Pandemic Influenza Response

Pandemic Influenza Response

Community Wide Planning and Coordination

Unlike the seasonal flu, a pandemic flu virus poses a unique threat. Since humans have no previously developed immunity against pandemic flu, this new virus strain puts most people at high risk of infection. The result could be that a large percentage of the world's population becomes infected in a very short period of time.

Local health departments like the WCHD and its Emergency Preparedness Division are responsible for community wide planning for an outbreak of an influenza pandemic. The Will County Health Department has developed a pandemic influenza plan for the county and conducts training meetings and exercises with other agencies to build response capabilities. The department also conducts routine disease surveillance activities which can assist in forecasting and monitoring outbreaks of disease. If an outbreak of pandemic influenza should occur, the WCHD will work closely with other Will County emergency agencies, regional partners and the State of Illinois to manage and distribute antiviral supplies and vaccines, along with carrying out other public health, medical and emergency services.

Communicating During an Emergency:I

In an emergency, information will be provided on Twitter at (www.twitter.com/Willcohealth) and the Health Department’s website (www.willcountyhealth.org) as well as local media outlets.  

Other useful information is available for download below.

Useful Links:

Will County Emergency Management Agency

Illinois Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control

Illinois Pandemic Flu 

Health Department Divisions

Authors

Emergency Preparedness News
Health Department's Medical Reserve Corps Helps Feed the Joshua Arms Seniors

Health Department's Medical Reserve Corps Helps Feed the Joshua Arms Seniors

Northern Illinois Food Bank Supplies Food Paid for by Presence St. Joseph Medical Center

Health Department’s Medical Reserve Corps, Senior Services of Will County, and the Northern Illinois Food Bank teamed up to make it all happen.
JOLIET WEST HIGH SCHOOL HOSA CHAPTER MAKING IMPRESSIONS

JOLIET WEST HIGH SCHOOL HOSA CHAPTER MAKING IMPRESSIONS

Recent Trip to ISU Being Followed by Trip to Florida

Three Joliet West students; Guadalupe Becerra, Paola Patino, and Alyna Navarrete; all have ambitions of working in the pediatrics field.
AREA STUDENTS SHOWING THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE HEALTH OF CHILDREN

AREA STUDENTS SHOWING THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE HEALTH OF CHILDREN

Joliet West H S Students Looking into Pediatric Oncology Through their HOSA and MRC Work

Guadalupe Becerra, Paola Patino, and Alyna Navarrete all have ambitions of working in the pediatrics field.
What You Need to Know about Ebola

What You Need to Know about Ebola

The Ebola Virus

The outbreak is affecting multiple countries in West Africa and CDC has confirmed the first travel-associated case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States. About half of the people who have gotten Ebola in this outbreak have died. 

Although the risk of Ebola spreading in the United States is very low, CDC and its partners are taking actions to prevent this from happening. 

'Tremendous and impactful'

A Message from Captain Robert J. Tosatto; Director, Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps

Dear Medical Reserve Corps network, colleagues, and partners,

Since its inception in 2002, the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has served to improve the health, safety, and resilience of the nation. The Office of the Surgeon General, and particularly the Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (DCVMRC), has shared and highlighted information about the MRC network through a variety of reports, presentations, and briefings over the years. Now we are pleased to support the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and its work to produce this first Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps.



H7N9 Flu and Mers-CoV Update: August 7, 2013

Updated Information

H7N9 Flu Update: Disturbing news emanated from eastern China August 6 with the online publication of a study indicating the first instance of a probable person-to-person transmission of the novel H7N9 bird flu virus. The study concerned the 32 year-old healthy daughter of a 60 year old who had fallen ill after frequent visits to an animal market with live birds and died a few weeks after being admitted to the hospital.

Flu Alert! According to Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the CDC, Forty-seven states now report widespread geographic influenza activity!

The United States is having an early flu season with most of the country now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness but the news is not all bad; while some key indicators of flu activity continued to increase, others declined. According to the CDC however, it is too soon to signal that the worst of the epidemic is over. 
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