Health Department - Directory of Health Services
To learn when the following programs take place, please visit the Community Calendar.
Unclaimed cats and dogs are available for adoption through various adoption agencies that work with Animal Control. Skokie Health Department staff can provide information on the adoption process. Call 847/933-8484 for details.
Animal Bite Investigations
Skokie Health Department personnel will respond to reports of animal bites. Domestic animals will be observed for signs of rabies. Wild animals will be euthanized and tested for rabies. Call 847/933-8484 to report an animal bite.
Animal Control Educational Programs
Skokie Health Department's animal control officers provide information pertaining to wildlife and domestic animals located in Skokie. Educational programs are available to community groups and schools throughout the Village. Call 847/933-8484 for information or to schedule a program.
Batteries can be brought to the Health Department for recycling. All rechargeable batteries must have their ends covered with masking tape or be placed in a zip-lock bag to prevent contact with other batteries which can cause a fire. Learn more about batteries and how to properly recycle batteries by clicking here.
Birth and Death Registry
Certified certificates for births and deaths that have occurred in Skokie since 1969 are available for purchase. Information on where to obtain certificates for births and deaths that occurred outside of Skokie is available.
Blood Pressure Screenings
Blood pressure screening clinics are scheduled on Tuesday afternoons, Thursday mornings and the first and third Wednesday evenings of the month. No appointment is necessary. Please call for exact times. Clinics can also be scheduled for special events at schools, health fairs, work sites, etc.
Child Safety Seat Program
Infant/toddler car safety seats are available from the Skokie Health Department for short-term loan to Skokie residents. This service can be especially useful to grandparents when their grandchildren come to visit. A $10 payment is required for each seat borrowed. Child safety seat installation assistance also is available by appointment. For more information, call the Health Department at 847/933-8252.
The Skokie Health Department provides home testing kits to residents for a $10 charge. Once the test is completed, the kit should be returned to the Health Department for analysis. Follow-up recommendations are provided by the nursing staff. Stop by the Skokie Health Department, 5127 Oakton Street to pick up your test kit.
Communicable Disease Control
Medical personnel and other professionals are required by law to report communicable diseases to the Skokie Health Department. Public health nurses provide consultation to affected residents and institutions. Disease investigations may involve chicken pox, strep throat, hepatitis, salmonella, and more than 50 other reportable conditions. Special screening services and immunization clinics are conducted if necessary to control disease outbreaks. If you would like information regarding a communicable disease, call 847/933-8252.
Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Bulbs
Recycle used CFL bulbs at the Skokie Health Department, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more about CFL's and how to properly recycle CFL bulbs by clicking here.
Monthly screening clinics are available for a $5 charge to Skokie residents. Follow-up recommendations are provided by the nurse. Appointments are required. Call the Skokie Health Department at 847/933-8252 for more information or to make an appointment.
Dog and Cat Licensing
Pet owners must obtain a license for all dogs and cats over four months of age. The licenses can be purchased at Skokie Village Hall.
Domestic Animal Complaint Investigations
The Skokie Health Department enforces leash, licensing, dog/cat litter regulations, and other domestic animal regulations through officer patrols and investigation of citizen complaints. Violations will result in a written warning or a citation. Stray animals are captured and impounded. A lost and found program is operated to assist individuals in recovering their lost pets. Call the Animal Control Division at 847/933-8484 to file a complaint.
Environmental Complaint Investigations
Air pollution, weed complaints, hazardous waste concerns, and numerous other health hazards are investigated by the Skokie Health Department. Call the Environmental Health Division at 847/933-8484 to file a complaint.
Environmental Health Education Programs
Skokie Health Department staff can provide educational programs on a wide variety of environmental topics for schools or organizations in Skokie. Sanitation training programs are also available for food service employees. For more information, call the Environmental Health Division at 847/933-8484.
Expired or Unwanted Medications
When medications are no longer needed, it's important to dispose of them properly. The Health Department collects expired, unwanted or unused medications for disposal. Controlled substances (for example pain medications) are not accepted but can be brought to the Skokie Police Department.
Flu Shot Clinics
The Skokie Health Department offers flu shots to eligible Skokie residents every fall with no out-of-pocket expense. Medicare Part B is billed for reimbursement when possible. Contact the Health Department at 847/933-8252 for further information.
Food Complaint Investigations
The Skokie Health Department conducts regular inspections of restaurants, groceries, processors, institutions, vending machines, mobile vendors, and food delivery vehicles to insure compliance with food safety regulations. The Department also investigates and documents citizen complaints regarding the sanitation of establishments. Epidemiological investigations of reported food borne illnesses are done by the sanitarians and nursing staff when necessary. For more information or to file a complaint, contact the Environmental Health Division at 847/933-8484.
Food Service Sanitation Training
The sanitarians of the Skokie Health Department will provide food safety education programs to food service employees and community groups upon request. Call 847/933-8484 for more information or to schedule a presentation.
Foreign Travel Information
The Skokie Health Department provides current information on worldwide disease outbreaks and immunization recommendations for travel to various foreign countries. Call the Health Department at (847) 933-8252 to receive the latest information before you travel.
Hearing Screenings for Adults
Monthly screening clinics for adult residents are available through the Skokie Health Department at no charge. A state-certified audiometric technician conducts the screening test and provides test results and follow-up recommendations. Appointments are required. Call 847/933-8252 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Immunizations are provided to Skokie residents for a fee. An appointment is necessary and fees vary depending on the vaccination. For more information on immunization costs or to schedule an appointment, contact the Skokie Health Department at 847/933-8252.
Immunization Clinics, Child
Immunizations are provided to any child living in Skokie or attending a Skokie school for a $5 clinic fee. Consultation on what immunizations are needed is provided by the nursing staff. An appointment is necessary. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Skokie Health Department at 847/933-8252.
Regular inspections of day care centers and nursing homes are conducted by the Skokie Health Department's Personal Health and Environmental Health Divisions to enforce Village and State regulations. Citizen complaints are investigated and documented. Call 847/933-8252 or 933-8484 to file a complaint.
Children age 1 year to 6 years who live in Skokie or attend a Skokie school can receive a blood lead screening test from the Skokie Health Department. There is a $25 fee for this screening and appointments are required. The fee is waived for income eligible families. Call 847/933-8252 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Lipid Profile Screenings
The Skokie Health Department's lipid profile screening program measures your total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and triglyceride levels. There is a $15 fee for the screening and appointments are required. Call 847/933-8252 to make an appointment.
Lost and Found Animals
The Animal Control Division maintains records of all pets that have been lost or found in Skokie. Prompt reporting of lost or found animals is crucial. If your pet is missing or if you spot a wandering pet, please contact Animal Control.
Needle and Syringe Disposal
The Skokie Health Department participates in a needle and syringe ("sharps") disposal program sponsored by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County. Residents who regularly dispose of used needles and syringes are able to obtain a puncture-resistant disposal box and return it for appropriate disposal when it is full.
Rat Control in Skokie
The Village of Skokie has an aggressive rat control program that includes inspections for rats, treatment of burrows, and ensuring preventive measures are in place. Residents are encouraged to report rat sightings to the Health Department at 847-933-8484, or by using a new online form click here. Rats live in areas where there is food, water and shelter. Rats can be prevented by bagging garbage securely in containers, picking up fallen birdseed, cleaning up after dogs, and maintaining property.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Public health nurses provide consultation and referrals for affected individuals, including for HIV/AIDS.
Solid Waste Investigations
Skokie Health Department sanitarians will respond to complaints of improperly stored refuse, improper storage of hazardous materials, and illegal dumping of materials. Violators will be issued warning notices and given citations if necessary to insure the problem is corrected. Call 847/933-8484 to make a complaint.
Stop Smoking Clinics
The Skokie Health Department periodically offers stop smoking clinics for anyone who wants to quit smoking. There is no residence or employment requirement for this clinic. There is a $15 fee for this service and registration is required prior to the first session. For the dates of the next clinic and to reserve a space, contact the Health Department at 847/933-8252.
Swimming Pool Inspections
The sanitarians of the Skokie Health Department conduct regular inspections of all public pools in Skokie. Inspection of and consultation regarding private pools is available upon request. Citizen complaints are investigated and documented. For more information, to request an inspection, or to file a complaint, call 847/933-8484.
TB skin tests are available at the Skokie Health Department for residents and individuals needing a test for employment in Skokie. The tests are $10 and appointments are required. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 847/933-8252.
Vision & Hearing Screenings
Skokie Health Department vision and audiometric technicians provide screening for children attending private and parochial schools, preschools, and day care centers in Skokie. Office screenings are available for those children not attending a preschool. For more information or to request an appointment for your child, call 847/933-8252.
Water Supply Sampling
The Skokie Health Department collects approximately 70 water samples monthly at various locations throughout the village to assure water quality and safety. Residents can request sampling at their residence if they are concerned about the safety of their water supply. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) has mandated that municipalities publish a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) on water quality. The Village of Skokie purchases its water from the City of Evanston, and Evanston has provided the information contained in the Village of Skokie's CCR on water quality. Click here to see a copy of the current report. For more information or to request that a sample be taken, contact the Environmental Health Division at 847/ 933-8484.
Well Child Clinics
A monthly well child clinic is available for Skokie children from birth through age six. Eligibility for this program is based on family income. An appointment is required. For more information regarding the clinic or to make an appointment, contact the Skokie Health Department at 847/933-8252.
Wildlife Complaint Investigations
The Skokie Health Department's Animal Control Division patrols for and investigates citizens' reports of rodent infestations and other wildlife problems. Baiting and trapping procedures are conducted as needed. For more information or to file a complaint, call 847/933-8484.