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Tennessee Department of Health encourages Breastfeeding to help Improve Health of Mothers and Babies

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, 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.’’

Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their babies to help get them off to healthy start.

Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their babies to help get them off to healthy start.

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Clarksville Meeting Set for Public Comments on annual Tennessee Health Plan Development

 

Residents Can Provide Suggestions and Comments during Nine Public Meetings

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – 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 and to address the state’s population health improvement plan. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health reminds everyone that Raw Milk can be Hazardous to Your Health

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Milk, whether it comes from seemingly healthy cows, goats or any other animal, can cause serious health problems, including death, if it has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria.

This reminder from the Tennessee Department of Health comes following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s announcement regarding hospitalizations and a death from Listeria infections linked to people drinking raw milk from a Pennsylvania dairy.

Raw milk and products made from it can pose severe health risks, including death. (CDC)

Raw milk and products made from it can pose severe health risks, including death. (CDC)

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Tennessee Department of Health says Spring Breakers, Mission Trip Members need Heightened Awareness of Mosquito-Borne Diseases

 

“Fight the Bite” Strategies Crucial in Preventing Illness

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Across Tennessee, thousands of college students, members of faith organizations, healthcare professionals and others are planning spring or summer trips to warmer locations for fun and/or for mission work.

The Tennessee Department of Health cautions travelers headed soon to these warmer climates to have an increased awareness about diseases spread by mosquitoes and to make mosquito bite prevention an essential part of their trip planning.

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Tennessee Celebrates Reduction in Sleep-Related Infant Deaths

 

Tennessee Department of Health Recognizes Hospital-based Efforts

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam and Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, joined other state and local officials at the Tennessee Residence in Nashville Thursday, February 25th to celebrate the success of the statewide initiative to reduce sleep-related deaths among infants.

TDH has partnered with the Charlie’s Kids Foundation and Tennessee hospitals since 2014 to help new parents and hospital staff members learn the “ABCs of Safe Sleep.” Tennessee has seen a 25 percent reduction in sleep-related deaths of infants during this period.

Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH; Sleep Baby Safe and Snug Author John Hutton, MD; Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam; Owen Hanke; Charlie’s Kids Foundation Co-founder Maura Hanke; Annie Hanke; Charlie’s Kids Foundation President Sam Hanke, MD and TDH Assistant Commissioner of Family Health & Wellness Michael Warren, MD, MPH celebrate Tennessee’s reduction of sleep-related deaths at the Tennessee Residence Feb. 25, 2016.

Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH; Sleep Baby Safe and Snug Author John Hutton, MD; Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam; Owen Hanke; Charlie’s Kids Foundation Co-founder Maura Hanke; Annie Hanke; Charlie’s Kids Foundation President Sam Hanke, MD and TDH Assistant Commissioner of Family Health & Wellness Michael Warren, MD, MPH celebrate Tennessee’s reduction of sleep-related deaths at the Tennessee Residence Feb. 25, 2016.

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Tennessee Department of Health reports First Case of Zika Virus Disease in Tennessee

 

TDH Urges Residents & Travelers to Have Heightened Awareness about Protection Strategies

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health today has received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the first person in the state to test positive for Zika virus disease. The individual had recently traveled to South America before returning to east Tennessee.

“We have been expecting an imported case of Zika virus disease and we believe more infections are likely as people travel to and from areas where the disease is currently being transmitted,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

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Tennessee Department of Health Clinics Offer Free Flu Vaccine

 

Tennesseans Reminded to Get Vaccinated

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Tennessee’s county health department clinics are now offering flu vaccine to people of all ages at no cost to patients until vaccine supplies are depleted. Seasonal influenza is now circulating with cases increasing across the country.

The Department of Health urges all Tennesseans who have not yet received a flu vaccine to get one now to help protect themselves and those around them from the flu virus.

A flu vaccination (CDC)

A flu vaccination (CDC)

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Tennessee Health Department says Flu Season Has Arrived; Urges Prevention and Treatment

 

TDH Advises Getting Immunized Quickly if You Haven’t Already

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health has been advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that reports of influenza are increasing across the country. TDH officials are asking all Tennesseans who have not yet had their annual flu vaccine to do so immediately, helping to protect themselves and to prevent the spread of the illness to others.

CDC and TDH also urge persons with flu-like illnesses who are at risk of severe illness with influenza due to some health conditions to seek care promptly to determine if treatment with influenza antiviral medications are needed.

A flu vaccination (CDC)

A flu vaccination (CDC)

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Tennessee Department of Health says Zika and Other Diseases Demand Awareness among Travelers

 

Areas with Warmer Climates Present Need for Increased Protection Strategies

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health cautions travelers headed to Mexico, Central America, South America, Hawaii and Caribbean islands including Puerto Rico and other locations with year-round warm climates to have increased awareness about the threat of mosquito-borne illnesses and to take appropriate bite protection measures.

The cautionary message follows a recommendation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that all pregnant women consider postponing travel to areas where an emerging health threat, zika virus infection, is ongoing.

Zika virus, dengue and chikungunya virus are spread to people through mosquito bites.

Zika virus, dengue and chikungunya virus are spread to people through mosquito bites.

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Tennessee Department of Health says Winter Weather Presents Unique Health Challenges

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – With the first serious cold weather storm front of 2016 headed toward Tennessee tonight, the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding residents about the need for increased efforts to protect themselves, their families and their friends from winter weather-related harm.

“We all need to take these potentially deadly winter weather activities and storms seriously, and use warnings as an opportunity to prepare and think differently than our normal routine to prevent a tragedy,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.

Tennesseans Urged to Protect Themselves, Their Families and Their Friends during Winter Weather.

Tennesseans Urged to Protect Themselves, Their Families and Their Friends during Winter Weather.

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