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Tennessee Department of Health Wildlife Rabies Vaccination Project helps protect People and Pets

 

Baiting Program Expanding in Tennessee This Year to Prevent Raccoon Rabies

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is working with the United States Department of Agriculture to help prevent rabies by distributing oral rabies vaccine for wild raccoons along Tennessee’s borders with Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

The annual baiting program administered by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, began in Tennessee September 27th, 2014.

“Control of raccoon rabies is vital to public health, as reducing rabies in wildlife helps prevent transmission to people, pets and livestock,” said Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. ”We are pleased to be part of this important and effective program.”

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National Farm Safety and Health Week promotes awareness of safety solutions year round

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Farmers are at very high risk for fatal and non-fatal injuries while on the job. In fact, Tennessee is among the top six states for deaths due to tractor accidents in agricultural work, according to data from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

During National Farm Safety and Health Week this September, the Department of Health joins the Department of Agriculture in raising awareness of the risks of farming accidents and ways to save lives through prevention.

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Tennessee Department of Health says Injury from Falls a Leading Cause of Death for Tennessee Seniors

 

Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 23rd, 2014

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – A simple fall may be just a nuisance for many people, but for a senior adult it can be a matter of life or death.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has declared September 23rd, 2014 as Falls Prevention Awareness Day to promote simple ways to prevent and reduce falls among older adults. «Read the rest of this article»

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National Farm Safety & Health Week Promotes Awareness of Safety Solutions

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – Farmers are at very high risk for fatal and non-fatal injuries while on the job. In fact, Tennessee is among the top six states for deaths due to tractor accidents in agricultural work, according to data from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

During National Farm Safety and Health Week this September, the Department of Health joins the Department of Agriculture in raising awareness of the risks of farming accidents and ways to save lives through prevention. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Health Commissioner urge everyone to get their Flu Shot

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHMemphis, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, rolled up their sleeves in Memphis for their annual vaccinations against influenza and encouraged fellow Tennesseans to do the same to help protect and promote good health in the state.

Receiving an annual flu shot can make a big difference by helping you and others avoid becoming sick.

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Tennessee Department of Health Issues Extreme Heat Warning

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is working to reduce deaths and life-threatening conditions caused by summer heat. With temperatures reaching into the 90s in much of the state, Tennessee residents and visitors are urged to exercise caution and take preventive steps to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

“While the elderly, children and those with existing health issues are most at risk, extreme heat can affect anyone,” said TDH Commissioner John J. Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “We want to remind everyone about ways to prevent heat-related illnesses and how to address them if they do occur.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health says Bats are helpful Insect Eaters and Infrequent Rabies Carriers

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – 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.

Bats can eat a thousand insects in an hour and are helpful in controlling mosquitoes.

Bats can eat a thousand insects in an hour and are helpful in controlling mosquitoes.

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Tennessee Department of Health celebrates World Breastfeeding Week; August 1st-7th, 2014

 

Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – 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 August 1st-7th to help promote the importance of breastfeeding as a lifesaving goal. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health Provides Information About the Value of Sleep

 

Now I Lay Me Down To …

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – Sleep is not a luxury; it is a basic health need long known to affect a person’s ability to think and function.

Increasingly scientists and researchers are learning more about other values of sleep that may impact health and help improve and extend lives. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health says Drug Overdose Deaths continue to rise in Tennessee

 

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

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – 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*.

Year OD MVA Homicide Suicide
2012 1,094 958 456 956
2013 1,116 1,008 405 1,017
Total 2,260 1,966 861 1,973

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