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Public Health and Preparedness — Ohio Train Derailment

When it comes to public health threats, you never know when a disaster will strike. The threats to public health are myriad—ranging from biological (as evidenced by the COVID-19 pandemic) to environmental, and from manmade (such as the opioid epidemic) to natural disasters. Luckily, the U.S. has response teams in place to act quickly in times of great public health need. In the initial days fol...

Pediatric Flu Deaths Top 100 & ACIP Immunization Schedule for 2023

 The flu can be difficult on anyone—young or old. The current season has shown that it can pose a grave threat to children. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that as of February, pediatric flu deaths during the current season have reached 106. This figure represents the highest flu-related death rate among children since the start of the COVID pandemic.  Th...

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Updates

As of May 11, 2023, healthcare in the U.S. might feel different for many people. In the continuing battle against COVID-19, May 11 signals the end of the declaration of COVID as a national public health emergency (PHE).  The public health response to the pandemic gave many people in the U.S. a small taste of universal healthcare. Moving forward, Medicaid and Medicare recipients, people with in...

Mar 2, 2023

International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month: Celebrating the Past and Focusing on Today

Women’s contributions have been incremental in shaping our medical and public health journey. To celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day on March 9, we can pay tribute to the women who have changed the face of medical science and healthcare. We can also use these observances to highlight today's pressing issues affecting women’s health and well-being.  Women’s Achievements in Medicine and Public Health  During Women’s History Month, it is fitting to celebrate the significant achievements of women who sparked advancements in physical, social, and emotional health. Her...

Mar 2, 2023

Mpox Updates — What You Need to Know

If you haven’t heard much about mpox (formerly known as the “Monkeypox” virus) recently, you’re not alone. A flurry of concern and worry had an uptick in early August of 2022 when the mpox outbreak was declared a public health emergency (PHE). However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) decided not to renew this PHE declaration when it expired at the end of January 2023.  So, is mpox in the rearview mirror, once and for all? Here’s what you need to know about the implications of removing the emergency declaration, the impact of mpox over the past six months, and how the...

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