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- A new CDC study finds that US children with sickle cell disease are more likely to develop invasive pneumococcal disease than children without sickle cell disease.
- About 1.6 million people die each year from pneumococcal disease worldwide, and about 10% with the invasive form will die from it.
- Children with sickle cell disease should be given vaccines, including the pneumococcal disease vaccine, in accordance with CDC’s recommended immunization schedule Cdc-pdf[PDF – 122KB].
- Since the mid-1990s, alcohol-impaired driving has been involved in nearly one-third of all fatal crashes Cdc-pdf[PDF-3.3MB]External.
- Ignition interlocks, devices installed in a vehicle that prevent the vehicle from starting if alcohol is detected on the driver’s breath, reduce the rate of re-arrest Cdc-pdf[PDF-584KB]External among convicted alcohol-impaired drivers by 67% while installed.
- As of August 1, 2013, 19 states had laws requiring ignition interlocks for all offenders convicted of driving while intoxicated, according to CDC’s 2013 Prevention Status Reports.
- Nearly a quarter of sodium in the American diet comes from restaurant foods, so choose wisely to reduce sodium from menu to mouth Cdc-pdf[PDF-320KB].
- About 9 in 10 Americans consume too much sodium Cdc-pdf[PDF-1.7MB], and too much sodium increases risk for high blood pressure.
- State and local health departments can work with restaurants to help reduce the amount of sodium in food and keep people healthier.
- Motor vehicle crashes killed more than 9,000 children aged 12 years and under over the past decade.
- Almost half of all black (45%) and Hispanic (46%) children killed in crashes during 2009-2010 were not buckled up, compared with 26% of white children.
- States can help reduce child motor vehicle injuries and deaths by using recommended strategiesExternal to increase car seat, booster seat, and seat belt use.
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