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Three illustrations of a molar: one without sealant, one with sealing being applied, and one with sealant

Dental Sealants Prevent Cavities

A new CDC Vital Signs report reveals that, even though dental sealants are an extremely effective intervention for preventing most of the cavities children get in their permanent back teeth, the majority of children still don’t have them.

October 18, 2016

Graphic: 1 in 4 older adults will fall this year

Older Adult Fall Protection

Every second of every day in the United States an older adult falls. Among older Americans, falls are the number one cause of injuries and death from injury.

September 22, 2016

an older woman and friends walking near the seashore

Adults Need More Activity

Regular physical activity is vital for healthy aging. It can help delay, prevent, or manage many costly chronic diseases. Physical activity can also reduce the risk of premature death.

September 15, 2016

What Works in Public Health

On June 22-23, the national experts of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) will meet in Atlanta to weigh the evidence on which strategies work to reduce the impact of some of the most challenging health issues facing the country.

June 20, 2016

YRBS 2015 Results

Cigarette smoking among high school students dropped to the lowest levels since the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) began in 1991, but the use of e-cigarettes among students poses new challenges according to the 2015 survey results released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

June 9, 2016

Clean Hands Count

This World Hand Hygiene Day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched “Clean Hands Count,” a new hand hygiene campaign focused on improving adherence to hand hygiene recommendations, dispelling myths and misperceptions about hand hygiene, and empowering patients.

May 5, 2016

a mother and daughter holding a pet chicken

Healthy Pets Healthy People

CDC’s redesigned website Healthy Pets Healthy People provides a wealth of information about zoonotic diseases, illnesses that can spread to people from pets, farm animals, and wildlife.

October 8, 2015

hospital staff showing papers to a new mother

Hospital Support for Breastfeeding

Of the nearly 4 million babies born each year in the US, 14% are born in Baby-Friendly hospitals. This number has nearly tripled in recent years but remains low. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was established by the World Health Organization and UNICEF and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

October 6, 2015

a boy and his father working in their garden

Hispanic Health

The latest CDC Vital Signs is CDC’s first national study on Hispanics’ leading causes of death, disease prevalence, risk factors, and access to health services in the United States.

May 5, 2015

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World Health Day

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joins the World Health Organization (WHO) and other public health partners in recognizing World Health Day, which this year spotlights vector-borne diseases.

April 7, 2014

A mother holding a toddler while he receives an immunization

20 Years of Success

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of passage of the legislation that created the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC), one of our nation’s most successful public-private partnerships for improving public health.

September 12, 2013

A young boy drinking from a water fountain

Stay cool, hydrated and informed this summer

A new study shows that heat-related deaths are on the rise. In a 2-week period in 2012, excessive heat exposure resulted in 32 deaths in 4 states, four times the typical average for those states for the same 2-week period from 1999-2009.

June 6, 2013

tanning truths

Make a Splash!

As schools let out and summer approaches, it is important for us to remember to stay healthy and safe under the sun and in the water. Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the United States, and melanoma is the most deadly kind of skin cancer. Just a few serious sunburns at any age can increase a person’s risk of skin cancer.

May 23, 2013

A young woman preparing a salad

Give the Gift of Health and Safety: Healthy Living Holiday Tips

The holidays are a time to celebrate, give thanks, and reflect. Give the gift of health and safety to yourself and others this holiday season by paying special attention to your health.

August 2, 2012