International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month: The Importance of Maternal Immunization

International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month, held in February, is a worldwide observance to promote awareness of infections transmitted from mother to baby. Prenatal infections include bacterial or viral illnesses that can be passed from a mother to her baby during pregnancy or during the delivery…

Boston Public Health Commission: Multi-Pronged Approach to Flu Preparedness and Response

By Jenifer Leaf Jaeger, MD, MPH, Interim Medical Director, Boston Public Health Commission The Public Health Impact of Influenza While seasonal influenza (flu) viruses are detected year-round in the United States, flu activity begins to rise above baseline in the Northeast in October, with “peak season” extending…

National Radon Action Month: Protect Your Indoor Environment

What is Radon, and Where Does It Come From? When people think about sources of radiation, they may immediately envision large-scale emergencies like a dirty bomb or the meltdown of a nuclear power plant. In such situations, NACCHO does maintain a portfolio of resources to…

Prevent to Protect: National Birth Defects Prevention Month

By Katelynd Todd, NACCHO Health & Disability Fellow January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month in the United States. A birth defect can be defined as a biochemical or physical abnormality that forms within an infant before or during birth. These defects are normally found…