October 2019

Did You Know?


Did You Know? is a 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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October 25, 2019
October 18, 2019
  • Handwashing can reduce the spread of diarrhea-related sicknesses and respiratory infections, such as cold or flu.
  • Handwashing education and access to soap in schools has been shown to reduce absenteeism among school-age children.
  • Health departments can use CDC’s Life is Better with Clean Hands campaign resources and promotional materials to promote the importance of handwashing to their communities.
October 11, 2019
  • Pregnant women who get vaccines for flu and whooping cough (Tdap) pass on disease-fighting antibodies to their babies, protecting them for several months after birth.
  • Even though flu and Tdap vaccines are safe to receive during pregnancy, about 2 in 3 moms-to-be do not receive both.
  • A healthcare provider’s strong recommendation and offer of flu and Tdap vaccines is one of the strongest motivators for pregnant women to get vaccinated—according to the latest Vital Signs.
October 4, 2019
  • Each year in the United States, about three million people are nonfatally injured in motor vehicle crashes.
  • Crash-related injuries are costly—medical care costs and productivity losses associated with injuries and deaths from motor vehicle crashes exceeded $75 billion in 2017.
  • States can use CDC’s new data linkage guide to learn more about linking data sources—such as police reports and hospital records—to create or enhance their data programs and help prevent motor vehicle-related injuries.

Did You Know?  information and web links are current as of their publication date. They may become outdated over time.

Page last reviewed: October 25, 2019