Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

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:  
   
 
 

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

   
 

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

   
  Cook County has the largest unified trial court system in the world, disposing over 6 million cases in 1990 alone.
   
     
     
     



Palatine only Cook suburb to get swine flu vaccine: is it fair?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Daily Herald
by Robert McCoppin

Palatine grade school students and faculty soon will be the only members of the general public in suburban Cook County who can get the vaccine against the H1N1 flu virus.

Is that fair?

Some parents and policy makers are starting to wonder.

These include Greg Cox, whose wife and 10-year-old son have asthma, a condition that puts them at higher risk of complications from the flu and prevents them from getting the live virus nasal spray.

Cox, an engineer who lives in Schaumburg, tried to get the vaccine from three family doctors and his son's pediatric pulmonologist, but none had it. He tried Cook County, the governor and his state representative, but none could help.

He's concerned that Chicago and other nearby counties have scheduled or begun general vaccination clinics, but not suburban Cook County. Palatine Township Elementary District 15 students, private schools students in that area, and high-risk school staff members can get vaccinated beginning Thursday.

"It's kind of surreal," Cox said, "because everybody is vaccinating their own residents except us. You sit here and wonder, when are we going to get any? Especially for high priority cases."

Federal guidelines say the vaccines should go to those most at risk of flu complications: pregnant women, those who live or take care of children under 6 months old, health care and emergency medical responders, those age 6 months to 24 years, and people age 25 to 64 with underlying medical conditions.

When the Cook County Health Department planned the vaccinations in Palatine schools, officials anticipated having enough vaccine to also start vaccinations for the public, said Sean McDermott.

But a delay in the manufacture of the vaccine has caused nationwide shortages. The county had to first help supply vaccines to health care workers at suburban hospitals, including Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village and Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.

The county health department decided on Palatine schools after looking at ZIP codes and finding that Palatine's 60067 and 60074 have "one of the largest numbers of school-age children in the suburban area of the county," McDermott said.

Health department staff members also realized from providing services in the area that many families are uninsured or under insured, he said, and there is a significant rate of poverty.

"With those three factors Palatine rose to the top," said McDermott. "The primary factor is population. They have a lot of young people. We can deliver the vaccine in an effective and efficient manner and cover a lot of people at one time."

The department intends to hold public clinics around the county when it gets more vaccine, possibly as early as next week.

"There's a great deal of frustration in the general public, and we share that frustration," he said. "It's a national problem. It's a very complex process to manufacture the vaccine."

County board member Tim Schneider of Bartlett was concerned the Palatine school vaccinations don't include many of those in the priority groups, such as pregnant women and those with medical conditions.

He also said that because Chicago already has received 150,000 doses and Cook County only 20,000, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should adjust its allocation.

"We're getting out of the gate far too late on this," he said. "We need to get this out as quickly as possible to the people who are in danger of becoming seriously ill."

The Illinois Department of Public Health is coordinating distribution to 95 counties, 150 hospitals and 4,500 private providers such as doctors and pharmacies as quickly as possible, spokeswoman Kelly Jakubek said.

State Health Director Damon Arnold urged people to be patient and let high-priority patients go first.

By mid-November and December, he said, "There will be enough vaccine for everyone."

• Daily Herald Staff Reporter Deborah Donovan contributed to this report.



Recent Headlines

Cook County forest worker was going 76 mph in 30 mph zone, had THC in system during fatal crash while on job: prosecutors
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Judge faces ‘tough day’ in court answering charges he brought loaded gun to work
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Preckwinkle, Evans end budget battle
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

How Transparent and Accountable Are Chicago, Cook County Governments?
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
WTTW Chicago Tonight

2 Cook County courthouses to close, employees spared layoffs under budget settlement: officials
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Troubled detainee at center of unusual court fight between Loyola hospital, Cook County
Monday, July 16, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Commissioners Confounded by Hiring of Health System Consultant
Monday, July 16, 2018
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Doctor fired by Cook County medical examiner now under the microscope in Indiana
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

County officials defend Forest Preserves police in wake of man harassing woman over Puerto Rican flag shirt
Friday, July 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Familiar questions about ‘bystander effect’ arise after man berates woman for Puerto Rico shirt
Friday, July 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Berrios' analysts used Zillow, other shortcuts in assessing property values, documents show
Friday, July 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Northbrook to revisit Cook County paid sick leave policy after opting out last year
Friday, July 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Forest Preserves officials discuss officer's resignation
Friday, July 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Amid video fallout, Cook County Forest Preserve District reveals fatal crash involving worker and governmental truck
Friday, July 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Transformation in the outdoors
Friday, July 13, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

Forest preserve cop resigns after apparently failing to help woman being harassed over Puerto Rico shirt
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune

5 things: A civics lesson on Puerto Rico after man rants about woman's flag T-shirt, questions citizenship
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Commissioners: Get Rid of Forest Preserve Police
Thursday, July 12, 2018
WTTW Chicago Tonight

Schneider wants hearing over fatal crash blamed on Cook forest preserve driver
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Daily Herald

Man who harassed woman for Puerto Rican flag shirt charged with hate crime
Thursday, July 12, 2018
WLS ABC 7 Chicago

all news items

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