Flu season and emergency alarms
The start of this new year finds Tarrant County in the midst of a
rampant flu season. Public Health refers to such conditions as
widespread influenza --and it may not have even peaked yet.
Flu is out there.
Many of you may not know Tarrant County Public Health maintains year-round influenza surveillance. But with flu season upon us, these next few months are the ones to watch...
September is National Preparedness Month.
When you live in a state like Texas -- which experiences flash flooding, tornadoes and the occasional hurricane -- it behooves all of us to have some measures in place to protect ourselves, our families and our businesses.
Summer heat, back-to-school shots, mosquitoes
As more hot summer weather comes our way, I'd like to remind everyone to always stay aware of the effect heat can have on children --or any pet-- left inside a hot car. Take whatever precautions you must or set any reminders you need in order to ensure their safety. I promise you won't regret it.
Millennials and Cancer Risk
I was surprised to learn from about a recent study that shows millennials (individuals born from 1980 - 1995) are at an increased risk for colorectal cancer.
The study, found in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute*, warns the data should be a sign that this generation faces an epidemic of digestive diseases - and suggests we begin screening people in their early 20s, rather than in their 60s.
All of us deserve a fair chance at a healthy, long and fruitful
Health Equity simply means attainment of the highest levels of health for all. It is easier said than done. What is surprising to many is that the social, environmental and economic conditions around us determine and impact our health more than we can imagine!
Is there a record for the number of times someone can say the word DEET in a year? If so, the record keeper should have spent the past seven months by my side.
Flu season lurks right around the corner. Cook Children’s diagnosed their first flu case this week -- the earliest diagnosis they have seen in three years.
As relatively new residents of North Texas, my family and I are
learning to adjust to the summertime heat. I also have two small
children, so whenever I hear of any child left in a car on a hot day,
my heart breaks.
As of today, March 8, there have been two additional cases of Zika Virus reported in Tarrant County, making a total of three human cases in the county so far.
I am sure by now most of you have heard about the Zika Virus.
This is a mosquito-borne illness that is carried by Aedes mosquitoes, which unfortunately, are common to the North Texas area.
It was hard not to notice all the flu shot advertising that popped up across our county in August and the media messaging that followed the next month...
Getting back into the swing of the school season is no easy task for any parent, let alone their children. A summer of late bedtimes and alarm clock-less mornings are quickly replaced by...
This morning, I had the opportunity to talk with the members of Mid-Cities Pace Setters Rotary Club...
National Public Health Week started off Monday with President Obama issuing a proclamation recognizing the value public health workers deliver to our country every day...
Dear Tarrant County Residents,
You may have heard in recent media reports that a person with Measles traveled back from India into Tarrant County on January 6.
The person traveled by plane and later had contact with family members, as well as people in the community during a visit to the doctor’s office.
From this situation, TCPH staff interviewed several potential contacts from the plane, the person’s family and community.
Dear Tarrant County Residents
I am writing to inform you of some good news.
All of the “Contacts” from the Dallas Ebola “Cases” that we monitored in Tarrant County, have finished their 21-day monitoring period successfully.
Dear Tarrant County Residents
As you may have heard today, Nina Pham, the Texas Health Presbyterian nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola, has been declared Ebola free. She is being released from National Institutes of Health (NIH) today and expected to return to the Dallas - Fort Worth area later this evening.
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