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fact of the week
Week of May 2, 2022
lyme disease
Week of May 2, 2022

People living in or visiting New England, the mid-Atlantic states, and the upper Midwest are at greatest risk of contracting Lyme disease from the bite of an infected tick. Visit our page to learn more about Lyme disease.

doctor with middle aged couple
Week of April 25, 2022

If you get a fever during your chemotherapy treatment, it’s a medical emergency. Take your temperature any time you feel warm, flushed, chilled, or not well. Call your doctor right away if you have a temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher.

Woman with a scarf and hat
Week of April 18, 2022

Winter storms and cold temperatures can be dangerous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and vehicles. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on older adults.

Doctor talking to a child with paent
Week of April 11, 2022

Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly.

mom and toddler
Week of April 4, 2022

In 2020, there were fewer reported measles cases than previous years. However, measles elimination targets continued to backslide as immunity gaps grew and disease surveillance deteriorated.

two elderly people on a couch
Week of March 28, 2022

People 65 years and older are at higher risk of developing serious complications from flu compared with young, healthy adults.

woman having a mammogram done
Week of March 21, 2022

Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms.

three woman jogging
Week of March 14, 2022

Physical activity is a way to manage and reduce arthritis pain and decrease the likelihood of activity limitations, but nearly a third of adults with arthritis are not physically active. Learn how physical activity can help ease severe joint pain.

dog and a cat
Week of March 7, 2022

Disasters can happen without warning, so be prepared. Make sure you have proper equipment for pets to ride in the car (carriers, harnesses, pet seatbelts). Click through for more tips to help protect pets during emergencies.

Two people embracing on a beach
Week of February 28, 2022

Many factors can increase the risk for suicide or protect against it. Suicide is connected to other forms of injury and violence. For example, people who have experienced violence, including child abuse, bullying, or sexual violence have a higher suicide risk.

clouds and a warning sign
Week of February 21, 2022

Floods, big or small, can have devastating effects on your home and your family. You can take steps to reduce the harm caused by flooding. Learn how to prepare for a flood, stay safe during a flood, and protect your health when you return home after a flood.

pregnant mom
Week of February 14, 2022

Pregnant and recently pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19—including illness that requires hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator or special equipment to breathe, or results in death—compared with nonpregnant people. Additionally, pregnant people with COVID-19 are at increased risk for preterm birth and might be at increased risk for other

Public health worker giving a woman a shot
Week of February 7, 2022

Stagger vaccination appointments so that you are not vaccinating all workers at the same time in a single department, service, or unit where continued operations are required. Find this and more considerations to minimize the effect of post-vaccination signs and symptoms on employees and the workplace at our page.

cancer patient
Week of January 31, 2022

Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and affecting the health of smokers in general. Quitting smoking has immediate as well as long-term benefits for you and your loved ones.

two adult females
Week of January 24, 2022

The most important thing you can do to help prevent cervical cancer is to get screened regularly. In addition to regular screening, HPV vaccines can protect against the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers.

man on a bench
Week of January 17, 2022

Older adults are at increased risk for loneliness and social isolation because they are more likely to face factors such as living alone, the loss of family or friends, chronic illness, and hearing loss.

Man with co monitor
Week of January 10, 2022

Every year, at least 430 people die in the U.S. from accidental CO poisoning. Protect yourself and your family by learning the symptoms of CO poisoning and how to prevent it.

You've got this - feet going up stairs stairs
Week of January 3, 2022

Many people start the New Year with resolutions to help them lead healthier lives. If you smoke cigarettes, quitting is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health and quality of life.

Page last reviewed: April 25, 2022