Topic: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Nashville, TN – Protecting people from infectious diseases is a vital part of the mission of the Tennessee Department of Health, and TDH works around the clock to prepare for, respond to and protect people in the state from diseases both familiar and new to Tennessee. TDH has plans in place to respond to emerging diseases such as Ebola Virus Disease that are now spreading outside the U.S. as well as future health threats that may develop.
“‘’Are we safe? What is the risk? What should I do?’ These are some of the questions we all ask when we hear about unfamiliar and sometimes dangerous communicable diseases,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.
Now I Lay Me Down To …
Nashville, 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»
Necessary for All, Especially for Travelers
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health, in alignment with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is issuing polio vaccination guidance for individuals planning travel to and from 10 countries where wild poliovirus, or WPV, is currently known to be a threat.
Those countries include: Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Iraq, Israel, Somalia and Syria. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – While swimming is a fun way to beat the heat and be physically active, thousands of Americans get sick every year due to germs found in the places where we swim.
“We can all help keep our swimming areas safe this summer by following a few easy steps,” said TDH Chief Medical Officer David Reagan, MD, PhD. “Taking precautions like showering before swimming and never letting children swim without supervision helps prevent illness and injuries.”
Atlanta, GA – Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Kids don’t have to be at the pool, beach, or on vacation to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors.
Seek shade. UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent. Use these options to prevent sunburn, not to seek relief after it’s happened. «Read the rest of this article»
Protection Against Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs)
Atlanta, GA – You can choose to swim healthy! You have the power to help keep germs out the water in places we swim in the first place. Remember, chlorine and other disinfectants don’t kill germs instantly. Additionally, the mixing of chlorine with pee and sweat uses up the chlorine in the pool, which would otherwise kill germs.
We all share the water we swim in, and each of us needs to do our part to help keep ourselves, our families, and our friends healthy.
Washington, D.C. – Everyone, on all types of boats, should wear properly-fitted life jackets, or personal flotation devices (PFD) says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). By wearing a life jacket, you can dramatically decrease your chances of drowning while boating. “Wear It!” every time you’re on the water.
Recreational boating can be a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends. And making safety a priority can ensure that boating stays fun.
Vaccinations Urged to Prevent Future Cases
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is now investigating five cases of measles in Madison, Shelby, Gibson, Hamilton and Hardeman counties.
People in additional counties may have been exposed to measles due to some patients traveling while unknowingly being contagious.
The measles cases in Tennessee appear to have started with one traveler who was exposed to the illness in another country. «Read the rest of this article»
American Heart Association’s Lifeline program to be implemented across Tennessee to fight most serious type of Heart Attack
Nashville, TN – Mission: Lifeline, the American Heart Association’s community-based initiative aimed at improving the system of care for heart attack patients, will be implemented across the state of Tennessee.
Every year in the United States, nearly 250,000 people experience ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack, in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart. Timely treatment is essential: time is muscle and time is lives.
Tennessee Department of Health says Measles Protection important for all who travel outside the United States
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding those who travel abroad of the need for vaccination against measles.
Although measles was officially eradicated from the United States in 2000, it is still present in other regions of the world including Western Europe and cases continue to occur among Americans returning from foreign travel and among foreign visitors to the United States.
Vaccination against measles is extremely effective. «Read the rest of this article»
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