NPHW Wednesday: Rural Health

Wednesday. April 3. National Public Health Week. Rural Health. NPHW 2019 Virginia. Virginia Department of Health. Child riding a bike.National Public Health Week: Creating the Healthiest State: For science. For action. For health.

Today is the third day of National Public Health Week, a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.

Wednesday: Rural Health

Virginia’s rural areas are often tight-knit communities full of mutual respect, hard work, and determination. These communities also face unique challenges such as a lack of health care providers, access to health care and affordability issues. The Virginia State Office of Rural Health within the Office of Rural Health aims to address and rectify health disparities affecting the state’s rural residents by helping develop long-term solutions to rural health problems or their root causes. Learn more about the Virginia State Office of Rural Health.

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NPHW Tuesday: Violence Prevention

Tuesday. April 2. National Public Health Week. Violence Prevention. NPHW 2019 Virginia. Virginia Department of Health. child with stop bulling written on his palms.National Public Health Week: Creating the Healthiest State: For science. For action. For health.

Today is the second day of National Public Health Week, a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.

Tuesday: Violence Prevention

The Virginia Department of Health provides many resources about preventing many kinds of violence in our communities. Resources include

April is also Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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NPHW Monday: Healthy Communities

Monday. April 1. National Public Health Week. Health Communities. NOHW 2019 Virginia. Virginia Department of Health. Family jogging.

National Public Health Week: Creating the Healthiest State: For science. For action. For health.

Today is the first day of National Public Health Week, a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.

Monday: Healthy Communities

Health begins where Virginians live, work, and play. Virginia’s Plan for Well-Being highlights specific goals and strategies for communities to give everyone a chance to live a healthy life. Every Virginian deserves the opportunity to be healthy, and you, too, can help make that possible. Join us in this effort to assure well-being for all Virginians.

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National Public Health Week: Creating the Healthiest State: For science. For action. For health.

National Public Health Week. Creating the Healthiest nation: for science. for action. for health. april 1-7, 2019During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week. This observation is used as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Update: Widespread Outbreaks of Hepatitis A among People Who Use Drugs and People Experiencing Homelessness across the United States

Multiple states across the country have reported outbreaks of hepatitis A, primarily among people who use drugs and people experiencing homelessness. Since the hepatitis A outbreaks were first identified in 2016, more than 15,000 cases, 8,500 (57%) hospitalizations, and 140 deaths as a result of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection have been reported. This Health Alert Network (HAN) update recommends that public health departments, healthcare facilities, and partners and programs providing services to affected populations vaccinate at-risk groups against hepatitis A, applying the updated recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

This is an update to the Health Alert Network (HAN) advisory released on June 11, 2018 titled Outbreak of Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) Infections among Persons Who Use Drugs and Persons Experiencing Homelessness(https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00412.asp). Read the entire HAN.

Kingston Pharma, LLC RECALLS ” DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus” Because of Possible Health Risk

March 20, 2019 – Kingston Pharma, LLC of Massena, NY is recalling Lot KL180157 of its 2-fluid ounce (59 mL) bottles of DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Bacillus cereus/ Bacillus circulansBacillus cereus in food products has the potential to produce two forms of gastrointestinal illness, one being a syndrome primarily of vomiting, and the other of diarrhea.  Most often, illnesses are mild and self-limiting, although more serious and even lethal cases have occurred.  Individuals at risk for more severe forms of illness include infants, young children, and others with weakened immune systems. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem with the use of DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus. Read recall  in full at: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm634052.htm

The recalled DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus” bottles were distributed nationwide in Dollar General retail stores.  The product comes in a carton labeled DG™/health baby Cough Syrup + Mucus in 2-fluid ounce bottles marked with Lot KL180157 Expiration date 11/20 on the bottom of the carton and back of the bottle label; UPC Code 8 54954 00250 0.

The potential for contamination was noted after audit testing revealed the presence of Bacillus cereus /Bacillus circulans in some bottles of this lot of the product. One in ten bottles showed low levels of Bacillus cereus and two in ten bottles showed low levels of Bacillus circulans.

Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased Lot KL180157 of DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus” may return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-844-724-7347 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST or e-mail at Christina.Condon@SciRegs.com.

World TB Day – March 24, 2019

It's Time to End TB. World TB Day. March 24

For many decades, death was likely for people with tuberculosis (TB). World TB Day celebrates the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch discovered the cause of tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is a small rod-shaped bacteria.   At the time of Koch’s announcement, TB was raging through both Europe and the Americas. It caused the death of one out of every seven people.  Dr. Koch’s discovery was an important step toward the control and elimination of this deadly disease.

 

Scientists later learned that there are two types of TB Conditions:

  • TB Disease and
  • Latent (or inactive) TB infection.

People with TB Disease are sick from active TB bacteria.  They usually have symptoms such as cough, fever, tiredness, or weight loss.  They may spread the bacteria to others.

People with latent TB infection:

  • Do not feel sick,
  • Do not have symptoms, and
  • Cannot spread TB bacteria to others.

If left untreated, the inactive, non-contagious form of TB can become an infectious form of the disease.

TB in Virginia

TB was the first disease that the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) addressed when it was formed in 1908.  At that time, VDH had a staff of four and a budget of $40,000. At least half of the budget was used to help the 12,100 Virginians living with TB at that time.  Today, TB remains an important preventable disease in Virginia.  Treating cases of infectious TB disease is important, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg.  We will never end TB without screening people for latent TB infection and treating it to prevent its progression.   Treatment for LTBI can be as short as one dose of medicine a week for 12 weeks!

Should you be screened for latent (or inactive) TB Infection?  You may want to contact your health provider or local health department if you:

  • Have close contact (in your home or workplace) with a person with infectious TB disease;
  • Have lived or visited for 3 months or more in a country where tuberculosis is common;
  • Have been homeless and lived in a shelter or other setting where many people live together;
  • Have a medical condition that makes it hard for your body to fight infections, such as diabetes mellitus, severe kidney disease or HIV infection;
  • Take medical treatments such as steroids on a regular basis or take special medicines for rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn’s Disease.

Want more information about Latent Tuberculosis Infections?  Please visit:

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on advancing new policies aimed at preventing youth access to, and appeal of, flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and cigars

  • FDA is proposing to end current compliance policy as it applies to flavored electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products such as electronic cigarettes (other than tobacco-, mint-, and menthol-flavored products), and prioritize enforcement of such products offered for sale in ways that pose a greater risk for minors to access these tobacco products.
  • In addition, FDA expects manufacturers of all flavored ENDS products (other than tobacco-, mint-, and menthol-flavored) that remain on the market under these new conditions to submit premarket applications to the agency by Aug. 8, 2021. This application date is one year earlier than the agency previously proposed. 

When we first announced our comprehensive plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation in July 2017, we outlined a framework to better protect kids and to significantly reduce tobacco-related disease and death. We are continuing to implement that framework today. It remains the blueprint for the agency’s tobacco-related policymaking. Read the full Release.