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Are America’s Local Health Departments Prepared for a Cape Town-level Water Crisis?

Americans currently use about 100 gallons of water per day per person. In Cape Town, South Africa, extreme drought has limited residents to just 13 gallons of water per day since February 1. Depending on rainfall…

Strengthening Community Water Fluoridation to Prevent Cavities

Cavities (tooth decay) are one of the most common chronic diseases among American children and adolescents. In 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan made history as the first U.S. city to combat cavities by fluoridating its public…

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…

National Influenza Vaccination Week 2017: Spotlighting a Local Flu Fighter

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 as a national awareness week focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination. In this blog post, we sat…