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.

Wildlife Rabies Vaccination Project Helps Protect People and Pets

Thursday, September 25, 2014 | 09:33 am

Baiting Program Expanding in Tennessee this Year to Prevent Raccoon Rabies

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is working with the United States Department of Agriculture to help prevent rabies by distributing oral rabies vaccine for wild raccoons along Tennessee’s borders with Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. The annual baiting program administered by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, will begin in Tennessee September 27, 2014.

Injury from Falls a Leading Cause of Death for Tennessee Seniors

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | 08:39 am

Falls Prevention Awareness Day is Sept. 23, 2014

NASHVILLE – A simple fall may be just a nuisance for many people, but for a senior adult it can be a matter of life or death. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has declared September 23, 2014 as Falls Prevention Awareness Day to promote simple ways to prevent and reduce falls among older adults.

TDH Issues Warning about Possible Unsafe Medications from Wellness Store Pharmacy in Cleveland, TN

Monday, September 22, 2014 | 12:05 pm

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Health is urging people who received certain injectable medications produced by the Wellness Store Compounding Pharmacy, located at 3555 Keith Street NW in Cleveland, Tenn., to not use those products. This action comes after an investigation by the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy revealed issues that could affect the effectiveness and safety of some materials produced by the pharmacy.

National Farm Safety and Health Week Promotes Awareness of Safety Solutions Year Round

Monday, September 22, 2014 | 11:47 am

NASHVILLE – Farmers are at very high risk for fatal and non-fatal injuries while on the job. In fact, Tennessee is among the top six states for deaths due to tractor accidents in agricultural work, according to data from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. During National Farm Safety and Health Week this September, the Department of Health joins the Department of Agriculture in raising awareness of the risks of farming accidents and ways to save lives through prevention.

“Farm injuries are especially prevalent during harvest season as farmers are working long hours and dealing with the additional stress of unpredictable weather and equipment problems,” Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson said. “We appreciate the opportunity to join with the Tennessee Department of Health in promoting safe and healthy practices on our farms and the rural roadways of Tennessee.”

The occupational fatality rate for farmers is 700 percent higher than other U.S. industries, including mining. During 2009-2012, an average of 17 fatalities from agricultural tractor accidents was reported in Tennessee every year. Engineering advancements made to tractors and other farm equipment have helped reduce injuries and deaths – but only when they are used properly.

Governor Haslam, Health Commissioner Urge Everyone Get Their Flu Shot

Friday, September 19, 2014 | 02:56 pm
TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner; Gov. Bill Haslam; Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and Shelby County Health Department Director Yvonne Madlock receive their annual seasonal flu vaccinations in Memphis.
TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner; Gov. Bill Haslam; Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and Shelby County Health Department Director Yvonne Madlock receive their annual seasonal flu vaccinations in Memphis.

MEMPHIS – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, rolled up their sleeves today in Memphis for their annual vaccinations against influenza and encouraged fellow Tennesseans to do the same to help protect and promote good health in the state. Receiving an annual flu shot can make a big difference by helping you and others avoid becoming sick.

“We encourage all Tennesseans to get a flu shot because it’s the right thing to do,” Haslam said. “It not only protects the individual’s health but also the health of friends, family and coworkers.”