Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Pinal County sees season’s first pediatric influenza death

Pediatric Flu DeathPinal County recently recorded this season’s first pediatric influenza death in Arizona. This heartbreaking news is a reminder that children younger than 5 who get influenza are among those at increased risk of complications including pneumonia, worsening of […]

By | November 25th, 2022|Preparedness|Comments Off on Pinal County sees season’s first pediatric influenza death

Study: Omicron booster gives significant additional protection against COVID-19

Omicron booster studyA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study has found that the Omicron booster provided significant additional protection against symptomatic COVID-19 illness in people who had received at least two doses of a previous COVID-19 vaccine. 

The CDC notes that COVID-19 spread has increased during the last […]

By | November 23rd, 2022|Preparedness|Comments Off on Study: Omicron booster gives significant additional protection against COVID-19

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week: Help reduce antimicrobial resistance

Antibiotic AwarenessImproving our understanding of when and how to use antibiotics promotes health, fights the challenge of antimicrobial resistance, and helps ensure that antibiotics will be able to help generations to come. 

During U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, ADHS and the Centers for Disease […]

By | November 22nd, 2022|Preparedness|Comments Off on U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week: Help reduce antimicrobial resistance

On Public Health Thank You Day, we thank Arizonans

Public Health Thank You DayGiven that today is Public Health Thank You Day in the U.S., you’d expect me to praise our team at ADHS and the many others who promote healthier and stronger communities in Arizona’s counties, cities, towns, and tribal nations.

And […]

By | November 21st, 2022|General|Comments Off on On Public Health Thank You Day, we thank Arizonans

Valley Fever Awareness Week: Reduce your risk, get tested if you have symptoms

Valley Fever Awareness WeekWith cases of respiratory illness rising in Arizona, it’s easy to overlook the possibility that Valley fever might be the reason for a cough, fever, or exhaustion. Caused by a fungus that can be carried by blowing dust, Valley fever is […]

By | November 18th, 2022|Preparedness|Comments Off on Valley Fever Awareness Week: Reduce your risk, get tested if you have symptoms

Great American Smokeout: Ending dependence takes time, planning, and patience

Great American SmokeoutMilestones,” an award-winning public service announcement from the Arizona Smokers Helpline (ASHLine), begins with one man’s decision to end dependence on commercial tobacco. It then follows the health benefits that multiply in the years after that last cigarette. 

By | November 17th, 2022|Prevention|Comments Off on Great American Smokeout: Ending dependence takes time, planning, and patience