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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.

State Health Officials Announce First Pediatric Flu Death of 2017-18 Season

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the state’s first child death from flu for the 2017-18 flu season. A child in the central part of the state died last week from complications associated with influenza infection. To protect the family’s privacy, the child’s hometown, county and gender are not being released.

Governor Cooper Proclaims Dec. 1 World AIDS Day in North Carolina

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Governor Roy Cooper issued a proclamation recognizing Dec. 1 as World AIDS Day in North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health joins in this observance. World AIDS Day renews opportunities for health service agencies to collaborate with partners, raise awareness about HIV and move closer to an AIDS-free generation.

DHHS, Advisory Committee on Cancer Launch New Data Resource

Friday, November 3, 2017

The publication, “Reducing the Burden of Cancer in North Carolina: A Data and Resource Guide for Communities to Fight Cancer,” which is available online, details where cancer is most concentrated in North Carolina, which population groups experience the highest burden of cancer, and what public health professionals and partnering agencies can do to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals and their families. 

State Health Officials Report Two Flu-Related Deaths, Encourage Vaccination

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services today announced the state’s first flu-related deaths of the 2017-18 season after two adults died of complications from influenza infection from mid-to-late October. One of the deaths occurred in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, and the other occurred in the eastern region of the state.

Members Named to State Science Advisory Board to Advise on Emerging Chemicals

Thursday, October 19, 2017 The heads of the state environmental and public health agencies today announced the new members of the newly expanded Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board, which will examine new and emerging chemicals and their potential impacts to human health and the environment. The board of 16 experts in toxicology, public health, ecology, engineering and related fields will study ways to better protect North Carolina’s people and environment from new and emerging chemicals of concern, including GenX and hexavalent chromium.

DHHS Secretary Gets Flu Shot, Advises North Carolinians to Vaccinate with Flu Season Underway

Thursday, October 12, 2017

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D., got her flu shot Thursday and encouraged others to get vaccinated, too, with the flu season underway.

North Carolina Focused on Improving Infant Mortality Rate

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

North Carolina’s infant mortality rate dipped by 1.4 percent in 2016 to 7.2 deaths per 1,000 births, compared with the 2015 rate of 7.3 infant deaths. The infant death rate has essentially plateaued, although this slight decrease is encouraging.

Smoking Rates Drop in North Carolina, But Not for Everyone

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The percentage of North Carolina adults who reported smoking cigarettes in 2016 is the lowest ever recorded, 17.9 percent. Despite this milestone, North Carolina’s smoking rate remains slightly higher than the national rate of 17.1 percent, and smoking continues to be the leading preventable cause of death in our state.