Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Arizona Immunization Coverage Rates Continue to Fall with Increased Use of Exemptions in 2017

For the second year in a row, exemption rates, the percentage of students exempt from one or more vaccines, increased across all age categories. In the last year, exemptions rose from 3.9% to 4.3% for child care, from 4.9% to 5.4% for kindergarten, and from 5.1% to 5.4% for 6th grade. This increase […]

By | July 3rd, 2018|Preparedness|0 Comments

New Tool to Help Communities Develop Strategies to Prevent and Control Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious health condition attributing to nearly 14,000 Arizona emergency department visits and 11,000 local hospital admissions in 2016. Diabetes, the sixth leading disease-related cause of death in Arizona, is also a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to significant disability including blindness, kidney […]

By | June 5th, 2018|Prevention|0 Comments

Work Continues to Reduce Opioid Deaths as Emergency Declaration Comes to an End

Governor Doug Ducey has officially ended the formal emergency public health declaration he issued last year that directed our department to lead a statewide response to the opioid epidemic. We have made tremendous strides, but the work we started last June is far from complete.

The list of accomplishments over this last […]

By | June 1st, 2018|General, Prevention|0 Comments

Stay Safe from the Summer Heat

Memorial Day signals the start of summer break for many kids in Arizona as well as triple digit temperatures. Many people are preparing for upcoming outdoor activities with friends and family. While enjoying the holiday grilling or relaxing by the pool, it is important to remember safety tips to protect yourself […]

By | May 29th, 2018|Preparedness|0 Comments

Annual Student SunWise Poster Content Winners Showcase Sun Safety Prevention Tips

The SunWise Program held its annual presentation of the “Be SunWise & Play Sun Smart Skin Cancer Prevention Poster Contest” on Saturday, May 5 at the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. the Houston Astros baseball game. This year marked the 15th year of the annual poster contest, which invites students from all over the state of […]

By | May 25th, 2018|Preparedness|0 Comments

Controlling Unusual Resistance Germs

CDC’s Vital signs publication recently highlighted unusual antibiotic resistance germs, which are resistant to all or most antibiotics tested and are uncommon or carry special resistance genes. Antibiotic-resistant germs can spread very easily. Germs constantly develop resistance against new and older antibiotics. Examples of unusual resistance include: Vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA), Candida auris and certain […]

By | May 14th, 2018|Preparedness|0 Comments