The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans that vaccinations and healthy behaviors are the best ways to prevent the spread of illness during this holiday season. “There is still time to get a flu vaccination to offer protection over the holidays,” said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. “As people gather for meals and parties, or travel by planes and automobiles, they’re more likely to spread illness around. Receiving the flu vaccine will help you stay healthy to enjoy all the festivities, and will also keep you from making others sick.”
Every year, thousands of children receive lottery and scratch-off tickets in holiday stockings and as gifts from relatives. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Association of Problem Gambling Service Administrators (APGSA) want to spread the word that lottery and other gambling products are not for children.
A report released by the U.S. Surgeon General concludes one in seven people in the U.S. is expected to develop a substance use disorder at some point in their lives. Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health notes that while substance misuse and use disorders may occur at any age, adolescence and young adulthood are particularly critical periods.
Approximately one in 11 Iowans has some form of diabetes and about one in three Iowa adults has prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are high, but not high enough yet to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and people with this condition are at higher risk for heart disease, stroke, and serious diabetes-related complications. It’s important to know if you have prediabetes or diabetes.