Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Collaborating to improve public health for everyone statewide

Data Advisory Committee collaborationIf you browse this website, one of the things you’re certain to see is data. Lots of data. You’ll not only see how many cases of influenza have been reported, but how many in each county. We even have the

By | December 20th, 2022|General|Comments Off on Collaborating to improve public health for everyone statewide

ADHS Vital Records team helps get adoptions off to a strong start

ADHS helps get adoptions off to a strong startOn a beautiful Saturday morning recently, more than 100 Arizona foster children began their new lives when they were adopted by loving families. A team from the ADHS Bureau of Vital Records was there to help.

Maricopa County Superior […]

By | December 19th, 2022|Licensing|Comments Off on ADHS Vital Records team helps get adoptions off to a strong start

Safe and highly effective COVID-19 protection is available, so get boosted for the holidays

COVID-19 deaths remain well below what Arizona has seen during major surges, but the 71 deaths added in today’s weekly dashboard update are a grim reminder that COVID-19 is still present and taking lives. 

I mention this to help highlight some very positive news also added to our dashboard: […]

By | December 8th, 2022|Prevention|Comments Off on Safe and highly effective COVID-19 protection is available, so get boosted for the holidays

Social workers connect Arizona State Hospital patients with community

Gabriela Reyes-Social WorkerThe Arizona State Hospital (ASH) connects patients with more than highly trained professionals dedicated to providing quality care. It provides a bridge to the community that helps patients continue their wellness journey after they’re discharged from the hospital.

That’s where psychiatric social workers like Gabriela Reyes […]

By | December 6th, 2022|General|Comments Off on Social workers connect Arizona State Hospital patients with community

Annual vaccine can still protect you against influenza this year

National Influenza Vaccination WeekNo one wants to experience the fever, cough, and body aches that often come with influenza. That’s especially true with the holiday season quickly approaching. The good news: You can still get the 2022-23 influenza vaccine for protection against the flu […]

By | December 5th, 2022|Preparedness|Comments Off on Annual vaccine can still protect you against influenza this year

There’s no better time to update your protection against COVID-19 and influenza

Ready for the Holidays?As you’re preparing for the holidays, now is a great time to add COVID-19 and influenza vaccinations to your to-do list. 

It takes at least two weeks to build antibody protection after vaccination. Getting your Omicron COVID-19 booster and flu shot now — and you […]

By | December 2nd, 2022|Preparedness|Comments Off on There’s no better time to update your protection against COVID-19 and influenza