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Wednesday is World AIDS Day

December 1 is World AIDS Day and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and remember those who have died from an HIV-related illness. Started in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day. The CDC offers #MyVoiceMyAction, an initiative highlighting that every voice and every action impacts the globa...

NIVW Messaging from the CDC

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national awareness week focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination. NIVW 2021 is being observed from December 5-11, 2021. CDC offers NIVW resources, vaccination messages, and activities that communicators can use to share key flu information with their networks. The toolkit includes Social Media Content with the #FightFlu hash...

Omicron Variant Will Inevitably Appear in the U.S.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that it's inevitable that the omicron variant of the coronavirus will be detected in the U.S. While no cases of the variant have been detected in the U.S. so far, there have been cases detected in Botswana, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Israel, the Netherlands, Australia and Hong Kong. Fauci stressed that a lot of the preparation for omicron is si...

Pandemic Hits Mental Health of Women and Young People Hardest

Young people and women have taken the hardest psychological and financial hit from the pandemic, a YouGov survey has found. The annual YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project found that in many of the 27 countries surveyed, young people were consistently more likely than their elders to feel the COVID-19 crisis had made their financial and mental health concerns worse. Comparable proportions of youn...

How to Balance Public Health with Homeless Rights in a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the challenges people without homes face in getting the care they need. Their physicians face challenges too, especially in balancing the dual responsibilities of promoting the welfare and confidentiality of individual patients and protecting public safety. As with previous public health crises in the U.S., the COVID-19 pandemic has funneled resource...

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Prevent Blindness America has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month. The group encourages everyone to consider if the toys they wish to give suits the age and individual skills and abilities of the individual child who will receive it, especially for infants and children under age three. Too often, accidents involving children and toys occur and may result in eye injuries. Th...

Research Sheds Light on What's Killing Young People

The death rate among young people around the world has been declining, a new study shows. But boys and young men are not doing as well as girls and young women. This data come from a major analysis published by The Lancet in late October with an intent was to provide governments and nonprofit groups with data that show where public health efforts are needed. Overall, about a third of deaths in ...

NPHIC’s “Twitter Scan”

Need a quick glace of what is being tweeted by public health agencies in each region of the U.S.? NPHIC compiles and publishes a weekly report of the top public health and COVID-19-related regional tweets on our website. The NPHIC Twitter Scan resource allows NPHIC members to see what popular public health topics being addressed by their neighbors. NPHIC members can view the report by logging i...

Toolkit: Who is Eligible for a COVID-19 Booster Shot?

Everyone 18 years and older is eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot. Some groups should get a booster, and some groups may get a booster based on assessment of their individual risks and benefits. Last week, the CDC updated its booster dose recommendations, expanding eligibility to all adults ages 18 and older. The Public Health Communications Collaborative (PHCC)have updated their Answers to T...
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