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AZ Disease Detective Software Overhaul

By | January 14th, 2014|Preparedness|

Our statewide disease detectives (whose job it is to slow the spread of communicable diseases) need real-time electronic surveillance in order to get the job done.  Our I.T. folks and the people in Public Health Preparedness have been working on an upgraded system to help them for the last several months- and our new Medical Electronic [...]

Sochi Public Health Tips

By | January 13th, 2014|Preparedness, Prevention|

I know that some of you out there are going to attend  the Winter Olympics - so I put together the blog post below over the weekend for folks that might be going.  Here goes in case you’re interested: Let’s start with the good news first- then the health tips…  Sochi Games to be Smoke Free- Russians [...]

Influenza Season Officially Arrives

By | January 3rd, 2014|Preparedness|

Flu season is here!  Parts of the country (mostly in the south) have had more intense flu activity in the last few weeks, and 25 states reported widespread flu activity for the week ending December 28th.   Meanwhile, in Arizona we are seeing an increase in the number of lab-confirmed flu cases reported to ADHS- but [...]

Arizona “Mission of Mercy” Starts Tomorrow

By | December 12th, 2013|Prevention|

Seems like anytime you hear a 100+ year old person being interviewed about the secret to long life they say “take care of your teeth and feet and drink cod liver oil”.  For good reason.  Good oral health is critical to a person’s overall health. Tooth decay and gum disease are linked with heart disease, [...]

Flu Near You

By | December 5th, 2013|Prevention|

Flu Near You is a free tool that’s been made to help in the fight against flu. The way it works is that people like you and I anonymously report each week on whether we had symptoms or flu shots. The information is used to place a dot on a map of the community so [...]

Influenza Vaccine Season Blows In

By | September 30th, 2013|Prevention|

It’s almost that time of year… flu season.  Flu shots have arrived and are already in many pharmacies and doctor’s offices, meaning you can already get vaccinated before the flu hits this season.  There’s a wide array of influenza vaccine choices these days - more than ever.   The nasal spray is approved for healthy, non-pregnant people between [...]

H7N9 Influenza Test Negative

By | April 26th, 2013|Preparedness|

Just as we expected, the sample that we tested for H7N9 influenza today was negative.  Thanks to our Lab team for staying a little late this evening to run the test.  Even though it was very likely to be negative from the beginning- it's still important to follow up on every lead.  After all, vigilance [...]

ADHS Lab Set to Test for H7N9 Influenza

By | April 26th, 2013|Preparedness|

China is continuing to report more and more cases of the new H7N9 Influenza virus.  So far they’ve confirmed 108 cases with a death rate of about 20% (21 deaths)   All the cases appear to have jumped from birds to humans- meaning that there’s no human-to-human transmission (which is good).  One concern is that if a person becomes infected [...]

Next Season’s Influenza Vaccine

By | March 5th, 2013|Preparedness, Prevention|

Just as our influenza season winds down (and it is), it's time to plan for the next one.  Every February the World Health Organization convenes a panel of experts to look at the most current data on the circulating flu strains from around the world and makes recommendations for the next season’s Northern Hemisphere flu vaccine.  [...]

Strategic National Stockpile Readiness

By | February 27th, 2013|General, Preparedness|

The CDC's “Strategic National Stockpile” is a large quantity of medicine and medical supplies that are available to states in case there’s a public health emergency (flu outbreak, asteroid, etc.) severe enough to cause local health supplies to run out.  Once federal and local authorities agree that the stockpile is needed, meds and supplies are [...]