Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  Eighteen of the 20 largest banks in the world and more than 50 foreign banks have offices in Cook County.
   
     
     
     



Flu-shot eligibility to widen
State urges health sites to ease restrictions

Thursday, December 30, 2004
Chicago Tribune
by John Chase

Beginning next week, many local and county health departments across Illinois will begin dispensing flu shots to people age 50 and over, and to people caring for senior citizens and the critically ill, moves that fall in line with recent recommendations made by federal health officials.

State health officials urged the public health departments on Wednesday to lower eligibility requirements for the inoculations, citing a recent policy change by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gov. Rod Blagojevich also said his director of public health has warned that a flu outbreak could be severe this year and wants as many people as possible to receive inoculations.

"As we get further into flu season we have a large number of individuals who have not been vaccinated getting in contact with other people," Blagojevich spokeswoman Abby Ottenhoff said. "The virus can be spread quickly this year because there's so many more people who haven't been protected against it ... We want to get more people the vaccine before the peak of the flu season and reduce the impact of a potential outbreak."

The guidelines are being relaxed as the nation faces an overall vaccine shortage.

But government rationing efforts and other factors, including benevolence by some people in those "high-risk" categories--senior citizens, infants, pregnant women and the critically ill--who chose not to get the shots to save enough for those truly in need, have left more vaccine available than anticipated.

Officials with the CDC feared a few weeks ago that the vaccine might go to waste if the guidelines restricting shots only to people in high-risk categories were kept in place. The CDC's suggested changes will take effect Monday.

The changes nearly double the number of Illinois residents eligible for inoculations, to 8.3 million from 4.2 million.

Still, local, state and federal officials hope the relaxed rules entice many in the high-risk categories to get shots because they remain the most in need. CDC officials said Wednesday that rough estimates show that this year fewer than 30 percent of the 4.2 million Illinois residents in high-risk categories have been vaccinated, though state officials warn that those numbers are preliminary.

The recommendation by the state is just that, a recommendation, and local and county health departments are not required to abide by it. In fact, Cook County's Health Department, which serves the county's suburbs, said it plans to continue restricting the shots to people in high-risk categories because the county has only about 1,000 doses left.

"Sometime after the first of the year, we'll take a look at our supply and decide whether to lower the guidelines," said Kitty Loewy, a department spokeswoman. "With not a lot left, we want to make sure those who really need it have it available to them."

But the City of Chicago, which has about 10,000 doses left, and other collar counties plan to follow the new guidelines. The city Health Department has a clinic scheduled for Jan. 8 at McKinley Park on the South Side.

The state has received 1.7 million doses of vaccine and estimates another 200,000 or 300,000 shots will be made available before the end of the flu season, said state Health Department spokeswoman Tammy Leonard. Federal officials recently approved buying another 4 million shots from Germany, which will be doled out across the nation.

Although the state seems to have enough flu shots for now, Blagojevich and some other states and municipalities continue to try to purchase roughly 700,000 shots from Europe. The Food and Drug Administration so far has not approved that purchase.

Because the flu season typically peaks after the holidays, time is running short for the inoculations to have an impact, but Ottenhoff said the governor's office still hopes the FDA will approve the purchases. If the purchases are not approved, the state will try to resell the vaccine or be liable for its portion, which is 250,000 shots that cost about $2.5 million.



Recent Headlines

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM COMMISSIONER SUFFREDIN
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Assessorís Office Publicly Releases Residential Assessment Code and Models
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

EDITORIAL: Long in the MWRD pipeline, IG plan needs a yes vote
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Health Cuts Ribbon on Outpatient Center in Arlington Heights
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Daily Herald

Celebrate Earth Day with the Forest Preserves of Cook County
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Homeowners in Chicago have just a few weeks to get current on their 2017 property taxes - or risk losing their homes. WBEZís Odette Yousef reports.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
WBEZ Chiacgo Public Radio

Editorial: The Foxx-Smollett questions for Inspector General Blanchard
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County pet owners warned of spring coyote dangers
Monday, April 15, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County inspector general to review prosecutors' handling of Jussie Smollett case
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Foxx requests Cook County IG investigation into handling of Jussie Smollett case
Friday, April 12, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

A challenge to one of Chicago's biggest draws for companies
Friday, April 12, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

What Evanston's assessments tell us about the new assessor's new math
Friday, April 12, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

$3.85 million granted in lawsuit against ex-Cook County forest preserve worker charged in fatal on-the-job crash
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Chicago Tribune

A Day in the Life of a Cook County Burn Crew
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
WTTW News

EDITORIAL: Splitting up the regionís sanitation board is an idea that stinks
Monday, April 08, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Lawmakers Look To Keep 10-Year-Olds Out Of Jail
Thursday, April 04, 2019

Property Tax Workshops Help Homeowners Appeal Assessments
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Evanston RoundTable

Large crowds of Evanston residents turn out to appeal property tax assessments
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Family of slain cabbie accuses Cook County state's attorney's office of dodging FOIA request
Monday, April 01, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Property Tax Appeal Seminar Set For New Trier Township Residents
Monday, April 01, 2019
Journal and Topics Online

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP