Recent News

"Baltimore has been 'lucky' to avoid measles, health commissioner says" (Baltimore Business Journal - February 9, 2015)

There hasn't been a confirmed measles case in Baltimore for more than a decade and 99 percent of Baltimore public school children have gotten their shots, but Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen thinks you should be worried about vaccines. "I don't think this is overblown," Wen said. "The fact that we haven't had a measles case in Baltimore means we're lucky."

"500 new cases of HIV/AIDS every year in Baltimore" (WMAR - ABC2, February 5, 2015)

It is no longer a fatal diagnosis, but HIV/AIDS is still a major problem in 2015.  "We in Baltimore City like other urban cities across the U.S., have HIV as a significant problem that is an epidemic," Dr. Leana Wen, Health Commissioner in Baltimore City, said. Click here to watch the story.

 

Stopping The Number One Killer Of Women

How important is your heart?  You can have a heart of gold, a heavy heart or even a change of heart.  But a healthy heart is the most important! Nationally, one in three women die of heart disease and stroke.  And did you know that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the overall number one killer in Baltimore,  is responsible for 30 percent of the deaths of women in the city and for 15 percent of all premature deaths?  In total, for men and women, heart disease claims approximately 2,000 lives in Baltimore each year.

Go Red for Women

"Inside Story - Vaccines" ( Al Jazeera America - February 3, 2015)

Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen was a guest on the Al Jazeera America: Inside Story show discussing the importance of vaccinations.

Investigative Hearing – Lead Paint Poisoning and Baltimore’s Children

The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) is pleased to have the opportunity to review Council Bill 16-0280R – Investigative Hearing – Lead Paint Poisoning and Baltimore’s Children.  The purpose of this bill is to assess the status and accelerate the pace of eradicating lead paint poisoning in Baltimore City and Maryland as a whole and working to achieve consensus on the coordinated roles and investments required to spare Baltimore’s families and children from another generation of this devastating and preventable disease.

"Elderly still encouraged to get flu shot this season" (WMAR - Feb 3, 2015)

This season, the flu vaccine has been less than 25 percent effective. But it’s still worth getting it, especially if you are part of a vulnerable population that’s more susceptible to the virus, experts say. This includes the elderly, children and those with compromised immune systems. Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen said the flu vaccine is about 23 percent effective this year, compared with the typical 50 to 60 percent effective.

"Health Commissioner Declares Code Blue In Baltimore For Monday And Tuesday"

With predicted low temperatures and wind chills as low as the single-digits, Leana Wen, M.D., Baltimore City Health Commissioner, is declaring a Code Blue for Monday, February 2 and Tuesday, February 3. “The very cold temperatures that we’ve been experiencing recently will continue to be with us for the next two days, and the Baltimore City Health Department along with other city agencies will be working to ensure the safety of Baltimoreans,” Dr. Wen said.   “We want to make sure all residents know how to protect themselves from cold weather emergencies.”

"Measles outbreak exposes holes in vaccine coverage" (Baltimore Sun - January 31, 2015)

Measles was nearly eliminated across the country nearly 15 years ago, an immunization victory over a highly contagious respiratory virus that once injured thousands and killed hundreds every year. Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore's new health commissioner, criticized a movement by some parents who refuse to vaccinate their children, citing concerns of possible side effects.  Read more here.

"Baltimore flu season not much diferent than usual, health commissioner said" (ABC2 News- January 30, 2015)

Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen said while the flu season has reached epidemic levels throughout much of the country, the city has not dealt with many more cases than in a typical season. Wen said it is still not too late to get a flu shot and urges everyone gets one, even though the shot has only been about 23 percent effective this season.

"As the toll of heroin rises in Baltimore, so does the cost of a life-saving drug" (Baltimore Business Journal - January 30, 2015)

An overdose-reversing drug that is a linchpin in Baltimore's plan to combat heroin overdose deaths has more than doubled in price over the past year, causing health leaders to worry their efforts to control a public health crisis could be derailed. "There are very few diseases for which there is a complete cure that can stop death," said Dr. Leana Wen, the city's newly minted health commissioner. Read more here.

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