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Traveling this Winter? Make Sure to Fight the Bite!

By | December 19th, 2016|General, Preparedness|

With the holiday season upon us, you may be planning to travel to visit family and friends or to see different climates. Whatever the reason, it is important to take steps to stay safe while traveling. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website to view any travel notices and to check areas of [...]

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Smoking & Stillbirth

By | December 23rd, 2013|Prevention|

It’s been almost 50 years since the 1st Surgeon General’s report on the health dangers of smoking and we’re still fighting the battle.  About 43 million Americans smoke despite decades of warnings.  Science continues to uncover dangerous aspects of tobacco use.  A new report highlights the threat to unborn children.   The study published in Obstetrics [...]

Valley Fever Monsoon Refresher

By | July 15th, 2013|General|

We’re smack dab in the middle of monsoon now, which means it’s time to think about Valley Fever. It’s a lung infection caused by a fungus that lives in the soil in the desert (below 4,000 feet).   People get it by breathing in dust that contains fungal spores. Valley Fever causes cough, fever, headache, feeling [...]

Text4baby Sends Valuable Info to Your Phone

By | May 31st, 2013|General|

Congratulations! You just found out you’re going to have a baby. It can be an exciting time for a family, but there’s also so much to learn. Thankfully there are free resources to help, including on your phone from Text4baby.  When you sign up for Text4baby you’ll get 3 text messages a week timed to your due [...]

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New Program Helps Women Improve Overall Health

By | May 13th, 2013|Prevention|

Minority populations often have poorer health outcomes than non-minority populations… but our new Power Me A2Z is doing something to change that.  Power Me A2Z empowers women to take steps to promote good health for their families and their future children. It offers women a free 90-day supply of vitamins with folic acid and tools to help [...]

Whooping Cough Booster & Pregnancy

By | April 4th, 2013|Prevention|

Whooping cough (pertussis) is a growing problem in the US and Arizona.  There were 41,880 cases and 14 infant deaths from pertussis in the US last year…  which is the largest number of cases since the vaccine became available in the 50s.  In Arizona there were 988 cases in 2012 and there’s a pretty substantial outbreak going on right [...]

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New WIC Website

By | April 1st, 2013|General|

We’re happy to unveil the new Arizona WIC Program website, which has been redesigned with a fresh new look that is more user friendly. Last year the WIC webpage had more than 76,000 unique visitors with nearly 350,000 page views- making it one of our most popular sites.  The redesigned site includes a Find a [...]

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Show Your Love

By | February 14th, 2013|General, Prevention|

Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day of romance, flowers and candy.  The CDC Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative launched a campaign asking all women of childbearing age to Show Your Love by taking good care of themselves.  It’s a national initiative to educate women and couples on the importance of preconception health. Preconception health [...]

Folic Acid Awareness Week

By | January 11th, 2013|Prevention|

Taking a daily multivitamin can save babies lives by preventing birth defects.   Folic acid is a B vitamin can prevent up to 70% of neural tube defects (including spina bifida and anencephaly).   An average of 52 babies are born with neural tube defects in Arizona each year.  The easiest way for women of childbearing age to get [...]

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‘Tis the Season to Be Vaccinated…

By | December 19th, 2012|Prevention|

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices released issued new recommendations to encourage pregnant women to get the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine (Tdap) during their pregnancy.  Since most kids get whooping cough from a close family member, vaccinating parents (and teens) is one of the best ways to prevent infants, especially those who are too young [...]

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