CDC 24-7 Fact of the Week

CDC 24/7 Fact of the Week

woman analyzing vegetables in box
Week of December 07, 2018

Subscription meal kits, mail-order food, and home-delivered groceries offer convenience. Make sure food safety is part of the package, too. Follow these tips to stay safe and healthy while enjoying meals prepared at home from these services.

Baby in carseat
Week of November 30, 2018

In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for people aged 1‒54, and about 40,000 people were killed in crashes in 2017. However, many of these deaths can be prevented. Buckle up, drive sober, and stay safe on the roads this holiday season.


Puppy with emergency kit
Week of November 26, 2018

Pets are family. Do you have a plan for your pet in an emergency? Including pets in emergency plans helps your family’s ability to respond to an emergency. Be prepared: make a plan and prepare a disaster kit for your pet.


Woman at an office party looking at her phone
Week of November 19, 2018

The holiday season is kicking off, and with it comes a marathon of office parties, potlucks, and gift exchanges. Read these tips from CDC for bringing healthy holidays to your workplace, including ways to reduce and manage stress.


Antibiotic Awareness Week logo
Week of November 12, 2018

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW) is an annual observance that raises awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of antibiotic use. Get involved! Join CDC and partners official USAAW events or host your own.


Woman taking a walk
Week of November 5, 2018

Venous thromboembolism (VTE), also known as blood clots is a serious, but preventable medical condition. CDC and the National Blood Clot Alliance’s campaign, Stop the Clot, Spread the Word builds public health awareness about VTE to prevent and reduce the occurrence of life-threatening blood clots. Learn more.


scary mask and custom contact lenses
Week of October 29, 2018

Don’t let an eye infection be the scariest part of your Halloween. Using decorative lenses without a valid prescription can cause serious harm to your eyes—haunting you long after October 31st.


Returning to your flooded home
Week of October 22, 2018

When returning to a home that’s been flooded after natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, be aware that your house may be contaminated with mold or sewage, which can cause health risks for your family. Read more on staying safe following a flood.


National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day
Week of October 15, 2018

Hispanics/Latinos represent nearly 18% of the total population of the United States, but accounted for 26% of the 40,324 new HIV diagnoses in 2016 in the United States and 6 dependent areas. Let’s Stop HIV Together. Find out how you can do your part to promote HIV prevention and treatment and help fight stigma.


Children's Mental Health
Week of October 8, 2018

Mental disorders among children are described as serious changes in the way children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions, which cause distress and problems getting through the day. Talk to your child’s healthcare professional if you have concerns about the way they behave at home, in school, or with friends.


Fungal Disease Awareness Week Oct. 1-5, 2018
Week of October 1, 2018

Did you know some fungal infections can look like other illnesses? A key clue to when a sick person may have a fungal infection is that he or she is being treated with medications for another type of infection but does not get better. #ThinkFungus when symptoms of infection do not get better with treatment.


Get Ahead of Sepsis
Week of September 24, 2018

Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. At least 1.7 million people get sepsis each year in the United States and nearly 270,000 Americans die from sepsis each year. Get ahead of sepsis. Know the risks. Spot the Signs. Act Fast.


A pair of hands filling a pill case
Week of September 17, 2018

Nearly half of Americans take at least one prescription drug, and one in four Americans take three or more medications. A large-scale natural disaster, such as a hurricane, could make it difficult to get prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Be Prepared. Create an emergency supply.


two people holding hands
Week of September 9, 2018

Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. It was responsible for nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016, with approximately one death every 12 minutes. #BeThere. If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


September is Healthy Aging Month
Week of September 3, 2018

September is Healthy Aging Month. The CDC’s Healthy Aging Program serves as the focal point at CDC for efforts to promote the health and quality of life of older Americans. Learn more about healthy aging and access to general health information for older adults.


STDs can be prevented
Week of August 27, 2018

CDC estimates 20 million new sexually transmitted disease (STD) infections occur every year in the United States. Youth ages 15-24 account for half of those new STD infections. STDs can be prevented. Get the facts and take control.


Contact Lens Health Week
Week of August 20, 2018

August 20-24 is Contact Lens Health Week. Failure to wear, clean, and store your lenses as directed by your eye doctor raises the risk of developing serious eye infections. Practice healthy habits now, for healthy eyes later.


foodborne illness
Week of August 13, 2018

Each year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food. Learn how CDC tracks foodborne illnesses and collaborates with state and local health departments and other federal agencies to investigate foodborne outbreaks.


Disability Inclusion
Week of August 6, 2018

Nearly 1 in 5 people in the U.S. has a disability. Often, there are multiple barriers that can make it difficult or even impossible for people with disabilities to function. Learn more about practices and policies designed to identify and remove barriers for people with disabilities.


Ferris wheel
Week of July 30, 2018

A big part of summer for many people is attending fairs and festivals. Remember, food safety practices should be the same at fairs as they are at restaurants and at home: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill. Learn how to avoid foodborne illness this summer.


Preganant woman and her doctor
Week of July 23, 2018

1 in 4 women in the United States carry Group B Strep (GBS), a common type of bacteria. This type of bacteria can be very dangerous to babies if passed on to them during childbirth. Learn more. Protect your baby from GBS.


young women playing soccer
Week of July 16, 2018

It’s National Youth Sports Week! To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports initiative. Learn more about preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.


extreme heat
Week of July 9, 2018

Extreme heat causes more than 600 deaths each year. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable. Take measures to stay cool, remain hydrated, and keep informed.


CDC estimates Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States every year. Learn more about Salmonella and how to protect you and your family.
Week of July 2, 2018

CDC estimates Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States every year. Learn more about Salmonella and how to protect you and your family.


Older man playing with child
Week of June 25, 2018

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. 5.7 million Americans are estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2018. Learn more about Alzheimer’s to recognize the differences between normal aging and changes due to this condition. Learn more.


Boy wearing life jacket near a body of water
Week of June 18, 2018

Drownings are a leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 14. Read these key prevention tips to keep children from drowning. Learn more.


Baby with bright blue eyes
Week of June 11, 2018

Congenital cytomegalovirus (pronounced sy-toe-MEG-a-low-vy-rus) or congenital CMV for short can cause birth defects. About one out of every 200 babies is born with congenital CMV. Learn more.


rethink your drink
Week of June 4, 2018

Limiting the amount of sugar-sweetened beverage intake can help individuals maintain a healthy weight and have a healthy diet. Rethink your drink! Learn ways to reduce the number of calories you drink. Learn more.


Adult woman helping an older woman
Week of May 23, 2018

Osteoporosis is a medical condition where bones become weak and are more likely to break. If one of your parents has had a broken bone, especially a broken hip, early screening is important. Learn more.

Young woman holding an infant
Week of May 21, 2018

CDC research shows that about 1 in 9 women experience symptoms of postpartum depression—depression that occurs after having a baby. If you think you may be depressed, seek treatment from your health care provider as soon as possible.”Learn more.

Parents with young son
Week of May 15, 2018

Every 40 seconds, someone in the US has a stroke. Read these survivor stories to learn more about stroke, including how you may be at risk, how to recognize stroke, and what to do if stroke happens. Learn more.


The Wharf construction site in Washington, DC.
Week of May 7, 2018

Falls are the number one cause of construction-worker fatalities, accounting for one-third of on-the-job deaths in the industry. Set aside time to talk about falls in construction and how to prevent them. Learn more

air quality awareness
Week of April 30, 2018

Particle pollution has been linked to heart attacks and strokes, and even death in people with heart disease. Get the Air Quality Index to know when to expect high levels of air pollution and how to protect yourself. Learn more

phone in car
Week of April 23, 2018

Each day in the US, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes reported to involve a distracted driver. Focusing on the road can save lives. Learn more.

Man and woman reading a pamplet
Week of April 16, 2018

April is STD Awareness Month. There’s no avoiding the statistics: the number of reported sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases are at an all-time high, and if you are sexually active, you are at risk of infection. So what can you do? Arm yourself with information

Two people in hazmat suits
Week of April 9, 2018

Ever wonder how CDC scientists merge old-fashioned detective work with high-tech science to crack the cases of mystery diseases? Visit the David J. Sencer CDC Museum at CDC Headquarters.

Scientist researching with egg
Week of April 2, 2018

CDC′s Work Saves Lives Everywhere, Every Day.

CDC’s mission, simply put, is to keep Americans safe and healthy where they work, live and play. Scientists and disease detectives work around the world to track diseases, research outbreaks, respond to emergencies of all kinds.

Week of March 27, 2018

TB is preventable and curable, yet it remains the world’s leading infectious disease killer. Learn what CDC is doing in the United States and around the world to eliminate this devastating disease.

Week of March 19, 2018

Traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBIs, affect the lives of Americans nationwide. Anyone can experience a TBI, but data show that children and older adults (ages 65 and older) are at greater risk.

Mother and son cooking with vegetables and fruits
Week of March 12, 2018

March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme, “Go Further with Food,” encourages healthy eating habits and reducing food waste. Learn how to help your family eat better and “Go Further with Food.”

Group of adults of various ages
Week of March 5, 2018

Your need for immunization doesn’t end when you become an adult. Get vaccinated to protect yourself and your loved ones from serious diseases.

a family posing for a selfie on a beach
Week of February 26, 2018

Wherever your travels take you this spring break, stay healthy and safe with these tips.

Woman wearing red
Week of February 19, 2018

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Take these steps to lower your risk.

Sleepy female student
Week of February 12, 2018

Children and adolescents who do not get enough sleep have a higher risk for many health and behavior problems. Learn how much sleep students need and how many are not getting it.

Week of February 5, 2018

Is an adventure off the beaten path on your to-do list this year? Learn about your risks and prepare for a fun and safe trip with CDC Travelers’ Health.

Week of January 29, 2018

Physical activity and exercise ease arthritis pain and improve the quality of life of adults living with arthritis. More than 54 million US adults have arthritis. Learn more.

Week of January 15, 2018

Let this New Year be your time to quit smoking. 

Do you have a cold or the flu? Compare the symptoms and learn more about flu complications.
Week of January 8, 2018

Do you have a cold or the flu? Compare the symptoms and learn more about flu complications.

New year 2017 change to 2018 concept, Hand flip wood cube
Week of January 2, 2018

Make 2018 your healthiest year yet! Add these tips to your resolution list to boost your health and well-being.

Page last reviewed: December 7, 2018