TDH Warns of Severe Flu Season

Friday, December 19, 2014 | 03:58 pm

NASHVILLE  – Tennessee Department of Health surveillance notes a steady increase in influenza activity in Tennessee and warns the 2014-2015 flu season could be severe. TDH urges everyone to protect themselves and their families by getting a flu shot now.

Remember the ABCs of Safe Sleep this Holiday season

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | 11:16 am

NASHVILLE  – Putting your baby to sleep using the ABCs of Safe Sleep saves lives. The Tennessee Department of Health urges parents to remember it’s very important to make sure family and friends follow these simple steps while visiting during the holidays:  Babies sleep safest Alone, on their Backs and in a Crib.

Give the Gift of Not Using Tobacco - The Perfect Present for Yourself and Others

Monday, December 15, 2014 | 01:56 pm

NASHVILLE – Stores and businesses have long used the familiar holiday slogan, “Give the gift that keeps on giving.” While stereos, watches and even baskets of fruit delivered monthly have been advertised to provide perpetual pleasure, the Tennessee Department of Health suggests a present that really does have lasting benefits:  Stopping the use of tobacco products.

Six Months after Initial Advisory TDH Maintains Position on E-cigarettes: Use at Own Risk

Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 02:51 pm

NASHVILLE – Six months after issuing a public health advisory on the use of electronic cigarettes, the Tennessee Department of Health advisory remains in effect. Additionally, the department has petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for regulation of electronic cigarettes and similar electronic devices that produce emissions or “vapor” that contain, despite the perceptions of many, much more than just water vapor.

Tennessee Department of Health Unveils New Magazine

Tuesday, December 09, 2014 | 10:30 am

Publication promotes healthy living opportunities in Tennessee

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health has introduced a new, free magazine to help people across the state discover better health and happier lives. Thrive: Living Well in Tennessee is now available at public libraries, city and county health departments, state parks and other locations, and in a digital version for online viewing.

Be Prepared for the Holidays: Get a Flu Shot

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 | 09:50 am

NASHVILLE – The holidays are almost here, a time to be with family and friends, but it’s also cold and flu season. Influenza-like illnesses are slowly increasing across the Volunteer State and the Tennessee Department of Health encourages all Tennesseans who have not yet received a flu vaccine to get one now.

HIV and AIDS Impact Too Many in Tennessee

Monday, November 24, 2014 | 09:18 am

World AIDS Day is December 1, 2014

NASHVILLE – More than 16,000 people in Tennessee are living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV, and that number is growing. In the five years between 2009 and 2013, an average of 871 additional Tennesseans each year became infected.

TDH Announces Ebola Resources For Tennesseans

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 09:38 am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health announced today three new Ebola resources for Tennesseans:

  1. Tennesseans with questions about the disease may call a toll-free number to obtain accurate, timely information:  1-877-857-2945. This number is now open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hours for the information line will be increased in length and will be available seven days a week in the near future.
  1. TDH is providing additional information about Ebola virus disease on our website, including summaries of weekly activities and adding links to other sources of reliable information:
  1. Should a confirmed case occur in Tennessee, the department will make a public announcement and post information to the TDH website:  

Notice of Public Hearing to Solicit Comments

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | 02:00 pm

NASHVILLE – On Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 at 10 a.m. the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Tennessee Department of Health will hold a joint public hearing to gather input on the implementation of the 2009 FDA Food Code.

The purpose of this hearing is to receive public comment on the proposed rules, Chapter 0080-04-09 Retail Food Store Sanitation, prepared by the Consumer and Industry Services Division, Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

In 2013, the Tennessee General Assembly passed the Tennessee Retail Food Safety Act, the first significant update to how the state regulates and inspects retail food establishments in nearly 30 years. Commonly referred to as the Food Code, the Act goes into effect July 1, 2015.

TDH Reports First Confirmed Cases of Enterovirus D68 in Tennessee

Wednesday, October 08, 2014 | 03:05 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health has received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of two cases of enterovirus D68 in Tennessee. One patient resides in West Tennessee and the other in East Tennessee. Both were young children who were hospitalized for their illnesses, but are now home and doing well.