Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

CDC Releases Interim Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Report

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) performs studies each year to determine how well the influenza (flu) vaccine protects against flu. They recently released the 2018–2019 interim influenza vaccine effectiveness results that highlight how the vaccine helps to protect our communities from the disease. Overall, the […]

By | February 22nd, 2019|Preparedness|0 Comments

Public Health Addressing Social Determinants of Health to Improve Overall Health of Arizona

Every day, public health works to keep Arizonans healthy and well by promoting good choices like healthy eating, regular physical activitysmoking cessationvaccinations, and injury prevention through seatbelt and helmet use. We know that these […]

By | February 21st, 2019|General|0 Comments

ADHS conducts drinking water screening in child care facilities across the state

Childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children. Lead poisoning can negatively affect children’s intelligence, behavior, hearing, and development. The most common sources of elevated blood lead levels in Arizona are lead-based paint found in homes built before 1978, imported goods such as spices, makeups, and […]

By | February 19th, 2019|General, Preparedness|0 Comments

Annual State-by-State Report on Public Health Preparedness

Every year, Trust for America’s Health releases a report that shows their rankings of states’ public health preparedness. Like most years, this year’s report uses a combination of measures that may or may not be under the control of state health departments to develop their state […]

By | February 12th, 2019|Preparedness|0 Comments

Sharing Public Health Data in New Ways

Public health professionals use data to drive decisions about public health priorities, the need for new programs or policies, and the effectiveness of public health intervention. However, without clear and accessible data, it’s difficult to make informed decisions. That’s why over the last several years, we’ve worked hard to improve our data […]

By | February 4th, 2019|General|0 Comments

Measles outbreaks highlight the importance of vaccination

Earlier this week, the State of Washington declared a public health emergency due to a measles outbreak that has infected nearly 40 people to date. Luckily, no Arizonans have been infected with measles associated with this outbreak, but the fact that measles outbreaks still occur underscores the importance of up-to-date vaccination […]

By | January 29th, 2019|Preparedness|0 Comments