms of Salmonellosis (illness caused by Salmonella bacteria) include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and/or stomach cramps. Illness usually develops within six to 72 hours after being exposed to Salmonella bacteria and generally lasts three to seven days. Some individuals who are infected may have no symptoms at all but may still transmit the Salmonella bacteria to others. The spread of Salmonella from person to person may be avoided by careful hand washing with soap and water, particularly after using the restroom.
Fore more information about Salmonellosis, log onto http://www.idph.state.il.us/public/hb/hbsam.htm.
School Physical Season Right Around the Corner
You may have already received forms for your child’s school physical for next year. Physicals are required upon first entering school (you may be new to the district), kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade. Many of you have come to the Stickney Clinics for free physicals in the past. If so, you may have wished the process was speedier.
The physical for school is detailed and time consuming. If you want to avoid waiting time, avoid the rush! Physicals begin at the clinics as early as March 15th every year. You must bring your clinic ID card or three proofs of residency (one being a picture state ID or state driver’s license), your child’s complete immunization record, and the child needing the physical. If you do not have your form, we can provide one.
If your child plans to participate in sports in the 2011 school year, a sports physical is necessary. Sports physicals are usually offered after June 15 for the following year. Come early for these physicals too!
If you are beginning a new job and need a physical, please be sure to bring any paperwork and instructions your company requires. All companies are different. We need your cooperation to complete this type of physical successfully.
We look forward to offering our services to assist you prior to the school year or new employment experience.
Better Health for $5.00 a Month? $60 a Year?
Did you know that many illnesses and/or chronic conditions can be treated for just $5 a month? Many pharmacies are participating in programs that allow their clients to purchase medication for just $5 per month. This allows many people the opportunity to literally change their lives for the better. Life changing medication that you may not have been able to afford in the past, may now be available at the $5 price. If you take medication, there may be a generic substitute comparable for your condition that is available at this price. If you need to take advantage of these programs being offered, talk to your physician or pharmacist. Most physicians support generic medications, especially if it may make a difference as to whether you continue to treat your condition. So… go ahead and take that step to a healthier you!
Don't Let High Blood Pressure Change Your Life!
Do you know your blood pressure numbers?
High blood pressure affects 1 in 4 adults. Many adults tend to develop high blood pressure with age, however, it is not considered a part of the healthy aging process. High blood pressure is a serious disease that increases the workload of the heart and can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney problems and even blindness. You may have heard high blood pressure referred to as the “silent killer” because many times there are no symptoms to indicate you have the disease. The only way to know you have high blood pressure is to check it regularly!
Factors outside of your control that contribute to high blood pressure include: race, heredity, and age. Factors that are within your control include: avoid obesity and maintain a health weight, avoid too much salt or “sodium” in your diet, limit alcohol intake, stop smoking, and have an active lifestyle which includes a regular exercise routine.
Please, feel free to come into any of the clinics and have a blood pressure evaluation. A single elevated blood pressure reading does not mean you have high blood pressure, but it is a sign that further evaluation is needed. If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure the staff will work with you to gain control of the disease. If medication is needed, many pharmacies now offer medications for $5 per month. Since there is no charge to see the doctor at the clinics, this means you can gain control of your blood pressure and avoid heart disease, stroke or kidney disease for only $60 a year! Come in to see us soon!
Podiatry Services Available
Feet tired? Sore? Problematic?
Make an appointment to visit the podiatrist. There is a minimal fee or medicare billing is available. Don’t suffer needlessly.
All podiatry services are offered at the North location due to construction at the South location.
Please call (708) 424-9200 for more information or to schedule an appointment
Identifying and Understanding Meningitis
Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and
spinal cord. It can be caused by a number of infectious agents including
viruses and bacteria. Bacterial meningitis is often more severe than the
Meningitis inhabits the mucosal membrane of the nose and throat, where it usually
causes no harm. Up to 5 – 10% of a population may be asymptomatic
(shows no symptoms) carriers. This serious, debilitating and life
threatening disease is spread by contact with nose and throat secretions of a
person carrying the bacteria, e.g., kissing, drinking from a shared glass or
straw, sharing eating utensils, coughing or sneezing directly into the face of
another person, etc.
Early signs and symptoms include sudden onset of fever, headache, stiff neck
(except in infants), nausea, often vomiting, a purplish-red rash in some cases,
confusion or difficulties awakening from sleep. In infants, poor feeding,
extreme listlessness, irritability and sometimes vomiting may be the only symptoms
Transmission of viral and bacterial meningitis can be prevented by raising the
level of hygiene to prevent the spread of infection. Persons should cover
their mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing and discard used tissues promptly. Wash
hands thoroughly following exposure to respiratory secretions, including handling
of soiled tissues and handkerchiefs. Persons should not share straws, cups, glasses,
water bottles, eating utensils, cigarettes, etc. Discouraging persons from
kissing infants or toddlers on the mouth also can help prevent the spread of
illness. Also, of primary importance, is proper hand washing technique. Wet
hands with soap and warm water. Rub hands vigorously for 10 to 20 seconds,
making sure you clean under fingernails. Rinse well under warm, running water.
When paper towels are available, use a paper towel to turn off the water faucet
and throw the paper towel away.
The Stickney Health Department has meningitis vaccines available at your request. Vaccinations
differ upon the age of the recipient. The HIB Vaccine is available starting at
age 2 months through 4 years of age. Starting at age 11, the vaccine for Meningitis
(Groups A,C, Y and W-135) is available. This last vaccine would give immunity
to the strain of meningitis in the Chicago area. Stickney Public Health Department
does have this vaccine in stock. It is also presently being offered to Chicago
residents through mass vaccinations in the City of Chicago.
Of course, the Chicago incident is a recent outbreak and deserves attention. However,
vaccine preventable diseases are not extinct as we have seen with other recent
outbreaks of whooping cough, measles, hepatitis, mumps, etc.. Protect yourself
and your family. Come in to the clinic, ask your family physician or visit
us online at www.stickneypublichealthdistrict.org to see if your immunizations
are up-to-date. We would hate to see any of you become ill, when prevention was
—Sharon Foy, R.N.
Director of Nursing..
Did You Know?
You can get many immunizations free through Stickney Public Health District programs? Congratulations if you and your children are up-to-date. Being vaccinated means that you have reduced your risk of illness if ever exposed to a dangerous disease. But, if you have delayed this important health detail, or have questions about immunization, please feel free to call or come in at your convenience. Stickney Public Health offers vaccinations for children, teens and adults.
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The Stickney Public Health District participates in the state’s “Vaccines
for Children Program” which translates to free vaccines for many infants
and individuals under the age of 18. Stickney Township offers a “Well
Child Clinic” every third Wednesday of the month. This is a great
time to get your child checked for growth and development and update immunizations. Since
this is a scheduled appointment for well children only, your child won't be exposed
to sick patients which may be the case during regular clinic hours. Call
Shar for any appointment at 708.424.9200.
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Health physical season has already begun. Stickney Public Health Clinics have
a doctor available for school or work physicals Monday through Friday. If your child will be entering kindergarten, sixth grade, high school or college a physical will be required. Beat
the rush by coming in now. You may call ahead to be sure the doctor is
available, however, no appointments are taken.
Don’t forget about your child’s state required dental screenings for kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grade. Screenings are available by appointment at the dental Central and North Sites. The dental trailer is located in Burbank, call 708-878-3828 for appointments and location.
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Seniors over the age of sixty can get help with grocery shopping, household chores, personal care or other activities of daily living through Stickney Township’s Community Care Program. For information call Teri at 708.424.9200.
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If you need nursing assistance, Stickney Public Health District has nurses available to make free home visits. These nurses provide disease monitoring, medication management, referrals when necessary and general advice with the objective of assisting seniors to remain comfortable and independent in their homes as long as possible.
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If an agent for the State’s All Kids Insurance Program assists you with the necessary forms, there is a higher rate of acceptance. Two agents at the South Township building (Burbank location) are ready to help you get the job done. Feel free to call 708.424.9200 and ask for Lynn or Shar to get your application.