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Items in the Preparedness category will cover everything from Emergency Medical Services to vaccination programs. This division at ADHS tracks contagious disease, coordinates emergency preparedness activity, licenses EMTs and Paramedics, regulates ambulance companies, authorizes special hospital designations like cardiac care center and Level IV trauma center, issues birth and death certificates, and tracks critical health data through various sources including hospital discharge information.

It’s a good time to update your COVID-19 protection with a booster dose

By | May 26th, 2022|Preparedness|

Arizona continues to see increases in COVID-19 cases, as is happening elsewhere in the country. Wednesday’s weekly update to the ADHS COVID-19 Data Dashboard adds 11,498 cases, of which 10,359 were reported during the week of May 15. The dashboard added 40 new deaths.  This continued gradual increase in cases, which isn’t straining our health [...]

Take precautions against heat-related illness

By | May 24th, 2022|Preparedness|

Brutal summer heat can be more than just unpleasant. If you don’t take precautions, it can cause illness and even death. To highlight the importance of staying safe during extreme heat, Governor Doug Ducey has proclaimed May 23-27 as Heat Awareness Week. ADHS, the National Weather Service, and the Phoenix Office of Heat Response and [...]

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ADHS mobile program brings COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to Arizonans

By | May 23rd, 2022|Preparedness|

Since COVID-19 vaccines became available in late 2020, millions of Arizonans have gone to mass-vaccination sites, retail pharmacies, health care centers, doctors’ offices, and elsewhere to get lifesaving shots. Today, ADHS and partner agencies are providing even more widespread availability by making COVID-19 vaccines available in neighborhoods through trusted community partners. More than 100,000 doses [...]

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It’s time to get kids 5 and older up current on immunizations, including COVID-19 boosters

By | May 20th, 2022|Preparedness|

Childhood vaccines protect against not just severe illness but prevent disease outbreaks that can interrupt classroom learning. That’s one reason why ADHS and our partners encourage parents to get their children current on required immunizations as well as COVID-19 vaccination. The pandemic has made it more difficult to stay current on routine medical care. With [...]

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With cases increasing, it isn’t too late to get your influenza vaccine

By | May 19th, 2022|Preparedness|

Like COVID-19 has proven to be, seasonal influenza is predictably unpredictable. Case in point: Arizona is currently seeing increasing numbers of influenza cases much later than the five-year average shows, though overall numbers for this flu season aren’t as high as some recent seasons. Other states are seeing a similar trend.  COVID-19 and influenza share [...]

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Week-to-week increases in cases a reminder that COVID-19 remains with us

By | May 18th, 2022|Preparedness|

Like many of you, public health professionals are closely watching trends reflected on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard, including week-to-week increases in cases since early April. The 7,200-plus cases reported for the week beginning May 8 represent a small fraction of the 150,000-plus cases reported during the week of Jan. 9, when the Omicron variant was [...]

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EMS Week: Promoting resilience among those who rise to the challenge

By | May 17th, 2022|Preparedness|

ADHS is joining groups across the nation in marking EMS Week, which honors the Emergency Medical Services providers who are rising to the challenge during the month of May. It’s part of National Trauma Awareness Month.  Governor Doug Ducey signed a State Proclamation recognizing EMS Week and EMS for Children Day. This year’s theme for [...]

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Rising to the Challenge & Safe Surroundings: Honoring EMS and trauma workers

By | May 12th, 2022|Preparedness|

May is National Trauma Awareness Month, presenting an opportunity for each of us to recognize and appreciate the many people working to keep us safe. So does EMS Week, which will be from May 15-21. This year’s theme for National Trauma Awareness Month is “Safe Surroundings,” with a focus on preventing violence and promoting safety [...]

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Summer sun means protecting yourself against melanoma

By | May 9th, 2022|Preparedness|

 Few things go together more than Arizona and sunshine. Yuma, Tucson, and Phoenix are among American cities with the most sunny days, but many places across our state see abundant sunshine. All that sun brings with it an increased risk of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer that is increasingly common in Arizona. From [...]

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Seniors: Make sure your protection is up to date with a COVID-19 booster shot

By | May 2nd, 2022|Preparedness|

I recently had the privilege of joining an AARP Arizona virtual town hall to discuss COVID-19 vaccines and, more importantly, why seniors should update their protection by following booster recommendations.  Cases and deaths in Arizona have dropped significantly since the January peak, but COVID-19 is still active and infecting people. A large percentage of seniors [...]

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