Several agencies across Kentucky are again offering free HIV testing at various sites over the next week to coincide with National HIV Testing Day on June 27. Kentucky HIV prevention coordinator Dennis Wheatley says despite the development of a simple test and public outreach efforts, many people with HIV don’t know they’re infected. “If you […]
Effective July 1st, Kentucky is revising its immunization schedule for infants, toddlers and school-age children. Some vaccines required for school, day care, pre-school and Head Start have been added, amended, or altered. Parents should make sure their children are properly immunized, and Dr. William Hacker, Kentucky’s public health commissioner, says they have nothing to fear. […]
Kentucky should begin receiving its first doses of H1N1, or swine flu, vaccine next week. State Epidemiologist Kraig Humbaugh says the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is shipping Kentucky more than 24,000 doses of the vaccine, which initially will be in nasal spray form. “We allocated that 24,300 to our 56 local health departments. So, […]
The Kentucky Department of Health hopes to be able to confirm the state’s cases of swine flu in-house later this week or next week. Right now the lab has to send samples from cases it deems ‘probable’ to the Centers for Disease Control for confirmation, which can take up to two weeks. Spokesperson Gwenda Bond […]
From 1998 through 2007, Kentucky has led the nation in the number of adults who smoke. The Centers for Disease Control estimates in its latest report that more than 28 percent of Kentuckians smoke; the Indiana rate is about 24 percent.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control show the number of teenage mothers is on the rise in Kentucky.
A new pilot program aims to help pregnant smokers in nine eastern Kentucky counties.