Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

National Increase in Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)

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 […]

By | October 22nd, 2018|Preparedness|0 Comments

International Infection Prevention Week


International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) occurs globally from October 14 – 20 and raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays in improving patient safety.

The 2018 theme, “Protecting Patients Everywhere,” emphasizes how keeping patients safe from infection is everyone’s responsibility. Whether you’re in a healthcare facility or in the community, there are […]

By | October 19th, 2018|Prevention|0 Comments

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2018

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, gender, or socioeconomic background. It happens among married or not married couples, those who are dating, living together, and partners in an intimate relationship. Domestic violence comes in many forms. The abuse may be […]

By | October 18th, 2018|Prevention|0 Comments

Influenza is here and so is our new interactive dashboard!

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. […]

By | October 17th, 2018|Preparedness|0 Comments

National Farm to School Month

October is National Farm to School Month. Schools and early care and education programs throughout Arizona are participating in the 2018 Farm Fresh Challenge sponsored by the Arizona Department of Education.

Participating sites are working to serve more products that are Arizona grown and raised. School garden celebration and other events are […]

By | October 12th, 2018|General, Prevention|0 Comments