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Guidelines for Public Comments

Some CDC sites, blogs, and applications allow for the posting of public comments. Posted comments must directly relate to the information and/or topics of discussion on those sites, blogs, and applications.

Comments that are moderated will be reviewed before posting. Comments that are not moderated will be addressed as soon as possible. We trust the community to ignore personal attacks, negative speech, and respond politely.

We retain the discretion to determine which comments violate our comment policy. We also reserve the right to remove and/or not allow comments to get posted. The views expressed within posted comments do not necessarily reflect those of CDC or the federal government.

This comment policy is valid for all discussions on any CDC managed forum. Thank you for taking the time to review our comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.

Comments containing the following will not be allowed:

  • Hate speech
  • Profanity, obscenity or vulgarity
  • Defamation to a person, people, or organization
  • Name calling and/or personal attacks
  • Statements for or against a specific bill, law, or candidate for political office
  • Spam comments, such as the same comment posted repeatedly on a profile
  • Comments whose main purpose are to sell a product
  • Inappropriate or unrelated links
  • Comments that infringe on copyrights
  • Other comments that the CDC deems inappropriate

Direct Responses
CDC welcomes your comments and questions; however we cannot respond to everyone. For a direct response, please use the CDC-INFO National Contact Center. CDC-INFO is your single source for accurate, timely, consistent, and science-based information. Representatives are available to answer your questions in English and Spanish from 8AM-8PM ET, Monday-Friday (Closed Holidays). Call: 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348, Email: CDC-INFO. Some sites, blogs, and applications may have alternate contact information listed where you may write or call for a direct response.

Medical Questions and Personal Information
CDC cannot answer personal medical questions. Only your health care provider can answer questions about your health. We will not allow comments that contain personal identifying information or private medical information about a third party, especially information restricted from release under the Privacy Act or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Press Questions
Reporters please send questions to the CDC Media Relations team.

Copyright Information

Unless a copyright is indicated, information on CDC’s sites, blogs, and applications is in the public domain and may be copied and distributed without permission. 

Disclaimer

The opinions expressed in public comments are those of the authors and may not represent the official positions of the CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

References to products and services do not constitute an endorsement by CDC or the U.S. government. Comments may include links to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations and individuals. We provide these links solely for our users’ information and convenience. CDC does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained on external sites. CDC does not endorse the organizations sponsoring externals sites, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products and services they offer. See also other CDC Policies and Regulations.

  • Page last reviewed: October 7, 2014
  • Page last updated: October 7, 2014
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