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DPH Announces Second Flu Death of the Season: Holds Annual Legislative Hall Flu Clinic

Date Posted: Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Categories:  Delaware Health and Social Services News Public Health

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) held its final community flu clinic of the 2016-2017 flu season on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 at the Legislative Hall Library. The annual event is open to the public and 31 people were vaccinated.

Additionally, DPH is announcing the second flu-related death for the 2016-2017 season. A 98-year-old New Castle County woman who had underlying health conditions and passed away last week. She had been diagnosed with influenza A.




Public Health Names New Office of Animal Welfare Leadership: Patricia Blevins to Join as Executive Director

Date Posted: Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
Categories:  News Public Health

The Division of Public Health (DPH) announced today the hiring of Patricia Blevins as the new Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) Director. Blevins, an animal advocate for many years and one of the strongest supporters for overhauling and improving the statewide animal welfare system, will join DPH on Jan. 30, 2017, as OAW executive director. Hetti Brown, the original executive director, resigned the position in December 2016 to move to the Midwest. Blevins, while most well-known for her work as a state senator, has nearly 20 years-experience in managing personnel and agencies, including nine years as executive director of the Delaware Helpline and three years managing the Denison Branch of Girls, Inc. She also served on the Elsmere Town Council and as Mayor of Elsmere.




Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Funds, Project Notice-of-Intent solicitation now open

Date Posted: Friday, January 6th, 2017
Categories:  Delaware Health and Social Services DNREC Public Health

DOVER – DNREC’s Environmental Finance and DHSS Division of Public Health’s Office of Drinking Water announced today that the deadline for submitting a FY 2017 Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund Project Notice-of-Intent (NOI) is Jan. 31.




Delaware Ranks in Top 5 in Nation For Childhood Immunization, DPH Immunization Program Honored With Awards

Date Posted: Thursday, January 5th, 2017
Categories:  News Public Health

Delaware ranks third in the nation for its percentage of immunized children ages 19 to 35 months, and seventh for its percentage of adolescents receiving the trio of the recommended human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal and Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccines, according to a recent national rankings report.




Delaware Impacted by Food Recall, Public Health Advising Consumer Caution

Date Posted: Thursday, December 29th, 2016
Categories:  News Public Health

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is advising Delawareans of a voluntary recall of certain House-Autry biscuit and cornbread mixes that were shipped to Food Lion and Harris Teeter grocery stores in all three counties. House-Autry Mills, Inc. is voluntarily recalling limited quantities of House-Autry Buttermilk Cornbread Mix, House-Autry Buttermilk Biscuit Mix, and House-Autry Cheese Biscuit Mix as a precaution because one of the company’s third-party ingredient suppliers, Franklin Farms, had purchased milk powder from Valley Milk Products, Inc. This milk powder is potentially contaminated with Salmonella. At this time, there are no illnesses associated with these products in Delaware. Out of an abundance of caution, DPH is encouraging consumers to check their pantries for these products, and to discard or return them to the store where they were purchased.




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