In The News
Sullivan County Regional Health Department invites you to join us for our 12th Annual Free Health Check-Up Days. This is an opportunity for you to access FREE health screening tests, learn about your health risks and ways to improve your health, and learn about available community resources. Everyone is welcome regardless of income or insurance status. (*Note: the Health Coach will be on site to do screening mammograms on Monday, April 27th at our Kingsport office and Wednesday, April 29th at our Blountville office. Please bring your insurance card or TennCare card if insured. If uninsured, please bring your proof of income to obtain the mammogram.)
The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding vacation and business travelers about the importance of protecting themselves from mosquitoes that may transmit chikungunya virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue. The first confirmed case of chikungunya virus disease in Tennessee occurred in 2014; since then 42 additional cases have been documented, all involving travel outside the state.
“Travel plans to warmer destinations should include necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “Because there is no vaccine to prevent chikungunya virus disease, the only way to prevent its spread is the effective use of repellants and personal protection strategies.”