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Influenza Widespread in AZ

By | January 6th, 2011|Preparedness|

With last year’s 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 we are back to a more usual flu season, at least so far.  Our first laboratory-confirmed cases were detected earlier than most years (at the end of [...]

ADHS Aces the 2010 Strategic National Stockpile Test

By | September 21st, 2010|Preparedness|

The Strategic National Stockpile is a national repository of antibiotics, chemical antidotes, antitoxins, life-support medications, IV administration, airway maintenance supplies, and medical/surgical items which are stored in a few locations around the country. The stockpile is designed to supplement public health agencies in case there’s a national emergency anywhere and at anytime within the U.S. [...]

Seasonal Flu News

By | August 9th, 2010|Prevention|

The FDA approved this year’s (2010-2011) flu vaccine for the US.  This year's shot will protect folks from 3 strains of influenza including the pandemic strain from last year.  The technical terms for the strains in this year’s shot are the “A/California/7/09 (H1N1)-like virus (i.e. pandemic virus”; the “A/Perth /16/2009 (H3N2)-like virus”; and the “B/Brisbane/60/2008-like [...]

ADHS Status

By | July 21st, 2010|General, Newborn Screening|

We’ve got a lot to be proud of over the last year and an half.  It’s been hard, I know because of all of the budget reductions and the lower staffing level.  On the other hand, we’ve got an incredible mission and we’re doing a good job.  I often tell people that we work in [...]

H1N1

By | February 12th, 2010|Preparedness|

When’s the last time you heard anything about the pandemic?  It’s been awhile, huh?  Well, it’s still around.  The number of cases is back down to where it was this summer, with cases here and there.  Nothing like it was last October- but the flu is still out there.  We’re still encouraging the stragglers to [...]

Adult Vaccination Rates

By | February 8th, 2010|Preparedness|

The Trust for America’s Health released a report about adult immunization rates across the country last week at: healthyamericans.org.  The Complete Report (PDF 0.2Mb) provides all of the details…  but for a snapshot, the report says that about 69% of Arizona’s seniors have been vaccinated for pneumococcal disease. Vaccinations are an important part of public [...]

A Year of Progress at ADHS

By | February 4th, 2010|General, Newborn Screening, Preparedness, Prevention|

We started on this journey together a year ago.  Thanks for being such good traveling companions.  We’ve been through a lot.  We’ve had challenges, fears, anxiety, good times, laughs, & fun.  We’ve sacrificed some of our programs, but we’ve made a great deal of progress too.  Overall- the year was a net plus.  I say [...]