TDH Protecting Tennesseans from Emerging Diseases

Friday, August 08, 2014 | 01:20 pm

NASHVILLE – Protecting people from infectious diseases is a vital part of the mission of the Tennessee Department of Health, and TDH works around the clock to prepare for, respond to and protect people in the state from diseases both familiar and new to Tennessee. TDH has plans in place to respond to emerging diseases such as Ebola Virus Disease that are now spreading outside the U.S. as well as future health threats that may develop.

Bats: Helpful Insect Eaters & Infrequent Rabies Carriers

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 | 09:41 am

NASHVILLE – The recent finding of a bat infected with rabies in Tennessee is a reminder these helpful, flying insect eaters should not be handled by humans. Although only a few bats are identified with rabies in Tennessee each year, it can only take one contact with an infected bat to transmit the fatal disease. The last human case of rabies in Tennessee occurred over a decade ago when contact with a bat occurred but was not reported.

Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life!

Friday, August 01, 2014 | 01:55 pm

World Breastfeeding Week is Aug. 1-7, 2014

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health has been helping mothers give their babies the best start in life for more than 90 years, and education and support for breastfeeding are a big part of these important efforts. TDH celebrates World Breastfeeding Week Aug. 1-7 to help promote the importance of breastfeeding as a lifesaving goal.

Drug Overdose Deaths Continue to Rise in Tennessee

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | 01:22 pm

New State Law on ‘Overdose Antidote’ Naloxone Use Now in Place

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health’s Vital Statistics office today released data on 2013 drug overdose deaths in the state. The 1,166 fatalities last year involved prescribed and illegal drugs, unintentional and intentional overdoses, and compares with 1,094 overdose deaths in 2012. In each of the last two years, more people died from drug overdoses in Tennessee than in either motor vehicle accidents or homicides or suicides*.

Now is the Time to Get School Immunizations

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | 10:39 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 | 11:24 am

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 | 09:44 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 | 12:08 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.