Pennsylvania NEWS

At a recent Department of Health Immunizations Conference, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine emphasized the importance of vaccinations. Vaccines protect against a number of serious conditions that can be life-threatening, such as measles, mumps and hepatitis.

According to the American Medical Association's 2019 Opioid Progress Report, Pennsylvania's physicians are writing fewer opioid prescriptions while increasing their usage of the state’s prescription drug monitoring program.

After a difficult flu season in Pennsylvania, the Department of Health wants residents to realize the dangers of the virus and how it can be prevented. Nearly 98,500 reported cases occurred this flu season, resulting in 157 reported deaths.

Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine recently announced that Pennsylvania has declared an outbreak of hepatitis A, with 171 cases in 36 counties since January 2018.

On Saturday, May 18, the Black Women's Health Alliance and the Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® are hosting a Women’s Health and Wellness Expo. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the John F. Street Community Center, located at 1100 Poplar Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123. The expo is free to attend and activities will include workshops, Zumba, kids crafts and prize drawings. 

Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine encourages residents to be aware of the risk factors of chronic kidney disease as more than 30 million adults in the United States are affected by this condition and millions of others are at risk of developing it.

The Wolf Administration has announced the first five participants in the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model, the first model in the nation aimed at ensuring the financial viability of hospitals in rural areas across the state, and the next step in transforming health care delivery in Pennsylvania.

The Department of Health encourages all Pennsylvanians to protect themselves by getting immunized against several serious illnesses that can be life-threatening, such as measles, hepatitis and whooping cough (pertussis).

Flu season is here but it's not too late to get vaccinated. Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year.

The Wolf Administration is encouraging all Pennsylvanians to be aware of the signs and symptoms of diabetes and the ways to reduce the risk of developing the disease by practicing a healthy lifestyle and regularly seeing a primary care provider. 

National Rural Health Day is November 15. To celebrate this observance, the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health is asking residents to submit photos of rural parts of the state, or what rural means to them.

Flu season is here and the Pennsylvania Department of Health recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine every year, preferably by the end of October.

The Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance (PHCQA) recently released its 2018 State of the State report to showcase quality improvement in Pennsylvania and how quality of care in the Commonwealth compares to national benchmarks.

An estimated 30 percent of antibiotics prescribed in the United States are unnecessary. Incorrectly prescribed antibiotics contribute to the promotion of resistant bacteria. Each year, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.

In an effort to increase the public's understanding of appropriate antibiotic use, the Pennsylvania Department of Health features an antibiotic awareness section on its website.

On Thursday, August 16, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Penn State College of Medicine will host a conference to bring immunization partners together to share information, discuss current issues and recommend strategies to improve immunization rates in Pennsylvania.

In April 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began replacing Medicare cards in order to remove Social Security numbers. The new cards include unique Medicare numbers. This change will help protect Medicare consumers’ identities but will not impact benefits and coverage.

The Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Take-Back Program is focused on alleviating the health and safety concerns from the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs by helping residents properly dispose of unused prescription medications. 

The Governor's Opioid Command Center recently added three important datasets to Pennsylvania’s Opioid Data Dashboard, which was introduced in March.

The 2017-18 flu season in Pennsylvania was record-setting with more than 121,300 reported cases, resulting in 256 deaths.

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