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Help for those seeking COVID-19 vaccination for children younger than 3

By | June 23rd, 2022|Preparedness|

I’m happy to hear that so many parents are planning to vaccinate their children younger than 5 years old against COVID-19. Among other age groups, vaccines have been safe and highly effective at preventing severe illness. Now COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for everyone starting at 6 months of age.  For parents of those younger than [...]

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Arizona’s youngest kids now can benefit from COVID-19 vaccines

By | June 20th, 2022|Preparedness|

This is an exciting week for me and many other parents of young children. Following the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization of COVID-19 vaccines for children at least 6 months old, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending vaccination for all children. Nearly 400,000 Arizona children in this age group are now [...]

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Federal officials considering COVID-19 vaccines for kids as young as 6 months

By | June 14th, 2022|Preparedness|

As a public health professional and mother of young children, I am happy to see the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) begin formal consideration of COVID-19 vaccination for children as young as 6 months. The key to this federal review is determining if the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh any potential adverse effects. The FDA [...]

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Water Safety: Take steps to prevent child drownings

By | June 3rd, 2022|Preparedness|

Arizona experienced the tragic deaths of 22 children due to drowning in 2020, according to the Arizona Child Fatality Review Program. Nearly all of them were children ages 1 to 4.  Every one of those drowning deaths was preventable.  To promote water safety, ADHS joins organizations around the country urging adults to help reduce drownings [...]

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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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Parents: Get your questions answered about COVID-19 vaccination

By | November 4th, 2021|Preparedness|

Nothing is more precious than our children, so I understand why many parents will have questions about kids and COVID-19 vaccination.  That’s why ADHS has enlisted medical and public health experts to answer parents’ questions in a town hall-style video we plan to make available Wednesday, Nov. 17, on our social media channels and through [...]

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COVID-19 vaccination and school/childcare attendance: Your questions answered

By | November 3rd, 2021|Prevention|

A common question that has come up as the CDC has granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the COVID vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 is related to vaccine requirements for school and childcare attendance. Given the interest, I thought it would be timely to provide the details about how and why a vaccine [...]

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Take Precautions to Protect your Family and Pets from Rabies

By | August 18th, 2016|Preparedness|

Rabies is a virus spread by the bite of or contact with saliva of an infected animal. The disease causes damage to the nervous system and causes death once symptoms appear. In Arizona, bats, skunks, and foxes are the main sources of rabies. Rabies is not uncommon in Arizona wildlife, and the virus occurs naturally [...]

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Take the Arizona Children’s Health Survey

By | March 11th, 2016|Prevention|

We are partnering with county health departments to conduct the Arizona Children’s Health Survey in their communities to learn about our children’s health and better understand the experiences of families in meeting their children’s needs across the state. Results of the survey will help identify what is currently working well in your community related to children’s health, [...]

Arizona WIC Program Campaign “You Do a Lot” Helps Increase Participation

By | October 14th, 2015|Prevention|

Between April and September, the Arizona WIC Program's outreach efforts included a new project to increase awareness of the WIC Program and increase participation among eligible women, infants, and children. The project has been a success with an increase of more than 10,000 participants a month. In September, more than 153,000 individuals received WIC services [...]

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