GOVERNOR MARKELL AND PUBLIC HEALTH URGE FLU VACCINATIONAt the annual Division of Public Health (DPH) flu immunization clinic at the New Castle Farmers Market, Governor Jack Markell urged Delawareans age six months and older to get their annual flu vaccination as early as possible. Then he pushed up his sleeve to receive his own flu shot.
Public Health Stormy Weather TipsWith the potential for heavy rain and high winds this weekend, the Division of Public Health (DPH) reminds Delawareans to stay safe and healthy, and to protect their pets using some important tips.2015-10-01 16:06:57
State Will Close Emily P. Bissell Hospital PermanentlyDepartment of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Secretary Rita Landgraf has decided to close Emily P. Bissell Hospital near Wilmington permanently, citing a declining census across all of DHSS’ long-term care facilities and the desire of the majority of Emily Bissell residents to remain where they are living now.
First Reports of Community Members Using NaloxoneThe Department of Health and Social Services has received the first reports of people in Delaware overdosing on opiates and being revived by community members who administered the overdose-reversing medication naloxone themselves.
Division of Public Health Coordinates Prescription Drug Take-Back Day for September 12National studies show that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, and that includes the home medicine cabinet. That’s why the Division of Public Health’s Healthy Homes Program is coordinating the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday September 12, 2015 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Protect Your Groundwater to Protect Your HealthNearly every person in Delaware drinks some form of groundwater on a daily basis, so we all have a reason to preserve its quality. That’s why the Delaware Office of Drinking Water (ODW) within the Division of Public Health (DPH) is recognizing national Protect Your Groundwater Day on September 8, 2015.2015-09-04 10:15:48
Four Persons Reported Positive in Delaware for Human West Nile VirusFour persons in Delaware have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). The cases, three in New Castle County and one in Kent County were reported to the Division of Public Health (DPH) in mid-late August. None of the individuals reported symptoms. Instead the virus was found as part of bloodwork related to a routine medical procedure. The mosquito-borne illness can become serious and DPH reminds people to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.2015-09-01 13:22:09
Back to School Health and Safety TipsBack to school is a busy time and there are many things for time-crunched parents to remember. The Division of Public Health (DPH) wants to help with tips for a healthy and safe school year.2015-08-28 12:37:10
Hepatitis - The Silent EpidemicThe state Division of Public Health (DPH) encourages baby boomers, or individuals born between 1945 and 1965, to speak to their doctor about getting tested for hepatitis.2015-08-03 10:16:28