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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Content Syndication?

Content syndication provides a way for web pages to be placed onto your site. The syndicated content is automatically updated in real-time requiring no effort from your development staff to keep the pages up to date. You can present CDC web content in the look and feel of your Web site and maintain visitors on your site. Content syndication allows you to integrate CDC web content and science with localized content. You can also display CDC health messages directly to employees through your intranet.

How does it work?

CDC provides an application programming interface (API) that enables you to display content on your Web site by simply adding a JavaScript widget to your site that retrieves the CDC content. CDC assigns a unique campaign ID to you that is used for tracking and metrics purposes. This unique ID allows CDC to measure not only the traffic generated on your site, but also all traffic from your site back to

Why is CDC doing this?

To disseminate up-to-date, accurate and timely health messages to our partners and the general public, and increase awareness of and exposure to our health-related partners' Web sites.

Why should you do this?

There are many reasons to syndicate CDC content:

  • You gain direct access to CDC Web content without having to monitor and copy updates.
  • You can control which pages and content from to use on your site and where it appears.
  • You can present CDC Web content in the look and feel of your Web site, maintaining visitors on your site.
  • You can integrate CDC content with localized content.
  • You can pull in CDC content rather than linking to, keeping visitors on your site.
  • You can present CDC health messages directly to employees through your intranet.

What is Beta Testing?

Beta testing helps us identify and correct technical, content, user experience, and other issues prior to releasing the product for wide-scale production use. Beta testers should try out all aspects of the site including: registering; signing in; finding Web pages that you’re interested in syndicating and adding those pages to Your List; and getting the syndication code from this site and implementing on your Web site.

Please report any feedback or issues to so we can continue to improve the system.

Where can I get the API / syndication code to add to my site?

Getting the syndication code is very easy using CDC’s Content Syndication site. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Register online to sign up for the service. You will receive a unique Registration ID that CDC uses to track metrics.
  2. Browse the site to find pages you’re interested in syndicating and add those pages to Your List. You can add as many pages as you’d like.
  3. When you’re finished adding syndicated pages to Your List, select Your List in the navigation bar and choose Get Syndicated Code.
  4. On the Get Syndicated Code page, copy or download the code for the selected syndicated pages, follow the online instructions on that page, and add the syndicated code to your site.

How do I find a syndicated page I’m interested in?

There are several ways you can locate syndicated pages on CDC Content Syndication site:

  • If you know the specific URL for a CDC Web page, simply copy and paste the CDC web page URL into the Web Page Syndication Lookup box and click Find URL.
  • If you’re interested in a particular topic (e.g. H1N1), select the topic from the Syndicated Topics box on the Content Syndication home page. Select the All Syndication Topics link if you don’t see your topic on the home page.
  • If you’re looking for additional search options, click the Advanced Lookup link in the Web Page Syndication Lookup box on the Content Syndication home page.

What if I don’t see the page I’m interested in syndicating?

Due to the large volume of CDC Web content, not all Web pages are available for syndication; however, the CDC is working hard to add new pages as needed. If you don’t see a page you’re interested in, you can Request a Page to be Syndicated.

Is it possible to input syndicated content into a Sharepoint webpage if Sharepoint has the HTML editor disabled?

Unfortunately not. Currently, there is no way to embed the specific HTML script fragments for this purpose into Sharepoint.

  • Page last reviewed: September 15, 2009
  • Page last updated: September 15, 2009
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