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Pinal County sees season’s first pediatric influenza death

By | November 25th, 2022|Preparedness|

Pinal County recently recorded this season’s first pediatric influenza death in Arizona. This heartbreaking news is a reminder that children younger than 5 who get influenza are among those at increased risk of complications including pneumonia, worsening of chronic conditions, encephalopathy, and sinus and ear infections.  Quite simply, influenza is an unpredictable virus that can [...]

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Study: Omicron booster gives significant additional protection against COVID-19

By | November 23rd, 2022|Preparedness|

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study has found that the Omicron booster provided significant additional protection against symptomatic COVID-19 illness in people who had received at least two doses of a previous COVID-19 vaccine.  The CDC notes that COVID-19 spread has increased during the last two winters. And Arizona cases have increased [...]

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On Public Health Thank You Day, we thank Arizonans

By | November 21st, 2022|General|

Given that today is Public Health Thank You Day in the U.S., you'd expect me to praise our team at ADHS and the many others who promote healthier and stronger communities in Arizona's counties, cities, towns, and tribal nations. And I will do that – briefly. Amid a global pandemic, the professionals in Arizona's public [...]

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Vaccination can boost your chances of avoiding long COVID

By | October 17th, 2022|Preparedness|

For most people who get COVID-19, isolation, rest, and following a doctor's advice leads back to full health within a few weeks, especially if you were up-to-date on vaccination. If you can't shake fatigue a month or more later, however, chances are you're among the millions of Americans facing long COVID. Also referred to as [...]

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Whether or not it’s called a pandemic, COVID-19 remains an active concern

By | September 20th, 2022|Preparedness|

Is the COVID-19 pandemic over?  That question is getting a lot of attention this week, and it's natural to wonder where ADHS stands. In Arizona, however, we look past terminology to the impact of a virus on the health and wellness of our residents.   There's no question that COVID-19 remains a state, national, and global [...]

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Maricopa County report of 3 measles cases puts focus on vaccination benefits

By | September 1st, 2022|Preparedness|

Today's report of three measles cases in Maricopa County is a sobering reminder that this rare and highly contagious disease can flare among those who aren't vaccinated.  Before the U.S. introduced a vaccination program, measles was a common illness in infants, children, and young adults. It can be severe: Approximately two out of 1,000 people [...]

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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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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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Update your child’s vaccines before kindergarten

By | May 27th, 2022|Preparedness|

So, your little one starts kindergarten soon. How exciting! You still have a few months before the school year starts, so now’s the time to make sure students-to-be have the vaccines needed to stay safe as they head into a new chapter of life. Much attention is rightly paid to COVID-19 these days, but we [...]

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With cases increasing, it isn’t too late to get your influenza vaccine

By | May 19th, 2022|Preparedness|

Like COVID-19 has proven to be, seasonal influenza is predictably unpredictable. Case in point: Arizona is currently seeing increasing numbers of influenza cases much later than the five-year average shows, though overall numbers for this flu season aren’t as high as some recent seasons. Other states are seeing a similar trend.  COVID-19 and influenza share [...]

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