Tag Archives: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Health Department Thinks Outside of the Box to Save Lives

{Laura Conner, District Director of Roane County Health Department}

Despite aggressive awareness campaigns to communicate the importance of getting flu shots, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say far too many people are not getting vaccinated. As a result, influenza leads to nearly 200,000 hospitalizations and between 3,000–49,000 of flu-related deaths.

Beyond public health, the flu is an expensive drain on our community. The 2017-2018 flu season cost U.S. employers an estimated $9.42 billion in sick days. Over $10 billion is spent every year on flu-related hospitalizations and doctor visits and nearly one-third of flu sufferers spend $250–$1,000 on treatment.

Prevention is not only a healthier option, but it is also more cost-effective. That is why this flu season Roane County’s health department held special “FightFluTN” free flu shot drive-through events. These events made it easier for our residents to pack the family up, and drive them through to trained medical providers. Thank you to all who participated!

Learn more about fighting seasonal flu at www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/prevention.htm

Protecting Tennesseans From Emergencies and Disasters – Feb 2018

{Laura Conner, District Director Roane and Morgan County Health Departments}

East Regional Health Office Recognized for Protecting Tennesseans From Emergencies and Disasters: The Tennessee Department of Health East Regional Health Office (TDH), tasked with improving the health and prosperity of people in East Tennessee, has been busy. One in five East Tennesseans utilizes TDH services, while we are all indirectly affected by their emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of healthcare facilities, and inspection of food service establishments. In January TDH East Regional Health Office was recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials for its ability to plan for, respond and to recover from public health emergencies. Our East Regional Health Office demonstrated these capabilities by meeting comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready, a unique partnership between National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We are proud to have been recognized by Project Public Health Ready for our high level of preparedness for emergencies,” said East Regional Health Director Janet Ridley. “This honor reflects tremendous effort, dedication, creativity, and cooperation by our entire team across our region. We will continue to improve our ability to quickly and effectively respond to any public health crises in our communities.”