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Arizona officials are urging people to get flu shots this fall to avoid the double threat of flu and COVID-19, which they fear could overburden state hospitals.

As the holidays loom, three respiratory illnesses are hitting the state and public health officials say now is the very best time for Arizonans to get vaccinated in order to be best protected come time for family gatherings.  Read more»

The mobile clinic will make its debut this Friday.

A new mobile health clinic will be making its way to Pima County public libraries starting this Friday. Read more»

Researchers at Northern Arizona University and the University of Washington have teamed up to create a vaccine for Valley fever, a fungal disease that mainly affects people living in Southwestern states. Its spores thrive in the soils of hot, dry climates and are small enough to be inhaled by humans and animals alike, causing an infection of the lungs.

A new research program combining the efforts of Northern Arizona University and the University of Washington aims to create a vaccine for Valley fever, an infectious fungal disease that poses an increasing threat as the climate continues to warm and dry. Read more»

National Guard Sgt. Tommy Morga educates parents about how drugs like fentanyl are sold through social media apps such as Snapchat. Although drug dealers operate through many social media platforms, experts are most worried about Snapchat due to the app’s anonymity, disappearing messages and lack of third-party monitoring.

Although drug dealers operate on many social media platforms, experts are most worried about Snapchat due to the app’s anonymity, and an Arizona effort is underway to help inform parents of the dangers of fentanyl and cartels’ use of social media to reach vulnerable youth. Read more»

The current spike is not a surprise to experts who’ve been watching a disruption in the circulation of seasonal viruses.

Experts say the spike of respiratory syncytial virus infections hospitals across the country are seeing among children is most likely caused by an immunity gap created by the lack of exposure to the virus over the past couple of years - not the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Read more»

A Title 42 protest in Nogales, Sonora on March 22, 2022. Immigration officials have used the health order more than 2 million times to expel migrants since March, 2020.

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the federal government from continuing to use an emergency health order known as Title 42 to immediately expel migrants at the southern border after they have entered the United States. Read more»

Chris Magnus at a 2016 Tucson Police Department press conference.

Chris Magnus, head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Tucson's former top cop, submitted his resignation to President Joe Biden on Saturday, after being told earlier in the week to quit or be fired. Read more»

Because the causes of long-term COVID still aren’t fully understood, there is no cure.

Doctors are shifting their focus to COVID-19 “long-haulers” – those who never fully recovered from the often-deadly disease - but diagnosing and treating it isn’t easy, and the best approach has been to deal with individual symptoms and repurpose medications used for other illnesses. Read more»

Richard Zaldivar founded The Wall Las Memorias project in Los Angeles, seen here on Sept. 27, 2022, to remember those lost to AIDS. LGBTQ activists see parallels between the stigma that marked the early days of the AIDS crisis and this year’s monkeypox outbreak.

LGBTQ activists in Arizona are stepping up efforts to fight stigma and intolerance amid the global outbreak of monkeypox – even as they work to get more people vaccinated against the viral disease, which is contracted through close or intimate contact. Read more»

None of the three measles patients confirmed in Maricopa County had been vaccinated. Two of the patients were children.

Measles is making a comeback in Maricopa County with three confirmed cases – the first since 2019. Two of the patients are children, and one of them required hospitalization. Read more»

COVID-19 boosters shots are on track to become as frequent as the annual flu shot, though high-risk people may need more than one dose per year, Biden administration officials said Tuesday. Read more»

Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a cell infected with the Omicron strain of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (purple), isolated from a patient sample. Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland.

Arizonans can expect to line up for the new Omicron-aimed COVID-19 booster shot as soon as next week - with the state having pre-ordered 35,400 doses - now that the vaccines have been approved for deployment by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more»

Driven in large part by COVID-19, life expectancy in the U.S. fell by 1.8 years in 2020, down from 78.8 years in 2019 to 77 years, the sharpest decline since World War II. Arizona’s drop was even steeper, falling from 78.8 to 76.3 years, one of the biggest declines in the nation.

Arizona life expectancy fell by 2.5 years in 2020, posting one of the steepest drops in a nation that saw the sharpest declines in lifespans since World War II, with COVID, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and overdoses playing a part. Read more»

The federal government so far has distributed 700,000 vials of the monkeypox vaccine - Jynneos - nationwide.

Federal public health officials said Thursday they are working with state and local health departments to boost messaging and vaccinations for those most likely to contract monkeypox, including at large-scale events. Read more»

State Sen. Lela Alston, D-Phoenix, seated, and Dora Vasquez, director of the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans, right, join climate advocates at a news conference at Justa Center in downtown Phoenix in 2021.

Medical experts say climate change will affect nearly every aspect of public health - and many of those impacts are already being felt - but little to no climate funding has reached the budgets of many public health departments. Read more»

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