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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.

Influenza is here and so is our new interactive dashboard!

By | October 17th, 2018|Preparedness|

The 2018–2019 influenza season has arrived in Arizona! Since the beginning of October, Arizona had 56 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza reported from 10 counties, compared to 16 cases typically seen at this time of year. This means if you and your family have not been vaccinated for this season, now is the time. The influenza [...]

AZ Poster Contest to Raise Awareness about Valley Fever

By | October 5th, 2018|Preparedness|

Although many types of fungal disease occur in our country, there is one that poses the greatest risk to our health in the desert southwest.  In Arizona, valley fever has a large impact with over 5,000 reported cases, 700 hospitalizations, and 50 deaths each year. To raise awareness about this disease, the Arizona Department of Health Services [...]

National Preparedness Month: What would you do if…?

By | September 28th, 2018|Preparedness|

As National Preparedness Month comes to an end, remember that preparing for emergencies and disasters is a year-round effort. Arizona may not be vulnerable to destructive hurricanes like Florence, but we are at risk of flooding, wildfires, power outages, severe weather, and other unforeseen hazards. One question to ask yourself, your friends, and your family [...]

Syphilis outbreak impacts the health of women and babies

By | September 25th, 2018|Preparedness|

Arizona is facing an outbreak of syphilis, with the biggest increase of cases in women and newborns. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has been working with partners on strategies to increase early detection and treatment, especially for pregnant women, to reduce the potentially devastating health effects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [...]

National Preparedness Month: Community Preparedness

By | September 18th, 2018|Preparedness|

Community preparedness is a crucial part of protecting yourself, your loved ones and your neighbors during emergencies and disasters. Being neighborly, being informed and being involved can make all the difference. If you haven’t already done so, get to know your neighbors and understand what type of assistance they may need during a disaster. People [...]

National Preparedness Month: Get Informed, Stay Informed

By | September 14th, 2018|Preparedness|

In today’s world, there is a mind-boggling number of information sources all around us. There are apps, websites, social media, TV, video streaming services, radio and newspapers. It is critical to know which sources to trust when you or your family are at risk during a natural disaster or another emergency. The Arizona Emergency Information [...]

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

By | July 3rd, 2018|Preparedness|

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 in exemption rates led [...]

Stay Safe from the Summer Heat

By | May 29th, 2018|Preparedness|

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 from the Arizona heat and sun. Despite heat-related illnesses being [...]

Annual Student SunWise Poster Content Winners Showcase Sun Safety Prevention Tips

By | May 25th, 2018|Preparedness|

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 Arizona to showcase their [...]