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Flu Down Under

By | August 4th, 2011|General|

This is the time of year that public health folks start watching the flu reports from the southern hemisphere.  We’re watching for a couple of things – the circulating strains and how it’s spreading.  The Australian Government Department of Health is reporting 6 times as many cases as they had at this time last season.  [...]

Global Polio Eradication Rounds the Bend

By | March 1st, 2011|Preparedness, Prevention|

Public health efforts eradicated smallpox from the globe in the late 1970s.  The last naturally occurring case was in Somalia in 1977 (followed by a couple of lab accident cases in 1978).  Public health set its sites on Polio next- with an expectation that it could be eradicated before the turn of the century.  A [...]

What’s Respiratory Syncytial Virus?

By | January 13th, 2011|Preparedness|

Respiratory syncytial virus (or RSV) is another respiratory infection that mainly affects little kids and circulates every year.  It occurs in the winter, like flu, but flu and RSV usually don’t peak at the same time.  Since our flu season is early this year, it looks like our RSV season may be a little later [...]

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 [...]

Flu Season

By | November 9th, 2010|Preparedness|

Last year at this time the new H1N1 flu virus was going gangbusters.  Loads of Arizonans were getting sick (especially kids), the vaccine was still in short supply.  The county health departments were prioritizing which doctors could get the vaccine.  What a difference a year makes.   Flu activity across the country is light (so far), [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Lancet Withdraws 12 Year Old Flawed Autism Article

By | February 3rd, 2010|General, Preparedness|

An article published in the journal Lancet nearly 12 years ago set the public health world on fire.  The article published by Wakefield and 12 other authors suggested that they had found a link between the MMR (measles mumps rubella) vaccine and autism and bowel disease.  Since that time, a great deal of research has [...]