Epidemiology and Communicable Disease

Epidemiology and Communicable Disease

Epidemiology can be considered the fundamental building block of public health since it is the study of the patterns, causes and effects of disease conditions in specific populations. This is accomplished through the operation of public health surveillance, field investigations, health assessments and epidemiological studies. 
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Health Department Employees Have Room to Grow

Health Department Employees Have Room to Grow

New Organic to Grow Vegetables, Promote Wellness

Will County Health Department employees with a green thumb can soon till the soil at work.  At least 35 employees have signed up for an innovative program spearheaded by the agency’s employee wellness committee and the University of Illinois Extension.

Add Vaccines to Your Back-To-School Checklist

August is National Immunizations Awareness Month

The Will County Health Department is reminding parents to include immunizations on their child's back-to-school checklist.  Immunizations are equally important for college students.
An Educational Video on PrEP and How it Protects HIV-Negative Patients

An Educational Video on PrEP and How it Protects HIV-Negative Patients

A Look at the Drug Truvada and What it Does

The PrEP Clinic is available in the Will County Health Department's Community Health Center Care Clinic, 11 AM to 4 PM on Thursdays. 
Dames-Schuster Leaves Health Department with Long Resume

Dames-Schuster Leaves Health Department with Long Resume

Retiring at End of January after Career of Medical Service

Pat Dames-Schuster's time of service to healthcare actually began long before she became a Will County Health Department division director in 2009.
Tough Flu Seasons Require Commitment to Precautions

Tough Flu Seasons Require Commitment to Precautions

Those Without Symptoms Can Also be Contageous

With all the activity, proper etiquette must be followed this flu season.
For World Aids Day: New CHC PrEP Clinic Helps the Efforts

For World Aids Day: New CHC PrEP Clinic Helps the Efforts

Part of "Getting to Zero" Project Concerning New HIV Cases

A new team effort between two Will County Health Department divisions.
Flu Season: No Surprises Thus Far, But be Prepared

Flu Season: No Surprises Thus Far, But be Prepared

This Year's Flu Shot Serum Targets Three Strains

H1N1, eight years after 2009 scare, is now just one of many strains to watch.
Avoiding Lead Poisoning in Children Requires Keen Observance

Avoiding Lead Poisoning in Children Requires Keen Observance

The Problem Often Goes Beyond Old Lead Paint

"They might test high, but they’re in a new house, so it’s obviously not lead paint. That’s when you have to look at other factors, such as food or what it’s being cooked in.”
Health Department Stress-Free Zone Takes Aim at Breast Cancer

Health Department Stress-Free Zone Takes Aim at Breast Cancer

A Chance for Co-Workers to Unite and Build Strength

The event included yoga mats, pillows, relaxing chairs and footstools, special lighting; and also massages, refreshments, and prizes.
For the Rise in STDs;  Sadly, There's an APP for That

For the Rise in STDs; Sadly, There's an APP for That

A Disturbing Example of Social Media's Influence

Yet another parental concern should be the apps their youngsters are using.
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