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A Healthy Start: Pregnancy and Vaccines

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National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder everyone needs vaccines throughout their lives. During pregnancy, you often think about baby names, nursery colors and prenatal vitamins, but you should also think about vaccines. Vaccines during pregnancy not only protect you against diseases, but you also pass some protection to your baby that will last through […]

UnitedHealthcare Awards $2 Million in Grants to Arizona Community Organizations to Address Social Determinants of Health

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For Immediate Release UnitedHealthcare Awards $2 Million in Grants to Arizona Community Organizations to Address Social Determinants of Health Several community organizations receiving funding to expand access to fresh produce, immunizations, dental screenings and vision screenings that will benefit hundreds of thousands of Arizonans Arizona is one of five states this year where UnitedHealthcare is […]

Nonmedical vaccine exemptions increasing in US metropolitan areas

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Healio - IN THE JOURNALS June 12, 2018 Peter J. Hotez An increase in nonmedical vaccine exemptions have been reported in 12 of the 18 states that allow exemptions for philosophical beliefs, with high rates of exemption observed in many metropolitan areas. This rise in antivaccine activity may provide an opportunity for future outbreaks to occur, […]

KRMC Joshua Tree Pediatrics wins vaccination award

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KINGMAN – Kingman Regional Medical Center Joshua Tree Pediatrics was honored with three different awards from The Arizona Partnership of Immunization, which recognized the practice’s immunization success. TAPI awarded Joshua Tree with the Daniel T. Cloud Outstanding Practice Award for its teen and toddler vaccination rates, and Dr. Lyanna LeFredo received the Big Shot award […]

Vaccinations make ourselves — and our kids — healthier

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In 1973, my 10-monthold daughter, too young to receive the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, contracted rubella, also known as the Germanmeasles. She safely recovered. Two weeks later, I discovered I was pregnant with my second child. Fortunately, I had been vaccinated against rubella and my son arrived eight months later, healthy. My vaccine produced […]

76 Arizonans honored for raising immunization rates, saving lives

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For immediate releaseMay 15, 2017 For more information:Debbie McCune Davis, TAPI602-288-7566 debbied@tapi.org   76 Arizonans honored for raising immunization rates, saving lives Arizona’s statewide immunization advocacy group celebrates 25 years   PHOENIX, AZ – Celebrating 25 years of advocating for the health of all Arizonans, The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI) honored 76 individuals, organizations, […]

The Vaccination Double Standard

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Despite years of research, there’s no good way to convince anti-vaxxers of the truth. It’s time to make vaccination mandatory for all kids. For a baby born at 28 weeks—a full three months early—he was doing remarkably well, “feeding and growing” until he was big and strong enough to be cared for at home. As […]

Influenza Activity Reaches Widespread Status – Blog by Cara Christ, MD, Director ADHS

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This week’s flu report shows our influenza activity in the state has reached a “widespread” classification. More than 3,700 cases of flu have been reported throughout Arizona, with 51 percent of those in Maricopa County. There have been 3,710 lab-confirmed influenza cases reported for the 2015-2016 influenza season in Arizona. Cases have been reported in all 15 counties, with […]

New proposal to post school immunization info to TUSD website

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Posted: Sep 08, 2015 7:24 PMUpdated: Sep 09, 2015 4:03 AM By Barbara Grijalva TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) – Leaders of the Tucson Unified School District discussed whether immunization numbers for each school should be posted on the TUSD website at their board meeting Tuesday evening. In Arizona, a student does not have to be immunized for […]

Why Parents Should Vaccinate their Children

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Why Parents Should Vaccinate Their Children By Karen Lewis, M.D. Medical Director, Arizona Immunization Program Office Arizona Department of Health Services Parents have to make many decisions about their children’s health. This includes deciding about vaccinating their children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics say that children […]

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