CDC Vital Signs

Vital Signs monthly releases during COVID-19 response
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During the COVID-19 outbreak response, Vital Signs science articles will only be published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report once a month and will be available at https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/.

Current Issue

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Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)

Recognize symptoms. Hospitalize immediately.

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Most patients first sought care at an emergency department (ED).
Most patients first sought care at an emergency department.

Most patients with AFM were hospitalized.
Most patients with AFM were hospitalized.
Most patients with AFM were hospitalized.

Over half were admitted to the ICU. 1 in 4 hospitalized patients required a ventilator.
Over half were admitted to the ICU. 1 in 4 hospitalized patients required a ventilator.
Over half were admitted to the ICU. 1 in 4 hospitalized patients required a ventilator.

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About Vital Signs

The CDC Vital Signs monthly report was launched in 2010. It generally includes an MMWR early release, a graphic fact sheet and website, a media release, and social media tools. Most of the materials are available in English and Spanish.

Vital Signs reports cover an important health threat and what can be done to drive down the disease. Past topics have included cancer screening, alcohol and tobacco use, HIV testing, motor vehicle safety, cardiovascular disease, healthcare-associated infections, and foodborne disease.

Please sign up to get Vital Signs through email each month at Vital Signs. Feel free to share CDC Vital Signs information broadly with your partners. Take advantage of CDC’s social media tools, such as the CDC Vital Signs buttons and email updates. You can have CDC Vital Signs reports sent directly to your own website to display through our content syndication service.

Page last reviewed: August 4, 2020
Content source: Office of the Associate Director for Communication