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Flu Quiz

Posted on: August 25th, 2023

A flu vaccine is needed every year for two reasons. First, a person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time, so an annual flu vaccine is needed for optimal protection. Second, because flu viruses are constantly changing, the composition of flu vaccines is reviewed annually, and vaccines are updated to protect against the viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming flu season. For the best protection, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated annually.

Tick Bite Bot

Posted on: August 16th, 2023

The Tick Bite Bot is an interactive tool that will assist individuals on removing attached ticks and determining when to seek health care, if appropriate, after a tick bite. The online mobile-friendly tool asks a series of questions covering topics such as tick attachment time and symptoms. Based on the user’s responses, the tool then provides information about recommended actions and resources.

Vital Signs

Posted on: August 16th, 2023

Eliminating HIV as a Global Public Health Threat: Building on Tremendous Progress Will Save Lives and Make the World Safe. The percent of people with HIV on PEPFAR-supported treatment worldwide with a viral load test that were virally suppressed* increased from 80% in 2015 to 95% in 2022.

Public Health Image Library (PHIL) Image of the Day

Posted on: August 16th, 2023

West Nile virus (WNV) is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States. It is most commonly spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. Cases of WNV occur during mosquito season, which starts in the summer and continues through fall. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV in people.

What’s your Zika IQ?

Posted on: August 16th, 2023

Learn the top 5 things you need to know about Zika. Zika primarily spreads through infected mosquito bites. You can also get Zika through sex. If you are pregnant and must travel to an area with risk of Zika, take steps to protect yourself and your pregnancy. Zika is linked to birth defects. Pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika outbreaks. Returning travelers infected with Zika can spread the virus through mosquito bites and sex.

Working in Heat

Posted on: July 26th, 2023

Heat stress can affect many outdoor and indoor workers. To prevent heat-related illnesses (HRI) and injuries, employers should develop and use a comprehensive heat-related illness prevention program at the workplace. In occupational settings, heat stress is the combination of the heat your body produces (metabolic heat), environmental factors (for example, temperature and humidity), and clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE). While many workers need to wear PPE for protection from workplace chemical, physical, and biological hazards, PPE can increase the risk for HRIs.

CDC Current Outbreak List

Posted on: July 26th, 2023

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Ground Beef: Investigators are working to identify the source of the ground beef sick people ate in this outbreak. Any ground beef can have germs, like Salmonella. Always cook ground beef to an internal temperature of 160°F. All of the people who remembered the type of ground beef they ate and where they bought it reported eating 80% lean ground beef purchased from ShopRite locations in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York before they got sick. Ground beef is the only common food people reported eating.

Overweight and Obesity Data & Statistics

Posted on: July 26th, 2023

Data, Trends, and Maps: Interactive database with obesity/weight category and indicators. Adult Obesity Maps: Self-reported US adult obesity prevalence by race, ethnicity, and location. Adult Obesity Facts: US statistics on adult obesity. Childhood Obesity Facts: US prevalence of childhood obesity. Obesity Among WIC-Enrolled Children: Maps of children with obesity served by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Reports: CDC reports and maps related to obesity in the United States.

Public Health News Articles

Posted on: July 26th, 2023

Doctors watching for more cases after mysterious cluster of brain infections strikes kids in southern Nevada
EIS officers investigated a cluster of rare and serious brain abscesses in kids in and around Las Vegas, Nevada, and doctors from other parts of the country say they may be seeing a rise in cases, too. Dr. Jessica Penney, EIS class of 2022, presented findings during the 2023 EIS conference of her investigation into the Clark County, Nevada cluster while CDC continues monitoring the situation closely. Pandemic-related social distancing, which limited children’s typical exposures to infectious diseases, is a suspected cause of an “immunity gap;” therefore potentially leading to unusual increases in childhood infections.