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Beat the Heat Safely!

Beat the Heat Safely!

The hottest temperatures of the season so far are now encroaching on our region. Temperatures in the 90’s with very high humidity can spell disaster for your summer fun, so the CDC offers some tips for staying safe in the extreme heat. Stay Cool Wear Appropriate Clothing: Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Stay Cool Indoors: Stay in […]

Delivery of Sanofi Flu Vaccines to be Delayed

Delivery of Sanofi Flu Vaccines to be Delayed

Delivery of Sanofi Pasteur flu vaccines will be delayed by three to four weeks this fall, according to the manufacturer. The delay impacts the company’s three flu vaccines, including Fluzone Quadrivalent, which is approved for children and adults. “Sanofi Pasteur fully expects to manufacture and deliver every dose reserved by our customers, beginning with partial […]

Your Circle of Friends, Not Your Fitbit, is More Predictive of Your Health

Your Circle of Friends, Not Your Fitbit, is More Predictive of Your Health

Wearable fitness trackers have made it all too easy for us to make assumptions about our health. We may look to our heart rate to determine whether we really felt the stress of that presentation at work this morning, or think ourselves healthier based on the number of steps we’ve taken by the end of […]

Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Lowers Rates of Shingles in Children by 78%

Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Lowers Rates of Shingles in Children by 78%

A large, population-based study in the July 2019 Pediatrics confirms an additional benefit of immunizing against varicella (chickenpox), a disease that once sickened more than 4 million people in the United States each year—mostly children. The study, “Incidence of Herpes Zoster Among Children: 2003-2014,” published online June 10, found that children who were vaccinated against […]

Choosing an Insect Repellent for Your Child

Choosing an Insect Repellent for Your Child

Mosquitoes, biting flies, and tick bites can make children miserable. While most children have only mild reactions to insect bites, some children can become very sick. One way to protect your child from biting insects is to use insect repellents. However, it’s important that insect repellents are used safely and correctly. Types of Repellents Insect […]

Study: High Rates of Food Insecurity Found at Southern Appalachia Colleges

Study: High Rates of Food Insecurity Found at Southern Appalachia Colleges

College students in Southern Appalachia are affected by food insecurity at a higher rate than the national average, which can translate into poor academic performance and unhealthy spending habits and coping mechanisms, according to a new study coauthored by researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and published in Current Developments in Nutrition. Researchers found that […]

Summer Scooter, Bicycle and Playground Safety

Summer Scooter, Bicycle and Playground Safety

Keep your family safe this summer by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  For sun and water safety tips, see this tip sheet. Please feel free to use them in any print or broadcast story, with appropriate attribution of source. PLAYGROUND SAFETY  The playground should have safety-tested mats or loose-fill materials (shredded rubber, sand, […]

Invasive Tick Detected in Tennessee

Invasive Tick Detected in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, Tennessee Department of Health, and University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) today announced the detection of the invasive Asian longhorned tick in Tennessee. The Asian longhorned tick has now spread to 11 states. The Centers for Disease […]

Swim Lessons: When to Start & What Parents Should Know

Swim Lessons: When to Start & What Parents Should Know

Learning to swim should be a priority for every family. It’s an important life skill that can play a key role in helping to prevent drowning―a top cause of death among children. Children, and their parents, need to learn how to swim to help keep time in the water safe and fun! Here are some […]

TDH Reminds Women to Make Their Health a Top Priority

TDH Reminds Women to Make Their Health a Top Priority

The Tennessee Department of Health joins the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health in celebrating National Women’s Health Week May 12 – 18, 2019. This nationwide initiative brings awareness to the importance of women’s health and empowers women to take small, manageable steps for longer, healthier and happier lives. “So often as […]

Insect Bite and Repellant Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Insect Bite and Repellant Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Keep your family safe from injury, itches and insect-transmitted disease this summer by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Don’t use scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays on your child. Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate, such as stagnant pools of water, uncovered foods and gardens where flowers are in bloom. […]

Keep Kids Save Around Lawn Mowers

Keep Kids Save Around Lawn Mowers

Keep your family safe around lawn mowers by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Only use a mower with a control that stops the mower blade from moving if the handle is let go. Children younger than 16 years should not be allowed to use ride-on mowers. Children younger than 12 years […]

Kids’ Allergies Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Kids’ Allergies Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Your child’s allergy treatment should start with your pediatrician, who may refer you to a pediatric allergy specialist for additional evaluations and treatments. Here are 7 tips on how to treat your child’s allergies: Allergies feel like the cold, and can include headaches, runny noses, fatigue and other symptoms that can get in the way […]

TDH Confirms First Tennessee Measles Case for 2019

TDH Confirms First Tennessee Measles Case for 2019

The Tennessee Department of Health is investigating a case of measles after the State Public Health Laboratory confirmed a positive test for the illness in a resident of the East Tennessee. While the investigation is currently centered in East Tennessee, all Tennesseans should be aware of measles and its symptoms. These symptoms may include fever, […]

Tennessee Issues First Maternal Mortality Report

Tennessee Issues First Maternal Mortality Report

The Tennessee Department of Health today issued the first Maternal Mortality Review report, Tennessee Maternal Mortality Review of 2017 Maternal Deaths. This report describes the state of maternal mortality in Tennessee based on a comprehensive review of deaths of women who died while pregnant or within one year of pregnancy. The goal of this effort by […]

Break Up With Tobacco During Tennessee Quit Week!

Break Up With Tobacco During Tennessee Quit Week!

Are you in a toxic relationship? You are if you use tobacco products. The Tennessee Department of Health joins partners across the state celebrating the third annual Tennessee Quit Week February 4 – 9, 2019 and invites all Tennesseans to support those who have quit using tobacco products and inspire more people to join them. This year’s […]

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