New Research Reconfirms Vaccine Safety

By | April 8th, 2013|Prevention|

Fifteen years ago The Lancet published a case study that erroneously suggested that there could be a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.  That letter has long since been discredited, and back in 2010 The Lancet retracted the article.  Anti-vaccine advocates have been pointing to that long-since discredited 1998 case study to argue that there [...]

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Campaign to Get Health Care Workers Immunized

By | March 18th, 2013|General, Prevention|

Believe it or not only 27% of health care workers are up to date with their whooping cough booster… yet health care personnel can be infected with it by their patients, and then pass it on to other patients, family, and the community.  The Arizona Partnership Against Pertussis, a coalition of seventeen health care organizations [...]

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For the Modern AZ Mom

By | February 28th, 2012|Prevention|

Please join us in encouraging pregnant women and new moms to sign up for Text4baby.  Text4baby is a program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition that provides pregnant women and new moms with information to help them give their babies the best possible start in life. Text4baby is the country’s first free, health education program [...]

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AZ Smallpox Outbreak

By | February 6th, 2012|Prevention|

Smallpox broke out in southeast Arizona almost exactly 100 years ago last week (co-incident with the Statehood activities).  The first cases were in Tucson and Douglas with a few dozen cases and several deaths… and there were a few additional cases in Nogales and Globe.  Of course, all the cases were among folks that hadn’t been vaccinated.  [...]

FDA Approves Vaccines for the 2011-2012 Influenza Season

By | July 25th, 2011|General, Prevention|

The FDA approved the 2011-2012 influenza vaccine this week. The strains in this year’s vaccine were recommended by the CDC and the World Healthy Organization after studying virus samples collected from around the world to find the influenza viruses that are the most likely to cause illness during the upcoming flu season.  The strains selected [...]

Maricopa County Measles Case

By | February 15th, 2011|Preparedness|

Maricopa County Department of Public Health (and our Lab) confirmed a case of measles in an Arizona resident this week.  Measles is one of the most communicable diseases there is (next to chicken pox).  It’s a viral disease of the upper respiratory system that’s spread in the air via droplets.  Measles starts with a fever [...]

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Flu Season

By | November 9th, 2010|Preparedness|

Last year at this time the new H1N1 flu virus was going gangbusters.  Loads of Arizonans were getting sick (especially kids), the vaccine was still in short supply.  The county health departments were prioritizing which doctors could get the vaccine.  What a difference a year makes.   Flu activity across the country is light (so far), [...]

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Arizona Loses a Children’s Health Evangelist

By | July 13th, 2010|Preparedness, Prevention|

Daniel T. Cloud, Jr., M.D., one of Arizona’s most dedicated health and public health professionals, passed away last week.  We’ll miss him, but his life work lives on. Dr. Cloud made his dream come true to establish a children's hospital in Arizona- and became the Founding President of Phoenix Children's Hospital in 1983.  He was [...]

An H1N1 Retrospective

By | June 9th, 2010|Preparedness, Prevention|

An article in last month’s New England Journal of Medicine provides a good summary of the public’s perception of the H1N1 response in an article called The Public's Response to the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic.  It’s a comprehensive review of data from 20 national public opinion polls conducted between April 2009 and January 2010.   Early [...]

National H1N1 Vaccination Rates

By | April 7th, 2010|General, Preparedness|

The latest CDC Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report has the latest on the state-by-state H1N1 vaccination rates for kids as well as national percentages for healthcare workers.  Arizona had the highest vaccination rates for kids in the western U.S.  The national vaccination rates for healthcare workers were a little disappointing (about 40%)- but keep in [...]