Health

State of Tennessee Observes Radon Awareness Week October 16-22

Monday, October 07, 2013 | 09:43 am

Educational Events Will Be Held Across the State

Nashville – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has joined forces with the Department of Health and local sustainability directors to help educate Tennesseans about the dangers of radon exposure, encouraging actions to identify and to address radon problems in the home during Radon Awareness Week, Oct. 16-22.

Tennessee Celebrates Child Health Week

Thursday, October 03, 2013 | 10:16 am
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NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed October 7-13, 2013, Child Health Week in Tennessee, and the Department of Health is encouraging all Tennesseans to put the health and well-being of children first during Child Health Week and every week of the year.

Recent Mumps Cases a Reminder of the Continuing Need for Vaccination

Wednesday, October 02, 2013 | 02:06 pm

NASHVILLE – A small cluster of three cases of mumps associated with international travel was recently reported in Tennessee. These cases provide a reminder of the importance of the measles, mumps and rubella, or MMR, vaccine. Although mumps is rare in the United States thanks to high levels of immunization with the MMR vaccine, it is still common in other parts of the world.

Wildlife Rabies Vaccination Project Helps Protect People and Pets

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 | 09:49 am
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*Please note new dates for this project, which was delayed due to the federal government shutdown. 

Vaccine Packets to be Distributed by Helicopter in Urban, Suburban Areas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Health is working with the United States Department of Agriculture again this fall to help prevent rabies by distributing oral rabies vaccine for wild raccoons along Tennessee’s borders with Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. After a delay due to the federal government shutdown, the annual baiting program administered by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, is now underway.

Tennessee Launches "Welcome Baby" Initiative

Monday, September 30, 2013 | 09:48 am
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Outreach Effort Screens for Risks for Tennessee Newborns

NASHVILLE – On average, more than 79,000 new Tennesseans are born in the Volunteer State every year. Now, First Lady Crissy Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Health will begin greeting each new arrival with a “Welcome Baby” package as part of an innovative new outreach effort. Welcome Baby is designed to help give Tennessee’s newest residents the best start in life by connecting children and families with appropriate services in their community, providing referrals to address family needs and screening babies and their families for potential risks.

First Day of Fall: Think Fall Prevention

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | 10:55 am

Injury from falls a leading cause of death for Tennessee seniors

NASHVILLE– A simple fall can be 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 22, 2013 as Falls Prevention Awareness Day to promote simple ways to prevent and reduce falls among older adults.

Stop a Silent Killer: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Monday, September 16, 2013 | 11:48 am

September 18th is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day in Tennessee

NASHVILLE – It’s a silent killer you cannot see, smell or taste. Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a gas that can be produced by use of portable heaters and generators, and is dangerous and potentially deadly if inhaled. The Tennessee Department of Health is observing Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day September 18 by reminding Tennesseans of the danger of CO poisoning.

Are You Prepared for Emergency Unknowns?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 | 11:35 am
All Tennessee families should have disaster kits.
All Tennessee families should have disaster kits.

September is National Preparedness Month

NASHVILLE – Have a Plan. Have a Kit. With September designated as National Preparedness Month, the Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency are urging residents to plan now for what they would need to do in a disaster, and to have a kit of materials to take care of themselves and their families.

TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, and TEMA Director James Bassham will be taking their “Have a Plan; Have a Kit” message across the state throughout September as they promote the importance of emergency preparedness. While both emphasize the state’s capabilities to respond to disasters, they say individuals and families must be prepared to assume a role in personal health and safety.