Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

MRSA Prevention is Critical to Healthcare Safety

mrsaOctober is MRSA awareness month, and October 2 was World MRSA Day. MRSA, short for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a bacterial infection that is resistant to many types of antibiotics.  These events help raise the awareness of MRSA around the globe and to activate survivors, communities, governments, healthcare officials, […]

By | October 26th, 2016|Preparedness, Prevention|0 Comments

New Campaign Teaches Arizona Youth about the Dangers of E-cigarettes

This week we launched a new public awareness campaign called “Vape is a Lie” teaches youth about the dangers of nicotine and e-cigarettes. Vape is a Lie features a series of three public service announcements and a website,, where Arizona youth can learn more about the dangerous chemicals often found in e-cigarettes, commonly referred to as vape […]

By | October 25th, 2016|Prevention|0 Comments

Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Helps Families Stay Safe

lead-poisoning-prevention-weekThis week, we acknowledge National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and this year’s important theme: Lead Free Kids for a Healthy Future.  The Arizona Department of Health Services is participating in this event along with CDC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other […]

By | October 24th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

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