Provider News Summer 2015


In brief: 

Dangers of cigarettes: Cigarettes have been linked to 60,000 more deaths each year than previously thought - a total of about 480,000 per year, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. Shasta County Public Health continues to work on educating the public about the dangers of tobacco and e-cigarettes. Shasta County, Redding and Anderson recently amended their tobacco ordinances to include e-cigarettes.

Tobacco cessation: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has clarified requirements for health insurers on covering tobacco cessation services: They must cover all seven FDA-approved cessation drugs and all three forms of counseling.

HPV protection: The newly FDA-approved Gardasil 9 adds protection against five additional HPV types—31, 33, 45, 52 and 58 — which cause approximately 20 percent of cervical cancers and are not covered by previously FDA-approved HPV vaccines.