Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

CDC strengthens recommendation for COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy

pregnant woman holding stomachAmong the #VaxFacts videos we launched last week is one noting there’s no evidence that getting vaccinated can affect your fertility.

Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has strengthened its […]

By | August 16th, 2021|Preparedness|Comments Off on CDC strengthens recommendation for COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy

Federal officials recommend third mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose for those with weakened immune systems

The federal government has authorized a third dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for people with weakened immune systems.

This important news applies to Arizonans with moderately to severely compromised immune systems. These individuals are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, and an additional vaccine dose for them could help prevent serious illness and death.

By | August 13th, 2021|Preparedness|Comments Off on Federal officials recommend third mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose for those with weakened immune systems

Amid rising cases, vaccination offers the surest protection

Like many of you, I’m looking with concern at daily updates to the ADHS COVID-19 data dashboard. Cases are rising, though with 3.4 million people in Arizona fully vaccinated, including a large share of older Arizonans more prone to severe outcomes, we haven’t seen the same levels of COVID-19 related hospitalizations and deaths as during the winter surge. 

By | August 6th, 2021|Preparedness|Comments Off on Amid rising cases, vaccination offers the surest protection

Never too early to guard against mosquito-borne illness

It’s been an active Arizona monsoon so far, and that means it’s also time to be thinking about mosquitoes and guarding against West Nile virus. 

West Nile, the most common mosquito-borne disease in Arizona, causes symptoms in about 20% of those infected ranging from fever, headaches, and body […]

By | July 27th, 2021|Preparedness|Comments Off on Never too early to guard against mosquito-borne illness

Spreading the Word on How to Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19 Delta variant

One of the important ways ADHS shares information with Arizonans is through the news media. Arizona’s newspapers, […]

By | July 21st, 2021|Preparedness|Comments Off on Spreading the Word on How to Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19 Delta variant