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Emerging Infectious Diseases - What Are They?
Keeping Food and Water Safe in an Emergency.
How to get ready for heat waves
How to get ready for winter storms
CDC's TravWell app helps you plan for safe and healthy international travel. Build a trip to get destination-specific vaccine recommendations, a checklist of what you need to do to prepare for travel, and a customizable healthy travel packing list. The app also lets you store travel documents, keep a record of your medications and immunizations, and set reminders to get vaccine booster doses or take medicines while you're traveling.
Easy to use Spanish language toggle to switch translation directly inside the app. HEAT STROKE AND RELATED CONTENT NOW INCLUDED IN LEARN AND EMERGENCY TABS Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through everyday first aid scenarios. Fully integrated with 9-1-1 so you can call EMS from the app at any time. Videos and animations make learning first aid fun and easy. Safety tips for everything, from severe winter weather to hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes help you prepare for emergencies. Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet connection. Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your lifesaving knowledge.
The FEMA App contains preparedness information for different types of disasters, an interactive checklist for emergency kits, a section to plan emergency meeting locations, information on how to stay safe and recover after a disaster, a map with FEMA Disaster Recovery Center locations (one-stop centers where disaster survivors can access key relief services) and Shelters, general ways the public can get involved before and after a disaster, and the FEMA blog.
The amount of whole fruit* children, 2-18 years old, ate increased by 67% from 2003 to 2010 and replaced fruit juice as the main contributor of fruit to children's diets. Experts recommend that most fruit come from whole fruit, rather than juice. The amount of vegetables children ate did not change from 2003 to 2010. Moreover, in 2007- 2010, children did not meet recommendations for the amount of fruit and vegetables they should eat.
Going to college is an exciting time in a young person's life. It's the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. College is a great time for new experiences, both inside and outside the classroom. Here are a few pointers for college students on staying safe and healthy.
Hand-washing tips for parents and caregivers
WASH UP! Tips for Preschools
Clean is cool: Wash your hands!
Good clean fun: A hand-washing guide for teachers and day care providers
Staying healthy, preventing disease: Vaccines for kids
Staying healthy, preventing disease: Vaccines for adults
Staying healthy, preventing disease: The importance of vaccines
Staying healthy, preventing disease: Vaccines for teens
Pandemic Flu - It's not the flu you're used to.
Get the Facts on Pandemic Flu
What is the Flu - a simple guide for children
Cold & Flu Supplies - what you need when your are home sick.
Iowa Gambling Treatment Program
A "yes" answer to any of the questions means the person is at risk for developing a gambling problem.
Press Release from Pathways Behavioral Services Tobacco Prevention Coordinator
Iowa Department of Public Health News Release
What would you gain if you quit? We share the truth about nicotine, vaping and other tobacco products. If you decide you want to quit, we're here to help you doing it successfully. Text "Start My Quit" to 855-891-9989 or call and talk with a coach who is ready to listen and cheer you on. It's YOUR LIFE and we're here to help you live it YOUR WAY. My Life, My Quit is always free and confidential.
Executive Summary of from the Surgeon General. A full report is available at the CDC's website: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/2016_SGR_Full_Report_non-508.pdf
Travelers to tropical and other destinations should take steps to prevent bug bites.
Dengue: What you need to know.
Protect yourself from mosquito-borne diseases
As mosquito populations rise, Iowans urged to protect and prevent Recent rains have resulted in more mosquitoes buzzing through the Iowa air. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) urges Iowans to take action to protect themselves against mosquito bites, and to prevent the mosquito population from growing. Although mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus typically are not seen until late summer through early fall, one case of West Nile virus has been reported in Iowa this year and surrounding states have also reported cases of the disease caused by mosquito bites. This makes it even more important to use insect repellents properly.