Taking on the role of interim CDC director can be an intimidating task, but an impending pandemic can make the position exponentially more daunting. This is the situation Dr. Richard Besser faced in 2009 when he stepped into his new job. But Besser took the task head on and guided the country’s premier health agency through the H1N1 outbreak with skill and confidence. Through this experience Besser saw first hand how important communication is to building the publics’ trust and improving health behaviors.
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May 7th, 2013 12:55 pm ET - Blog Administrator
January 9th, 2013 11:16 am ET - Blog Administrator
On December 18, 2012, CDC hosted a Public Health Grand Rounds promoting opportunities for the best quality of life for individuals with disabilities. You can access the event in the Grand Round archives.
The facts: One in six adult Americans live with a disability when defined by a limitation in function, and $400 billion is spent annually on disability-related health expenditures.
June 11th, 2012 2:11 pm ET - Blog Administrator
By Kara Stephens
Current Status: Public Health Nemesis
If you’ve been reading the news the past few weeks, you may have heard about the recent outbreak of pertussis that has reached epidemic levels in Washington. There have been 2,092 cases reported statewide through June 5, 2012, compared to 164 reported cases in 2011 during the same time period. Other states are also reporting increased levels or outbreaks of pertussis. Outbreaks reported in schools and communities as well as the beginning of summer camp season highlight the importance of public awareness. View the Pertussis Disease Villain’s rap sheet below to find out more about this public health nemesis.
April 25th, 2012 1:55 pm ET - Blog Administrator
With the 2012 Summer Olympics less than 100 days away, people around the world are preparing. Athletes are putting in their final weeks of training, London officials are getting the city ready for visitors, and spectators are making travel plans. In CDC’s case, we’re trying to make sure everyone’s healthy for the big event.
April 12th, 2012 3:08 pm ET - Blog Administrator
World experts are working to increase vaccination to protect our communities: True or False?
TRUE. Immunization campaigns have played an important role in helping vaccine-preventable diseases such as polio virtually disappear. The occurrence of diseases such as measles, pertussis, and diphtheria, among others were all significantly reduced after vaccination. At the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, GA from March 11-14, vaccines were a hot topic. This biennial conference gathered world experts from across the nation including CDC, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), World Health Organization (WHO), Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and many others to discuss the latest diseases plaguing society, who they are affecting, why they are present, and what can be done to control them. These experts are continually working to promote the health of our communities through effective vaccination programs and the development of new vaccines.
June 7th, 2010 8:27 am ET - Ali S. Khan
Planning on going to the World Cup in South Africa this summer? If so, you are not alone. FIFA, the organization in charge of the international soccer competition, is expecting about 373,000 people from around the world to converge in South Africa to be a part of the 19th World Cup – the first to be hosted in Africa. From June 11 to July 11, visitors to South Africa can expect enthusiasm, excitement, and yes, a few crowds.
Whether you are traveling alone or with a team, friends, or family, we want to make sure you aren’t sidelined from the excitement of the matches with illness or injury. With careful preparation, you can reduce your chances of getting sick or hurt while away. Remember the following tips before, during, and after your trip to South Africa:
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