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Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Office 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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April 21, 2017

  • Vaccination of children born during 1994–2013 will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes.
  • Following the recommended childhood immunization schedule protects babies and children by providing immunity early in life.
  • Healthcare providers and public health professionals can educate patients about the importance of vaccination and staying on schedule using easy-to-read resources recommended by CDC.

January 27, 2017


October 21, 2016

  • Dental sealants prevent 80% of cavities in the back teeth (molars), where most cavities occur.
  • School-aged children without dental sealants have almost 3 times more cavities than those with sealants―according to the latest Vital Signs report.
  • States can protect millions more children from cavities by starting or expanding dental sealant programs in schools.

September 9, 2016


May 6, 2016

  • Only about 40%–50% of young children (ages 2–5 years) receive psychological services as part of their treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—according to the latest Vital Signs report.
  • Behavior therapy is the recommended first-line treatment for young children with ADHD; it can work as well as medication and without the side effects.
  • Healthcare providers should first refer parents [PDF–634KB] of young children with ADHD for training in behavior therapy before prescribing medication.

April 15, 2016


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January 8, 2016

  • More than 18 million US middle and high school youth were exposed to e-cigarette ads in 2014, according to the latest Vital Signs report.
  • Exposure to e-cigarette advertisements might be contributing to increases in e-cigarette use among youth.
  • States and communities can use proven approaches to prevent youth from using tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

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February 7, 2014

  • Motor vehicle crashes killed more than 9,000 children aged 12 years and under over the past decade.
  • Almost half of all black (45%) and Hispanic (46%) children killed in crashes during 2009-2010 were not buckled up, compared with 26% of white children.
  • States can help reduce child motor vehicle injuries and deaths by using recommended strategies to increase car seat, booster seat, and seat belt use.

January 3, 2014


December 6, 2013

  • A new CDC study found a 42% increase in the prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in US children aged 4 to 17 years between 2003 and 2011, as reported by parents—estimates vary widely among states.
  • Children with ADHD are more likely to have problems in school, have strained family and peer relationships, and be injured than children without ADHD.
  • Knowing the symptoms of ADHD is essential so children can get the help they need and reach their full potential.

November 22, 2013


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April 5, 2013

  • Nearly 1 in 5 teen births are repeat births. Of approximately 365,000 teen births in 2010, 66,800 were repeat births.
  • Repeat teen births can severely limit a mother’s ability to finish her education or get a job and carry substantial health, emotional, social, and financial costs for teen mothers and their children.
  • CDC provides guidelines for healthcare professionals to counsel sexually active teens on the most effective types of birth control and resources for parents to talk to their teens about preventing repeat pregnancies.

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