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    May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

    hepatitis, US map

    "Hepatitis" means inflammation of the liver and also refers to a group of viral infections that affect the liver. The most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation. An estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis; most do not know they are infected.

    Hepatitis B & C  

    Learn more about hepatitis here.

    May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

    Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

    It's a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and a perfect time to educate your patients, family, friends, co-workers and others about these diseases.

    The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has more information.

    May 5 is Hand Hygiene Day

    Hand hygiene saves lives

    Our hands carry many things, among them…germs. Although people around the world clean their hands with water, very few use soap to wash their hands. Washing hands with soap removes germs much more effectively.

    Some facts about hand washing:

    • Millions of children under age five die from diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, the top two killers of young children around the world.
    • Hand washing is not only simple and inexpensive, but remarkably, hand washing with soap can dramatically cut the number of young children who get sick.
    • Hand washing with soap could prevent about one out of every three episodes of diarrheal illnesses and almost one out of six episodes of respiratory infection like pneumonia.

    According to the World Health Organization, safety starts here.

    May 10-16 is National Women’s Health Week

    NWHW, National Women's Health Week

    Mother’s Day is the official kick-off for NWHW, The week also serves as a time to help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health.

    Learn more about women's health at womenshealth.gov.

    May 18 is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

    HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, May 18th

    This observance provides an opportunity to recognize and thank the many volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists who are working together to find a safe and effective preventive HIV vaccine. It is also a day to educate communities across the nation about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine research.

    TCPH’s Adult Health Services offers more information and testing regarding HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

    TCPH's Preventive Medicine Clinic (PMC) is a specialty clinic housed within Tarrant County Public Health that specializes in the care and treatment of people diagnosed as HIV positive.

    More about HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.

    May 18-24 is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

    Girl Swimming

    Each year, Healthy and Safe Swimming Week focuses on simple steps swimmers and pool operators can take to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone. The theme for Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2015 is Make a Healthy Splash: Share the Fun, not the Germs.

    Tarrant County Public Health regularly inspects public pools, spas and Public Interactive Water Features (such as water parks) within specific contracted cities.

    More about healthy and safe swimming.

    May 22 is Heat Safety Awareness Day

    Heat Awareness Day

    Anyone who has lived for a while in North Texas knows that the warm weather that starts in May can soon turn into oppressive heat.  Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses.

    TCPH offers this information regarding heat-related illness.

    For more information about heat safety, visit the National Weather Service web page at NOAA.gov.

    May 31 is World No Tobacco Day

    World No Tobacco Day is nearly here. Friday May 31st, Pledge to Quit

    Not only is tobacco use a major health concern around the world, but in many places it is illegal. The illicit trade of tobacco products a major global concern . The tobacco industry and criminal groups are among those who profit from the illegal tobacco trade, leaving the public to pay the health and security costs.

    Closer to home, TCPH's Freedom From Smoking program provides a step-by-step plan to help individuals break the habit of tobacco use.

    More about World No Tobacco Day.