Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

New National Childhood Immunization Data Released

Child showing the muscles of his armsThe National Immunization Surveys (NIS), sponsored by CDC, are a group of surveys used to monitor immunization coverage across the country. The Child National Immunization Survey assesses data for children, ages 19-35 months of age.  Data from 2015 were released earlier this month.

For 2015, […]

By | October 21st, 2016|General|0 Comments

Arizona Releases Community Plan to End Local HIV Epidemic

istock_000017466676mediumTwo scientific advances have provided the tools needed to end the HIV epidemic.  First, for people who are not infected with HIV, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) can reduce the risk of HIV infection by more than 90%.  Second, people living with HIV who get into medical care, take their HIV medicine […]

By | October 20th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

Influenza Season Has Started

flubasicsInfluenza season has officially started in Arizona with the first locally-acquired case confirmed late last week. If you and your family haven’t been vaccinated for influenza this season, the time is now. The CDC recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone six months and older. Getting vaccinated is the best way to […]

By | October 19th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

It’s Arizona Infection Prevention Week

broken chainInternational Infection Prevention Week, October 16 to 22, raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient safety. The 2016 theme, “Break the Chain of Infection“,  emphasizes how easily infections and germs can be spread from person to person, and ways to break the chain at […]

By | October 18th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

Preventing Bullying is a Critical Component to a Child’s Development

istock_000006199686xsmallThere is a common misconception that bullying is just a part of growing up. The reality is children who bully and those who are bullied can experience negative health outcomes that may last into adulthood. Bullying, like other forms of violence, is about power and control, and that power can be based […]

By | October 17th, 2016|Prevention|0 Comments

Tips to Stay Safe when Receiving Medical Services Abroad

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that up to 750,000 Americans travel out of the country each year for medical care. The most common reasons are for cosmetic surgery, dental work, and heart surgery. If you’re planning a medical tourism trip or find yourself receiving unplanned healthcare services while […]

By | October 14th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments