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- One in three people in the US will develop shingles—a painful rash disease—in their lifetime.
- CDC has updated its shingles vaccine recommendations: adults aged 50 or older should get the new, highly protective shingles vaccine called Shingrix.
- Healthcare professionals should recommend that patients aged 50 or older get two doses of Shingrix, 2 to 6 months apart.
- More than 100 people die every day in the US from motor vehicle crashes.
- Evidence-based interventions can significantly reduce the number of injuries, deaths, and related costs caused by motor vehicle crashes.
- CDC’s MVPICCS 3.0 calculator can help state decision makers find the right motor vehicle interventions for their states—this new tool provides state-level recommendations on which interventions would prevent the most injuries, save the most lives, and be the most cost effective.
- According to this month’s Vital Signs, asthma attacks decreased Cdc-pdf[PDF-423KB] in children of all races and ethnicities from 2001 through 2016.
- Hospitalizations for asthma in children have declined by half, from 10% in 2003 to about 5% in 2013.
- Public health professionals can continue this progress by supporting medical management and asthma-self management education.
- Flu activity is widespread in 48 US states and Puerto Rico, causing 53 pediatric deaths so far and high influenza-like illness activity levels in 42 states.
- CDC continues to recommend flu vaccination at this time—there are still weeks of flu activity to come this season and more than one flu virus is circulating.
- State and local health departments and partners can help spread the word about the importance of flu vaccinations with CDC’s free digital campaign toolkit, which includes infographics, PSAs, print materials, videos, and other free resources.
- In the second half of 2016, areas in the US with local Zika transmission saw a 21% increase in the birth defectsExternal most strongly linked to Zika, such as microcephaly, neural tube defects, and eye abnormalities.
- About 3 out of every 1,000 babies born in those areas had birth defects potentially related to Zika.
- States and territories can track birth defects through ongoing surveillance to identify babies with Zika-related birth defects sooner and connect them to the services they need.
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