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  • Travelers: Take Precautions Against Zika

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | 10:33am

    Spring Break, Mission Trips, Business & Other Travel Warrants Protections

    NASHVILLE – In 2016, 63 travelers returned to Tennessee infected with Zika virus. In each of those cases, the Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee medical community worked quickly to ensure the virus would not spread to others.

    Many Tennesseans are now planning for spring breaks, mission trips and other travel to warmer locations where mosquito populations are known to transmit Zika. TDH reminds Tennesseans that mosquito bite precautions are vital to protecting their health and the health of others where they live, work, play and pray when returning.

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  • Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 9:50am

    February is Children’s Dental Health Month

    NASHVILLE – Most people know brushing and flossing teeth and regular visits to a dentist are important for maintaining dental health. But did you know simply drinking tap water can help you keep a sparkling smile? February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding parents and caregivers of the importance of teaching children good health habits that can help keep both them and their teeth healthy.

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  • Leaders Kick Off 2017 Quittin’ Time in Tennessee

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | 11:58am

    Nashville – State leaders and officials today reignited a call to reduce tobacco use in Tennessee, sharing a collective commitment to helping Tennesseans quit the habit. 

    Holding a press conference alongside several attending leaders from the state’s government, business and non-profit organizations, Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness CEO Richard Johnson and NashvilleHealth Founder Senator Bill Frist, MD discussed the many opportunities available to citizens who are ready to quit.

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  • TDH Reminds Everyone to Get a Flu Shot

    Monday, February 13, 2017 | 2:22pm

    NASHVILLE – Flu season is here with seasonal flu activity reported across Tennessee. The highest number of influenza cases in Tennessee is typically seen in January and February each year. Tennessee is currently among the states with the highest levels of flu activity according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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  • Health Leaders Celebrate Tennessee Quit Week

    Thursday, February 09, 2017 | 10:42am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, will join former U.S. Senator Bill Frist, MD, founder and chairman of NashvilleHealth and Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness CEO Richard Johnson Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Tennessee State Capitol to celebrate Tennessee Quit Week and discuss opportunities for residents, government, business and non-profit leaders to partner in reducing tobacco use in Tennessee. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Old Supreme Court Chamber and is open to the public. 

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  • Heart Disease Still Tennessee's Top Cause of Death

    Wednesday, February 08, 2017 | 2:26pm

    Lifestyle Changes Can Save Lives

    NASHVILLE – While matters of the heart are top of mind near Valentine’s Day, more Tennesseans should think about them all year long to ensure healthier, longer lives. Tennessee Department of Health data show heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the state, while stroke rated fifth in claiming lives.

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  • Celebrate Living Tobacco-Free in Tennessee!

    Tuesday, February 07, 2017 | 9:53am

    Tennessee Quit Week is Feb. 13-17, 2017

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health joins partners in the Statewide Tobacco-Free Coalition in celebrating Tennessee Quit Week Feb. 13-17, 2017. The theme for the week-long campaign is “It’s Quittin’ Time in Tennessee” to celebrate Tennesseans who have quit using tobacco products and inspire more people to join them. 

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  • Avoid Party Penalties - Play it Safe for the Super Bowl

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 10:38am

    NASHVILLE – Millions of people across Tennessee and the country will gather February 5 to watch and celebrate the Super Bowl, and food and drink are a big part of the festivities. The Tennessee Department of Health is sharing reminders about the game plan to keep your party free of penalties when it comes to food-borne illness and safety.  

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  • Admissions to Benchmark Healthcare of Puryear Suspended

    Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 10:12am

    Henry County Nursing Home Cited for Violation of Consent Order

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Benchmark Healthcare of Puryear effective January 10, 2017. 

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  • Recent Mumps Outbreaks Cause Concern

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | 9:35am

    Mumps Immunizations Needed to Protect Adults and Children

    NASHVILLE – Mumps, the illness many associate with childhood, can infect people of all ages and has been on the rise as some neglect to immunize themselves or their children. The Tennessee Department of Health is concerned about increases in mumps cases, including an ongoing outbreak in neighboring Arkansas which so far involves more than 2,400 suspected or confirmed cases of the illness.

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  • Emma, William Maintain Titles as Tennessee's Top Baby Names

    Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | 10:02am

    NASHVILLE – Emma and William are the most popular names chosen by new Tennessee parents for their babies born in 2016. Names chosen for babies are recorded and tallied by the dedicated team in the Tennessee Department of Health’s Office of Vital Records, which registers some 240,000 new records of births, deaths, marriages and divorces every year.

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  • TDH Issues Updated Public Health Advisory on E-cigarettes

    Monday, January 09, 2017 | 10:23am

    Evolving Research & Recent Regulatory Actions Increase Concerns about Impacts to Health

    NASHVILLE – In February of 2013, the Tennessee Department of Health issued its first public health advisory on electronic nicotine delivery systems. After reviewing a growing body of unbiased, scientific research, TDH is issuing an updated advisory that provides more information and urges current and potential users to understand new evidence of risks associated with e-cigarettes and similar devices.

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  • Admissions to Brookhaven Manor Suspended

    Thursday, December 22, 2016 | 1:25pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Brookhaven Manor effective December 19, 2016 and imposed a one-time state civil monetary penalty of $5,001. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations.

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  • Holiday Activities May Increase Your Risk For Influenza

    Tuesday, December 20, 2016 | 9:00am

    NASHVILLE – It’s that time of year.  As many are mingling with large numbers of people while shopping, attending parties, participating in religious celebrations or traveling, the risk for encountering someone infected with influenza increases.  At the same time, the influenza virus is beginning to affect more people as the winter flu season approaches its peak weeks for infection in Tennessee.

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  • Help Prevent Overuse of Antibiotics

    Tuesday, December 06, 2016 | 9:10am

    NASHVILLE – Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs used in human medicine, and chances are you and your family members have taken them multiple times. These vital drugs help fight life-threatening bacterial  diseases and are generally safe when appropriately prescribed. But overuse and misuse of antibiotics can reduce their benefit and contribute to the rise of drug-resistant bacteria, which kill thousands of Americans every year. The  Tennessee Department of Health encourages Tennesseans to learn about proper prescribing and use of these medications.

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