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.
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.
NASHVILLE – Sex. It’s a difficult topic for many parents to discuss with their children, but those conversations may save a life or prevent pain and suffering from a sexually transmitted disease.
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.
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.
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.
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Subcabinet is providing useful information to health care providers and patients about recent changes to state laws and rules related to babies that are born dependent on drugs.
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.
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.