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One of the most important steps you can take to avoid serious, flu-related illnesses is to be vaccinated.

Who needs a flu vaccine? Almost everyone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated, particularly people who are at a high risk... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: safety, prevention

Study: EDs treated more than 704,000 firearm injuries over decade

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More than 704,000 people arrived alive at a hospital emergency department for treatment of a firearm-related injury between 2006 and 2014, resulting in an annual financial burden of $2.8 billion in ED and inpatient charges, according to a study published yesterday in Health Affairs. Half of the patients... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: emergency care, prevention

CDC issues update on emerging multidrug-resistant yeast

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today issued recommendations to help health care providers and laboratories prevent the spread of Candida auris, an emerging, multidrug-resistant yeast. CDC alerted health care facilities to the concern last year and provided an update this May. As of Aug.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, prevention

CDC launches campaign to educate public about prescription opioid risks

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week launched Rx Awareness, a communications campaign to educate the public about the risks associated with prescription opioids to prevent misuse and overdose. The campaign includes video, audio and online messages featuring real-life accounts of people... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, opioids, prevention

CDC: Hospitals continue to lead field in health care worker flu vaccinations

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An estimated 92% of hospital workers report receiving a flu vaccine for the 2016-17 flu season, compared with 76% of ambulatory care workers and 68% of long-term care workers, according to a survey released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Coverage was 98% among workers in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: prevention

CDC: Sexually transmitted diseases at record high

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More than 2 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the U.S. in 2016, a record high, according to the latest annual report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chlamydia cases grew 4.7% to nearly 1.6 million; gonorrhea cases grew 18.5% to more than 468,000; and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, prevention

Promoting a nutritious diet inside and outside the hospital

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lots-of-gardens“Food is medicine,” says Bill Monahan, a registered nurse and outreach coordinator for 19-bed Grace Cottage Hospital in Townsend, Vt. The hospital buys nearly 40% of its food from local sources to provide a more nutritious patient diet.

But it’s not just people inside the hospital who benefit from this... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, prevention

HHS awards grants to prevent opioid misuse among women, girls

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health yesterday awarded 16 organizations about $100,000 each to help prevent opioid misuse by women and girls in underserved communities. “These awards will build partnerships among community-based organizations that consider the unique needs... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, opioids, prevention

CDC: Over 100 million Americans had diabetes or prediabetes in 2015

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An estimated 12.2% of U.S. adults had diabetes in 2015, including one in four aged 65 and older, according to the latest national estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly one-quarter of the 30.2 million adults with diabetes were not aware they had it, based on data from... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, chronic conditions, prevention

CDC issues warning, updated recommendations for blood disorder drug

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued updated recommendations to prevent meningococcal disease in patients who are prescribed eculizumab, a drug used to treat two rare blood disorders. CDC recommends health care providers consider antimicrobial prophylaxis for the duration of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, prevention

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