Learning about risks from radon and testing your home can protect your family’s health

As part of National Radon Action Month, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services urges Kentuckians to learn more about the potential health effects of radon exposure and how to check your home for this potentially dangerous gas. To better acquaint Kentuckians with the dangers from exposure to radon, a short video clip, has been made available...

Department of Public Health reports flu activity across Kentucky now at epidemic levels

The Kentucky Department for Public Health now describes influenza activity in Kentucky as an epidemic. This season’s strain of the flu virus can be extremely serious, even deadly, not just for those in higher risk categories but to generally healthy Kentuckians as well. Kentucky is in its sixth consecutive week of widespread flu activity which is the highest level of flu activity and indicates increased...

DPH commissioner to discuss strategies to address opioid epidemic at national conference

Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard, Acting Commissioner at the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), will represent the state during a national Opioid Policy session this weekend. Organized by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), The Opioid Policy Fellows roundtable will discuss opioid addiction and overdose issues. The session runs January 26-28 in New Orleans, Louisiana. “This event...

52 Weeks of Public Health: ‘Prevent to Protect’ during National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Every 4.5 minutes, a baby in the United States is born with a birth defect. While not all birth defects can be prevented, women can increase their chances of having a healthy baby by preventing infections before and during pregnancy. The Kentucky Department for Public Health is joining organizations nationwide during National Birth Defects Prevention Month in January to increase awareness about how...

Officials report state’s first pediatric flu deaths this season as reported cases remain widespread

The Kentucky Department for Public Health has recorded the state’s first pediatric deaths for the 2017-18 flu season. “Of the thirty-six flu-related deaths reported so far this season, two of those were children,” said the Acting Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard. “The average age of death of the other thirty-four people who died as a result of flu is 75 years...

Health officals urge vaccinations, hand washing as widespread flu activity being reported across region

Kentucky Department for Public Health officials are reporting “widespread” flu for the first time this flu season. Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The traditional flu season lasts from October through May. Increased flu activity began earlier this season than usual...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Toy Safety Awareness Month sheds light on health risks of some toys

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is recognizing Toy Safety Awareness Month during this holiday season. Although toys are intended to be fun and enjoyable, there are some health risks associated with toys that are not made properly. Before you make a purchase, the Kentucky Department...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Encouraging Kyians to get flu shots during National Influenza Vaccination Week

Officials with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) are encouraging Kentuckians to get a flu vaccination during National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 3-9, to reduce the spread of illness this holiday season. “Getting a flu vaccine is an early holiday gift you can give to yourself and your family,” said Jeffrey Howard, M.D., acting commissioner of DPH. “During the holidays...

Department of Public Health reports outbreak of Hepatitis A as 31 cases reported throughout state

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has declared an outbreak of acute hepatitis A with cases in multiple counties in Kentucky. In total, 31 cases of acute (rapid onset with symptoms of illness) Hepatitis A have been reported throughout Kentucky in 2017, a 50 percent increase above the average of 20 cases per year reported over the past 10 years. Twenty-two cases have been reported in...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Spreading awareness among Kentuckians about risks of lung cancer

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health Campaign, the Kentucky Department of Public Health within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is raising awareness about lung cancer in Kentucky. Lung cancer impacts Kentuckians more than any other cancer. In Kentucky, both men and women have significantly higher rates of lung cancer than other states in the U.S. More Kentuckians have died from lung cancer...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Helping mothers deliver healthy babies during Prematurity Awareness Month

Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death and childhood disability. As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health Campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is promoting preterm birth prevention as a part of Prematurity Awareness Month. In Kentucky, the preterm birth rate in 2015 for Kentucky babies was 10.8 percent, higher...

Diabetes Symposium draws hundreds of educators, prevention specialists from several states

More than 400 diabetes educators and healthcare professionals from several states gathered in Louisville today for the Diabetes Symposium. The event focused on diabetes prevention and control, the impact of diabetes on public health and the need for enhanced prevention efforts. It was hosted by the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). “It...

CHFS announces availability of weekly influenza surveillance report to track activity across Kentucky

Officials with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), announce the availability of an online weekly influenza surveillance report used to gauge current flu activity circulating in Kentucky. This new public service is an example of the Cabinet’s priority to strengthen data collection and analytics and then to make the information...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Screening, early detection vital in battle against breast cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In Kentucky, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Breast cancer awareness is this week’s focus of the 52 Weeks of public health campaign from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). “Breast Cancer awareness, early detection and screening are vital issues...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Fruits and vegetables should comprise half of every meal you eat

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is striving to help Kentuckians fill their plate with more fruits and vegetables during Fruits and Veggies-More Matters Month. Choosing healthier foods like fruits and vegetables instead of high fat and calorie foods can help you and your family...

State Public Health Department identifies two early cases of flu in Jefferson County

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, reports two cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza, indicating the presence of flu activity in Kentucky. The cases are both from Jefferson County. The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccine for all individuals aged six months of age and older. People who are strongly...

Public health nurse ‘Strike Team’ from Kentucky on its way to Florida to help victims of Hurricane Irma

A Nurse “Strike Team” from Kentucky is on its way to help Hurricane Irma victims in Florida. It’s the first time Kentucky has been asked to send a team of nurses to another state following a disaster. Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), along with local, state and federal officials coordinated Thursday’s deployment. The...

New state regulations requiring all students to have current immunization certificates now in effect

New state immunization regulations requiring all children attending child day care centers, certified family childcare homes and other licensed facilities that care for children, preschool programs, and public and private primary and secondary schools to have a current immunization certificate on file are now in effect. The regulation also spells out the required immunizations schedule for attending...

52 Weeks of Public Health: State DPH urges caution around wild animals to avoid possible rabies exposure

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), along with local health departments across the state, is reminding the public about the potential for rabies exposure from contact with infected wildlife. Wildlife rabies cases, primarily in bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes, have been identified...

52 Weeks of Public Health: State Public Health Department raising awareness of lung diseases

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet of Health and Family Services (CHFS) is raising awareness of the impact of Cardio Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a term used to describe lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. Kentucky has the second highest incidence of COPD in the U.S. To better address...