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The North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services Immunization Unit supplies free vaccines for children who are eligible for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, coordinates investigations of vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs), provides education about immunizations and VPDs, monitors the state's immunization coverage rates and maintains and updates the North Dakota Immunization Information System (NDIIS).

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North Dakota designates CHI Mercy Hospital in Valley City as its first Acute Cardiac Ready Hospital

Categories: Public Health

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) Emergency Medical Systems Unit recognizes CHI Mercy Health Valley City as the first Acute Cardiac Ready Hospital in North Dakota.


ND Health and Human Services celebrates second annual Public Health Thank You Day 

Categories: Public Health

On Monday, Nov. 21, as part of a national recognition, North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) celebrates Public Health Thank You Day.  


Influenza cases increase in North Dakota prompting vaccination reminder

Categories: Immunization, Public Health

The North Dakota Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) is encouraging all North Dakotans to choose to be vaccinated against influenza. Nationwide, and in North Dakota, there has been an increase in influenza in recent weeks. This increase in influenza cases has happened in conjunction with an early increase in other respiratory viruses, especially among children.


North Dakota state agencies promote One Health Day

Categories: Public Health

Nov. 3, 2022, marks the seventh annual One Health Day, a Global Day of Action that promotes awareness of the relationships among human, animal and ecosystem health. North Dakota’s Department of Agriculture (NDDA), Game and Fish Department (NDGF), Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) encourage the public to recognize the interconnection of people, animals, plants and the environment they share.


Active Tuberculosis (TB) case identified in Nelson County

Categories: Public Health

The North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Nelson-Griggs District Health Unit are investigating a reported case of active Tuberculosis Disease (TB) in Nelson County.


ND Health and Human Services recommends measures for RSV prevention

Categories: Public Health

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) has received reports of increased numbers of pediatric hospitalizations due to respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, otherwise known as RSV. Due to the current increased activity, HHS is encouraging broader testing for RSV among young children and older adults who have acute (severe) respiratory illness. 


Public Health audit shows strength of pandemic response, vaccine distribution; identifies opportunities to improve documentation

Categories: Immunization, Public Health

Today, the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Public Health Division responded to the final report of an audit of the Department of Health conducted by the Office of the State Auditor that covered the biennium ending June 2021.

“The auditor’s office spent over one year completing their inquiry. During this time, they reviewed testing of compliance and financial records, contact tracing, COVID-19 deaths, COVID-19 vaccine storage, handling and distribution, COVID-19 testing and reporting, and COVID-19 dashboards and information systems and had no findings for these areas,” said HHS Public Health Division Executive Director Dirk Wilke.


Governor Burgum Proclaims October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month and October 15 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Categories: Children and families, Public Health

Governor Doug Burgum has proclaimed October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month and October 15 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. In North Dakota, approximately 59 pregnancies end in miscarriage or stillbirth each year (after 20 weeks of pregnancy).


North Dakota Symposium on Adults, Aging and Disabilities is Oct. 26-27 in Bismarck 

Categories: Public Health

Health and human service professionals and service providers are invited to attend the North Dakota Symposium on Adults, Aging and Disabilities, Oct. 26-27, at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck.   


Bivalent COVID-19 booster recommendation expands to include ages 5 and up

Categories: Children and families, COVID-19, Immunization, Public Health

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended expanded use of the newly-available bivalent COVID-19 vaccines as a single-dose booster for children ages 5 to 11 who previously completed the primary series at least two months prior.


October is Influenza Prevention Month in North Dakota, North Dakota Health and Human Services encourages flu vaccine before Halloween

Categories: Children and families, Public Health

Gov. Burgum proclaimed the month of October as Influenza Prevention Month and the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services is reminding everyone to get vaccinated against influenza (flu) this fall.


Warning issued about potential rabies exposure - updated September 16

Categories: Public Health

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) was notified on September 16, 2022, that the raccoon identified in connection with the incident at the Maddock Bar tested negative for rabies.

HHS issued a statement on September 13 regarding the situation, as at that time the whereabouts of the raccoon were still being determined. 

Both the original story and the update are available in this post.


State agencies encourage safety around live poultry to avoid illness

Categories: Public Health

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) encourage people who come into contact with live poultry to take precautions to avoid illness. Contact with live poultry or their environments can be a source of germs such as Salmonella, Campylobacter, and E. coli. There is also a potential for infection with avian Influenza A virus.


Increase of West Nile Virus cases reported in North Dakota

Categories: Public Health

The North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has seen a rise in reported West Nile virus (WNV) cases in recent weeks. State health officials are reminding people to continue taking precautions against mosquito bites that can cause WNV infection.


NDDoH encourages COVID-19 booster vaccines for all eligible adults

Categories: COVID-19, Public Health

NDDoH releases statement on FDA approval, CDC expansion of eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots

Categories: COVID-19, Public Health

NDDoH releases statement on FDA approval, CDC recommendation of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster doses

Categories: COVID-19, Public Health

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To contact the Immunization Unit, call (701) 328-3386 or toll-free (800) 472-2180.