More Illinois parents are opting out of some school-required vaccinations for their kids, according to a new study by the Associated Press.The study says the rate of vaccine exemption is 5.3 percent in Illinois, making it one of eight states where more than five percent of public school kindergartne
The first human cases of West Nile virus in 2011 have been confirmed by Illinois health officials. One case was reported in southern Illinois, another in Cook County.Melaney Arnold is a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Health officials say 17 food-poisoning cases in Illinois have been linked to possibly tainted papayas from Mexico.The Illinois Department of Public Health says hospitalization was required in eight of the 17 cases.
New figures show a wide disparity among Chicago-area hospitals when it comes to promoting breastfeeding.The Illinois Department of Public Health compiled birth-certificate data about breastfeeding for the first nine months of last year.