Topic: Tennessee Department of Health
TDH Urges Residents & Travelers to Have Heightened Awareness about Protection Strategies
Nashville, 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.
Tennesseans Reminded to Get Vaccinated
Nashville, 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.
Tennessee Departments Of Health, Safety Warn Tennesseans Against Impaired Driving on Super Bowl Sunday
Nashville, TN – This weekend millions of people will be driving to a Super Bowl party to watch the biggest football game of the year. The Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security urge all Tennesseans to be safe on the roadways this Sunday and every other day of the year.
‘’Most of us have fun watching the Super Bowl and enjoy a good time, but we want everyone to be safe before, during and after the game, so we encourage you to be moderate in food and drink and absolutely not to drive impaired by alcohol or any other drug,’’ said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.
TDH Advises Getting Immunized Quickly if You Haven’t Already
Nashville, 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.
Areas with Warmer Climates Present Need for Increased Protection Strategies
Nashville, 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.
Nashville, 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.
Simple Safety Precautions May Save Lives
Nashville, TN – Many of us do it: when winter weather arrives, we try to make our homes as airtight as possible or try alternative heating methods to save money on heating costs.
While energy conservation is certainly important, so too is protecting your personal and family health. The Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office urge residents to know about potential home health and safety hazards during the winter months.
Tennessee Department of Health says for a Safe Holiday get a Flu Vaccine and Practice Good Hand Hygiene
National Handwashing Awareness Week is December 6th-12th, 2015
Nashville, TN – Many people will be visiting family and friends this holiday season, some traveling to other states. Doing your part to reduce the risk of influenza, colds and other illnesses can help keep family, friends and your community healthy this holiday season.
‘’Most everyone knows by now how important getting your flu vaccine is to protect people around you and that you can sometimes pass flu to other people without even feeling sick yourself, but as busy as we get, too many of us put it off,’’ said Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. ‘’The good news is there is still time to protect others by protecting yourself and with so many gatherings of friends and family this time of year, why wouldn’t you get vaccinated? That is the spirit of the season.’’
Tennessee Department of Health says discuss Dietary Supplements with your Healthcare Provider to reduce risks
Nashville, TN – If you are using or considering using products marketed as dietary supplements, the Tennessee Department of Health recommends talking with your healthcare provider to understand your needs and risks.
This TDH recommendation follows a recent study led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration which reported injuries and emergency room visits associated with dietary supplements including energy and weight loss products.
Tennessee Department of Health says Everyone has a role in Diabetes Prevention, Education and Support
Nashville, TN – More than 29 million Americans, including more than 600,000 Tennessee adults, have diabetes. It is estimated one in every four people with diabetes does not even know he or she has the disease.
The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding Tennesseans during National Diabetes Month that diabetes is a disease that can be treated, and with some lifestyle changes some individuals can even prevent or reverse the course of the disease.
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