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Five Things You Need to Know About Flu Season

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“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 >

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When the Weather Outside is Frightful

Be Prepared

It is understandable if in all the hubbub of the holidays you didn’t notice the season changed. The official start of winter was December 21. But for people living in many parts of the country it’s felt like winter since before Thanksgiving. Bundle up because winter is here to stay—at least until March, regardless of Read More >

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Even More Practical Skills for the Holiday Host(ess) with the Mostest

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This is an updated version of a post first published on December 17, 2018. Around this time last year, we published a post titled 5 Practical Skills for the Holiday ‘Host(ess) with the Mostest.’ And just like last year’s fruit cake, we’re baaaack with more do-it-yourself skills to help you prepare your health for the Read More >

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Preparing Children with Special Healthcare Needs for an Emergency

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In my home both of my children have special health care needs. My daughter Charlotte is 4 years-old, and my son, Zachary, is 2 years-old. Both were diagnosed with asthma at an early age. Having children with special health care needs means that my husband and I must think ahead, plan ahead, and prepare our Read More >

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Social Scuttlebutt? Be Prepared to Stay Informed in an Emergency

Social media has evolved into a powerful mass communication tool that preparedness and response agencies like CDC’s Center for Preparedness and Response use to share personal health preparedness tips and emergency response recommendations. When there is a public health emergency, the information disseminated by CDC and its federal, state, and local response partners can save lives. Read More >

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Prepare Your Health: Falling Into Asthma

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Fall is a busy time. It marks peak hurricane season and the start of cold and flu season. Fall is also one of the busiest months for asthma attacks. Throughout autumn, our home is on high alert because of our children’s history of asthma, and the likelihood of them having an increased number of asthma Read More >

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