Category: Federal


CDC Launches 2019-20 Flu Vaccination Campaign

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and others, launched the 2019-20 flu vaccine campaign to promote the CDC’s recommendation for everyone age six months and older to get an annual flu vaccine. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced…

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NACCHO Issues Sign-on Opportunity Supporting Ban of Flavored E-Cigarettes

This week, the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) released a sign-on opportunity for local health departments and officials to support the recently announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plan to remove non-tobacco flavored electronic cigarettes, including mint and menthol, from the market in an attempt to curb utilization of the…

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CDC Issues Nationwide Health Alert Related to E-Cigarette Products

This morning, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a nationwide health advisory related to the multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary injury associated with use of electronic cigarette products (devices, liquids, refill pods, and cartridges) containing nicotine or cannabis. The CDC advisory details outbreak background and recommendations for clinicians, public health officials,…

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U.S. Surgeon General Issues Warning on Cannabis Youth Among Youth, Pregnant Women

On Thursday, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued a national health advisory, warning that consuming cannabis is particularly dangerous to pregnant women, developing babies, and teenagers. Surgeon General Adams, during a news conference, expressed concern that many Americans are unaware of the health hazards posed by professionally grown cannabis crops, describing today’s cannabis as far…

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CDC Warns Nationwide Measles Elimination Status at Risk

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases Director Dr. Nancy Messonnier this week indicated there is a “reasonable chance” the United States will lose its measles elimination status in October 2019, largely caused by ongoing measles outbreaks in New York. Recall, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared…

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Planned Parenthood Announces Withdrawal from Title X Program

Citing recent changes to rules governing the federal Title X family planning program, Planned Parenthood this week announced its nationwide exit from the program. Recall, the Trump Administration in March set forth a final rule that prohibits Title X from referring patients to certain reproductive health services and further specifies that clinics that refer patients…

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CDC Publishes Series of Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Resources

Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a series of resources on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, targeted at a variety of audiences, including public health practitioners, local health departments, and communities. The CDC’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program has made the following resources available: What is Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s…

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FDA Report on “The Real Cost” Tobacco Campaign Shows Successes in Youth Smoking Prevention, Public Health Cost Savings

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a report examining“The Real Cost” campaign and its impact on youth tobacco use. “The Real Cost” campaign launched in 2014 to educate at-risk teens about the harmful effect of cigarette smoking and other tobacco products. In a new study published in the American Journal of…

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CDC Vital Signs Report Details Naloxone Access, Calls for Increasing Access in Rural Areas

This month’s edition of Vital Signs from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) details access to naloxone, the life-saving medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Specifically, the report examines naloxone access from pharmacists and other healthcare providers without a prescription under a standing order. Naloxone dispensing has increased…

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