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What you need to know about updated CDC guidance on COVID-19

By | August 12th, 2022|Preparedness|

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its COVID-19 guidance to focus on reducing the risk of severe illness and, in doing so, minimizing strain on the health care system.  Perhaps the most notable change is eliminating the recommendation that someone isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who [...]

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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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Here’s what you can do with the BA.5 subvariant establishing itself in Arizona

By | July 13th, 2022|Preparedness|

The Omicron subvariant BA.5 accounts for a rapidly growing share of sequenced cases in Arizona — 53% during the week ending July 2 and likely even higher today. Evidence suggests that this version of the virus that causes COVID-19 is better at eluding immune protection offered by vaccination or previous infection.  It’s understandable to be [...]

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

By | July 2nd, 2022|Preparedness|

Updated community levels from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) carry a designation of “high” for nine Arizona counties, including Maricopa. This means masks are recommended for public indoor settings. The other eight counties with high COVID-19 community levels are Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, and Yavapai. Community levels and [...]

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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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CDC COVID-19 community levels have increased in many Arizona counties

By | June 10th, 2022|Preparedness|

Community levels reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now carry a recommendation of mask use in public indoor settings in Navajo and Apache counties.  Based on the latest community levels for Maricopa, Pima, Coconino, Cochise, Gila, and Mohave counties, the CDC recommends talking to your health care provider if you are [...]

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Vaccines are safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

By | June 9th, 2022|Preparedness|

Are you pregnant? Do you have a friend or loved one who’s expecting? Maybe your baby’s already arrived, you’re breastfeeding, or you’re even just thinking about getting pregnant. Whatever your situation, congratulations are in order! There’s even more good news for you: Whatever comes next, you can protect yourself and your child safely with vaccines. [...]

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