Health

National HIV Testing Day is June 27

Friday, June 19, 2015 | 09:28 am
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NASHVILLE – In observance of National HIV Testing Day June 27, the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourage Tennesseans to know their HIV status.

Summer a Good Time to Immunize Children

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 | 03:24 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health encourages parents to have their school-age children immunized now to avoid long lines and extended wait times that may occur closer to the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Immunization requirements apply to any student enrolling in a Tennessee school for the first time including all Kindergarten students. Requirements also apply to all rising seventh graders.

TDH Advises Clinicians to Have Heightened Awareness about MERS Co-V with International Travelers

Monday, June 15, 2015 | 12:44 pm

NASHVILLE – In response to a Korean outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, commonly known as MERS Co-V, the Tennessee Department of Health has issued an alert to healthcare providers. The alert issued Friday, June 12, urges clinicians to ask their patients about recent travel, to look for evidence of the illness in patient assessments and to share their findings and information with public health officials.

Admissions to Donelson Place Care and Rehabilitation Center Suspended

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | 07:38 am

NASHVILLE- Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Donelson Place Care and Rehabilitation Center effective June 4, 2015, and imposed a one-time state civil monetary penalty of $3,001. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations.

Make a Healthy Splash: Share the Fun, Not the Germs!

Monday, May 18, 2015 | 08:51 am
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Healthy and Safe Swimming Week is May 18-24, 2015

NASHVILLE – Many public pools in Tennessee and around the country open for the season on Memorial Day. While swimming is a fun way to be active and beat the heat, thousands of Americans get sick every year from germs found in pools and other swimming places. The Tennessee Department of Health joins the observance of Healthy and Safe Swimming Week May 18-24 to spread the word about helping keep swimming sites safe and healthy.

TDH Office of Vital Records Moving

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 | 10:49 am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health Office of Vital Records, which provides copies of birth certificates and other important documents, is moving.  Effective May 19 the office will be located in the Andrew Johnson building at 710 James Robertson Parkway in Nashville.  The new address is approximately four blocks away from its present location in the Cordell Hull Building on 4th Avenue North.

Hepatitis C: Know the risks

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 | 09:26 am

NASHVILLE– Hepatitis C is a deadly but treatable disease; that’s why the Tennessee Department of Health is sharing a reminder about the importance of getting tested. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, a perfect time to know your status and seek treatment if needed.

Child Heatstroke, Deaths in Vehicles Preventable

Monday, May 04, 2015 | 09:21 am

NASHVILLE– “Children should never be left alone in cars. Children should never be left alone in cars. Children should never be left alone in cars.”

That’s the message Michael Warren, MD, repeatedly stresses and wants all Tennesseans to start thinking about now. As director of the Tennessee Department of Health’s Family Health and Wellness office, he studies ways to keep children safe and believes “parents can never be too vigilant in protecting their children from heatstroke in vehicles.”

Grant Funds Available for Spay/Neuter Programs

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 08:46 am
Spay & neuter to control the number of unwanted dogs and cats
Spay & neuter to control the number of unwanted dogs and cats

Funding made possible through “Animal Friendly” license plate sales

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is now accepting applications for the 2015 Animal Friendly Spay/Neuter Grant program. Grants provided through this initiative support low-cost spay and neuter programs for dogs and cats in Tennessee and are funded through sales of Animal Friendly license plates.

Expanded Newborn Screening Service Speeds Test Results

Monday, April 20, 2015 | 08:39 am
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NASHVILLE – The majority of babies born in Tennessee are healthy, free from diseases and disorders. A few, however, arrive with rare conditions or illnesses that may be treated more effectively if identified early. For this reason, the Tennessee Department of Health has expanded its newborn screening laboratory testing to six days a week and is increasing testing to cover more disorders.