Role of the CDC in emergency preparedness

On September 9, 2011,  Warner Brothers will be released the movie Contagion, a fictional drama that portrays CDC and other U.S. and international partners responding to an emerging infectious disease outbreak.   We are reaching out to you and other members of the public health community in an effort to take advantage of this opportunity to …

Tropical Storm Serves as Reminder to Have a Plan

With Tropical Storm Don tracking toward the Texas coast, Texas DSHS urges people to review their emergency plans. Don is the first named storm of the hurricane season to affect Texas and serves as a reminder that families, businesses and communities should take steps to be prepared for a disaster.
Go to TexasPrepares.org for instructions on …

Texas DSHS Urges Precautions to Avoid Rabies Exposure

The Texas Department of State Health Services is urging precautions to reduce the risk of contracting rabies. There has been a higher than usual number of animal rabies cases in Texas this year, particularly in Central Texas and the North Texas region. Protect yourself by avoiding wild animals and animals acting strangely, and by vaccinating …

DSHS Offers Hot Weather Precautions

As many Texas areas mark record high temperatures, the Texas Department of State Health Services reminds people to be aware of the signs of heat illness and to take precautions to protect themselves from heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
The elderly, young children, people with chronic diseases and those without access to air conditioning are most …

Texas Immunization Registry Now Covers Adults

ImmTrac, the Texas immunization registry, has expanded to include adults. The Texas Department of State Health Services says the tool that’s been keeping track of children’s immunizations since 1997 will help all Texans know exactly which immunizations they’ve had.
With adults able to enroll in ImmTrac, people who provide consent can have their vaccine information stored …