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Help for those seeking COVID-19 vaccination for children younger than 3

By | June 23rd, 2022|Preparedness|

I’m happy to hear that so many parents are planning to vaccinate their children younger than 5 years old against COVID-19. Among other age groups, vaccines have been safe and highly effective at preventing severe illness. Now COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for everyone starting at 6 months of age.  For parents of those younger than [...]

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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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Federal officials considering COVID-19 vaccines for kids as young as 6 months

By | June 14th, 2022|Preparedness|

As a public health professional and mother of young children, I am happy to see the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) begin formal consideration of COVID-19 vaccination for children as young as 6 months. The key to this federal review is determining if the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh any potential adverse effects. The FDA [...]

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Vaccines are safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

By | June 9th, 2022|Preparedness|

Are you pregnant? Do you have a friend or loved one who’s expecting? Maybe your baby’s already arrived, you’re breastfeeding, or you’re even just thinking about getting pregnant. Whatever your situation, congratulations are in order! There’s even more good news for you: Whatever comes next, you can protect yourself and your child safely with vaccines. [...]

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Hepatitis C: Get tested at least once to protect your health

By | June 2nd, 2022|Preparedness|

An estimated 90,000 people in Arizona are living with hepatitis C, and about 10,000 new cases are reported each year. But most people who have hepatitis C don’t know it.  That’s why we recommend getting tested for this virus, which causes inflammation of the liver and is the leading cause of liver cancer. Hepatitis C [...]

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It’s a good time to update your COVID-19 protection with a booster dose

By | May 26th, 2022|Preparedness|

Arizona continues to see increases in COVID-19 cases, as is happening elsewhere in the country. Wednesday’s weekly update to the ADHS COVID-19 Data Dashboard adds 11,498 cases, of which 10,359 were reported during the week of May 15. The dashboard added 40 new deaths.  This continued gradual increase in cases, which isn’t straining our health [...]

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ADHS mobile program brings COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to Arizonans

By | May 23rd, 2022|Preparedness|

Since COVID-19 vaccines became available in late 2020, millions of Arizonans have gone to mass-vaccination sites, retail pharmacies, health care centers, doctors’ offices, and elsewhere to get lifesaving shots. Today, ADHS and partner agencies are providing even more widespread availability by making COVID-19 vaccines available in neighborhoods through trusted community partners. More than 100,000 doses [...]

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Week-to-week increases in cases a reminder that COVID-19 remains with us

By | May 18th, 2022|Preparedness|

Like many of you, public health professionals are closely watching trends reflected on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard, including week-to-week increases in cases since early April. The 7,200-plus cases reported for the week beginning May 8 represent a small fraction of the 150,000-plus cases reported during the week of Jan. 9, when the Omicron variant was [...]

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Our work continues

By | March 31st, 2022|Preparedness|

Governor Ducey, at the recommendation of ADHS, has terminated the state’s COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency. His announcement makes clear, however, that public health’s response to COVID-19 will continue.  Jessica Rigler, our assistant director for public health preparedness, put it this way during a recent ADHS virtual town hall on COVID-19 vaccines for children:  “Public health [...]

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Latest data shows COVID-19 boosters continue making a big difference in Arizona

By | March 30th, 2022|Preparedness|

Following yesterday’s authorization of a second COVID-19 booster dose for ages 50 and older and those with weakened immune systems, new data shows just how much of a difference a booster dose makes. During February, compared to individuals who were fully vaccinated with a booster, unvaccinated people ages 18 and older had: 4.9 times the [...]

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