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The Right Stuff: Know Your Personal Needs 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 Personal Needs. Personal needs are the things—the stuff—you will need to protect you and your family’s health in Read More >

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Good as Gold Prep Your Health Tips for All Seasons

Golden Girls Day

Some things just age well: jeans, wine, flannel sheets, and The Golden Girls. That’s right, a 1980s sitcom about four single, women living, loving, and laughing together in Miami. It lasted just 180 episodes. Since going off the air in 1992, however, the show has regained some of its luster. So much so, that last Read More >

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Six Ways to Ruin Your Summer Fun!

A group of children at a pool learning to swim.

Ahhh, summer… when the weather’s nice, the birds are singing and the ways to endanger your health are many. Here are six things that can ruin your summer fun and simple steps that you can take to prevent them from happening. 1. Don’t Get Overheated It doesn’t matter whether you’re physically fit or young and Read More >

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Breathe Easy, Part 2: How to Properly Use a Respirator in an Emergency

Close-up photo of a man putting on a respirator.

In the course of preparing for an emergency you might decide to buy a pack of respirators from your local hardware store, thinking that they are ready to use out of the box. However, before you can rely on one of these devices to protect you, there are some important selection and use criteria to Read More >

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Food for Thought: What Hurricane Sandy Can Teach Us about Food Allergy Preparedness

Woman and young girl grocery shopping

Elizabeth O’Connell knows that only way to prevent a food-allergy reaction is to avoid the problem food. For her that means having to interpret precautionary language, like “may contain,” and double check ingredients labels in a race to keep up with her teenage son. Elizabeth’s now teenage son has had a severe food allergy for Read More >

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10 Years Later: The Lasting Impacts of the H1N1 Flu Pandemic Response

This highly magnified transmission electron microscopic (TEM) image depicted numbers of virions from a novel influenza H1N1 isolate.

As coincidence would have it, Dr. Stephen Redd was wrapping up an influenza (flu) pandemic planning meeting on April 15, 2009, when someone on the phone reported that a new (or novel) influenza A virus had infected a 10-year-old boy in California. Things moved fast after that. The Response Two days after CDC confirmed the Read More >

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