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Behavioral health includes mental illness and substance misuse. Both of these conditions are very common in adults and teens.

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A chronic disease is any serious condition that lasts longer than three months. Chronic diseases typically can be treated, but not cured.

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Get information to help you and your family prepare for a public health emergency: “Be Aware. Get Prepared. Take Action.

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Health inequities are differences in health status between groups of people that result from unjust social inequalities between those groups.

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CCDPH provides breast and cervical cancer referral, follow-up and case management; vision and hearing screening; public health nursing; and Tuberculosis (TB) Prevention and Control.

Dr Mason, COO

CCDPH is the public health authority for most of suburban Cook County

CCDPH is the nationally accredited, state-certified local health department for 2.5 million residents and 127 municipalities surrounding Chicago.

Terry Mason, MD

Chief Operating Officer
Cook County Department of Public Health

John Jay Shannon, CEO

CCDPH is an affiliate of Cook County Health

CCH is one of the largest public health systems in the nation. In addition to CCDPH, it includes: John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital and Provident Hospital; more than a dozen community health centers; the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center; Correctional Health (at the Cook County Jail and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center); and CountyCare, a Medicaid managed care health plan.

John Jay Shannon, MD

Chief Executive Officer
Cook County Health

Toni Preckwinkle, President

CCDPH is governed by the Cook County Board of Commissioners

The Cook County Board of Commissioners, presided over by the Cook County Board President, is the regulatory Board of Health for CCDPH.

Toni Preckwinkle

President
Cook County Board of Commissioners

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An Estimated 92% of Cancers Caused by HPV Could be Prevented by Vaccine

On August 22, 2019

During 2012-2016, an average of 43,999 HPV-associated cancers were reported each year, according to a new study published today in CDC's  Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Among the estimaRead more

CDC, FDA, States Continue to Investigate Severe Pulmonary Disease Among People Who Use E-cigarettes

On August 21, 2019

CDC is providing consultation to state health departments about a cluster of pulmonary illnesses possibly related to e-cigarette product use, or "vaping," primarily among adolescents and young adults.Read more

CDC, states investigating severe pulmonary disease among people who use e-cigarettes

On August 17, 2019

CDC is providing consultation to the departments of health in Wisconsin, Illinois, California, Indiana, and Minnesota about a cluster of pulmonary illnesses linked to e-cigarette product use, or "vapiRead more

Tyson Foods, Inc. Recalls Weaver Brand Ready-To-Eat Chicken Patty Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

On August 16, 2019

Tyson Foods Inc., a Pine Bluff, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 39,078 pounds of Weaver brand frozen chicken patty product that may be contaminated with extraneous materials.Read more

Taylor Farms Illinois Inc. Recalls Chicken Products due to Possible Processing Defect

On August 9, 2019

Taylor Farms Inc., a Chicago, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 342 pounds of breaded chicken products due to a processing defect that may have led to undercooking of products.Read more

Nine CDC Health Hacks for Back-to-School Success

On August 8, 2019

To have a great school year, kids need to stay healthy. Healthy students are better learners. CDC has tips and resources for parents and schools to help children and teens get fit and stay healthy wheRead more

TRANSCRIPT of August 6, 2019, CDC Vital Signs: Naloxone

On August 7, 2019

CDC works 24/7 protecting America's health, safety and security. Whether disease start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDCRead more

Top Taste Food Warehouse Recalls Meat and Poultry Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

On August 6, 2019

Top Taste Food Warehouse, a Brooklyn, N.Y. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of pork and chicken dumpling product because they were produced, packed, and distributed without the benefRead more

Still Not Enough Naloxone Where It's Most Needed

On August 6, 2019

The overdose-reversing drug naloxone saves lives - but only if it's readily available when an overdose occurs.Read more

Life-Saving Naloxone from Pharmacies

On August 6, 2019

More dispensing needed despite progress.Read more

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Wide Variation in Naloxone Prescribing

On August 6, 2019

From 2017 to 2018, the number of high-dose opioid prescriptions decreased and naloxone prescriptions increased. However, despite progress, only one naloxone prescription was dispensed for every 70 higRead more

CDC Remains Committed One Year into the Fight against Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

On August 1, 2019

On August 1, 2018, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ministry of Health declared an outbreak of Ebola. One year later, the outbreak continues in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, areas where thRead more

Conagra Brands, Inc. Recalls Canned Beef Products Due to Possible Processing Defect

On July 31, 2019

Conagra Brands, Inc. Recalls Canned Beef Products Due to Possible Processing DefectRead more

Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Pig Ear

On July 31, 2019

CDC works 24/7 saving lives, protecting people from health threats, and saving money to have a more secure nation. A US federal agency, CDC helps make the healthy choice the easy choice by putting sciRead more

Premium Foods USA, Inc., Recalls Siluriformes Products Produced Without Benefit of Import Inspection

On July 27, 2019

Premium Foods USA, Inc., a Woodside, N.Y. establishment and importer of record, is recalling approximately 76,025 pounds of various Siluriformes fish products that were not presented for import re-insRead more

Kent Quality Foods, Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Sausage Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

On July 27, 2019

Kent Quality Foods, Inc., a Grand Rapids, Mich. establishment, is recalling approximately 48,681 pounds of ready-to-eat polish sausage with beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materRead more

Home Market Foods, Inc. Recalls Frozen Ready-To-Eat Beef and Pork Meatball Products due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

On July 25, 2019

Home Market Foods, Inc., a Norwood, Mass. establishment, is recalling approximately 53,217 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat beef and pork meatball products due to misbranding and undeclared allrgens.Read more

CM&R Inc. Recalls Beef Stick Products due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

On July 24, 2019

CM&R Inc., a St. Paul, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 25 pounds of ready-to-eat beef stick products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.Read more

CDC Investigation Updates: Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Backyard Poultry; Pig Ear Dog Treats

On July 23, 2019

CDC has posted updates regarding  two separate multistate Salmonella illness outbreaks, one linked to contact with poultry in backyard flocks and one linked to contact with pig ear dog treats.Read more

US Foods Recalls Raw Beef and Pork Products Due to Possible Product Contamination

On July 20, 2019

Koch Foods, a Fairfield, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 743 pounds of fully cooked boneless chicken bites due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.Read more

Koch Foods Recalls Breaded Poultry Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

On July 18, 2019

Koch Foods, a Fairfield, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 743 pounds of fully cooked boneless chicken bites due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.Read more

Watch - Hemorrhagic Fever in Bolivia

On July 18, 2019

An outbreak of hemorrhagic fever was recently reported in Bolivia. Travelers to Bolivia should avoid contact with rodents, with rodent urine or feces (droppings), and with people who are sick.Read more

CDC supports WHO declaration of "Public Health Emergency of International Concern" for Ebola outbreak in eastern region of The Democratic Republic of the Congo

On July 18, 2019

As cases of Ebola continue to increase in the eastern region of The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and travel-associated cases have been reported in neighboring Uganda, CDC fully supports theRead more

CDC Food Safety Alert: E. coli. Outbreak Linked to Ground Bison

On July 17, 2019

A CDC announcement about a multistate outbreak of E. coli infections linked to ground bison produced by Northfork Bison Distributions, Inc., has been posted at https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2019/bison-07-Read more

Fieldsource Food Systems, Inc. Recalls Beef and Poultry Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

On July 15, 2019

Fieldsource Food Systems, Inc., a Brea, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 12,953 pounds of diced beef and chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.Read more

Ada Valley Gourmet Foods, Inc. Recalls Beef Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

On July 13, 2019

Ada Valley Gourmet Foods, Inc., an Ada, Mich. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,490 pounds of raw ground beef meatloaf products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specificalRead more

CDC Final Investigation Notice: E. coli O26 outbreak linked to flour

On July 11, 2019

The final investigation notice regarding a multistate outbreak of E. coli O26 infections linked to flour has been posted at https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2019/flour-05-19/index.html.Read more

TRANSCRIPT of July 9, 2019, CDC Vital Signs: Nationwide Outbreak of Acute Flaccid Myelitis-United States, 2018

On July 11, 2019

CDC works 24/7 saving lives, protecting people from health threats, and saving money to have a more secure nation. A US federal agency, CDC helps make the healthy choice the easy choice by putting sciRead more

Most US adults favor lowering nicotine levels in cigarettes

On July 11, 2019

Most US adults-including 8 in 10 cigarette smokers-favor requiring cigarette makers to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes so that they are less addictive, according to a new report published by the CRead more

Fairmont Foods, Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Pork and Beef Gravy Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

On July 10, 2019

Fairmont Foods, Inc., a Fairmont, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 35,145 pounds of ready-to-eat pork and beef gravy products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifiRead more

CDC Lab Research Shows Two Treatments Effective Against DRC Ebola Strain

On July 9, 2019

New research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows two investigational Ebola treatments being used in the ongoing outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) areRead more

Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)

On July 9, 2019

Promptly recognize and rapidly report.Read more

CDC Telebriefing-New Vital Signs Report - CDC reports on largest acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) outbreak: doctors should recognize symptoms early and report all suspected cases

On July 9, 2019

In 2018, the third and largest outbreak of AFM occurred in the United States since CDC started surveillance in 2014, with 233 patients in 41 states. These outbreaks have so far followed a seasonal andRead more

CDC Urges Doctors to Rapidly Recognize and Report AFM Cases

On July 9, 2019

As the late summer/early fall "season" for acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) nears, CDC is calling on medical professionals to quickly recognize AFM symptoms and report all suspected cases to their healthRead more

CDC Update for an Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Papayas Imported from Mexico

On July 5, 2019

A CDC update for an outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to papayas imported from Mexico has been posted at https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/uganda-06-19/index.html.Read more

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Papayas

On June 28, 2019

A CDC food safety alert for an outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to papayas imported from Mexico has been posted at https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/uganda-06-19/index.html.Read more

CDC Press Release: Most Americans Have Never Had an HIV Test, New Data Show

On June 27, 2019

The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 - 64 years be screened at least once in their lifetime, yet less than 40% of people in the U.S. have ever been tested for HIV, according to a CDRead more

CDC Press Release: Outbreaks of diarrhea caused by summertime parasite increased from 2009 through 2017

On June 27, 2019

Outbreaks of Cryptosporidium (Crypto) in the United States increased an average 13% each year from 2009-2017, according to a report published in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.Read more

San Giuseppe Salami Co. by Giacomo Recalls Ready-To-Eat, Frozen Andouille Sausage Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

On June 24, 2019

San Giuseppe Salami Co. by Giacomo, an Elon, N.C., establishment, is recalling approximately 832 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE), frozen andouille sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneouRead more

Ruiz Foods Products Inc. Recalls Bacon Breakfast Wrap Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

On June 15, 2019

Ruiz Foods Products Inc. Recalls Bacon Breakfast Wrap Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter ContaminationRead more

Townsend Farms, Inc., Notifies Costco of Possible Health Risk and Recalls Conventional Frozen Kirkland Three Berry Blend

On June 14, 2019

Out of an abundance of caution, Townsend Farms, Inc. has notified Costco that a recent FDA test indicated that a domestic conventional frozen blackberry product manufactured by Townsend Farms, Inc., mRead more

Vital Signs: Rabies Transcript

On June 13, 2019

Welcome and thank you for standing by.  At this time all participants are in a listen-only mode until the question and answer session of today's conference.  To ask a question from the phone lines pleRead more

CDC Investigation Notice: Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Backyard Poultry

On June 13, 2019

A CDC investigation announcement of multiple multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to contact with poultry in backyard flocks has been posted https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/backyardpoulRead more

CDC Activates Emergency Operations Center for Ebola Outbreak in Eastern DRC

On June 12, 2019

Today the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is announcing activation of its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Thursday, June 13, 2019, to support the inter-agency response to thRead more

Rabies: A Forgotten Killer

On June 12, 2019

Rabies is a virus that infects wildlife, especially bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes in the US.Read more

Bats Lead in U.S. Rabies Risk

On June 12, 2019

Bats are responsible for roughly 7 in 10 rabies deaths among people who are infected with the rabies virus in the United States, possibly because people may not know of the risk bats pose, according tRead more

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Bats responsible for most rabies deaths in US - Knowing rabies risks and what to do after contact with wildlife can save lives

On June 12, 2019

Bats are responsible for roughly 7 in 10 rabies deaths among people who catch rabies in the U.S. Rabid dogs overseas are the second leading cause of rabies deaths in Americans; people can have contactRead more

First case of Ebola virus disease diagnosed in Uganda

On June 11, 2019

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today was notified of a case of Ebola diagnosed in Uganda and confirmed by laboratory testing at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).Read more

More than Half of People who Misuse Prescription Opioids also Binge Drink

On June 10, 2019

CDC works 24/7 saving lives, protecting people from health threats, and saving money to have a more secure nation. A US federal agency, CDC helps make the healthy choice the easy choice by putting sciRead more

Watch - Global Measles Outbreak Notice

On June 10, 2019

Measles is in many countries and outbreaks of the disease are occurring around the world. Before you travel internationally, regardless of where you are going, make sure you are protected fully againsRead more

Taylor Farms Illinois, Inc. Recalls Bacon Quiche Products due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

On June 9, 2019

Taylor Farms Illinois, Inc., a Chicago, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 51 pounds of cheese and bacon quiche products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.Read more

Tyson Foods, Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Chicken Fritter Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

On June 7, 2019

Tyson Foods, Inc., a New Holland, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 190,757 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken fritter products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specificallyRead more

Los Hernandez Tamales, LLC Recalls Chicken and Pork Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

On May 31, 2019

Los Hernandez, LLC., a Moxee, Wash. establishment, is recalling approximately 9,090 pounds of chicken and pork tamales that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection.Read more

Perdue Foods LLC Recalls Perdue Simply Smart Organics Poultry Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

On May 31, 2019

Perdue Foods LLC., a Bridgewater, Va. establishment, is recalling approximately 31,703 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces oRead more

Johnsonville, LLC. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Jalapeño Cheddar Smoked Sausage Links Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

On May 31, 2019

Johnsonville, LLC., a Sheboygan Falls, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 95,393 pounds of its ready-to-eat jalapeño cheddar smoked sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneouRead more

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Hedgehogs

On May 31, 2019

A CDC investigation update of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to contact with pet hedgehogs has been posted: https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/typhimurium-01-19/index.html.Read more

Watch - Hajj in Saudi Arabia

On May 31, 2019

The Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is one of the world's largest mass gatherings. In 2019, Hajj will take place August 9-14.Read more

BEF Foods, Inc. Recalls Beef Products Produced without Benefit of Inspection

On May 21, 2019

BEF Foods, Inc., a Lima, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 527 pounds of beef pasta products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection and outside of inspection hours.Read more

Watch - Monkeypox in Nigeria

On May 21, 2019

There is an ongoing outbreak of monkeypox in Nigeria. Travelers to Nigeria should protect themselves from monkeypox by washing hands often with soap and water, and avoiding contact with animals or peoRead more

Vienna Beef Ltd. Recalls Beef Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

On May 18, 2019

Vienna Beef Ltd., a Chicago, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,030 pounds of beef frank links products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal.Read more

Caito Foods LLC. Recalls Salads with Chicken Products due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

On May 17, 2019

Caito Foods LLC., an Indianapolis, Ind. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,767 pounds of salad with chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.Read more

MIBO Fresh Foods LLC Recalls Salad with Meat Products due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

On May 15, 2019

MIBO Fresh Foods LLC, a Fort Worth, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 1,460 pounds of salad with meat products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.Read more

Crab House Trading Corp. Recalls Siluriformes Products Produced without Benefit of Inspection

On May 15, 2019

Crab House Trading Corp., a Los Angeles, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 36,040 pounds of frozen Siluriformes products, specifically yellow walking fish, that were produced without thRead more

Pregnancy-related deaths

On May 7, 2019

Every pregnancy-related death is tragic, especially because about 60% are preventable. Still, about 700 women die each year from complications of pregnancy. A pregnancy-related death can happen duringRead more

Food Safety at Fairs and Festivals | CDC Features

On May 7, 2019

A fun summer activity is attending fairs, festivals, carnivals, and rodeos. Follow these tips to have a safe cooking, eating, and drinking experience at those events.Read more

Conagra Brands, Inc. Recalls Chicken Pad Thai and Chicken Fried Rice Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

On May 4, 2019

Conagra Brands, Inc., a Russellville, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,094,186 pounds of frozen entrees due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.Read more

Tyson Foods, Inc. Recalls Chicken Strip Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

On May 4, 2019

Tyson Foods, Inc., a Rogers, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 11,829,517 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifiRead more

Grant Park Packing Recalls Raw Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli O103 Contamination

On April 25, 2019

Grant Park Packing, a Franklin Park, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 53,200 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O103.Read more

K2D Foods Recalls Raw Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli O103 Contamination

On April 24, 2019

K2D Foods, doing business as (DBA) Colorado Premium Foods, a Carrolton, Ga. establishment, is recalling approximately 113,424 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli ORead more

Celebrate National DNA Day on April 25th! | CDC Features

On April 23, 2019

Join the National DNA Day "15 for 15" Celebration and learn 15 ways that genomics is influencing our world. Visit the website daily from April 5-25 to discover the topic of the day and explore resourcRead more

Alert - Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo

On April 16, 2019

There is an outbreak of Ebola in the North Kivu (Kivu Nord) and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).Read more

Measles: Make Sure Your Child is Fully Immunized | CDC Features

On April 15, 2019

Measles is a highly contagious disease. It can be serious for young children. Protect your child by making sure he or she is up to date on vaccinations, including before traveling abroad.Read more

Salmonella and Eggs | CDC Features

On April 15, 2019

Eggs are one of nature's most nutritious and economical foods. But you must take special care when handling and preparing fresh eggs and egg products to avoid foodborne illness, also known as food poiRead more

Make Your Workout Work for You | CDC Features

On April 12, 2019

Regular physical activity is really important if you have diabetes. Read on for tips to help you get moving and keep going.Read more

Teen Substance Use & Risks

On April 4, 2019

Parent of a teen? Ask pediatrician about screening for substance use.Read more

Celebrate National Minority Health Month! | CDC Features

On April 2, 2019

April is National Minority Health Month. The theme for 2017 is "Bridging Health Equity Across Communities." Learn what CDC is doing and help raise awareness of the health disparities that affect minorRead more

Hib Vaccination

On April 1, 2019

Make sure your child gets all doses of Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) vaccine for protection against Hib disease. Hib bacteria can cause serious infections like meningitis.Read more

Men & Diabetes

On April 1, 2019

Men & DiabetesRead more

Sexual Violence | CDC Features

On April 1, 2019

Prevent sexual assault before it starts.Read more

Child Abuse Prevention | CDC Features

On March 27, 2019

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.Read more

Prepare for Spring Weather

On March 27, 2019

Spring weather can be unpredictable. When severe weather hits unexpectedly, the risk of injury and death increases, so planning ahead makes sense. Prepare for storms, floods, and tornadoes as if you kRead more

Diabetes & Kidney Disease: What to Eat?

On March 26, 2019

Here's help figuring out what to eat if you have diabetes and kidney diseaseRead more

11 Things to Know about Cerebral Palsy | CDC Features

On March 25, 2019

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common motor disability in childhood, and children with CP and their families need support. Learn more about CP and what signs to look for in young children.Read more

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day | CDC Features

On March 22, 2019

World TB Day is observed every year on March 24. Learn how CDC is working for a TB free world.Read more

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day | CDC Features

On March 19, 2019

Get tested, and get involved in HIV prevention, care, and treatment.Read more

Ending the HIV Epidemic

On March 18, 2019

HIV Treatment Is PreventionRead more

Groundwater Awareness Week

On March 12, 2019

Education and information about National Groundwater Awareness Week and other water observances and celebrations, including weeks or days dedicated to water.Read more

Alert - Rubella in Japan

On March 11, 2019

There is an outbreak of rubella in Japan. Travelers to Japan should make sure they are vaccinated against rubella with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine before travel.Read more

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day | CDC Features

On March 7, 2019

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is March 10. Learn how HIV affects women and girls in the United States and how women can protect themselves.Read more

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention | CDC Features

On March 7, 2019

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 11. As you prepare to set your clocks ahead one hour, remember to check the batteries in your carbon monoxide (CO) detector. If you don't have a battery-poweRead more

Plan Healthy Meals | CDC Features

On March 7, 2019

March is National Nutrition Month and this year's theme, "Go Further with Food," encourages healthy eating habits and reducing food waste. Learn how to help your family eat better and "Go Further withRead more

Staph infections can kill

On March 5, 2019

Staphylococcus aureus (staph) is a germ found on people's skin. Staph can cause serious infections if it gets into the blood and can lead to sepsis or death.Read more

Healthy Contact Lens Wear and Care | CDC Features

On March 1, 2019

You only have one pair of eyes, so take care of them!Read more

Alert - Polio in Indonesia

On February 28, 2019

There is a polio outbreak in Indonesia. CDC recommends that all travelers to Indonesia be vaccinated fully against polio.Read more

World Birth Defects Day | CDC Features

On February 27, 2019

Every year, about 3-6% of infants worldwide are born with a serious birth defect. This represents millions of babies and families with life-altering conditions like spina bifida and congenital heart dRead more

Raw (Unpasteurized) Milk | CDC Features

On February 21, 2019

If you're thinking about drinking raw milk because you believe it has health benefits, consider other options. Raw milk can contain harmful germs, such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can mRead more

Cholesterol Myths and Facts | CDC Features

On February 21, 2019

Cholesterol can be confusing! Learn answers to common questions about blood cholesterol.Read more

Rubella: Make Sure Your Child Is Fully Immunized | CDC Features

On February 19, 2019

Rubella is a contagious disease caused by a virus. For some people-especially pregnant women and their unborn babies-rubella can be serious. Make sure you and your child are protected from rubella byRead more

Teen Dating Violence | CDC Features

On February 14, 2019

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention MonthRead more

Food Safety and Dining Out

On February 14, 2019

Protect Yourself when eating out from food poisoning.Read more

Common Colds: Protect Yourself and Others | CDC Features

On February 14, 2019

Sore throat and runny nose are usually the first signs of a cold, followed by coughing and sneezing. Most people recover in 7-10 days or so. You can help reduce your risk of getting a cold by washingRead more

Does Heart Disease Run in Your Family? | CDC Features

On February 14, 2019

If you have family members with heart disease,you might be more likely to develop heart disease yourself. Take time to collect your family health history information and share this information with yoRead more

Tobacco Use By Youth Is Rising

On February 11, 2019

Tobacco product use among US youth is increasing. More than 1 in 4 high school students and about 1 in 14 middle school students in 2018 had used a tobacco product in the past 30 days.Read more

Watch - Lassa Fever in Nigeria

On February 7, 2019

Nigerian health officials have declared an outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria. Travelers to Nigeria should avoid contact with rats, especially rat urine and feces, and keep their accommodations or camRead more

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day | CDC Features

On February 1, 2019

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is February 7. Now in its 18th year, NBHAAD is a day to increase awareness about HIV among blacks/African Americans and encourage people to get involvedRead more

Alert - Yellow Fever in Nigeria

On January 28, 2019

A large, ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in Nigeria began in September 2017. The outbreak is now spread throughout the country. Travelers going to Nigeria should receive vaccination against yellow feRead more

Alert - Polio in Niger

On December 14, 2018

There is a polio outbreak in Niger. CDC recommends that all travelers to Niger be vaccinated fully against polio.Read more

Alert - Polio in Papua New Guinea

On October 26, 2018

There is an outbreak of polio in Papua New Guinea. CDC recommends that all travelers to Papua New Guinea be fully vaccinated against polio.Read more

Alert - Polio in Somalia

On October 26, 2018

There is a polio outbreak in Somalia. CDC recommends that all travelers to Somalia be vaccinated fully against polio.Read more

Alert - Polio in Democratic Republic of the Congo

On October 26, 2018

There is a polio outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). CDC recommends that all travelers to DRC be vaccinated fully against polio.Read more

Alert - Polio in Nigeria

On October 26, 2018

The Nigerian Ministry of Health has reported several cases of poliovirus in the state of Borno in northeastern Nigeria. CDC recommends that all travelers to Nigeria be vaccinated fully against polio.Read more

Preventing 1 Million Heart Attacks and Strokes

On September 6, 2018

Heart attacks and strokes can be catastrophic, life-changing events that are all too common. Heart disease and stroke are preventable, yet they remain leading causes of death, disability, and healthcaRead more

Zika in Babies in US Territories

On August 7, 2018

Over 4,800 pregnancies in the US territories had a lab result showing confirmed or possible Zika from 2016-2018.Read more

Suicide rising across the US

On June 7, 2018

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the US. Suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016. Mental health conditions are often seen as the cause of suicide, but suicide is rarRead more

Alert - Yellow Fever in Brazil

On May 17, 2018

There is a large, ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in multiple states of Brazil. Travelers to Brazil should protect themselves from yellow fever by getting yellow fever vaccine at least 10 days beforeRead more

Warning - Health Infrastructure Breakdown in Venezuela

On May 15, 2018

CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Venezuela. The country is experiencing outbreaks of infectious diseases, and adequate health care is currently not available in most of tRead more

Illnesses on the Rise

On May 1, 2018

Almost everyone has been bitten by a mosquito, tick, or flea.Read more

Containing Unusual Resistance

On April 3, 2018

More than 23,000 Americans die each year from infections caused by germs resistant to antibiotics.Read more

Opioid Overdoses Treated in Emergency Departments

On March 6, 2018

Emergency department (ED) visits for opioid* overdoses rose 30% in all parts of the US from July 2016 through September 2017.Read more

Asthma in Children

On February 6, 2018

Asthma is a serious disease causing wheezing, difficulty breathing, and coughing. Over a lifetime, it can cause permanent lung damage. About 16% of black children and 7% of white children have asthma.Read more

Safe Sleep for Babies

On January 9, 2018

There are about 3,500 sleep-related deaths among US babies each year.Read more

HIV Testing

On November 28, 2017

About 40% of new HIV infections come from people who don't know they have HIV.Read more

Cancer and obesity

On October 3, 2017

Cancers associated with overweight & obesity make up 40% of all cancers. Learn more in this issue of Vital Signs.Read more

Preventing Stroke Deaths

On September 6, 2017

Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke in the US. Stroke death declines have stalled in 3 out of every 4 states. 80% of strokes are preventable.Read more

Watch - Cholera in Yemen

On August 14, 2017

There is a widespread cholera outbreak in Yemen. Between April and July 2017, more than 400,000 cholera cases and nearly 2,000 deaths have been reported. Twenty-one of the country's 23 governorates haRead more

Opioid Prescribing

On July 6, 2017

Providers in the highest prescribing counties prescribed 6 times more opioids per person than the lowest prescribing counties in 2015. Half of US counties had a decrease in the amount of opioids (MME*Read more

Legionnaires' Disease

On June 6, 2017

Legionnaires' disease (LD) is a serious, and often deadly, lung infection (pneumonia). People usually get it by breathing in water droplets containing Legionella germs. People can also get it if contaRead more

African American Health

On May 2, 2017

African Americans are living longer. The death rate for African Americans has declined about 25% over 17 years, primarily for those aged 65 years and older.Read more

Zika Virus

On April 4, 2017

Zika virus infection (Zika) during pregnancy can cause damage to the brain, microcephaly, and congenital Zika syndrome, a pattern of conditions in the baby that includes brain abnormalities, eye defecRead more

Arthritis in America

On March 7, 2017

Managing Symptoms with physical activity and educationRead more

Too Loud! For Too Long!

On February 7, 2017

Loud noises damage hearingRead more

Native Americans with Diabetes

On January 10, 2017

Native Americans (American Indians and Alaska Natives) have a greater chance of having diabetes than any other US racial groupRead more

HIV and Injection Drug Use

On November 29, 2016

Sharing needles, syringes, and other injection equipment puts people who inject drugs (PWID) at high risk for getting HIV and other infections, including hepatitis.Read more

Cancer and Tobacco Use

On November 10, 2016

Tobacco use is the top preventable cause of cancer death, putting people at risk for at least 12 kinds of cancer.Read more

Dental Sealants Prevent Cavities

On October 18, 2016

Dental sealants are effective but underused protection against cavities. Start or expand programs that offer sealants to children at school.Read more

Blood Pressure Control

On September 13, 2016

High blood pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and death. About 70% of US adults age 65 or older have high blood pressure and only about half have it under control (less than 1Read more

Think sepsis. Time matters.

On August 23, 2016

Sepsis is a complication caused by the body's overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection. It can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Sepsis is a medical emergency.Read more

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