• Back-to-School Plans Should Include Required Vaccinations

    Monday, June 19, 2017 | 1:00pm

    Immunizations Save Teaching Time, Reduce Misery and Save Lives

    NASHVILLE – To prevent the spread of diseases and to keep our kids of all ages and their classmates safe, healthy and in school learning, all students in Tennessee, from kindergarten to college, must have proof of immunizations before they can start school. State leaders of health and education say it’s best to get those important vaccines now to avoid longer wait times later and to ensure a smooth beginning to the 2017 school year.

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  • State Leaders Call for Increased Awareness about Fentanyl

    Thursday, June 15, 2017 | 12:22pm

    Misuse of the Powerful Drug & Its Derivatives Causing Overdoses and Deaths

    NASHVILLE – Fentanyl: It’s here; it’s deadly and not just illegal users are at risk. Along with fentanyl there are other, more powerful drugs like carfentanil that are being used in counterfeiting legal drugs like Percocet and even counterfeiting of illegal heroin. That’s the message leaders from the Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security provided today during a press conference at TBI headquarters in Nashville.

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  • News Conference Planned on the Dangers of Fentanyl

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | 1:45pm

    NASHVILLE – Fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives are powerful synthetic opioid drugs often imported and used by criminals to create counterfeit pills or to mix with other illegal drugs such as heroin and marijuana. Fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives are extremely potent and pose significant health risks both to those using them and to those who may be accidentally exposed to them. Increased public awareness about the growing threat of fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives can save lives.

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  • It's Perfectly Fine to Talk about That Part of Your Body

    Tuesday, June 06, 2017 | 10:52am

     Simple Tests to Detect Colon Cancer Can Save Your Life

    NASHVILLE – Let’s just get this right out of the way:  Few people want to talk about their colon. As body parts go, it doesn’t match the heart, eyes or brain for attracting poetic verse and many are unaware of its importance. What does matter, especially for those 50 years or older, is that among the cancers affecting both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.  

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  • Tennessee Deems COPA Application Complete

    Monday, May 22, 2017 | 10:39am

    Additional information submitted by hospital systems, process moves forward

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, FACOEM, in consultation with Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today announced the Certificate of Public Advantage application from Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System has been deemed complete and the COPA process will move forward.

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  • Tick and Mosquito Season is Here

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | 10:00am

    Fight the Bite to Prevent Spread of Serious Illnesses

    NASHVILLE – Ticks and mosquitoes are now out in force and looking for food. The meal of choice for both is blood, creating opportunities to spread a variety of serious illnesses such as Zika Virus Disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever as they move from one bite victim to another.

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  • Leadership Academy for Excellence in Disability Services Class Graduates

    Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 2:14pm

    On May 11, 2017, the inaugural class of the Leadership Academy for Excellence in Disability Services graduated. The Academy was created by the Council on Developmental Disabilities in partnership with the TN Department of Human Resources (who also organized and conducted the Academy). The curriculum and leadership competencies were developed by leadership from all participating agencies (the Council, Dept. of Human Resources, Bureau of TennCare, Dept. of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, Dept. of Education, Dept. of Health, Department of Human Services & Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Department of Veterans Services, and the Commission on Aging & Disability). Click here to see the list of graduating participants.

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  • High Blood Pressure is More than a Numbers Game

    Tuesday, May 09, 2017 | 11:12am

    May is High Blood Pressure Education Month

    NASHVILLE – Your heart powers your life. It will beat almost three billion times and pump about 42 million gallons of blood through your body during your lifetime. Your heart allows you to love, laugh and live your life to the fullest. It works nonstop to take care of you and you should take care of it. May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month and the Tennessee Department of Health wants adults to get to know their blood pressure numbers and how to keep them healthy.

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  • Tennessee Issues Public Health Advisory on Fentanyl

    Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 9:54am

    Misuse and Accidental Use of Powerful Drug Can be Fatal

    NASHVILLE – Fentanyl, an exceptionally powerful drug used legally to treat extreme pain, has found its way to the illegal drug market, and it is killing people. According to three departments and one agency of Tennessee State Government, overdose deaths associated with fentanyl are increasing in the state and law enforcement officials have found the drug in counterfeit versions of commonly misused pain relief pills

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  • TDH Partners with Coaches to Reduce Violence

    Tuesday, April 04, 2017 | 9:53am

    National Youth Violence Prevention Week is Apr. 3-7, 2017

    NASHVILLE – Athletic coaches play an influential role in the lives of young athletes and are often in a position to positively influence how their athletes think and behave both on and off the field or court. The Tennessee Department of Health is now partnering with coaches to implement the “Coaching Boys into Men” program as part of our efforts to reduce violence

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  • Tuberculosis Cases Hit Record Low in Tennessee

    Monday, April 03, 2017 | 9:57am

    TDH, Tennessee Department of Correction Named TB Elimination Champions

    NASHVILLE – There were 9,287 tuberculosis cases in the U.S. and 103 in Tennessee in 2016, the lowest numbers ever recorded. Despite these encouraging figures, the Tennessee Department of Health reminds all Tennesseans TB is still here, but is treatable, curable and preventable. 

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  • TDH Creates Tool to Help Reunite Lost Pets with Owners

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | 9:18am

    Rabies Tag Numbers Can Provide a Path Home for Some Tennessee Pets

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health has created a web-based resource to use rabies vaccination tags to help reunite lost pets with their owners. Those who find stray pets wearing TDH rabies tags can now use this tool on the TDH website to search for and identify the veterinarians who vaccinated the animals, who can then help with information to find the owners. 

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  • Admissions to Signature Healthcare at Saint Francis Suspended

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 2:19pm

    Shelby County Nursing Home Cited for Violations

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Signature Healthcare at Saint Francis effective March 24, 2017 and imposed six civil monetary penalties in the amount of $2,000 each for a total amount of $12,000. 

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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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