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    December 10, 2019

    It's getting serious

    The holidays are here and we at Tarrant County Public Health are gearing up for what could possibly be a serious flu season ( flu graph). You may have heard or seen news reports about the increase in flu cases...

    Read more of this Dec. 10 entry

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    October 8, 2019

    Flu season is here

    Even though it's seasonal, influenza (the flu) is one of the toughest diseases to predict. A nice summer and a warm fall tend to lull people into believing the flu is no big deal. But it is! Flu kills several thousand people across US every year and it is preventable.

    Read more of this Oct. 8 entry

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    October 1, 2019

    Vaping Blows...big time!

    Back in March, Tarrant County Public Health launched a "Vaping Blows" campaign to educate parents and youth regarding the dangers of vaping. Since then the news related to vaping has literally blown up --and not in a good way!

    Read more of this Oct. 1 entry

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    TCPH Director Vinny Taneja welcomes participants to Ebola exercise

    September is National Preparedness Month

    Tarrant County Prepares

    During this month, we typically remind ourselves and others to prepare for hurricanes and other natural disasters, and to have our home preparedness plans ready. However, a select few of us in public health are always preparing for the next big disease outbreak...

    Read more of September entry

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    August 1, 2019

    Heat, shots and mosquitoes

     

    As the old song goes, the heat is on -- and we're in the middle of it. If you're still not clear on how the heat can hurt you, please review our "When it's hot as heck" webpage.

    Read more of  August entry

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    May 13, 2019

    Measles and Mosquitoes


    No doubt you've heard news of measles cases springing up locally and nationally. Did you know that year-round transmission of measles was declared eliminated in the United States back in 2000? And yet, these cases have appeared. Regardless of where they came from, we now know a major factor they have in common is that they happened AMONG THE UNVACCINATED.

    AND DID YOU KNOW: vaccines by themselves do not kill diseases.  

    Read more May entry

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    Take Charge. Take the Test. Free HIV, STD Testing. This month at select locations.

    April 2, 2019

    April happenings and free testing!


    April is here and I'm sure we're all looking forward to enjoying some CONSISTENT spring weather!

    April also has a quite a few health observances. Our award-winning Teen Videofest project is celebrating its 20th anniversary and will showcase this year's video winners on April 12. 

    Read more of April entry

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    January 16, 2019

    Resolve to stay healthy

    It's never too late to start, learn, reestablish and maintain good health habits. If you've made the resolution to improve your health this year, you're off to a good start. And Tarrant County Public Health can help you along the way!

    Want to eat healthier? We can help!
    Trying to quit smoking? We can help there too.
    Don't want to catch the flu? We're right there with you.

    Read more of January entry

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    December 19, 2018

    They're not just blowing smoke.

    The U.S. Surgeon General just released an advisory regarding E-cigarette use among youth. In it he said, "The recent surge in e-cigarette use among youth, which has been fueled by new types of e-cigarettes that have recently entered the market, is a cause for great concern. We must take action now to protect the health of our nation's young people. KNOW THE RISKS. TAKE ACTION. PROTECT OUR KIDS."

    Read more of this entry

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    December 5, 2018

    Flu and the weather sometimes go together

    This week happens to be National Influenza Vaccination Week. Although the influenza virus doesn't take a holiday and is a year-round concern, the winter months and cold weather tend to keep us inside more, which makes it easier to catch a cold -- or the flu. 

    So how can you tell the difference?

    Read more of the December entry

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    November 12, 2018

    Babies, turkeys and the flu

    One measure of health for any society is how many of its children survive their first year of life.

    Children born before 37 weeks of pregnancy (premature birth), and complications resulting from such early births are the number one cause of "infant mortality" in the United States and the second cause in Tarrant County.

    In Texas, Tarrant County has been leading in the numbers of infant deaths --until recently. We've been doing something about that, and thankfully we're seeing positive progress.

    Read more of the November entry

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    October 4, 2018

    Heat wanes as the flu looms

    We're grateful the summer heat has waned but this means that flu season, typically running from October through March, is now upon us. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention's early estimates indicate that more than 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died from flu during the 2017-2018 flu season.

    Read more of the October 4 entry

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    July 31, 2018

    Back-to-school immunizations now being offered

    Parents!
    Beat the back-to-school frenzy and get your kids vaccinated in the coming weeks. Tarrant County Public Health, along with our partners at the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County, are offering low cost back-to-school immunizations starting this week through the end of August. Printable schedules of these events are available in both English and Spanish.

    Read more of the July 31 entry

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    May 31, 2018

    It's not even summer yet!

    After living in north Texas for a few years now, I've noticed the heat often gets here before summer becomes official.

    So for other recent arrivals, and as a reminder to those who've lived here awhile, keep alert and aware of the effects heat can have on anyone --especially children or pets-- left inside a hot car. Take precautions, set reminders, do what you must to ensure their safety. They're worth your efforts.

    Read more of the May 31 entry

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    April 3, 2018

    It's National Public Health Week!

    Changing our health for the better means ensuring conditions where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy. We all have a role to play and it begins with using our TCPH expertise to educate our own staff and our community.

     

    Read more of the April 3 entry

    It's National Public Health Week, Celebrate with Tarrant County Public Health and help build a healthier community. Get social with #NPHW

    January 26, 2018

    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.

     

    Read more of the January 26 entry

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    October 10, 2017

    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...

     

    Read more of the October 10 entry

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    September 13, 2017

    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.

     

    Read more of the September 13 entry

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    June 16, 2017

    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.

     

    Read more of the June 16 entry

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    March 14, 2017

    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.

    read more of the March 14 entry

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    January 11, 2017

    All of us deserve a fair chance at a healthy, long and fruitful life.

    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!  

    read more of the Jan. 11 entry

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    January 6, 2017

    We are now moving toward the time of the year when the flu season starts to peak. According to our surveillance efforts, there are a lot of flu-like illnesses going around.

    read more of the Jan. 6 entry

    TCPH Director Vinny Taneja getting flu shot

    December 22, 2016

    With the cold weather, the ongoing flu season and an unexpected mumps outbreak in North Texas, there are plenty of health issues to stay aware of this holiday season.

    read more of the December 22 entry

    Wishing you a safe, healthy and happy holiday!

    November 18, 2016

    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.

    read more of the November 18 entry

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    September 13, 2016

    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.

    read more of the September 13 entry

    TCPH Director Vinny Taneja gets flu shot

    July 27, 2016

    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.

    read more of the July 27 entry

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    March 8, 2016

    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.

    read more of the March 8 entry

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    February 12, 2016

    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.

    read more of the February 12 entry

         

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    September 29, 2015

    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...

    read more of the September 29 entry

    August 20, 2015

    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...

    read more of the August 20 entry

    “It’s the flu season, and your best protection is getting a flu shot. It doesn’t matter where you get one as long as you get one.  It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to do its job, so don’t wait.  Get your flu shot right away!” Vinny Taneja, TCPH Director, G.K. Manius, County Administrator

    April 24, 2015

    This morning, I had the opportunity to talk with the members of Mid-Cities Pace Setters Rotary Club...

    read more of the April 24 entry

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    April 7, 2015

    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...

    read more of the April 7 entry

    Jan. 27, 2015

    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.

    read more of the Jan. 27 entry

    Nov. 6, 2014

    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.

    read more of the Nov. 6 entry

    Oct. 24, 2014

    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.

    read more of the Oct. 24 entry

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