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Publications: Food News 2013
Publications: Food News 2012
Food Borne Illness Pamphlet
Food Safety in Power Outages
Holiday Food Safety Tips
Temporary Food Service Regulations

The Public Health Division in the Community Development Department is responsible for all code enforcement activities related to sanitation and health concerns. The Health Division oversees inspections of all food service
establishments, retail food stores, home day cares, hair and nail salons, massage facilities and hotels and motels.

Board Of Health
      Blood Drives
      Monthly Educational Seminars
      Health Fairs
      Mecical SHARPS Disposal
West Nile Virus
Restaurants and Retail Establishments
Health Division Personnel
Temporary Food Service Establishments

Board of Health

The Board of Health, established by Municiapl Code, meets every other month at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room, 1st Floor, Village Hall.  They are responsible for the general supervision of the health interests of the residents of the Village of Wheeling.  By cooperating with and promoting the enforcement of Federal, State, County, and Village regulations related to sanitation and health, they are seeking to control the spread of communicable disease and the promotion of general health.

Blood Drives

On the second Wednesday of the months of March, July and November, the Village holds a blood drive to collect blood that goes on to serve areas hospitals. Life Source Blood Services operates a blood drive which is held currently at Village Hall, 1st Floor, 2 Community Boulevard, Wheeling, IL from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm.  The next Blood Drive is scheduled for July 10th.

Blood donors of all types are needed every day…for critically ill patients, accident victims, people needing surgery and those patients suffering from chronic diseases such as cancer and leukemia. If all eligible people would donate, there would never be a blood shortage.

LifeSource will be providing a new automated procedure which offers donors a unique way to donate red blood cells by using the ALYX machine. All donors interested in donating on the ALYX must have a higher level of iron than is needed for a whole blood donation. Males must be at least 5'1" tall and weigh at least 130 pounds. Females must be a lease 5'5" tall and weigh at least 150 pounds. The procedure will take 15 minutes longer than a normal donation.
Appointments are greatly appreciated for our blood drive. To schedule an appointment, please call Beverly Slaby at 847-499-9045 or e-mail her at bslaby@wheelingil.gov.  There will be door prizes of gift certificates from Wheeling Restaurants. Please donate to help save lives. Walk-ins are always welcomed!

Please plan on coming to our drive to donate. Appointments are greatly appreciated and aid us in anticipated the number of people that will attend so that we can properly staff the event. It also helps us to try and prevent too many people from showing up at the same time. If you are coming, but are not able to set an appointment, please call so that you can find out when the hours with the shorter waits will be. 

Before coming out to the drive, be certain that you eat a solid breakfast and lunch during the day. Also drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages as well. It has been recommended that by drinking plenty of water in the days leading to the drive that veins become fuller and make the blood donation process easier.
We hope to see you at the blood drive.

Monthly Educational Seminars

Please Note:  All remaining Monthly Educational Seminars have been cancelled.

Health Fairs

The Wheeling Community Health Fair is sponsored by the Wheeling Board of Health and the Wheeling Park District and is held every year in October.  The years event takes place on Saturday, October 19th at the Wheeling Park District Recreation Center Gym from 9am to Noon.

Medical SHARPS Disposal Program

The Prescription Drug and Sharps Disposal Program is held every third (3rd) Saturday of each month from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. The drop off location is located at the Main Police Department Entrance, located at 1 Community Boulevard, Wheeling, IL. For more information contact Beverly at 847-499-9045.

Wheeling residents can drop off unwanted medications and used sharps (needles and syringes). We except prescription and over the counter medications in their original containers. You must leave the label on the container.  You may scratch out any personal information if you choose.  No liquid over-the-counter medications will be accepted. We do not accept controlled substances such as Oxycontin and Percocet. Go to www.swancc.org to get a complete list of controlled medications.

Sharps must be in rigid containers with sealed lid. ** WILL NOT accept sharps that are not in a rigid container.  We will not accept sharps in cardboard or cardstock boxes.

New sharps containers are available through the Community Development Department Health Division, located at 2 Community Blvd. You can also get a new container when you drop off your full sharps container.

At the same time as the medication drop off, the following will be accepted for recycling:

          Household batteries: AA, AAA, C, D, 9V. Tape ends of rechargeable batteries. 

          Eye glasses including all frames and sunglasses.

Back To TopWest Nile Virus

This document is available to view in PDF format. Protect Your Home Against Mosquitoes

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause encephalitis (an inflammation of the brain) in people. Most people who are infected by this virus will experience no symptoms. Mild cases of encephalitis are detectable by slight fever or headache, while more severe cases incidents are marked by rapid onset of fever, with headaches, body aches, disorientation, tremors and convulsions. The most serious cases may result in death. 

To minimize your risk of exposure to West Nile Virus, you should follow some simple precautions which are intended to minimize your chance of being bit by mosquitoes. " 

Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. The more DEET a repellent contains the longer time it can protect you from mosquito bites. A higher percentage of DEET in a repellent does not mean that your protection is better-just that it will last longer. DEET concentrations higher than 50% do not increase the length of protection. Choose a repellent that provides protection for the amount of time that you will be outdoors.

Repellents may irritate the eyes and mouth, so avoid applying repellent to the hands of children. Whenever you use an insecticide or insect repellent, be sure to read and follow the manufacturer's DIRECTIONS FOR USE, as printed on the product.

Spray clothing with repellents containing ermethrin or DEET since mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing. Do not apply repellents containing permethrin directly to exposed skin. If you spray your clothing, there is no need to spray repellent containing DEET on the skin under your clothing.

When possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever you are outdoors.

Place mosquito netting over infant carriers when you are outdoors with infants.

Consider staying indoors at dawn, dusk, and in the early evening, which are peak mosquito biting times.

Install or repair window and door screens so that mosquitoes cannot get indoors. 

Help reduce the number of mosquitoes in areas outdoors where you work or play, by draining sources of standing water. In this way, you reduce the number of places mosquitoes can lay their eggs and breed.

At least once or twice a week, empty water from flower pots, pet food and water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers, buckets, barrels, and cans. 

Check for clogged rain gutters and clean them out.

Remove discarded tires, and other items that could collect water. 

Be sure to check for containers or trash in places that may be hard to see, such as under bushes or under your home.

More information about West Nile Virus is available through the Health Officer at the Village of Wheeling: 847-499-9045.

Back To TopRestaurants and Retail Food Service Establishments

The Village of Wheeling Public Health Division, in order to provide clean and sanitary food service establishments for all residents and consumers, conducts routine health and sanitation inspections of all food service and retail food store establishments through out the year.

The Public Health Division requires that all food service establishments and retail food stores obtain a Health Permit prior to opening. For those new establishments coming into the village, there is a “Food Establishment Construction Guide” which states the minimum physical necessities for a new or remodeled restaurant, deli, tavern or other food service establishment.
Click here to obtain a Health Permit application for restaurants and retail food stores as well as a guideline sheet.

Back To TopTemporary Food Establishments

This document is available to view in PDF format. Temporary Food Establishments Service Regulations

Temporary food service establishments operate periodically throughout the year.  The facilities are also issued permits and get inspected during the event.  A temporary food service establishment operates at a fixed location for a period of time of not more than 14 consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration. Every temporary food service establishment shall be inspected prior to the start of the operation.

Back To TopHealth Division Personnel

The Village of Wheeling Health Officials are:

Beverly Slaby LEHP, Health Officer  (847) 499-9045
Serena Fried, Health Inspector (847) 499-9048

 

 

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