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In addition to getting vaccinated, practice the three C’s to stay healthy and prevent germs from spreading at home, work and school.

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To better help with the investigation into why people across the U.S. are getting sick after vaping, Illinois Department of Public Health is asking the vaping public to share information about their vaping habits in a confidential and anonymous survey.

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Deaths from opioid overdose are preventable. There is a medicine that can reverse opioid overdose. It’s called naloxone. Get free naloxone and help from Chicago Recovery Alliance and Live4Lali.

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Behavioral Health

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

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Health Equity

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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CDC-Supported Study Launches to Track Infectious Diseases in Central America & Caribbean

On October 21, 2019

To better understand, detect and respond to emerging infectious disease threats such as dengue, chikungunya, Zika, Chagas disease, and malaria, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCRead more

George's Prepared Foods Recalls Ready-To-Eat Pork and Turkey Products due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

On October 19, 2019

George's Prepared Foods, a Caryville, Tenn. establishment, is recalling approximately 6,444 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) pork sausage patty and turkey sausage patty products that may be contaminated wRead more

Pride of Florida Recalls Beef Products due to Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination

On October 19, 2019

Pride of Florida, a Raiford, Fla. establishment, is recalling approximately 64,797 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.Read more

T & R Enterprise USA Inc. Recalls Meat and Poultry Products Due to Insanitary Conditions

On October 18, 2019

T & R Enterprise USA Inc., a St. Louis, Mo. establishment, is recalling approximately 118,000 pounds of meat and poultry egg roll products that were produced and packed under insanitary conditionsRead more

MawMaw's Chicken Pies Recalls Chicken and Meat Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

On October 18, 2019

MawMaw's Chicken Pies, a Kernersville, N.C. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of chicken pie and meatloaf products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.Read more

CDC, States Update Number of Cases of Lung Injury Associated with Use of E-cigarette, or Vaping, Products

On October 17, 2019

CDC today announced the updated number of confirmed and probable lung injury cases, deaths* associated with the use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products, and new laboratory testing.Read more

Global Zakii Enterprises, LLC Recalls Canned Meat and Canned Poultry Products Produced without Benefit of Import Inspection

On October 17, 2019

Kenosha Beef International, a Columbus, Ohio establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of seasoned beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials.Read more

Peekay International Inc. Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in "KESHAV Dry Apricot"

On October 16, 2019

Peekay International Inc. 56 12 56th Street, Maspeth, NY is recalling its 7 ounce and 14 ounce packages of "KESHAV Dry Apricot" food treats because they contained undeclared sulfites.Read more

Mical Seafood Inc. Voluntarily Expands Tuna Recall for Possible Scombroid Poisoning

On October 15, 2019

Mical Seafood, Inc. of Cooper City, FL, has voluntarily initiated an expanded recall of frozen, wild-caught yellowfin Tuna Loins, Tuna Poke, Tuna Steaks, Tuna Ground Meat, and Tuna Saku (products of VRead more

Samurai, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Fish In Furikake Popcorn 5oz. Package

On October 15, 2019

Samurai, Inc. of Honolulu, Hawaii is conducting a voluntary recall on 16,660 packages of Furikake Popcorn, because it may contain undeclared Fish. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to fRead more

Mical Seafood Inc Recalls Tuna Products for Possible Scombroid Poisoning

On October 15, 2019

Voluntarily initiated a recall of frozen, wild-caught yellowfin tuna poke cubes, tuna loins, tuna ground meat and 6oz tuna steaks because of potentially elevated levels of histamine. Elevated levels oRead more

Kenosha Beef International Recalls Seasoned Beef Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

On October 14, 2019

Kenosha Beef International, a Columbus, Ohio establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of seasoned beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials.Read more

YOUBITE, LLC Recalls Pork Sausage and Turkey Sausage Products due to Mislabeling

On October 11, 2019

YOUBITE, LLC, a Camarillo, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 7,197 pounds of raw and ready-to-eat, pork sausage and turkey sausage products that contain either natural sheep or naturalRead more

Clinical Guidance for Health Care Providers Evaluating Patients with Lung Injury Linked to Use of E-cigarette, or Vaping, Products

On October 11, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released updated interim clinical guidance for U.S. health care providers evaluating and caring for patients with lung injury associated withRead more

CDC Telebriefing: Update on Lung Injury Associated with E-cigarette Use, or Vaping

On October 11, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will give updates on the investigation into cases of lung injury associated with e-cigarette use, or vapRead more

Frozen and Refrigerated Cookie Dough Products Recalled Due to Potential Health Risk from Allergens

On October 11, 2019

California New Foods has issued a voluntary recall of frozen and refrigerated cookie dough products due to a lack of labeling that addresses the potential for the products to contain peanut and walnutRead more

Update: Recall of Frozen Cookie Dough Products Due to Allergen Health Risk is Expanded to Include Additional Lot Codes

On October 11, 2019

California New Foods has expanded its voluntary recall of frozen cookie dough products due to a lack of labeling that addresses the potential for the products to contain peanut and walnut allergens.Read more

Fisherman's Pride Processors Issues Recall of Shrimp Product Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Milk and Soy Allergens

On October 10, 2019

Fisherman's Pride Processors Inc. of Vernon, CA is recalling 100 bags of Schwan's Brand "Garlic Herb Shrimp" with date code 4A924608xx-B1 due to undeclared milk and soy.Read more

UNFI Voluntarily Recalls Arla Apetina Marinated Feta & Olives in Oil, Pitted Because of Possible Health Risk

On October 10, 2019

The product requires refrigeration to ensure food safety and we have learned that some product distributed to retail customers from 2 UNFI distribution centers may have been exposed to temperatures abRead more

CDC, states update number of cases of lung injury associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products

On October 10, 2019

As of October 8, 2019, 1,299 confirmed and probable lung injury cases associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products were reported by 49 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. VirginRead more

Jumbo Foods Inc. Recalls Frozen & Fresh Chicken Salad Sandwiches Because of Possible Health Risk

On October 10, 2019

Jumbo Foods Inc. of Mukilteo, WA has issued a voluntary recall of Tuscan Sun (TS) brand chicken salad sandwiches, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenesRead more

Allergy Alert for Undeclared Milk & Egg In White Parkerhouse Rolls Issued by Four Whole Foods Market Stores in Midwest

On October 10, 2019

Four Whole Foods Market stores in the Midwest region are voluntarily recalling White Parkerhouse Rolls because they may contain undeclared milk and egg.Read more

Transcript: Vital Signs - Maternal Vaccination

On October 9, 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

Abbott Laboratories Recalls Calcilo XD® Infant Formula

On October 9, 2019

Out of an abundance of caution, Abbott has voluntarily recalled a single lot of Calcilo XD® powder cans (13.2oz / 375g) with lot number 79696K80 in the United States and Canada due to an inconsistencyRead more

Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalls a Select Lot of Butter Crunch Half Gallons for Possible Foreign Object

On October 9, 2019

Blue Bell Ice Cream is voluntarily recalling a select lot of half gallon Butter Crunch Ice Cream produced on a specific line on August 26, 2019 in its Sylacauga, AL plant because of the possibility thRead more

Watch - Dengue in the Mediterranean Region

On October 9, 2019

Locally acquired dengue virus infection has been reported in France and Spain. The risk of infection to travelers to the Mediterranean region is low.Read more

Lipari Foods Issues Recall of Ham & Cheese Wedge Sandwiches Due to Potential Contamination of Listeria Monocytogenes

On October 8, 2019

Lipari Foods has issued a voluntary recall of Premo Ham & Cheese Wedge Sandwiches and Fresh Grab Ham & Cheese Wedge Sandwiches due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenesRead more

Low Rates of Vaccination During Pregnancy Leave Moms, Babies Unprotected

On October 8, 2019

The majority of mothers-to-be in the United States - 65% - have not received two safe and effective vaccines recommended during pregnancy to reduce the risks of influenza (flu) and whooping cough (perRead more

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report Finds Not Enough Pregnant Women Get Vaccinated

On October 8, 2019

According to the latest CDC Vital Signs report, most (65 percent) pregnant women in the U.S. are not vaccinated during pregnancy to protect against flu and whooping cough. CDC recommends that, unlessRead more

Vaccinating Pregnant Women

On October 8, 2019

Influenza and whooping cough can be deadly, especially in a baby's first few months of life. Vaccinating women against these diseases during each pregnancy helps protect both them and their babies. StRead more

Alert - Polio in the Philippines

On October 8, 2019

There is a polio outbreak in the Philippines.Read more

Watch - Chikungunya in Ethiopia

On October 8, 2019

There is an outbreak of chikungunya in Ethiopia. You can protect yourself against chikungunya disease by preventing mosquito bitesRead more

The J. M. Smucker Company Issues Voluntary Recall of Specific Lots of Robin Hood® All Purpose Flour Distributed and Sold in the U.S. Only

On October 4, 2019

Out of an abundance of caution, The J. M. Smucker Company today announced a voluntary recall of specific lots of Robin Hood® All Purpose Flour distributed and sold in the U.S. due to possible E. coliRead more

HHS Release: With End of New York Outbreak, United States Keeps Measles Elimination Status

On October 4, 2019

With End of New York Outbreak, United States Keeps Measles Elimination StatusRead more

WHO announces 1,000 Ebola survivors

On October 4, 2019

As of October 4, 2019, the number of Ebola survivors from the ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) topped 1,000.Read more

Ample Hills Manufacturing, LLC Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut in Peppermint Pattie Ice Cream

On October 4, 2019

Ample Hills Manufacturing of Brooklyn, New York is recalling all half pints of Peppermint Pattie Ice Cream (lot code 19169, all time stamps with Best by Date 6/18/20) (80z) (236ml) because they may coRead more

Grand Strand Sandwich Company Recalls Lunch Box Chicken Salad Fresh Wedges, Lunch Box Chicken Salad Frozen Wedges, Fresh and Local Chicken Salad Croissants Due to Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

On October 4, 2019

Lunch Box Chicken Salad Fresh Wedges with sell by 10/29/19 to 10/08/19, Lunch Box Chicken Salad Frozen Wedges with a julian date of , Fresh and Local Chicken Salad Croissants sell by date of 10/10/19Read more

Cornerstone Premium Foods Voluntarily Recalls Frozen Blackberries Due to Possible Health Risk of Norovirus

On October 4, 2019

Cornerstone Premium Foods of Syracuse, New York is recalling a specific lot of product containing frozen blackberries (noted below) due to the potential of being contaminated with Norovirus. FDA testiRead more

Transcript of CDC Telebriefing: Lung Injury Investigation

On October 4, 2019

Ongoing Investigation of Lung Injury Reported After Use of E-cigarette or Vaping ProductsRead more

Mrs. Stratton's Announces Voluntary Recall Response Follows Recall Notification from Chicken Supplier

On October 3, 2019

Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our customers, Mrs. Stratton's is issuing a voluntary recall of various chicken and tuna salad products (listed below). The action is in response to aRead more

CDC, States Update Number of Cases of Lung Disease Associated with E-cigarette Use, or Vaping

On October 3, 2019

CDC today announced the updated number of confirmed and probable lung injury cases and deaths associated with e-cigarette product use, or vaping.Read more

CDC Telebriefing: Update on Lung Injury Associated with E-cigarette Use, or Vaping - 10-03-2019

On October 3, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will give updates on the investigation into cases of lung injury associated with e-cigarette use, or vapRead more

HHS Awards $13.5 Million to Accelerate State and Local Planning Efforts for Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America

On October 3, 2019

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through CDC, has awarded $13.5 million to conduct state and local planning and kick off community involvement for the proposed federal initiativRead more

Watch - Dengue in Asia and the Pacific Islands

On October 3, 2019

Dengue is a risk in many parts of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Some countries are reporting increased numbers of cases of the disease. Travelers to Asia and the Pacific Islands can protect themselvesRead more

Coborn's, Inc. Issues Recall of Select Chicken Salad Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

On October 2, 2019

Coborn's, Inc. is recalling select chicken salad products, which may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young chiRead more

Lipari Foods Issues Recall of Bulk Chicken Salads and Chicken Salad Sandwiches Due to Potential Contamination of Listeria Monocytogenes

On October 2, 2019

Voluntary recall of Lipari Old Tyme Bulk Chicken Salad, Lipari Old Tyme Bulk Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad, Premo Chicken Salad Wedge Sandwiches, Fresh Grab Chicken Salad Wedge Sandwiches, and PremoRead more

Watch - Extensively Drug-Resistant Typhoid Fever in Pakistan

On September 30, 2019

There is an ongoing outbreak of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) typhoid fever in Pakistan. Extensively drug-resistant infections do not respond to most antibiotics.Read more

Fisher Packing Company Recalls Ready-To-Eat Pork Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

On September 29, 2019

Fisher Packing Company, a Redkey, Ind. establishment, is recalling approximately 744 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) pork products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.Read more

Tip Top Poultry, Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Poultry Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

On September 28, 2019

Tip Top Poultry, Inc, a Rockmart, Ga., establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of ready-to-eat (RTE) poultry products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.Read more

Transcript of CDC Telebriefing: CDC Update on Pulmonary Illnesses

On September 27, 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

THC Products May Play a Role in Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-cigarette Use, or Vaping

On September 27, 2019

The latest findings from the investigation into lung injuries associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping, suggest THC products play a role in the outbreak.Read more

CDC Telebriefing: Update on Lung Injury Associated with E-cigarette Use, or Vaping - 09-27-2019

On September 27, 2019

CDC Telebriefing: Update on Lung Injury Associated with E-cigarette Use, or VapingRead more

CDC, states update number of cases of lung injury associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping

On September 26, 2019

CDC today announced the updated number of confirmed and probable cases of lung injury and deaths associated with e-cigarette product use, or vaping.Read more

CDC awards funds to learn more about people with sickle cell disease

On September 25, 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

Survey Results Put Rwanda on Track to Achieve HIV Epidemic Control

On September 25, 2019

KIGALI, RWANDA, September, 25, 2019 - The Government of Rwanda, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and ICAP at ColRead more

CDC Receives Designation as PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre for Biosafety and Biosecurity

On September 23, 2019

Safe and effective laboratories are a key line of defense in protecting the health, safety and security of Americans and U.S. interests worldwide.Read more

CDC and ATSDR Award $7 Million to Begin Multi-Site PFAS Study

On September 23, 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

United States Gathers 350 Commitments to Combat Antibiotic Resistance, Action Must Continue

On September 23, 2019

The United States will celebrate the success of The AMR Challenge today during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, having received since its inception last year nearly 350 commitmentRead more

Astrochef LLC. Recalls Chicken Pub Style Entrees Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

On September 20, 2019

Astrochef LLC., a Rockwall, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 11,475 pounds of frozen chicken pub style entrees labeled as beef pub style entrees due to misbranding and undeclared allergRead more

Transcript of CDC Telebriefing: Update on Lung Injury Associated with E-cigarette Product Use, or Vaping

On September 19, 2019

Ongoing Investigation of Lung Injury Reported After Use of E-cigarette or Vaping ProductsRead more

Statement from CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D., on lung injury and deaths associated with e-cigarette or vaping products

On September 19, 2019

Today CDC announced that 530 people have experienced lung injuries associated with the use of e-cigarette or vaping products. CDC has received complete sex and age data on 373 cases. Two thirds (67%)Read more

CDC Telebriefing: Update on Lung Injury Associated with E-cigarette Product Use, or Vaping

On September 19, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and state partners will give updates on the investigation into cases of lung injury associated with e-cigarRead more

CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D., travels to Tanzania

On September 17, 2019

CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D., travels to TanzaniaRead more

CDC's NIOSH Debuts Small Business Traveler Safety Web Page

On September 17, 2019

Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has unveiled a new web page that provides valuable information and tools for small businRead more

Investigation of Lung Injury Associated with E-cigarette Product Use, or Vaping

On September 16, 2019

Today the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to enhance the inter-agency response to the current investigation into cases of lungRead more

Watch - Dengue in Africa and the Middle East

On September 13, 2019

Dengue is a risk in many parts of Africa and the Middle East. Some countries are reporting increased numbers of cases of the disease. Travelers to Africa and the Middle East can protect themselves byRead more

CDC, states update number of cases of lung disease associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping

On September 12, 2019

CDC today announced the updated number of confirmed and probable cases of lung disease associated with e-cigarette product use, or vaping.Read more

Warning - Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas

On September 12, 2019

Parts of the Bahamas, including the Abacos and Grand Bahama Island, have been severely affected by Hurricane Dorian. US residents should avoid nonessential travel to affected parts of the Bahamas.Read more

Watch - Dengue in the Americas

On August 27, 2019

Dengue is a risk in many parts of Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Some countries are reporting increased numbers of cases of the disease. Travelers to the Americas can protect thRead more

Alert - Polio in Ghana

On August 26, 2019

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

Watch - Malaria in Burundi

On August 22, 2019

There is a malaria epidemic in Burundi, a country in central Africa. To prevent malaria infection, travelers should take prescription medicine and take steps to prevent mosquito bites.Read more

Alert - Polio in Ethiopia

On August 21, 2019

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

Alert - Polio in Central African Republic

On August 21, 2019

There is an outbreak of polio in Central African Republic. CDC recommends that all travelers to Central African Republic be vaccinated fully against polio.Read more

Alert - Polio in Mozambique

On August 21, 2019

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

Alert - Polio in Benin

On August 21, 2019

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

Alert - Polio in Burma (Myanmar)

On August 21, 2019

There is a polio outbreak in Burma (Myanmar). CDC recommends that all travelers to Burma (Myanmar) be vaccinated fully against polio.Read more

Alert - Polio in Angola

On August 21, 2019

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

Alert - Polio in Nigeria

On August 21, 2019

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

Life-Saving Naloxone from Pharmacies

On August 6, 2019

More dispensing needed despite progress.Read more

Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)

On July 9, 2019

Promptly recognize and rapidly report.Read 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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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