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Get Your Flu Shot for Yourself, Your Family and Your Community

This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week. You probably know that getting vaccinated is one great way to prevent the flu. Getting a flu vaccine also helps keep your family and community healthy. It even helps you become a little more prepared for disasters, since healthy people can respond to challenges more effectively.   Find out how the flu shot protects you, your family and some of the most vulnerable people in your community.  Learn More >>

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Block Party! Building Community Health Resilience This Season

The holidays can be a great time to slow down and take some time to connect with your neighbors and the people in your community. Get to know some of your neighbors this holiday season by throwing a block party.  By taking the time to get to know others in your neighborhood, you can build a stronger, healthier community.  You can even build ties that you rely on during disasters and every day.  Learn More >>

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Preparing Your Car for Severe Winter Weather

This week, two massive car accidents caused major backups in frigid conditions, leaving a lot of people stuck on the road. Don’t get stuck in severe winter weather. Take some time to prepare your car with a few basic supplies so that you are ready in case something happens in your area.  You might not be able to avoid getting stuck on the road, but having some basic supplies – like cell phone chargers and spare batteries, a shovel, blankets, and something to eat and drink- can help you weather the storm safely.  Learn More >>

Man putting antifreeze in his car

Ensuring a Coordinated Response to Zika and other Public Health Threats

When the first confirmed case of Zika transmission was reported in Puerto Rico on December 31, 2015, there were no vaccine candidates for Zika. Today there are at least a dozen approaches in the US alone that are being evaluated to someday be available for general use. Diagnostic assays to help patients make informed decisions about their health are also under development.  Learn how the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise is coordinating the development of critical medical countermeasures for Zika.  Learn More >>

Aedes Aegypti Mosquito

Watch, Listen and Learn:  Zika Diagnostics

Especially if you or your partner are a pregnant, you want to know if you have Zika or if you have had it in the past.  There are two types of tests that will tell you that.  The first one is called a PCR test and it will tell you if you have Zika virus now.  The other test is called an IGM test and it tells you if you have had Zika in the recent past.  Learn More >>

YouTube Video: Dr. Lurie on Zika Diagnostics