Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Influenza Activity Reaches Widespread Status

This week's flu report shows our influenza activity in the state has reached a "widespread" classification. More than 3,700 cases of flu have been reported throughout Arizona, with 51 percent of those in Maricopa County. There have been 3,710 lab-confirmed influenza cases reported for the 2015-2016 influenza season in Arizona. Cases have been reported in all 15 counties, with the most in Maricopa 1,909; [...]

By |February 11th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

Sharing the State of Infectious Disease in Arizona with Healthcare Partners

Our Healthcare-Associated Infections Program, in collaboration with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Grand Canyon Chapter, hosted their state of the state meeting last month. This annual event is dedicated to program updates and education from many areas of the ADHS Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Control Services. The event took place at Health Services Advisory Group [...]

By |February 10th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

Arizona is becoming the best place to live free of the dangers of tobacco

Arizona continues to be among the nation's leaders in tobacco control and is ranked in the top ten in several categories, including tobacco use among adults, youth, and pregnant women. According to national and state surveys, tobacco use declined in the past year by an estimated 40,000 adults and 13,000 high school aged youth. Likewise, Arizonans are less likely to [...]

By |February 9th, 2016|Prevention|0 Comments

Public Health Laboratory Staff to Present its Biosafety Outreach Program Nationally

The Association of Public Health Laboratories, a national organization dedicated to strengthening laboratory systems serving the public’s health in the United States and globally, has requested that the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory present its biosafety outreach program in a national webinar. Arizona’s highly successful biosafety program includes a variety of activities designed to develop best practices in laboratory safety, [...]

By |February 5th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

Leveraging Technology to Improve Vaccine Ordering

We’re always striving for ways to make routine tasks easier and more efficient so we can focus efforts on the things that matter most for the people that we serve. Over the past several years, our immunization program has been strengthening our ability to leverage electronic systems to improve vaccine practices across Arizona . Since 1995, we’ve maintained the Arizona State Immunization Information [...]

By |February 4th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

World Health Organization Declares Zika a Global Emergency

If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ve noticed a lot of attention on Zika virus, an emerging mosquito-borne disease that’s spreading across the Americas. As of today, no cases of Zika have been found in Arizona, but several other U.S. states are reporting cases of Zika virus in travelers returning from countries where the virus is circulating. On Monday, [...]

By |February 3rd, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments