#PrepYourHealth with Vaccines
August is National Immunization Month. Over the years, vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives. Vaccines are important to helping people stay healthy and protected from serious and sometimes deadly diseases. Staying up to date on recommended immunizations can help keep you healthy in response to emergencies, including disease outbreaks Read More >Posted on by Leave a comment
Create Co(i)mmunity. Get Vaccinated.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, an annual observance highlighting the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Life has been anything but routine lately. A sometimes overlooked result of the COVID-19 pandemic is that many people have missed routine medical checkups, routine screenings, and recommended vaccinations. Recommended vaccines Vaccines aren’t just for children. Read More >Posted on by 2 Comments
5 Good Reasons to Get a Flu Vaccine This Season
The National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national awareness week focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination. As flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread this season, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever. Here are five reasons why you should: 1. Helps Keep You Healthy Flu can Read More >Posted on by 9 Comments
Probabilities, Not Promises: How Computer Models are Used in Emergency Preparedness & Response
Computer models are not crystal balls. They are the result of a set of variables going through mathematical algorithms. What comes out is a simulation of what might happen if present truths are accurate predictors of future trends. Models show probabilities; they don’t make promises. Models have many applications. Epidemiologists use them to predict disease Read More >Posted on by 2 Comments
Effective Handwashing: Learn. Teach. Repeat.
May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day. Of all the practical skills and lessons, learning to protect your health in a public health emergency or a natural disaster by teaching and practicing effective handwashing is the most important. Clean hands are essential to health, whether in an emergency or day-to-day life. Start making handwashing a Read More >Posted on by 10 Comments
Five Things You Need to Know About Flu Season
“It’s the least-fun, viral time of the year…” The indicators that CDC uses to track U.S. flu activity have been high this season (2019-2020). That’s the bad news. The good news is that the indicators that track severity–hospitalizations and deaths–are not high at this point (January 2020) in the season. Lots of people are catching Read More >Posted on by 2 Comments