If You Want to Stay Healthy: Get All Your Vaccinations!

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services sent this bulletin on 04/17/2015

Like many kids, I grew up watching Sesame Street. So, imagine my excitement when I finally got to meet Elmo! I have to tell you that Elmo created quite a sensation around my office when he came to visit us at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services a few weeks ago. He was a rock star! I explained to him that, as Surgeon General, it is my job to help everyone stay healthy.

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Three Tips for Public Health Week

Group of Diverse People Holding Letters To Form A HDuring the first full week of April each year, The American Public Health Association brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. This year, Public Health Week is April 6-12, 2015.

Over the course of this week – and at all times – we want to think about ways to preserve our good health so that we can keep ourselves and the people around us safe. It’s easy to forget about important germ-prevention techniques, but the wrong germs can end up making us and those we care about quite ill, so it’s important to practice good germ prevention techniques all year-round.

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What You Need to Know: FAQ’s on the Measles

By: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The elimination of measles in the United States in 2000 is one of public health’s most celebrated success stories. But as recent outbreaks have revealed, there is still reason to be concerned about measles. Last year we saw 644 measles cases in the United States—more cases than we had seen in 20 years. In 2015, there are already more than 100 cases; most are related to a large, ongoing outbreak linked to an amusement park in California.

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