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It's winter and the norovirus is spreading across the country again. There have been widespread reports of school closings from this viral illness, also known as the winter vomiting disease, the stomach bug or stomach "flu." However, norovirus is not related to influenza. It's a notoriously contagious and difficult-to-prevent gastrointestinal virus. If someone near you is sick...
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Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report

Influenza activity is growing in the United States during this time and is expected to continue over the coming weeks, the number of patients who have been treated with flu like symptoms are above the national baseline. CDC urge a yearly vaccine for everyone 6 months or older. Flu vaccination can help decrease flu infections and prevent flu-related hospitalizations. More than 144 million doses ...
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Zika Virus: A Few Things To Know

Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus[1]. Zika is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito, similar to malaria. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are[2]: Fever Rash Joint pain ...
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Hypertension Control Message Map

High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is a dangerous and common condition.  Those who are low-income are more likely to develop high blood pressure compared to high income adults[1].  Public Housing Primary Care health centers reported that 35,580 patients had high blood pressure in 2013[2].  High blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, two of t...
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Tobacco Cessation Message

The CDC-CMS led Million Hearts Initiative® released its second message map: Tobacco Cessation Message Map. Smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to develop heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer. Message maps provide key and supporting messages that stress the steps that can be taken by consumers, health care providers, and other audiences to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. For...
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Message to Millions: Sodium

According to CDC, heart disease and stroke are the two leading causes of death in the United States. The CDC-CMS led Million Hearts Initiative® has issued a message about sodium reduction, which is their first effort to provide scientific content to create Million Hearts messaging for dissemination across channels to help prevent heart attack and stroke. Million Hearts® is a national in...
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