Does the material include one or more behavioral recommendations for the primary audience?

Information Design

Tell people upfront what they can do to protect and promote their health. Behavioral recommendations are specific actions people can take to protect their health or the health of others. When you create health or safety messages, focus on behavior rather than medical facts or statistics.

Example 1:

If you are pregnant, getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. Here are some other steps you can take to keep yourself and your family healthy this flu season:

  • Make sure everyone 6 months of age and older gets the flu shot or nasal spray.
  • Wash your hands often to prevent the spread of germs.

If you have been near someone with the flu, talk to your doctor about taking medicine (called antiviral medicine). Antiviral medicine can prevent you from getting sick.

Example 2:

4 Steps to Get Ready for a Healthy Pregnancy:

  1. Take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day for at least 1 month before getting pregnant to help prevent birth defects.
  2. Stop smoking and drinking alcohol.
  3. If you have a medical condition, be sure it’s under control. Some conditions include asthma, diabetes, oral health, or obesity. Also be sure that your vaccinations are up-to-date.
  4. Talk to a health care professional about any over-the-counter and prescription medicines you are taking. These include dietary or herbal supplements.
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