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Flu Shot Season is Around the Corner

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Everyone needs a flu shot every flu season. Less than half of all Americans got a flu shot last year.”It’s really unfortunate that half of Americans are not getting the protection from flu they could get,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

You should get vaccinated every year for two reasons.

Flu viruses are constantly changing. The flu vaccine is often updated from one season to the next to protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.

A person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time so annual vaccination is needed for optimal protection. Annual vaccination is recommended even for those who received the vaccine during the previous flu season.

Watch this fun 30 second video to learn why everyone needs a flu vaccine! http://1.usa.gov/1up671Z

For more information about flu shots go to http://1.usa.gov/Y6YO0V

“Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine” in English and Spanish

http://1.usa.gov/1rnbz2Z (English)   http://1.usa.gov/ZLDtLF(Spanish)

 

Million Hearts® September’s CDC Public Health Grand Rounds

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Million Hearts® http://1.usa.gov/15U1n6o is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts® brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.

Million Hearts® focuses on increasing the number of communities who go smoke-free, decreasing sodium in the food supply, and eliminating trans-fat. In addition to changes to our environment, Million Hearts® calls for changes in the health care system that will produce better performance in the ABCS (Aspirin when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, Smoking cessation).

Since launching in 2012, Million Hearts® has captured the support of many individuals and organizations, and has made important steps in preventing heart attacks and strokes. We have learned much from leaders in health care and communities nationwide about what is working and how to affect change.

The September CDC Grand Rounds features some of the progress that has been made to date through the Million Hearts® initiative along with some of the work that is still needed to reach the goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.  Visit http://1.usa.gov/1rkavvu for more information.

Teen Dating Violence

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

What is dating violence?   According to the CDC, dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence within a dating relationship, as well as stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and may occur between a current or former dating partner. For more information go to CDC website: http://1.usa.gov/1yqUOc2

For a fact sheet on “Understanding Teen Dating Violence” go to: http://1.usa.gov/1yqVlLe

VetoViolence Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1ohOqKu

This Facebook page also hosts a partner spotlight, which features one of the partners working in the field of violence prevention each month. This provides fans with instant access to other organizations who are also working to help us all live safer, healthier lives. Fans can also pledge to prevent violence with the interactive VetoViolence Pledge app, which allows you to create a custom badge that will appear on your Facebook profile page.

 

 

 

Newborn Screening: Resources

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month. MedlinePlus has resources on newborn screening in English, Spanish and 14 other languages.

Newborn Screening (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1wFZwOD

Your Life Matters! A New Suicide Prevention Campaign for Faith Communities

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) recently launched the “Your Life Matters!” campaign. During the campaign, the Action Alliance encourages every faith tradition to dedicate one day of worship each year to celebrate life, hope, and reasons to live. Faith traditions can consider observing this celebration near September 10, which is World Suicide Prevention Day. However, the message that each congregant’s life matters could be promoted anytime during the year, whenever it fits the needs of the local faith community.

Faith communities are in a unique position to reach a large portion of the millions of Americans who struggle with serious thoughts of suicide each year. Many people feel hopeless or trapped, or are in such emotional pain or despair that they struggle to face another day.

Your Life Matters! http://bit.ly/1r6nIZQ

Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with Enterovirus D68

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working closely with hospitals and local and state health departments to investigate recent increases in hospitalizations of patients with severe respiratory illness. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has been detected in specimens from children with severe illness in Missouri and Illinois. Investigations into suspected clusters in other jurisdictions are ongoing. The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to provide awareness of EV-D68 as a possible cause of acute unexplained respiratory illness, and to provide guidance to state health departments and health care providers. Please disseminate this information to infectious disease specialists, intensive care physicians, pediatricians, internists, infection preventionists, and primary care providers, as well as to emergency departments and microbiology laboratories.

CDC Health Advisory: http://1.usa.gov/1wwcezr
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Early Release: http://1.usa.gov/1mm5Jyh
Enterovirus D68 Overview: http://1.usa.gov/1pd0Tyr

Reducing Sodium in Children’s Diets

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The pressure is on to keep blood pressure down in children. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that a majority of school-aged children eat more sodium than recommended, which can lead to high blood pressure. In addition, 1 in 6 children already has raised blood pressure, putting them at risk for heart disease and stroke later in life.

Lowering sodium in children’s diets today can help prevent heart disease tomorrow, especially for those who are overweight. The taste for salt is established through diet at a young age. Parents and caregivers can help lower sodium by influencing the way foods are produced, sold, prepared, and served.

Reducing Sodium in Children’s Diets: http://1.usa.gov/YYFjZs

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2013

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that in 2013, the poverty rate declined from the previous year for the first time since 2006, while there was no statistically significant change in either the number of people living in poverty or real median household income. In addition, the poverty rate for children under 18 declined from the previous year for the first time since 2000. The following results for the nation were compiled from information collected in the 2014 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement.

The nation’s official poverty rate in 2013 was 14.5 percent, down from 15.0 percent in 2012. The 45.3 million people living at or below the poverty line in 2013, for the third consecutive year, did not represent a statistically significant change from the previous year’s estimate. Median household income in the United States in 2013 was $51,939; the change in real terms from the 2012 median of $51,759 was not statistically significant. This is the second consecutive year that the annual change was not statistically significant, following two consecutive annual declines. The percentage of people without health insurance coverage for the entire 2013 calendar year was 13.4 percent; this amounted to 42.0 million people.

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013: http://1.usa.gov/1v0ecHf
Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2013: http://1.usa.gov/1yjtNHy

Mercury and Our Health

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine Environmental Health Student Portal has added “Mercury and Our Health,” an animation about the uses of mercury and how exposure can impact human health.

The animation introduces children to mercury and its basic properties, discusses mercury exposure routes, outlines health impacts of mercury, describes mercury containing products, discusses mercury contamination in the environment, outlines the proper disposal of mercury containing products, discusses bioaccumulation and mercury contamination of fish, and describes additional sources that children could use to find credible health information on mercury.

The Environmental Health Student Portal connects middle school students and science teachers with free, reliable, and engaging environmental health education resources. The Student Portal offers a diverse array of engaging educational materials such as videos, games and activities, lesson plans, experiments and projects, fun challenges, as well as additional resources for further reading.

“Mercury and Our Health,” NLMNIH YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1r4OH6M

“Mercury and Our Health,” Environmental Health Student Portal: http://1.usa.gov/1pkLYlM

Environmental Health Student Portal: http://1.usa.gov/Zsh8CC

Latest Child and Family Trauma Resources

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) added a new section to its website that focuses on trauma. Children and families involved in child welfare, substance abuse treatment, and court systems often have significant, prolonged, and generational exposure to traumatic environments and experiences. This new section offers links to resources that focus on trauma within the substance abuse treatment, child welfare, and court systems and its impact on the children and families who enter those systems.  http://1.usa.gov/1qhIxws