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Here are the most current news releases and opinion pieces from the Health Department.

Vermont’s pandemic response led the news in 2021. Vaccination took headlines as availability for vaccines and then for boosters reached one group after another, with clinics offered throughout the state. The year also saw the spread of more contagious variants of the virus. Guidance for testing and for isolation and quarantine evolved throughout 2021. Unfortunately, the opioid crisis did not subside, and news of overdoses still dominated.

As the world faced the historic COVID-19 pandemic, Vermont worked to slow the spread of the virus through prevention, testing and contact tracing. Along with a commitment to data and science, Vermonters made sacrifices and found creative solutions to support one other's health and well-being.

Vermont again named the healthiest state, warnings about vaping illness, messaging of severe weather preparedness and response, and the importance of immunization and prevention of injury and disease.

Health news in 2018 included public health investigations, innovative programs from diaper banks to snowshoes in libraries, and our continued efforts to bend the curve on substance use disorder.

National news repeatedly ranked Vermont as one of the healthiest states. Local news included breastfeeding, expansion of opioid treatment, and the PFOA investigation.

Vermont is 2nd healthiest state for women, infants and children, teen immunization rates up, pharmacies sell overdose-reversal naloxone without prescription, PFOA blood testing, and more news.

Vermont ranked #2 healthiest state, #1 healthiest for seniors, Most Dangerous Leftovers campaign launched, opioid addiction treatment/prevention grants, TB, flu vax "selfies", HIV tests and more.

Vermont ranked 2nd healthiest state, Health Dept. gets accredited, among nation's best prepared for disease outbreaks, new laboratory opens, monitoring travelers for Ebola, fentanyl warnings, and more.

Pertussis wanes after vaccine campaign, Healthy Vermonters 2020 dashboard, OK to Ask Immunization campaign, chlorpyrifos contamination, EEE, Lyme disease tick tracker and more.