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CDC Sortable Stats

By | September 2nd, 2013|General|

There’s a new CDC Sortable Stats web application that went live a couple of weeks ago that provides an interactive tool to analyze behavioral risk factors and health indicators compiled from various published CDC and federal sources.  You can search by state for things like death rates (e.g.  infant mortality, heart disease, motor vehicle death rates, [...]

Our Newest Decision-making Tool

By | June 24th, 2013|Behavioral Health|

The core of our decision-making as an agency relies on evidence.  Evidence can be scientific like surveillance or research or it can be administrative or financial.  Whichever way you slice it- the key is to get good reliable information so that our teams can make effective decisions as we execute our mission.   One of the [...]

ADHS Lab Set to Test for H7N9 Influenza

By | April 26th, 2013|Preparedness|

China is continuing to report more and more cases of the new H7N9 Influenza virus.  So far they’ve confirmed 108 cases with a death rate of about 20% (21 deaths)   All the cases appear to have jumped from birds to humans- meaning that there’s no human-to-human transmission (which is good).  One concern is that if a person becomes infected [...]

Next Season’s Influenza Vaccine

By | March 5th, 2013|Preparedness, Prevention|

Just as our influenza season winds down (and it is), it's time to plan for the next one.  Every February the World Health Organization convenes a panel of experts to look at the most current data on the circulating flu strains from around the world and makes recommendations for the next season’s Northern Hemisphere flu vaccine.  [...]

Strategic National Stockpile Readiness

By | February 27th, 2013|General, Preparedness|

The CDC's “Strategic National Stockpile” is a large quantity of medicine and medical supplies that are available to states in case there’s a public health emergency (flu outbreak, asteroid, etc.) severe enough to cause local health supplies to run out.  Once federal and local authorities agree that the stockpile is needed, meds and supplies are [...]

The Worst is Over for Flu this Season

By | February 21st, 2013|General|

This year’s flu really packed a wallop all across the country.  In Arizona we’ve had almost 250% more cases than last year so far.  But the good news is, this week’s flu report shows we’re on the downhill slope.  We’ve seen fewer new cases in the past couple weeks - but it’s not completely gone.  [...]

Influenza Still Increasing in AZ

By | January 25th, 2013|General|

Yesterday afternoon's weekly flu report shows that influenza is still circulating widely in AZ...  with a steep increase in the last couple of weeks.  The strain that’s circulating is mostly Type A - H3N2 which can be more severe than the 2009 H1N1, especially for seniors. There are plenty of B strains going around too.  But you can still find [...]

Influenza Going Gangbusters in US and AZ

By | January 10th, 2013|General, Licensing, Prevention|

During the 2009- 2010 influenza pandemic, we saw how influenza can be unpredictable in terms of who it affects most, when it occurs, and what strains will circulate. This season is no exception. While the circulating strains are exactly what we predicted, the peak of the flu season is hitting earlier than usual (now) and it's [...]

New Flu Application Released by CDC

By | January 7th, 2013|Preparedness|

The CDC released a free application last month that allows users to access current influenza recommendations and influenza activity updates. You can click here to download. You'll be able to check our where we are relative to the rest of the country and view the new methods of analysis presented on the new site.  On our flu [...]

RSV on the Upswing in AZ

By | December 12th, 2012|Preparedness, Prevention|

We're off to an early start with the flu and RSV season this year with more cases reported in November than in previous seasons. Respiratory syncytial virus (or RSV) is a respiratory virus that mainly affects little kids and circulates during the winter. There’s no vaccine for RSV- but for those babies that are at highest [...]