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Five Important Things You Need to Know About This 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. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the indicators that track severity–hospitalizations and deaths–are not high at this point in the season. Lots of people are catching flu, but, thus 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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Viral Lessons: What Paralysis Taught Me About Preparedness and Response

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Sometime in mid-August of 2010, I was bitten by a mosquito here in Decatur, Georgia. Normally, that’s not something worth mentioning, but in this instance the mosquito that bit me was carrying a virus, and that bite changed my life. The mosquito that bit me was carrying West Nile virus (WNV). Within a few days Read More >

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Practical Skills for Personal Preparedness

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September is National Preparedness Month. Throughout the month, the Center for Preparedness and Response will publish posts that highlight the work of public health departments as it relates to personal health preparedness themes. This week’s theme is Practical Skills. Practical skills are self-help and life-saving skills and lessons that you can learn, practice, and pass Read More >

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Prep Your Health: Power Sources

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September is National Preparedness Month. Throughout the month, the Center for Preparedness and Response will publish posts that highlight the work of public health departments as it relates to personal health preparedness themes. This week’s theme is Power Sources. If you, a family member, or someone in your care relies on a home use medical Read More >

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Vitally Important: Collect, Protect Essential Records before an Emergency

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September is National Preparedness Month. Throughout the month, the Center for Preparedness and Response will publish posts that highlight the work of public health departments as it relates to personal health preparedness themes. This week’s theme is Paperwork. What do we mean when we advise people to collect and protect important paperwork? What classifies as Read More >

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