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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.

Haven’t gotten your flu shot this year? It’s not too late!

By | December 7th, 2018|Preparedness|

Arizona’s last influenza season was record breaking. More than 35,000 people in Arizona were reported to be sick with flu – more people than during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic! Similarly, the rest of the country was hit hard last season with nearly one million Americans hospitalized and over 80,000 dying from flu. Getting your influenza [...]

Keep Salmonella off your Thanksgiving menu

By | November 21st, 2018|Preparedness|

The thought of holiday celebrations can bring feelings of both warmth and excitement. We all look forward to Grandma’s special recipe or our favorite holiday dish. Thanksgiving is certainly no exception, and the last thing you need on your holiday plate is a big serving of Salmonella. Following a few simple pieces of advice can help [...]

2018 Antibiotic Awareness Week

By | November 13th, 2018|Preparedness|

November 12 - 18, 2018 is U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week. This annual week-long observance raises awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing. This week helps increase awareness of improving appropriate use of antibiotics in communities, in healthcare facilities, and even on the farm! Antibiotics save lives, and are [...]

Valley Fever Awareness Week 2018

By | November 9th, 2018|Preparedness|

Dust Storm Weather 6/6/06 A dust storm rolls into the Valley of the Sun Tuesday evening. The Arizona Center, St. Mary's Basilica and Chase Ballpark are in the foreground in downtown Phoenix, AZ. Photo by Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic Valley Fever Awareness Week is here! Did you know that valley fever (coccidioidomycosis) is [...]

ADHS Playbook will guide leaders in emergencies

By | November 5th, 2018|Preparedness|

During a disaster, local, state, and federal governments can declare a state of emergency to free up emergency funding and waive certain regulatory requirements that can impede rapid response. The steps for issuing such a declaration are often complicated by differing laws at the various levels of government. Additionally, it is not always clear how [...]

Recent Ebola Activity in the DRC

By | October 23rd, 2018|Preparedness|

Increased Ebola activity has been reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since May 2018. Swift and effective public health responses, including the use of an experimental Ebola vaccine, have been successful in containing the outbreak in the northwestern part of the country, which was declared over on July 24. However, a second [...]

Arizona Public Health Works to Improve Vaccine Coverage for Children

By | October 23rd, 2018|Preparedness|

Vaccines are critical to protecting the health of all Arizonans because they help stop the spread of numerous dangerous diseases, such as measles and whooping cough. Not everyone is old enough or healthy enough to be protected with vaccines, which is why it’s so important that nearly everyone else in our community is fully vaccinated. [...]

National Increase in Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)

By | October 22nd, 2018|Preparedness|

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has noted an increase in reported and confirmed Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) cases in 2018. AFM is a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system causing a sudden onset of arm and/or leg weakness. AFM has a number of causes, including viruses, such as enterovirus and West Nile virus, and a [...]

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 [...]