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Second COVID-19 booster dose authorized for ages 50 and older, certain others

By | March 29th, 2022|Preparedness|

Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized a second booster dose for those ages 50 and older. They also authorized a second booster for those 12 and older who have weakened immune systems. Vaccines are extremely effective at protecting against severe COVID-19 outcomes, but evidence suggests [...]

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New CDC mask recommendations draw on local COVID-19 cases, healthcare system impacts

By | February 25th, 2022|Preparedness|

ADHS has consistently followed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and today’s updated CDC recommendations on mask use are no exception.  The CDC’s mask recommendations now vary according to a community level that considers COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents and COVID-19’s impact on the local healthcare system. The COVID-19 [...]

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Study finds mask use associated with reduced risk of contracting COVID-19

By | February 7th, 2022|Preparedness|

Masking up and being up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations are a powerful combination when it comes to reducing the risk of testing positive, according to a new study published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.  Research has already shown that face masks and respirators, when worn [...]

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New CDC guidance: The best mask is one you will wear consistently

By | January 20th, 2022|Preparedness|

Throughout the pandemic, public health has recommended wearing masks to reduce COVID-19 spread. All types of recommended masks, when worn properly and consistently, protect you and the community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its guidance to note that some masks offer greater protection than others, with certified N95 and KN95 [...]

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CDC report looks at risk factors in COVID-19 cases among the fully vaccinated

By | January 11th, 2022|Prevention|

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has important findings about COVID-19 breakthrough cases among fully vaccinated individuals: It’s extremely rare for a breakthrough case to lead to severe outcomes. When a severe outcome such as intensive care admission does occur from a breakthrough case, the individual is almost certain [...]

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8.7 million reasons why it’s safe and smart to vaccinate young kids against COVID-19

By | January 4th, 2022|Preparedness|

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has 8.7 million reasons why it’s safe and smart to vaccinate kids ages 5 to 11 against COVID-19.  Building on extensive trials that found no serious vaccination-related events, this study found serious adverse events extremely rare among children ages 5 to 11 who [...]

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CDC: If you received the J&J shot, get boosted with Moderna or Pfizer

By | December 20th, 2021|Preparedness|

If you are among the approximately 321,000 people in Arizona who received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, it’s natural to have questions about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “expressing a clinical preference” for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines over the one you received.  The CDC notes that this preference for [...]

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CDC expands COVID-19 booster authorization to 16- and 17-year-olds

By | December 9th, 2021|Preparedness|

Even more Arizonans are eligible for booster doses of safe, free, and highly effective COVID-19 vaccine following today’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announcement recommending boosters for 16- and 17-year-olds.  At this time, only the Pfizer booster is recommended for 16- and 17-year-olds, just as Pfizer is the only vaccine authorized for those [...]

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Updated Arizona Specific COVID-19 Models and Projections

By | May 26th, 2020|Preparedness|

Over the past few months, we have been reviewing projections and models to ensure we have adequate healthcare resources to meet the needs of Arizonans during this pandemic. The news is encouraging: most of the current models continue to show that Arizona’s capacity is sufficient to meet the projected need for hospital beds and ventilators. [...]

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Arizona Publishes National Report about 2016 Measles Outbreak in Detention Facility

By | May 31st, 2017|Preparedness|

Office of Infectious Disease Services recently published a report in the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) describing the 2016 measles outbreak associated with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in our state. This week marks the one year anniversary of the public health response to the outbreak. ADHS worked with Pinal County [...]

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