Illinois Department of Public Health

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At least sixteen of Illinois' 97 public health departments have laid off employees or cut back service hours. More are expected unless the state comes through with funding.

It comes as flu season approaches, after regional outbreaks of Legionnaire's Disease and the mumps, and after the state announced that it will no longer pay for testing STD specimens. This means the local departments have to take on an additional cost.

President of the Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators, Miriam Link-Mullison, says the fiscal situation is increasingly desperate.

Illinois Calls For More HIV Awareness For Women

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The Illinois Department of Public Health says when it comes to HIV awareness, sexually-active women and young girls are often overlooked. The Department is putting a renewed emphasis on teaching women to protect themselves and how to get tested.

Thursday may be Thanksgiving, but it's also National Family History Day. State officials say families should take advantage of holiday get-togethers to learn more about their family members' health history.