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Week of January 3, 2022
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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.

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Week of December 27, 2021

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.

Coffee cup next to a window
Week of December 20, 2021

Eating well-balanced meals will help you stay warmer during winter storms. Do not drink alcoholic or caffeinated beverages—they cause your body to lose heat faster. Instead, drink warm, sweet beverages or broth to help keep yourself warm. If you have any dietary restrictions, ask your doctor.

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December 13, 2021

Many people are having a hard time coping during or after adverse events, like the COVID-19 pandemic. Rates of emotional and behavioral health issues, such as depression, anxiety, substance use, domestic violence, and suicidal thoughts, have increased since early 2020.

Woman blowing her nose
December 6, 2021

Most people with flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.

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Week of November 29, 2021

There is no cure for a cold. To feel better, you should get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Over-the-counter medicines may help ease symptoms but will not make your cold go away any faster. Always read the label and use medications as directed.

Pregnant woman with her hand over her abdomen
Week of November 22, 2021

Although the overall risks are low, people who are pregnant or recently pregnant are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 when compared to people who are not pregnant.

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Week of November 15, 2021

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.

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Week of November 8, 2021

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.

Week of November 1, 2021

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.

Week of October 25, 2021

Travel requirements to enter the United States are changing, starting November 8, 2021. Check your destination’s COVID-19 situation and travel requirements before traveling. Countries may have their own entry and exit requirements.

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Week of October 18, 2021

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

A woman getting a mammogram
Week of October 4, 2021

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 middle aged women jogging
Week of September 27, 2021

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.

Week of September 20, 2021

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.

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Week of September 13, 2021

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.

back to school
Week of September 6, 2021

As summer ends, there is a lot to do to get kids ready for school. This is especially true because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn what parents can do to get ready for the new school year, too.

flooded street and stop sign
Week of August 30, 2021

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.

student wearing a mask in a hallway
Week of August 23, 2021

In addition to universal indoor masking, CDC recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms to reduce transmission risk. When it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet, such as when schools cannot fully re-open while maintaining these distances, it is especially important to layer multiple other prevention strategies, such as screening testing.

pregnant woman holding belly
Week of August 16, 2021

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 poor pregnancy outcomes.

healthcare provider holding vial
Week of August 9, 2021

Some data suggest the Delta variant might cause more severe illness than previous strains in unvaccinated persons. In two different studies from Canada and Scotland, patients infected with the Delta variant were more likely to be hospitalized than patients infected with Alpha or the original virus strains.

Week of August 2, 2021

When wildfires create smoky conditions it’s important for everyone to reduce their exposure to smoke. Wildfire smoke irritates your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. It can make it hard to breathe and make you cough or wheeze.

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Week of July 26, 2021

Information about the characteristics of COVID-19 variants is rapidly emerging. Scientists are working to learn more about how easily they spread, whether they could cause more severe illness, and whether currently authorized vaccines will protect people against them. Learn more about COVID-19 variants at our page.

city baking under the hot sun
Week of July 19, 2021

High temperatures kill hundreds of people every year. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet more than 700 people die from extreme heat every year in the United States.

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Week of June 14, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. After you’ve been fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines at our page.

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Week of June 7, 2021

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.

Week of May 31, 2021

Be ready for hurricane season. If you need to evacuate, prepare a “go kit” with personal items you cannot do without during an emergency. Include items that can help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, bar or liquid soap, disinfectant wipes (if available) and two masks for each person.

World TB Day
Week of March 22, 2021

Each year, we recognize World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24 to educate the public about the impact of TB around the world. Learn more about what we and our partners are doing to eliminate this devastating disease.

Kidney Disease risk factors
Week of March 15, 2021

More than one in seven American adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease (CKD). CKD is a condition in which the kidneys are damaged and cannot filter blood as well as they should. If left untreated, CKD can progress to kidney failure and early cardiovascular disease. Learn about the risk factors for CKD.

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Week of March 8, 2021

Good nutrition during the first 2 years of life is vital for healthy growth and development. Starting good nutrition practices early can help children develop healthy dietary patterns. Explore our Infant and Toddler Nutrition page to find nutrition information to help give your child a healthy start in life.

Man and woman embracing
Week of March 1, 2021

Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. If you are 50 years old or older, get screened now.

Heart Disease at any age
Week of February 22, 2021

Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults. It is happening to younger adults more and more often. High rates of obesity and high blood pressure among younger people are putting them at risk for heart disease earlier in life. Learn more about your risk for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help your heart.

man preparing vegetable salad
Week of February 15, 2021

Your body needs a small amount of sodium to work properly, but too much sodium is bad for your health. Excess sodium can increase your blood pressure and your risk for heart disease and stroke. Learn what you can do to reduce sodium consumption.

Couple with the sun behind them
Week of February 8, 2021

February is American Heart Month and our Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention is shining a light on high blood pressure, a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Learn more about how to help manage high blood pressure in your community.

American Heart Month Feb 2021
Week of February 1, 2021

Despite increases in awareness over the past decades, only about half (56%) of women recognize that heart disease is their number 1 killer. Learn more facts about women and heart disease.

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Week of January 4, 2021

Learn how to overcome barriers to physical activity so you can get the health benefits you need.

Page last reviewed: January 4, 2022