August 2015

Did You Know?


Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!

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August 28, 2015
  • Even though adults in Fulton County, GA are less likely to smoke (13.2%) and be obese (21.7%) than adults in similar counties, their death rate from strokes (47.2 per 100,000) is comparatively high.
  • Low county-level poverty rates such as those in Allegheny County, PA (12.7%) can mask concentrated neighborhood hot spots where nearly 70% of households fall below the federal poverty level.  
  • You can find results like these for your county or parish—and 3,142 others nationwide―by searching CDC’s Community Health Status Indicators 2015 website.
August 21, 2015
  • Rear-seat motor vehicle passengers are less likely than front-seat passengers to wear a seat belt, making them more likely to injure themselves and other passengers in a crash.
  • Rear seat belt use is higher in states Cdc-pdf[PDF-172KB] with primary or secondary enforcement laws that cover rear seats than in states without laws that cover rear seats.
  • To increase seat belt use in rear passengers, states can review proven strategies and find ones that work best for their state.
August 14, 2015
  • Too few adults are getting the vaccines they need to protect against serious, and sometimes deadly, diseases.
  • Healthcare providers should assess a patient’s vaccination status every visit and recommend any needed vaccines.
  • Public health professionals can use and share these helpful CDC resources to improve adult immunization practice and to encourage adults to get vaccinated.
August 7, 2015
  • Antibiotic-resistant germs cause more than 2 million illnesses and at least 23,000 deaths each year in the United States.
  • National initiatives for infection control and antibiotic stewardship could prevent 619,000 antibiotic-resistant and Clostridium difficile infections over 5 years.
  • coordinated approach, where healthcare facilities and health departments work together, could prevent these life-threatening infections—according to this month’s Vital Signs.

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