Press Releases

QuitlineNC Offering Free Nicotine Patches with Gum or Lozenges

Monday, May 14, 2018

QuitlineNC, North Carolina’s telephone service that helps people quit smoking and other tobacco use, is offering eight weeks of nicotine patches combined with either nicotine gum or lozenges for free until the end of the month or while supplies lasts.

State Health Officials Advise North Carolinians to "Fight the Bite"

Thursday, April 26, 2018

April is Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month in North Carolina, and as the weather continues to warm up, state health officials are advising North Carolinians to “Fight the Bite” by taking measures to reduce their risk of tick and mosquito bites. Based on preliminary data, there were 896 cases of tick-borne diseases in North Carolina last year and 95 cases of domestically acquired and travel-associated mosquito-borne diseases.

DHHS Releases Interactive Map Showing Social Determinants of Health Indicators Across North Carolina

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ State Center for Health Statistics has created an interactive map with a series of overlays showing social determinants of health indicators in North Carolina, including the economic, social and neighborhood, and housing and transportation status of residents across the state.

Public Health: A Year-Round Effort to Keep North Carolina Healthy

Friday, April 13, 2018

The important contributions of North Carolina’s strong public health system are highlighted this month by a proclamation from Governor Roy Cooper designating April as Public Health Month. Public health departments provide flu vaccines, screen for health issues, take precautions to keep disease from spreading and promote tobacco cessation efforts. 

DHHS Releases Health Equity Report

Friday, April 6, 2018

Today the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released its Health Equity Report for 2018, which shows progress and areas for continued improvement for a healthier North Carolina.

DHHS Sees Rise in Opioid Overdose Emergency Department Visits

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Emergency department visits for opioid overdose in North Carolina have risen sharply, with preliminary data for 2017 indicating more than 5,700 visits, a nearly 40 percent increase in opioid overdose ED visits compared to 2016. The 2017 increase represents a doubling of the number recorded in 2009.

DHHS, Carolinas Poison Center Investigating Increase in Emergency Department Visits Linked to Use of Potentially Contaminated Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

North Carolina health officials are alerting the public to a recent increase in emergency department visits by people who reported using cannabidiol (CBD) oil or a similar product in electronic cigarettes and/or vaporizing pens.

CDC Releases Interim Estimates on Flu Vaccine Effectiveness as Flu Remains Widespread in North Carolina

Thursday, February 15, 2018

With flu activity in North Carolina remaining widespread, state health officials are continuing to encourage North Carolinians to get vaccinated. Interim estimates of vaccine effectiveness released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the vaccine is approximately 36 percent effective this season and 59 percent effective for children 6 months to 8 years old.

Governor Cooper Urges Precautions to Avoid Flu, Fight Its Spread

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Governor Roy Cooper today urged all North Carolinians to take extra precautions to avoid catching or spreading the flu virus during peak flu season. Influenza has claimed the lives of at least 140 North Carolinians since flu season began in October.

During Cold Weather, State Health Officials Encourage Precautions

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

With temperatures having dipped significantly across the state, North Carolina health officials are encouraging residents to take health and safety precautions during the winter months.