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Take Time to Learn About the Safe Way to Use Antibiotics

By | November 13th, 2017|Preparedness|

2017 Antibiotic Awareness Week (formerly “Get Smart Week”), November 13 to 19, is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. This week helps to increase awareness of improving appropriate use of antibiotics in communities, in healthcare facilities, and even on the farm! Each [...]

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

By | October 23rd, 2017|Preparedness|

The last week of October every year is dedicated to promoting awareness of lead poisoning by CDC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other partners.  This year, the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is teaming up with our new Environmental Public Health Tracking Program to call [...]

September is Get “Ahead of Sepsis” Month

By | September 21st, 2017|Preparedness|

September is Sepsis awareness month. Get Ahead of Sepsis is a national effort to protect people from the devastating effects of sepsis. This initiative emphasizes the importance of early recognition and timely treatment of sepsis, as well as the importance of preventing infections that could lead to sepsis. Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to [...]

Advancing Team-Based Care through the Use of Collaborative Practice Agreements with Pharmacists to Manage High Blood Pressure

By | August 24th, 2017|Prevention|

Heart disease and stroke are among the leading causes of death and disability in the United States.  In Arizona, heart disease is the leading cause of death. While we applaud the work of the many health care professionals who play a critical role in reducing heart disease and preventing stroke in the United States and [...]

Arizona Cancer Programs Secure Increased Funding for the State

By | August 10th, 2017|Preparedness, Prevention|

The Arizona Cancer Registry and Office of Cancer Prevention and Control received good news last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – their grant application was approved for a total of $3,930,027 per year for the next five years.  This represents a 13.5% increase in funds of $466,909 per year.  The [...]

Opioid Update: Blood Screening, Grant Funding and Emergency Rule for Licensed Facilities

By | August 7th, 2017|Prevention|

We continue to make steady progress in addressing the statewide opioid epidemic. Last week we expanded blood screening at the State Public Health Lab, announced a $505,104 grant award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and issued emergency rules for licensed healthcare facilities. The State Public Health Lab is now screening blood samples [...]

World Health Organization Working Towards of Eliminating Hepatitis

By | July 27th, 2017|Preparedness|

This World Hepatitis Day, the World Health Organization continues to build upon its strategy to combat viral hepatitis and achieve the final goal of eliminating hepatitis. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that is often caused by a virus. The three most common viruses that cause viral hepatitis in the U.S. are hepatitis A, [...]

CDC Report Highlights Rare Cases of Paralysis in Maricopa County Children

By | July 25th, 2017|Preparedness|

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report this week in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) about five Arizona children diagnosed with Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM).  AFM is a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system causing a sudden onset of arm and/or leg weakness and loss of muscle [...]

Be Prepared for the Start of the New School Year by Vaccinating Your Kids

By | July 18th, 2017|Preparedness|

Parents, are you ready for the new school year?  Meeting teachers, organizing backpacks, and packing lunches are some of the many things you are prepared for, but what about your child’s vaccination status?  As the first day of school approaches, take a quick second to review Arizona’s state mandated immunization requirements for children entering child [...]

Flu Virus Lingers in Arizona in Summer Months

By | July 6th, 2017|Preparedness|

While summer may be in full swing, the influenza season is lingering longer than usual here in Arizona. In June, we typically see around 200 laboratory confirmed influenza cases. This year there were nearly 1,300 confirmed influenza cases in June . Our ADHS disease detectives and county health departments monitor influenza activity all year. In [...]