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Kentucky Department for Public Health Amended Immunization Regulation

         KENTUCKY (July 26,2017) The following is a summary of the recent changes, effective June 21, 2017, to 902 KAR 2:060                                Immunization schedules for attending child day care centers, certified family child care homes, other licensed facilities which care for                children, preschool programs, and public and private primary and secondary schools,                This amended Kentucky Administrative Regulation requires all children to have a current immunization certificate on file, contains the              required immunizations schedule for attending, and has a process to obtain a religious exemption from the required immunizations.

American Diabetes Association Celebrates National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day

Lexington, KY (April 24, 2017) — The American Diabetes Association is urging Kentuckians to participate in Get Fit Don’t Sit Day on Wednesday, May 3 to increase awareness of the importance of getting up and moving throughout the day. The American Diabetes Association recommends breaking up sitting time with three or more minutes of light physical activity—such as walking, leg extensions or overhead arm stretches—every 30 minutes. The Association and Passport Health Plan, our Kentucky Get Fit Don’t Sit sponsor, are committed to ignite an important conversation about being physically active at work and at home.  Read more

NEW REPORT: New Revenues, Public Health Benefits & Cost Savings from a $1.50 Cigarette Tax Increase in Kentucky

KENTUCKY (Jan. 9, 2017) - Projections are based on research findings that nationally, each 10% increase in the retail price of cigarettes reduces youth smoking by 6.5%, young adult prevalence by 3.25%, adult prevalence by 2%, and total cigarette consumption by about 4% (adjusted down to account for tax evasion effects).  However, the impact of the tax increase may vary from state-to-state, based on the starting pack price.  Significant tax increases generate new revenues because the higher tax rate per pack  brings in more new revenue than is lost from the tax-related drop in total pack sales.  Read the full report

Public Health Reports 15 Total Overdoses, 12 Deaths Over Holiday Weekend

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 7, 2016) — The Kentucky Department for Public Health continues to warn Kentuckians about the risks associated with heroin and other drugs.

 DPH scheduled an emergency call last week to prepare hospitals, health departments and emergency medical personnel after receiving reports of increased overdoses linked to heroin mixed with fentanyl and other dangerous substances. At that time, public health officials requested hospitals and providers report all overdoses, including non-fatal overdoses, to DPH in order for the department to better understand the breadth of the problem.  Official Release

State Strengthens Response Efforts to Fight the Bite as Summer Draws Near

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 26, 2016) – With the Memorial Day holiday signaling the start of summer and vacation season for Kentuckians, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has strengthened its response efforts to Fight the Bite against Zika virus to include the ability to now test for Zika virus at its public health laboratory in Frankfort, in addition to urging people to follow mosquito precautions and avoid traveling to Zika-affected areas.  Official Release