Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Watching 911 calls helps ADHS track health trends

911 calls dashboardLast week in Arizona there were nearly 18,000 emergency calls to 911 reported through the Arizona Prehospital Information and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Registry System (AZ-PIERS). That included 1,271 calls about injuries related to falls, 567 for motor vehicle crashes, and 343 for cardiac arrest and strokes. 

By | November 28th, 2022|Preparedness|Comments Off on Watching 911 calls helps ADHS track health trends

Pinal County sees season’s first pediatric influenza death

Pediatric Flu DeathPinal County recently recorded this season’s first pediatric influenza death in Arizona. This heartbreaking news is a reminder that children younger than 5 who get influenza are among those at increased risk of complications including pneumonia, worsening of […]

By | November 25th, 2022|Preparedness|Comments Off on Pinal County sees season’s first pediatric influenza death

Study: Omicron booster gives significant additional protection against COVID-19

Omicron booster studyA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study has found that the Omicron booster provided significant additional protection against symptomatic COVID-19 illness in people who had received at least two doses of a previous COVID-19 vaccine. 

The CDC notes that COVID-19 spread has increased during the last […]

By | November 23rd, 2022|Preparedness|Comments Off on Study: Omicron booster gives significant additional protection against COVID-19

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week: Help reduce antimicrobial resistance

Antibiotic AwarenessImproving our understanding of when and how to use antibiotics promotes health, fights the challenge of antimicrobial resistance, and helps ensure that antibiotics will be able to help generations to come. 

During U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, ADHS and the Centers for Disease […]

By | November 22nd, 2022|Preparedness|Comments Off on U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week: Help reduce antimicrobial resistance

On Public Health Thank You Day, we thank Arizonans

Public Health Thank You DayGiven that today is Public Health Thank You Day in the U.S., you’d expect me to praise our team at ADHS and the many others who promote healthier and stronger communities in Arizona’s counties, cities, towns, and tribal nations.

And […]

By | November 21st, 2022|General|Comments Off on On Public Health Thank You Day, we thank Arizonans

Valley Fever Awareness Week: Reduce your risk, get tested if you have symptoms

Valley Fever Awareness WeekWith cases of respiratory illness rising in Arizona, it’s easy to overlook the possibility that Valley fever might be the reason for a cough, fever, or exhaustion. Caused by a fungus that can be carried by blowing dust, Valley fever is […]

By | November 18th, 2022|Preparedness|Comments Off on Valley Fever Awareness Week: Reduce your risk, get tested if you have symptoms