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Warm Weather Is Here: It's Time to Protect Against Ticks

ticksFrom May through July, people get tick bites and tickborne diseases more often than any other time of year in the United States, but many may not know they are at risk.

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Preventing Flu on Cruise Ships: Flu Vaccination and Every Day Preventive Actions

Photo: View from a cruise shipA cruise can be a fun, relaxing way to spend a vacation, but any vacation spent with the flu is no vacation at all. Since a large number of people can come into close contact with one another on cruise ships, respiratory viruses, including flu, have the potential to spread easily on cruises. While not uncommon, recent cruise ship flu outbreaks have prompted CDC to remind travelers to get a flu vaccination and to take other preventative actions, both prior to and while on a cruise.

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This Independence Day Declare Your Freedom From Nicotine Addiction

Photo: FireworksEvery July 4th, Americans celebrate their independence. Commemorate this 4th of July by declaring freedom from nicotine addiction. Or encourage the smokers in your life to declare their freedom from cigarettes.

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Older or Pregant? Be Safe with ready-to-eat meats this summer

Photo: An older couple grilling hot dogsSummer is a great time for cook-outs and picnics. However, it's important to know that ready-to-eat hot dogs, lunch meats, and cold cuts may not be safe for certain groups of people. These and certain other foods can be contaminated with the bacteria Listeria, which causes listeriosis, a serious disease that primarily affects older adults, adults with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and newborns.

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Don't get Blown Away! What to Know about Hurricane Readiness

Photo: Tree limbs swaying in a hurricaneCDC provides some basic steps to prepare for a storm if you are under a hurricane watch or warning. You should also stock your home with supplies that may be needed during the emergency period. CDC also gives advice on what to do if you are ordered to evacuate or ordered not to evacuate during a hurricane.

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Stay Healthy During the World Cup in South Africa

Photo: Two men playing soccerSeveral cities in South Africa will host the 2010 FIFA World Cup June 11 through July 11. Follow these tips from CDC to safeguard your health and stay active while enjoying the World Cup.

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Don't Get Burned! Summer Sun Safety Tips

Photo: Mother putting sun lotion on childSummer is here! Who doesn't want to be outside, sunbathing, swimming, playing catch on the beach or just barbequing in the backyard? While summer means fun in the sun, make sure you're not getting too much of a good thing. Avoid consequences of overexposure to the sun like sunburns, premature aging of the skin, wrinkling, and skin cancer, including melanoma by practicing proper sun protection.

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Parents: Autumn Tips to Help Keep Your Kids Safe and Healthy

Photo: Kids laying on leavesKids are going back to school, the weather is getting cooler, and the leaves are beginning to change color. Autumn is on its way! Greet the fall with ways to help keep you and your family safe and healthy.

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Stay Safe and Healthy This Summer

Photo: A family at the beachThe temperatures are rising and the days are getting longer. It′s summertime once again. Here are some tips to help make your summer the best, and healthiest, one yet.

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Food For Your Soul: Be "Food Safe" During the Holidays

Photo: Be 'Food Safe' During the HolidaysFood is always an important part of holiday festivities. But holiday meals can take a turn for the worse if food safety isn't a regular ingredient in preparing and cooking the food. The food you serve your family can be very harmful if your turkey, ham, gumbo, crab dip and home-prepared meatballs aren't handled safety or refrigerated properly.

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Food For Your Soul: Be "Food Safe" with Produce During the Holidays

Photo: Food For Your Soul: Be 'Food Safe' with Produce During the HolidaysVegetable dishes, salads, and fruit are an important part of holiday meals for many families. But meals can take a turn for the worse if food safety isn't a regular ingredient in the preparing or cooking of your sweet potato pies, collard greens, broccoli casseroles or fruit salads.

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