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State health officials urge unvaccinated Pennsylvanians to get polio vaccine | Five for the Weekend

BY: - August 20, 2022

Symptoms of the polio virus are flu-like and include sore throat, fever, nausea and stomach pain. A portion of those who contract the virus develop more serious symptoms such as paralysis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

State officials reaffirm access to reproductive health services post-Roe | Five for the Weekend

BY: - August 13, 2022

“With the overturning of Roe v. Wade, we know that many people are confused and worried about getting the reproductive health care they need and deserve to keep themselves and their families healthy,” Department of Human Services acting Secretary Meg Snead said.

Wolf admin. encourages parents, guardians to update immunizations for children ahead of school year

BY: - August 8, 2022

A COVID-19 vaccine is not required for children to attend school, but state officials said Monday that the Wolf administration encourages the vaccine for children five years of age and older. 

New advisory group aims to improve pregnancy, postpartum care in Pa. | Five for the Weekend

BY: - August 6, 2022

Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced the creation of an advisory group to improve pregnancy and postpartum care support across the commonwealth. 

Local health officials, orgs educate communities on Monkeypox emergency | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - August 5, 2022

Good Friday morning, all.  ICYMI: The Biden administration declared a public health emergency for Monkeypox on Thursday afternoon as the U.S. recorded more than 6,600 cases nationwide. The declaration comes nearly two weeks after the World Health Organization declared the virus an “emergency of international concern.” Federal officials report that a formal emergency declaration will allow the administration to expand testing and vaccine access.  Department of Health and Human Services […]

Wolf admin. adds intramuscular injection to expanded naloxone order

BY: - July 27, 2022

DDAP reports that between November 2017 and March 31, 2022, there have been 22,085 overdose reversals using state-purchased Narcan.

CDC updates COVID-19 vaccine booster guidance as case counts rise

BY: - May 24, 2022

In a statement issued last week, the CDC expanded second booster eligibility for individuals 12 or older who are immunocompromised and those ages 50 and older. The agency cited a nationwide increase in COVID-19 cases as the reason for the update to the eligibility guidelines. 

Top health official to step down this week, Wolf administration announces

BY: - April 18, 2022

Acting Department of Health Secretary Keara Klinepeter will resign at the end of the week.

Pa. Physician General discusses Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in Crawford County

BY: - April 8, 2022

The overall NAS incidence rate in Pennsylvania is 11.9 cases per 1,000 live births, according to the Department of Health’s 2021 Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome report. 

DOH cancer screening program offers free services to low, moderate-income patients

BY: - March 17, 2022

Known as The Pennsylvania Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (PA-BCCEDP), the screening program offers free breast and cervical cancer detection services through the Pennsylvania Department of Health and is funded using grant money from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Wolf signs Alzheimer’s, dementia ‘toolkit’ bill into law | Five for the Weekend

BY: - February 12, 2022

“Our state’s aging population is one of the largest in the country, and it will only continue to grow. Legislation like this, which directly addresses the needs of Pennsylvania residents and establishes a foundation for future collaboration and intervention, are really where we see promise in Pennsylvania’s ability to address, and hopefully, curtail this public health crisis," Jennifer Ebersole, director of state government affairs for the Alzheimer’s Association said.

With Pa. Facing ‘critical shortage,’ state physician general issues call for donations

BY: - February 3, 2022

Speaking to reporters from the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank in suburban Harrisburg, state Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson said the commonwealth is experiencing a shortage in its blood supply and urged eligible residents to donate blood.