• Tennessee Issues Public Health Advisory on Fentanyl

    Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 9:54am

    Misuse and Accidental Use of Powerful Drug Can be Fatal

    NASHVILLE – Fentanyl, an exceptionally powerful drug used legally to treat extreme pain, has found its way to the illegal drug market, and it is killing people. According to three departments and one agency of Tennessee State Government, overdose deaths associated with fentanyl are increasing in the state and law enforcement officials have found the drug in counterfeit versions of commonly misused pain relief pills

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  • TDH Partners with Coaches to Reduce Violence

    Tuesday, April 04, 2017 | 9:53am

    National Youth Violence Prevention Week is Apr. 3-7, 2017

    NASHVILLE – Athletic coaches play an influential role in the lives of young athletes and are often in a position to positively influence how their athletes think and behave both on and off the field or court. The Tennessee Department of Health is now partnering with coaches to implement the “Coaching Boys into Men” program as part of our efforts to reduce violence

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  • Tuberculosis Cases Hit Record Low in Tennessee

    Monday, April 03, 2017 | 9:57am

    TDH, Tennessee Department of Correction Named TB Elimination Champions

    NASHVILLE – There were 9,287 tuberculosis cases in the U.S. and 103 in Tennessee in 2016, the lowest numbers ever recorded. Despite these encouraging figures, the Tennessee Department of Health reminds all Tennesseans TB is still here, but is treatable, curable and preventable. 

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  • TDH Creates Tool to Help Reunite Lost Pets with Owners

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | 9:18am

    Rabies Tag Numbers Can Provide a Path Home for Some Tennessee Pets

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health has created a web-based resource to use rabies vaccination tags to help reunite lost pets with their owners. Those who find stray pets wearing TDH rabies tags can now use this tool on the TDH website to search for and identify the veterinarians who vaccinated the animals, who can then help with information to find the owners. 

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  • Admissions to Signature Healthcare at Saint Francis Suspended

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 2:19pm

    Shelby County Nursing Home Cited for Violations

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Signature Healthcare at Saint Francis effective March 24, 2017 and imposed six civil monetary penalties in the amount of $2,000 each for a total amount of $12,000. 

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  • Travelers: Take Precautions Against Zika

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | 10:33am

    Spring Break, Mission Trips, Business & Other Travel Warrants Protections

    NASHVILLE – In 2016, 63 travelers returned to Tennessee infected with Zika virus. In each of those cases, the Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee medical community worked quickly to ensure the virus would not spread to others.

    Many Tennesseans are now planning for spring breaks, mission trips and other travel to warmer locations where mosquito populations are known to transmit Zika. TDH reminds Tennesseans that mosquito bite precautions are vital to protecting their health and the health of others where they live, work, play and pray when returning.

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  • Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 9:50am

    February is Children’s Dental Health Month

    NASHVILLE – Most people know brushing and flossing teeth and regular visits to a dentist are important for maintaining dental health. But did you know simply drinking tap water can help you keep a sparkling smile? February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding parents and caregivers of the importance of teaching children good health habits that can help keep both them and their teeth healthy.

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  • Leaders Kick Off 2017 Quittin’ Time in Tennessee

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | 11:58am

    Nashville – State leaders and officials today reignited a call to reduce tobacco use in Tennessee, sharing a collective commitment to helping Tennesseans quit the habit. 

    Holding a press conference alongside several attending leaders from the state’s government, business and non-profit organizations, Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness CEO Richard Johnson and NashvilleHealth Founder Senator Bill Frist, MD discussed the many opportunities available to citizens who are ready to quit.

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  • TDH Reminds Everyone to Get a Flu Shot

    Monday, February 13, 2017 | 2:22pm

    NASHVILLE – Flu season is here with seasonal flu activity reported across Tennessee. The highest number of influenza cases in Tennessee is typically seen in January and February each year. Tennessee is currently among the states with the highest levels of flu activity according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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  • Health Leaders Celebrate Tennessee Quit Week

    Thursday, February 09, 2017 | 10:42am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, will join former U.S. Senator Bill Frist, MD, founder and chairman of NashvilleHealth and Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness CEO Richard Johnson Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Tennessee State Capitol to celebrate Tennessee Quit Week and discuss opportunities for residents, government, business and non-profit leaders to partner in reducing tobacco use in Tennessee. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Old Supreme Court Chamber and is open to the public. 

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  • Heart Disease Still Tennessee's Top Cause of Death

    Wednesday, February 08, 2017 | 2:26pm

    Lifestyle Changes Can Save Lives

    NASHVILLE – While matters of the heart are top of mind near Valentine’s Day, more Tennesseans should think about them all year long to ensure healthier, longer lives. Tennessee Department of Health data show heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the state, while stroke rated fifth in claiming lives.

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  • Celebrate Living Tobacco-Free in Tennessee!

    Tuesday, February 07, 2017 | 9:53am

    Tennessee Quit Week is Feb. 13-17, 2017

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health joins partners in the Statewide Tobacco-Free Coalition in celebrating Tennessee Quit Week Feb. 13-17, 2017. The theme for the week-long campaign is “It’s Quittin’ Time in Tennessee” to celebrate Tennesseans who have quit using tobacco products and inspire more people to join them. 

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  • Avoid Party Penalties - Play it Safe for the Super Bowl

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 10:38am

    NASHVILLE – Millions of people across Tennessee and the country will gather February 5 to watch and celebrate the Super Bowl, and food and drink are a big part of the festivities. The Tennessee Department of Health is sharing reminders about the game plan to keep your party free of penalties when it comes to food-borne illness and safety.  

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  • Admissions to Benchmark Healthcare of Puryear Suspended

    Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 10:12am

    Henry County Nursing Home Cited for Violation of Consent Order

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Benchmark Healthcare of Puryear effective January 10, 2017. 

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