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A new strain of flu for which there is no complete vaccine has made national headlines and created murmured concern locally after Pima County saw its first pediatric flu death since 2009.
Every year, people all across the country participate in a time-honored tradition and make bold New Year’s resolutions. Many of these resolutions have to do with improving our health and, sadly, many of them are broken by the end of January. It isn’t that we give up so much as we are overwhelmed. We have the best of intentions, but sometimes our resolutions are a bit too super-sized. Running a marathon might sound great on January 1, but thirty days later it can feel impossible.
On Dec. 23, at approximately 6 p.m., the Pima County Sheriff’s Department with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) dismantled an illegal alcohol distilling operation at an apartment complex located at 2300 West Ina Road.
Oro Valley Councilman Brendan Burns has been sentenced to two years probation and charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing for a May 20 incident in Oro Valley involving his estranged wife.
The Pima County Health Department and the Arizona Department of Health Services have confirmed that a minor who was cared for at a Pima County hospital has died due to complications from the flu virus. The patient had other underlying health conditions that may have led to a higher risk for complications from the flu. This case marks the first reported pediatric flu related death in Arizona this season, and the first in Pima County since 2009.
By now we have all heard about the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa and the instances where the virus has found its way into the United States. In many cases, the coverage has been overwhelming and frightening for some. In the swirl of media coverage, it can be difficult to evaluate what really is the true risk to our community. I am confident that the likelihood of a person becoming ill with the Ebola virus here in Pima County always has been, and remains, infinitely low.
The Marana Police Department, in conjunction with the Marana Health Center, Marana-Foothills Optimist Club, and Pima County Wastewater will be hosting the final Dispose-A-Med of the year on Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Target, 3901 W. Ina Road.
Public Health Nurse Victoria Millick pretends to give a shot to Nurse Manager Linda Everett at the Pima County Health Department North Clinic on August 16, 2013.
Health Department urges vaccination as flu season officially begins
You’re invited to celebrate the completion of the 14-mile Julian Wash Greenway segment of The Loop on Saturday, Nov. 1.
In a rematch of a razor-close 2012 congressional race, Democratic Congressman Ron Barber is in a fight for his political life against Republican challenger Martha McSally, a retired A-10 pilot who nearly beat him two years ago.
As part of their ongoing efforts to be prepared for the possibility of an Ebola case being diagnosed in our community, health officials from across the county gathered Thursday to continue discussions about how our community’s health-care infrastructure would respond to such a scenario. This meeting is the latest example of leaders from the public health department, hospitals, health-care providers, first responders and emergency managers committing to a coordinated effort to protect the community. The focus for today’s meeting was to discuss plans for training opportunities for health-care staff and first responders, developing a process for refining local screening protocols for Ebola, and assembling a proactive community approach to respond to this potential threat.
Thursday, Oct. 16
Pima County Sheriff’s Department
As a father, I get a flu shot not only for myself but also to protect my children. Adults tend to be the lowest population group to get flu shots but they shouldn’t be. The entire community benefits when we each do our part to reduce exposure to the flu. Getting the shot protects not only me, but my family, co-workers and friends.
While not in Arizona, health officials say a respiratory illness known as enterovirus 68 has been confirmed in 10 states and is expected to become a nationwide problem.
We know that eating nutritious foods and engaging in regular exercise are essential to maintaining good health. But did you know that how you take care of your mouth, teeth and gums is equally important?
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While Congress is in Washington debating President Barack Obama’s proposal to spend more than $3 billion to address the immigration crisis the nation is currently facing, and Republicans argue that border security measures need to be taken immediately, the Department of Health and Human Services is still struggling to find housing for the more than 65,000 immigrant children that have entered the U.S. from Central America over the last year.
A $1.1 billion budget has gone before the Pima County Board of Supervisors for final authorization this week.
Just this past year, I had to share a message that I hope I won’t have to again: There was a whooping cough outbreak in our community that sent a little one to the intensive care unit and kept many other children home from school for an extended period of time.
Pima County Health Department Director Dr. Francisco Garcia
Avra Valley Coalition organizer Albert Lannon brought the implications of a Cananmex Highway through the Avra Valley to the May 20 Citizens for Picture Rocks meeting. He detailed the effects on neighbors and wildlife, including the loss of jobs along the present Interstate 10 corridor and the negative impacts on health, tourism and water.