"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.

"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.

Health Commissioner Speaks At CareFirst Community Event

Dr. Leana Wen was among the many community leaders at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield’s annual CareFirst A Salute to Our Community Partners event.

Code Blue Declared in Baltimore For Friday & Saturday

With predicted low temperatures in the teens and single-digit wind chills, Leana Wen, M.D., Baltimore City Health Commissioner, is declaring a Code Blue for January 30 & 31. This is the third Code Blue alert for Baltimore this season; previous declarations covered January 7 – 9 and January 27-28 (total of five days).

Laboratory Testing Confirms Baltimore Child Does Not Have Measles

The Baltimore City Health Department learned today that laboratory testing has confirmed that a 12-month-old Baltimore City resident does not have measles.  “We are very glad that this child doesn’t have measles,” said Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner. “This should be a wake-up call, however, for any parents or caregivers who have not had their children immunized.  Getting children vaccinated against all types of preventable diseases protects not only that child, but everyone around them.”

"Health Commissioner Urges Cold Weather Safety Following Two City Weather-Related Deaths"

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen is reminding Baltimoreans to take the cold temperatures seriously in light of two recent cold-weather related deaths in the city. Baltimore’s first cold weather death was a homeless man in the 18-44 age group which occurred on January 6, 2015.  The second death, of an elderly resident who was living in a home with no heat or electricity, occurred on January 24, 2015.   

Health Commissioner Declares Code Blue Alert In Baltimore For Tuesday & Wednesday

With predicted low temperatures and wind chills for Tuesday and Wednesday in the teens, Leana Wen, M.D., Health Commissioner for Baltimore City, is declaring a Code Blue for January 27 & 28.

Baltimore City Health Department Investigating Possible Measles Case

The Baltimore City Health Department is investigating a possible measles case in a 12-month-old Baltimore City resident.   There has not been a documented case of measles in Baltimore City in the last decade; Baltimore has high vaccination rates, with nearly 99 percent of public school children being vaccinated.

"Fighting the spread of HIV by posing on the dance floor" (Associated Press, January 17, 2015)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Beneath the neon lights of a banquet hall on an industrial stretch of the city, models strutted across an elevated stage in homemade evening gowns and tuxedos adorned with sequins, lace and something atypical for the runway: Trojan condom wrappers. Read more here.

"Leana Wen: Geography should not be destiny" (Baltimore Sun Op-Ed, January 15, 2015)

New Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen writes in an Op-Ed for the Baltimore Sun that her goal is to "change the unfortunate reality that geography is often destiny" and highlights details of her 100-day plan focusing on youth wellness, substance abuse and population health.

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