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Follow a COVID-19 action plan if you have a weakened immune system

By | February 1st, 2023|Preparedness|

If you have a moderately or severely weakened immune system, it's more important than ever to have a COVID-19 action plan. The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that the therapeutic agent  EVUSHELD is not currently authorized for emergency use in the U.S. This monoclonal antibody had been prescribed to people with moderately to severely [...]

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

By | December 2nd, 2022|Preparedness|

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 can get both in one visit — means your immune [...]

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We’ve improved our monthly report on COVID-19 outcomes by vaccination status

By | September 7th, 2022|Preparedness|

For months, our report detailing COVID-19 outcomes by vaccination status has provided a telling look at the benefits of getting vaccinated.  Now we've updated this monthly report to look at outcomes for those who are up-to-date for all recommended COVID-19 vaccinations, including recommended booster doses, and those who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination [...]

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

By | August 26th, 2022|Preparedness|

I 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, and death. And on top of that, [...]

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‘Show me the data’: Our monthly update on COVID-19 outcomes by vaccination status

By | August 3rd, 2022|Preparedness|

“Show me the data.”  That’s a phrase I hear quite a bit from ADHS epidemiologists, and with good reason: Numbers may be a little difficult to follow sometimes, but they tell a story and they don’t lie.  That’s why our epidemiologists update a report every month showing COVID-19 outcomes by vaccination status, including the update [...]

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Ten Arizona counties, including Maricopa, have high COVID-19 community levels

By | July 15th, 2022|Preparedness|

Community levels from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have moved up and down in many Arizona counties over the past few weeks. The latest CDC update has 10 counties, including Maricopa, with high COVID-19 community levels. This means masks are recommended for public indoor settings. The other counties with high COVID-19 community [...]

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It’s a good time to update your COVID-19 protection with a booster dose

By | May 26th, 2022|Preparedness|

Arizona continues to see increases in COVID-19 cases, as is happening elsewhere in the country. Wednesday’s weekly update to the ADHS COVID-19 Data Dashboard adds 11,498 cases, of which 10,359 were reported during the week of May 15. The dashboard added 40 new deaths.  This continued gradual increase in cases, which isn’t straining our health [...]

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ADHS mobile program brings COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to Arizonans

By | May 23rd, 2022|Preparedness|

Since COVID-19 vaccines became available in late 2020, millions of Arizonans have gone to mass-vaccination sites, retail pharmacies, health care centers, doctors’ offices, and elsewhere to get lifesaving shots. Today, ADHS and partner agencies are providing even more widespread availability by making COVID-19 vaccines available in neighborhoods through trusted community partners. More than 100,000 doses [...]

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It’s time to get kids 5 and older up current on immunizations, including COVID-19 boosters

By | May 20th, 2022|Preparedness|

Childhood vaccines protect against not just severe illness but prevent disease outbreaks that can interrupt classroom learning. That’s one reason why ADHS and our partners encourage parents to get their children current on required immunizations as well as COVID-19 vaccination. The pandemic has made it more difficult to stay current on routine medical care. With [...]

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Week-to-week increases in cases a reminder that COVID-19 remains with us

By | May 18th, 2022|Preparedness|

Like many of you, public health professionals are closely watching trends reflected on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard, including week-to-week increases in cases since early April. The 7,200-plus cases reported for the week beginning May 8 represent a small fraction of the 150,000-plus cases reported during the week of Jan. 9, when the Omicron variant was [...]

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