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- About 7,400 older adults died and more than 290,000 were treated in emergency departments in 2016 as a result of motor vehicle crash injuries.
- Changes in health that might come with age can reduce mobility and increase older adults’ risks for falls and motor vehicle crash injuries.
- Health professionals can encourage older adults to use CDC’s MyMobility Plan Cdc-pdf[PDF-4.5MB] to take action now to stay safe and independent longer.
- In 2018, 4.9 million middle- and high-school students used tobacco products in 2018—up from 3.6 million in 2017—according to the latest Vital Signs report.
- Use of any tobacco product—including e-cigarettes—by youth is unsafe, and nearly all tobacco product use begins in adolescence.
- Public health professionals can help implement population-based strategies to protect young people from the dangers of tobacco, including restricting youth access to tobacco products.
- Measles, one of the most contagious of all infectious diseases, can lead to serious health complications, including pneumonia, brain swelling, and even death.
- The safe and effective MMR vaccine is the best protection against measles, mumps, and rubella.
- Public health professionals and healthcare providers can help prevent measles by checking all patients’ vaccine records to ensure they’re up to date on MMR vaccine Cdc-pdf[PDF-494KB] and encouraging parents to vaccinate their children on schedule.
- About 2.5 million high school students reported in 2017 having had a sports- or physical activity-related concussion—a type of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).
- CDC provides an evidence-based guideline on the diagnosis and management of mTBIs among children.
- Healthcare providers can learn 5 key practice-changing strategies and earn free continuing education credits by taking an online training developed by CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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