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October 2013

Did You Know?

"Did You Know?" is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!

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October 25, 2013

  • The flu vaccine cannot cause the flu. The viruses in the vaccine are either killed or weakened, which means they cannot cause infection.
  • If given during pregnancy, the flu shot has been shown to protect both the mother and her baby (up to age 6 months) from flu.
  • You can take 3 steps to fight flu: get vaccinated, practice healthy habits, and take antiviral medications if prescribed.

October 18, 2013

  • Obstetric and neonatal healthcare providers can quickly access patient-specific guidance on managing group B Streptococcus (strep) infections with a new CDC mobile app.
  • Group B strep can cause pneumonia, blood infections, and meningitis and is one of the most common causes of infectious illness and death for US newborns in the first week of life.
  • You can download the free app from the CDC iTunes App Store or access a web version on your computer.

Did You Know?  information and web links are current as of their publication date. They may become outdated over time.

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