Have you heard of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)?
The CDC is a resource for every person. It’s not just for the country as a single group. Disease prevention really starts with people. People catch and can spread infectious diseases. People get vaccines to avoid catching and spreading disease. People report health events that the CDC tracks to find issues and trends. The CDC website can be a great resource to obtain the latest and greatest information on a wealth of public health related topics, including (but not limited to):
You may have heard it mentioned in news coverage of the Zika virus outbreak. Mosquito control will be a major weapon in stopping the spread of this virus. This focus brings the CDC full circle. When the CDC was founded 70 years ago, their focus was nearly the same. The CDC was founded to stop the spread of malaria across our country. Their main weapon? You guessed it. Killing mosquitos !
Mosquito-borne viruses are just one of the things the CDC focuses on today. Remember news stories earlier this year about Ebola patients? The CDC managed the treatment of health care workers who caught Ebola. In fact, the CDC handles most health protection and promotion issues. They define their role as:
How well do you know your CDC ? Are you up on your vaccines ?
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