Health

Now is the Time to Get School Immunizations

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | 11:39 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Frequent news reports about whooping cough and measles, diseases long thought vanquished by vaccines in the US, serve as a reminder of the importance of getting back-to-school immunizations for your child now.

Polio Vaccinations Still Important

Monday, July 21, 2014 | 12:24 pm

Necessary for All, Especially for Travelers

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health, in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is issuing polio vaccination guidance for individuals planning travel to and from 10 countries where wild poliovirus, or WPV, is currently known to be a threat. Those countries include:  Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Iraq, Israel, Somalia and Syria.

Public Input Requested for Updating State Health Plan

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | 10:44 am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health has scheduled nine meetings across the state to collect input from the general public about the State Health Plan. Each meeting will be in a workshop setting, allowing participants to provide comments and recommendations for setting health objectives for communities.

State Leaders to Discuss Prescription Drug Plan During Visit to Tri-Cities on Friday, July 18

Wednesday, July 09, 2014 | 01:08 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) Commissioner E. Douglas Varney and Department of Health Commissioner Dr. John Dreyzehner will join other state and community leaders to discuss a plan to tackle the widespread epidemic of prescription drug abuse in Tennessee during a visit to the Tri-Cities area on Friday, July 18. Members of the news media and the public are invited to attend.

TDH Encourages Caregivers to "Look Before You Lock"

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 | 01:46 pm
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Summer Heat Claims Young Lives

NASHVILLE – Between 2005 and 2013, 13 Tennessee children died from heat-related causes, with nine of those deaths occurring in vehicles. In the United States, heat stroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related death for children under the age of 14. As summer temperatures soar, the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding everyone who transports children to “Look Before You Lock” car doors to ensure children are not left in a vehicle during hot weather.

TDH Joins Community Partners to Offer Free Testing for National HIV Testing Day

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 | 11:04 am
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NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health joins a coalition of health providers and other partners across the country taking part in National HIV Testing Day Friday, June 27. As part of this effort to raise awareness and promote prevention of HIV, TDH is teaming up with Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS to provide free HIV testing at sites across Tennessee June 26-28. TDH encourages all sexually active Tennesseans, regardless of age, to get tested for HIV.

TDH Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Case of 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | 09:49 am

People Urged to Eliminate Standing Water, Take Precautions during Outdoor Activities

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed one human case of West Nile Virus this week, the first human case confirmed in Tennessee in 2014. The WNV case involves a resident of Shelby County who is now recovering.