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Tennessee Department of Health reminds everyone that it’s not too Late to Get a Flu Shot

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The holidays are about celebrating the season and spending time with family and friends. Because influenza and other viruses are easily spread where groups of people gather together, it is important to do your part to keep everyone around you healthy.

“We want to protect our family, friends and community from illness during this special time of year and throughout the winter months when the risk for influenza is typically the greatest,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.

The Flu Vaccine Remains the Best Protection Against the Flu. (CDC)

The Flu Vaccine Remains the Best Protection Against the Flu. (CDC)

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Tennessee Department of Health says Diabetes Prevention Begins With You

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – As the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, diabetes is the primary cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations and adult-onset blindness.

The Tennessee Department of Health encourages individuals to take the necessary steps to prevent this disease.

Increase your physical activity. Adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate activity daily and children should get at least one hour of activity every day.

Increase your physical activity. Adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate activity daily and children should get at least one hour of activity every day.

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Tennessee Department of Health says Education and Support Available for Alzheimer’s Disease

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Today in Tennessee, 110,000 people over the age of 65 are living with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2025, that number is expected to grow to 140,000.

The Tennessee Department of Health is working with the Alzheimer’s Association Mid-South Chapter to provide support and education for Tennesseans on this disease.

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for loss of memory and other abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life.

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for loss of memory and other abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life.

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Tennessee Department of Health says When Taken as Prescribed, Antibiotics Save Lives

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Antibiotics play an integral role in fighting bacterial infections, but lose their effectiveness if not prescribed and taken appropriately. Bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics and experts say that increasingly causes trouble in treating some infectious diseases.

During Antibiotic Awareness Week, the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want to raise awareness about the importance of appropriate antibiotic use and combating the threat of resistance.

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Tennessee Department of Health encourages everyone to Get Annual Flu Vaccination Now

 

Tennessee Governor, Health Commissioner Get Annual Flu Shots

Tennessee Department of HealthJackson, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH rolled up their sleeves and received their annual flu shots in Jackson. Immunization against the flu is important to the community as it not only protects those receiving the vaccine, but also family, friends and coworkers.

“A flu shot is one of the easiest steps you can take each year to keep yourself healthy during flu season,” Governor Haslam said. “Flu shots are readily available across Tennessee and getting one can protect you and others around you, especially those who may be more susceptible to the flu.”

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam receives his annual influenza vaccination at the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department in Jackson, Tennessee October 2nd, 2017.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam receives his annual influenza vaccination at the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department in Jackson, Tennessee October 2nd, 2017.

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Tennessee Department of Health reports Increasing Number of Tennesseans Dying from Drug Overdoses

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Health data show 1,631 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses in 2016, the highest annual number of such deaths recorded in state history. This is an increase from the 1,451 overdose deaths recorded among Tennessee residents in 2015.

“Each of these numbers represents a person, with family and friends who are now facing the loss of someone dear to them to a cause that is preventable,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.

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Tennessee Department of Health says Simple Steps Protect You from Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health has now confirmed 19 human cases of West Nile Virus infection and 11 cases of La Crosse Virus infection in the state so far in 2017.

Mosquito-borne illness is more common during late summer and TDH recommends taking simple steps to avoid mosquito bites and help prevent mosquito-borne illnesses.

Cases of West Nile Virus, La Crosse Encephalitis increasing in Tennessee

Cases of West Nile Virus, La Crosse Encephalitis increasing in Tennessee

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Tennessee Department of Health says Protect Yourself, Your Family Against Measles

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health urges parents and other caregivers to make sure all children are vaccinated against measles.

While measles was declared eradicated in the U.S. in 2000 thanks to widespread vaccination, outbreaks have occurred in recent years in pockets of unvaccinated people in communities across the country.

U.S. Outbreaks Remind of Importance of Vaccination.

U.S. Outbreaks Remind of Importance of Vaccination.

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Tennessee State Parks Offer Rewards through Healthy Parks Healthy Person Program

 

Tennessee State ParksNashville, TN – Being active outdoors is not only good for your health – it can earn you Tennessee State Parks merchandise, golf rounds, free camping or even cabin stays thanks to a new program.

Tennessee State Parks and the Tennessee Department of Health have partnered to develop a web application called Healthy Parks Healthy Person, which allows Tennesseans to log their activities at Tennessee State Parks in exchange for points that can be redeemed for rewards.

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Tennessee Department of Health says Vaccines are Not Just for Children

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Preventing an illness is always better than trying to treat it once it occurs. That’s why doctors with the Tennessee Department of Health encourage people of all ages to talk with their healthcare providers about the immunizations needed for lifelong protection.

“Vaccines aren’t just for kids. They provide protection against many potentially serious and preventable illnesses that can strike an individual, a family or a community without warning,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.

Immunizations Prevent Serious Illnesses throughout Life.

Immunizations Prevent Serious Illnesses throughout Life.

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