Topic: John Dreyzehner
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Health data show 1,451 people died from drug overdoses in the state in 2015.
This is the highest annual number of overdose deaths recorded in state history and brings the five-year total for Tennessee to 6,036 lives lost. That figure is approximately the equivalent of every person on 40 mid-size jet liners dying.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed October 3rd-9th, 2016 Child Health Week in Tennessee.
The Tennessee Department of Health encourages all Tennesseans to put the health and well-being of children first during Child Health Week and every day of the year.
Tennessee Department of Health Cautions Travel by Pregnant Women and their Sexual Partners as Zika Virus Disease is a Threat in Vacation Areas
Nashville, TN – Seasonal frosts that help reduce mosquito activity in Tennessee will arrive soon, bringing some relief from the blood-feeding insects.
Mosquitoes in Tennessee are currently known to transmit diseases such as West Nile virus and La Crosse Encephalitis. With 45 cases of travel-related Zika Virus Disease confirmed thus far this year in Tennessee, there is yet another reason to “Fight the Bite.”
Nashville, TN – Tennessee has a powerful new tool to fight opioid overdose with the passage of Public Chapter 596. This new law allows authorized pharmacists to dispense naloxone to a person at risk of opioid overdose or to a family member, friend or other person to assist someone at risk of an opiate-related overdose.
Public Chapter 596 sets up a statewide pharmacy practice agreement for what is called “opioid antagonist therapy.”
Tennessee Department of Health encourages Breastfeeding to help Improve Health of Mothers and Babies
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health recognizes breastfeeding as an important way to help babies get off to a healthy start. Breastfeeding is a key to Sustainable development.
’Community support for breastfeeding is essential to help more mothers make the important and healthy choice to breastfeed,’’ said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. ‘’We applaud the many businesses in Tennessee who have already made the commitment to create an environment that encourages mothers to breastfeed.’’
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health confirms there have been 24 persons diagnosed with Zika virus disease in Tennessee this year.
Cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have been identified in a small area in Miami, Florida, but all cases in Tennessee have occurred in people returning from international travel to affected areas.
This serves as a reminder that anyone traveling to affected areas should be very careful to avoid mosquito bites during travel and for three weeks after travel.
Mary Beth Edwards and Tyler James Keatts of Stewart County elected Teen Tobacco-Free Ambassadors.
Sevierville, TN – More than 400 teens from across Tennessee gathered at the Sevierville Convention Center July 17th-19th, 2016 to take part in the Tennessee Department of Health’s first-ever FACT Summit, a statewide tobacco prevention conference for youth. “FACT” stands for “Free and Clear Tennessee,” envisioning a state free of tobacco and nicotine addiction where everyone enjoys clear air.
The FACT Summit provided a forum for participants representing 51 Tennessee counties to create a youth-led movement of peer-to-peer education and advocacy for prevention of tobacco and nicotine addiction across Tennessee.
Nashville, TN – In just a few days, thousands of students from across Tennessee will take their seats in classrooms to begin a new academic year filled with wonderful experiences and learning opportunities.
As these youngsters start opening books and mingling with friends, some will miss out on the important first few days of school, unable to attend because they aren’t properly immunized to prevent the spread of dangerous, infectious diseases.
Nashville, TN – Another school year will soon begin for many students in Tennessee and now is the time to make sure they receive the required immunizations for school attendance.
‘’Vaccines are critical protection for our own children and help keep other kids around them safe from many diseases,’’ said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “The measles outbreak we just emerged from in Memphis should serve as a vivid wake-up call and remind us how lucky we are to have vaccines that protect us. Please make sure you and yours have the vaccines you need.”
“Fight the Bite – Hydrate Right – Respect the Sun’s Might”
Nashville, TN – Summer is fast approaching and that means plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun and adventures across Tennessee. Thousands of music lovers will visit Nashville and Manchester June 9th through 12th for the CMA Music Festival and Bonnaroo.
Thousands more are expected for Elvis Week in Memphis August 10th through 16th and in Bristol for Bristol Motor Speedway’s NASCAR event August 20th.
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