Health

Make a Healthy Splash: Share the Fun, Not the Germs!

Monday, May 18, 2015 | 08:51 am
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Healthy and Safe Swimming Week is May 18-24, 2015

NASHVILLE – Many public pools in Tennessee and around the country open for the season on Memorial Day. While swimming is a fun way to be active and beat the heat, thousands of Americans get sick every year from germs found in pools and other swimming places. The Tennessee Department of Health joins the observance of Healthy and Safe Swimming Week May 18-24 to spread the word about helping keep swimming sites safe and healthy.

TDH Office of Vital Records Moving

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 | 10:49 am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health Office of Vital Records, which provides copies of birth certificates and other important documents, is moving.  Effective May 19 the office will be located in the Andrew Johnson building at 710 James Robertson Parkway in Nashville.  The new address is approximately four blocks away from its present location in the Cordell Hull Building on 4th Avenue North.

Hepatitis C: Know the risks

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 | 09:26 am

NASHVILLE– Hepatitis C is a deadly but treatable disease; that’s why the Tennessee Department of Health is sharing a reminder about the importance of getting tested. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, a perfect time to know your status and seek treatment if needed.

Child Heatstroke, Deaths in Vehicles Preventable

Monday, May 04, 2015 | 09:21 am

NASHVILLE– “Children should never be left alone in cars. Children should never be left alone in cars. Children should never be left alone in cars.”

That’s the message Michael Warren, MD, repeatedly stresses and wants all Tennesseans to start thinking about now. As director of the Tennessee Department of Health’s Family Health and Wellness office, he studies ways to keep children safe and believes “parents can never be too vigilant in protecting their children from heatstroke in vehicles.”

Grant Funds Available for Spay/Neuter Programs

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 08:46 am
Spay & neuter to control the number of unwanted dogs and cats
Spay & neuter to control the number of unwanted dogs and cats

Funding made possible through “Animal Friendly” license plate sales

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is now accepting applications for the 2015 Animal Friendly Spay/Neuter Grant program. Grants provided through this initiative support low-cost spay and neuter programs for dogs and cats in Tennessee and are funded through sales of Animal Friendly license plates.

Expanded Newborn Screening Service Speeds Test Results

Monday, April 20, 2015 | 08:39 am
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NASHVILLE – The majority of babies born in Tennessee are healthy, free from diseases and disorders. A few, however, arrive with rare conditions or illnesses that may be treated more effectively if identified early. For this reason, the Tennessee Department of Health has expanded its newborn screening laboratory testing to six days a week and is increasing testing to cover more disorders.

Preparedness Urged for Seasonal Severe Weather

Wednesday, April 08, 2015 | 10:01 am

NASHVILLE – While a tornado can occur anytime throughout the year, the peak risk months in Tennessee for property damage and loss of life from twisters and floods are March, April and May.  Officials with the Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency this week reminded residents of the need to be alert for severe weather public messaging and to have a plan to protect themselves and their families.

Travelers Urged to Protect Themselves from Mosquitoes

Monday, March 30, 2015 | 12:27 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding vacation and business travelers about the importance of protecting themselves from mosquitoes that may transmit chikungunya virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue. The first confirmed case of chikungunya virus disease in Tennessee occurred in 2014; since then 42 additional cases have been documented, all involving travel outside the state.

Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers Serve in Many Ways

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | 10:30 am
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NASHVILLE – When flooding, deadly tornadoes or other disasters strike in Tennessee, there’s a dedicated group of volunteers ready to provide assistance. They’re members of the Medical Reserve Corps, a network of community-based volunteers who can support critical work to restore health and safety during and following emergencies. 

Dye the Easter Eggs, but Don't Handle the Chicks

Monday, March 23, 2015 | 04:33 pm
Baby chicks carry Salmonella risk.
Baby chicks carry Salmonella risk.

Nashville – Those Easter baskets are often filled with candy and colorful eggs. However, there is one type of gift you should avoid during the holiday—baby chicks and ducklings.

Live poultry commonly carry Salmonella germs. When humans handle the birds, the bacteria can spread. Exposure to Salmonella commonly causes extreme abdominal upset. In severe cases, the illness can be fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 400 people die each year with acute salmonellosis.

Children, the elderly, and people with other health conditions are most susceptible to a severe reaction.