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CDC study: COVID-19 vaccines remain highly effective, especially against hospitalization and death

By | September 10th, 2021|Preparedness|

We at ADHS are pleased to have contributed to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report offering a new and very useful way to look at the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in light of rare breakthrough cases among the fully vaccinated. A key takeaway from this report in the CDC’s Morbidity and [...]

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CDC report: Getting your COVID-19 vaccination helps protect kids

By | September 3rd, 2021|Preparedness|

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released today offers more evidence that vaccinating as many eligible people as possible against COVID-19 is a critical part of protecting kids from infection and severe illness.  The analysis in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) found that emergency department visits and hospital admissions [...]

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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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Low Flu Vaccination in Pregnant Women; A Vulnerable Population Not Protected

By | January 17th, 2017|Preparedness|

A report card that contains 41 percent is never good. But so goes the disappointing findings from a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) that found that during the 2013-2014 flu season, only 41 percent of pregnant women received the seasonal flu vaccine. Previous report cards would have shown 35 percent of pregnant women in [...]

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ADHS is published again

By | November 9th, 2015|Preparedness|

Recently, two manuscripts from the ADHS Office of Infectious Disease Services were published in the Journal of Correctional Health Care. These publications described two outbreaks of botulism at an Arizona correctional facility in a 4-month period. Botulism, usually associated with improperly canned foods, causes flaccid paralysis that can lead to death without treatment or supportive [...]

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Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections: An AZ Winnable Battle

By | January 4th, 2013|Licensing, Preparedness|

Healthcare-associated infections are a critical public health challenge in Arizona and in the US. Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) are acquired during healthcare treatment and can be devastating and even deadly- and they’re largely preventable. You may have seen the article in last week's Republic about dirty needles and their link to transmission of viruses and drug-resistant superbugs. The article [...]

Screening Newborns for Congenital Heart Defects

By | November 5th, 2012|Newborn Screening, Prevention|

Our Newborn Screening Program (in the State Laboratory) ensures that each newborn is tested for 28 inherited disorders and hearing problems.   The goal is to help kids avoid illness, developmental delays and even death by quickly identifying problems and swiftly letting their doctors know so they can implement interventions.  On any given day our newborn [...]

Tattoo You 2

By | August 23rd, 2012|General, Preparedness, Prevention|

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released information about an infection some folks were getting because of the ink used in their tattoos.  It reminds me that there are some good practices that folks who want tattoos can ask their artist about - I wrote about it last year in Tattoo You? Regardless [...]