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- CDC is working hard to keep you informed about the meningitis outbreak. Thank you for trusting us to keep you up-to-date with the latest info about the outbreak. Do you have any suggestions on improvements we can make to better communicate with you? This article from Mashable discusses how meningitis information has been shared on Twitter and other social media channels:
- Is your teen son or daughter starting to drive? Learn important tips on teen driving safety by joining CDC - Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Drivers chat on Vital Signs Teen Drinking and Driving with CDC motor vehicle safety expert, Ruth Shults, PhD.Wednesday, October 19 at 10am ET. Have a question related to teen drinking and driving? Post it here now.
- Disproportionately higher rates of TB occur among certain populations, especially homeless persons. In the United States, 1% of the population experiences homelessness in a given year, but 5.8% of persons with TB reported being homeless within the past year. For the complete story, visit: http://is.gd/5gRnpV.
- Did you know that October 14—20 is National Teen Driver Safety Week? This year’s theme is “Share, Not Scare”, focusing on the benefits of safe driving as a way to positively reinforce teen’s safe driving habits. CDC’s Injury Center is hosti...ng a Facebook Chat on the CDC - Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Drivers on Friday, October 19 10:00-11:00am ET with a leading motor vehicle safety expert. Learn more: http://on.fb.me/RxefsY
- It’s National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). HIV is still a serious problem in the Hispanic/Latino community. About 1 in 5 Latinos infected with HIV doesn’t know it, and more than half of Latinos have never been tested for HIV. Learn more about HIV among Latinos, prevention and testing. http://go.usa.gov/YXnY
- Drinking and driving among teens in high school has gone down by 54% since 1991. Still, high school teens drive after drinking about 2.4 million times a month. More can be done to encourage safe driving habits, for a full list, see: http://go.usa.gov/YK8F. What safe driving habits are you practicing with your teen?
- CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: Many people have questions about the current meningitis outbreak. To find out who’s at risk, what symptoms to look for, and what to do if you think you might have received the contaminated medicine, visit CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions for the outbreak.
- The next session of CDC Public Health Grand Rounds will explore public health approaches to reducing U.S. infant mortality. This session also coincides with the 20th anniversary of Child Health Month inaugurated by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Join us for “Public Health Approaches to Reducing U.S. Infant Mortality,” Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., EDT. http://go.usa.gov/YKBB
- A new CDC video shows how to teach kids healthy habits early in life. See how one Los Angeles Universal Preschool teacher educates her young students about healthy habits like yoga and eating healthy snacks. How do you teach healthy habits to young kids in your community? http://is.gd/btNC7v
- College is full of exciting new experiences, from meeting people to living away from home. But, college can also be stressful as you try to develop new routines, maintain a healthy diet, and manage responsibilities on your own. Keep these tips and information in mind to stay safe and healthy in college. http://go.usa.gov/YKCC
- Did you know that nearly 1 million high school teens drank alcohol and got behind the wheel in 2011? More can be done to protect everyone on the road. States and communities can enforce existing proven policies, such as minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) laws and graduated driver licensing (GDL) systems. Learn more: http://go.usa.gov/YZp3.
- CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: CDC is Actively Investigating Non-contagious Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is coordinating a multi-state investigation of fungal meningitis among p...atients who received epidural steroid injections.
Patients who have had an epidural steroid injection since July 2012, and have any of the following symptoms, should talk to their doctor as soon as possible.
• Worsening headache
• Sensitivity to light
• Stiff neck
• New weakness or numbness in any part of your body
• Slurred speech
Fungal meningitis isn’t contagious. Learn more about the disease and which states are affected.
- Got Mice? Seal, Trap, and Clean Up to Control Rodents. It is getting colder outside – rodents may enter your home for food or shelter! Seal up holes or gaps in your home, trap any existing rodents, and clean up any sources of food or water and items that might provide shelter for them. http://go.usa.gov/Yjyw
- One in five teen drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2010 had some alcohol in their system. Most of these drivers (81%) had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) higher than the legal limit for adults. Teens should never drink and drive. For more safe-driving steps they can take, visit: http://go.usa.gov/YTJh/. Share this message with a teenager you want to protect on the road.
- Did you know: 1 in 10 teens in high school drinks and drives? Teen drivers are 3 times more likely than more experienced drivers to be in a fatal car crash. Drinking any alcohol greatly increases this risk for teens. Do you talk to your teen about alcohol use and safe driving? http://go.usa.gov/Y4nF
- CDC continues to investigate a multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to ricotta salata cheese. Check your fridge for the recalled cheese and throw it away. Throw away other cheeses that were cut with the same knife or on the same surface as the recalled cheese.
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