Preparing Children with Special Healthcare Needs for an Emergency

December 2, 2019 by Holly Gay In my home both of my children have special health care needs. My daughter Charlotte is 4 years-old, and my son, Zachary, is 2 years-old. Both were diagnosed with asthma at an early age. Having children with special health care needs means that my husband and I must think […]

Heart Attack Symptoms, Risk, and Recovery

Print What is a heart attack? Heart attack signs and symptoms in men and women: Chest pain or discomfort; Shortness of breath; Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, back, arm, or shoulder; Feeling nauseous, light-headed, or unusually tired. A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction, happens when a part of the heart muscle […]

Allergens and Pollen

Print Climate change will potentially lead to both higher pollen concentrations and longer pollen seasons, causing more people to suffer more health effects from pollen and other allergens. Pollen is an airborne allergen that can affect our health. Pollen grains are tiny “seeds” dispersed from flowering plants, trees, grass, and weeds. The amount and type […]

Pediatric Pneumonia Update

December 1, 2023, 8:30 PM EDT Español Print CDC is posting updates on respiratory viruses every week; for the latest information, please visit CDC Respiratory Virus Updates. Key Information CDC is monitoring reports of increased respiratory illness around the world. Diagnosis of pneumonia in children, along with other respiratory illnesses, increases every year in the […]

Influenza Viruses Spreading This Season and Update on JN.1 Variant

January 22, 2024, 5:15 PM EDT Español Print CDC is posting updates on respiratory viruses every week; for the latest information, please visit CDC Respiratory Virus Updates. CDC tracks spread of influenza viruses While COVID-19 continues to cause more hospitalizations than influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), right now, more people are going to emergency […]

Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

Español (Spanish) Print Winter storms and cold temperatures can be dangerous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and vehicles. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on young children, older adults, and the chronically ill. Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us may not be ready for its […]

Preventing tick bites

Spanish | Print Tick exposure can occur year-round, but ticks are most active during warmer months (April-September). Know which ticks are most common in your area. Before You Go Outdoors Know where to expect ticks. Ticks live in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas, or even on animals. Spending time outside walking your dog, camping, gardening, […]

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV)

Symptoms and Care Español   Print Symptoms People infected with RSV usually show symptoms within 4 to 6 days after getting infected. Symptoms of RSV infection usually include Runny nose Decrease in appetite Coughing Sneezing Fever Wheezing These symptoms usually appear in stages and not all at once. In very young infants with RSV, the […]

Cold Weather Safety for Older Adults

If you are like most people, you feel cold every now and then during the winter. What you may not know is that just being really cold can make you very sick. Older adults can lose body heat fast—faster than when they were young. Changes in your body that come with aging can make it […]