Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Booster targeting latest variants are especially important for older Arizonans

New COVID-19 boostersEven with COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths declining in recent weeks, it’s an inescapable fact that older individuals remain at greatest risk of severe outcomes should they be infected with the current Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants. 

In the past six months, 81% of Arizona’s COVID-19 deaths […]

By | September 2nd, 2022|Preparedness|Comments Off on Booster targeting latest variants are especially important for older Arizonans

Maricopa County report of 3 measles cases puts focus on vaccination benefits

Measles casesToday’s report of three measles cases in Maricopa County is a sobering reminder that this rare and highly contagious disease can flare among those who aren’t vaccinated. 

Before the U.S. introduced a vaccination program, measles was a common illness in infants, children, […]

By | September 1st, 2022|Preparedness|Comments Off on Maricopa County report of 3 measles cases puts focus on vaccination benefits

Do you have a high risk of severe influenza complications?

At Risk From FluThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has always been clear on who should get a seasonal influenza vaccine when it becomes available each year: everyone 6 months and older.

For some people, though, the risk of having severe complications

By | August 31st, 2022|Preparedness|Comments Off on Do you have a high risk of severe influenza complications?

Health Start program wins approval for community health worker training curriculum

Health Start, an ADHS program that educates pregnant and postpartum women about the benefits of prenatal care and childhood immunizations, will now be able to help even more Arizona babies get a healthier start.

A curriculum developed by the ADHS Health Start team has been approved […]

By | August 30th, 2022|Prevention|Comments Off on Health Start program wins approval for community health worker training curriculum

Novavax: A new option for first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Novavax COVID-19 vaccineI hope you are among the millions of Arizonans benefiting from the safe and highly effective protection offered by COVID-19 vaccines. With COVID-19 still active in our state, these vaccines and booster doses have been doing a very good job of reducing the chances of severe illness, hospitalization, […]

By | August 26th, 2022|Preparedness|Comments Off on Novavax: A new option for first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Reducing licensing fees helps support quality child care availability

Federal Grant Reduces Child Care Licensing FeesFederal grant dollars will reduce some licensing fees for child care centers to just $1 through June 30, 2024, temporary relief intended to help support the availability of quality child care for Arizona families. 

The lower fees cover anniversary payments, increasing the […]

By | August 23rd, 2022|Licensing|Comments Off on Reducing licensing fees helps support quality child care availability