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  • Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities — Selected CDC-Sponsored Interventions, United States, 2016

    FEBRUARY 12, 2016
    One of the four overarching goals of Healthy People 2020 is to eliminate health disparities. In 2011 and 2013, CDC’s published Health Disparities and Inequalities reports that assessed disparities across a wide range of factors. As a follow up to the reports, CDC is publishing reports that present specific interventions that have proven effective in reducing disparities. This report is the second in the series and address particular disparities observed by race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geographic location, disability, and sexual orientation across a range of conditions, including asthma, infection with HIV and Hepatitis A, use of colorectal cancer screening, youth violence, food security, and health-related quality of life.

Surveillance Summaries

  • Surveillance of Vaccination Coverage Among Adult Populations — United States, 2014

    FEBRUARY 5, 2016
    Adults are recommended to receive vaccinations based on their age, underlying medical conditions, lifestyle, prior vaccinations, and other considerations. Updated vaccination recommendations from CDC are published annually in the U.S. Adult Immunization Schedule. Despite longstanding recommendations for use of many vaccines, vaccination coverage among U.S. adults is low. Data for 2014 for adult vaccination coverage in the United States indicate that aside from a few minor improvements, vaccination coverage among adults in 2014 was similar to estimates from 2013. This report represents the first comprehensive release of adult vaccination coverage data to include assessment of associations with expanded data on demographic characteristics of respondents including access to health care. These findings can be used by public health practitioners, adult vaccination providers, and the general public to better understand factors that contribute to low vaccination and modify strategies and interventions to improve vaccination coverage.

Recommendations and Reports

  • Clinical Framework and Medical Countermeasure Use During an Anthrax Mass-Casualty Incident

    DECEMBER 4, 2015
    An aerosolized release of Bacillus anthracis spores over densely populated areas could become a mass-casualty incident. This report addresses elements of hospital-based acute care, specifically antitoxins and intravenous antimicrobial use, and the diagnosis and management of common anthrax-specific complications during a mass-casualty incident. This report is intended for use by clinicians treating patients in the event of an anthrax mass-casualty incident and by federal, state, and local public health officials and health care administrators in the development of crisis protocols for such an incident.

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