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CDC Family Health Update

In the Spotlight

Healthy Living Calendars
2012 Healthy Living Calendars are here! Take a moment to view these one-page calendars that promote taking simple steps for a safe and healthy life.

Become a Text4Baby Partner
Text4baby delivers free health tips three times a week via cell phone text messages to pregnant women and new moms. The free messages are timed to a woman's due date or the baby's date of birth. Find out what you can do to help raise awareness and become an outreach partner.

Kids’ Health RSS
Stay updated with new content from CDC on kids’ health. From this page you can subscribe to CDC or other US Government RSS feeds or view content directly on this page without having to use an aggregator. Subscribe to the Kids’ Health RSS feed.

Healthy Families

Flu Season Is Here- Vaccinate to Protect You and Your Loved Ones from Flu
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a yearly flu vaccine. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop an immune response. Get vaccinated now so that you will be protected all season long!

Are You A Teen Worker?
Every 9 minutes, a U.S. teen gets hurt on the job. This guide gives you the facts you need to stay safe and healthy at work.  It also shows you what jobs you can (and can’t do), and it teaches you about your rights and responsibilities as a young worker.

Reptiles, Amphibians, and Salmonella
Did you know that reptiles and amphibians like turtles, lizards, and frogs can carry a harmful germ called Salmonella? If there are young children in your home, reptiles and amphibians might not be safe pets for your family.

Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Drivers
Take advantage of the "Parents Are the Key" tools and resources. Learn about the most dangerous driving situations for your young driver--and how to avoid them.

Take Concussions Out of Play: Learn to Prevent, Recognize, and Respond to Concussions
CDC encourages you to take this opportunity to talk with your coaches, parents, athletes, and others about concussion in sports and the steps to take to help prevent, recognize, and respond to this serious injury.

Color Me Safe - A Coloring Book from CDC's Injury Center
Check out the new coloring book, Color Me Safe! This new CDC resource tells the rhyming story of the "Safe Family" who take steps to protect themselves at home, on the road, and at play.

Healthy Communities

Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity
Schools play a critical role in improving the dietary and physical activity behaviors of children and adolescents.

National Lead Poisoning Prevention
Lead poisoning is entirely preventable. The key is stopping children from coming into contact with lead and treating children who have been poisoned by lead. Learn more about preventing childhood lead exposure.

Zombie Novella
CDC has a fun new way of teaching the importance of emergency preparedness. Our new graphic novel, "Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic" demonstrates the importance of being prepared in an entertaining way that people of all ages will enjoy.

Preventing Suicide
Each year, more than 34,000 suicides occur in the United States. Learn more about preventing suicides in your community.

Science and Research

Acute Illness and Injury from Swimming Pool Disinfectants and Other Chemicals - United States, 2002-2008
A total of 36 pool chemical--associated events were reported in New York during 1983--2007, of which 31 events were attributed to chlorine gas exposure, which most often resulted from mixing sodium hypochlorite solutions (e.g., household chlorine bleach) with acid.

Nonfatal Traumatic Brain Injuries Related to Sports and Recreation Activities Among Persons Aged ≤ 19 Years - United States, 2001--2009
The findings in this report indicate that, from 2001 to 2009, the number of sports and recreation-related emergency department visits for traumatic brain injury (TBI) among persons aged ≤19 years increased 62% and the rate of TBI visits increased 57%.

School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
This report describes school health guidelines for promoting healthy eating and physical activity.

Recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for Use of Quadrivalent Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MenACWY-D) Among Children Aged 9 Through 23 Months at Increased Risk for Invasive Meningococcal Disease
ACIP recommended that children aged 9 through 23 months with certain risk factors for meningococcal disease receive a 2-dose series of MenACWY-D, 3 months apart.

Addition of History of Intussusception as a Contraindication for Rotavirus Vaccination
CDC is updating its contraindications for rotavirus vaccine. Rotavirus vaccination is now contraindicated for 1) infants with a history of severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of rotavirus vaccine or exposure to a vaccine component, 2) infants diagnosed with severe combined immunodeficiency, and 3) infants with a history of intussusception.

ACIP Recommends All 11-12 Year-Old Males Get Vaccinated Against HPV
CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices approved recommendations for routine vaccination of males 11 or 12 years old with 3-doses of HPV4 to protect against Human Papilloma Virus.

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