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Norovirus Cases Continue to Climb in the U.S., Especially in the Northeast

The CDC reports a rise in norovirus cases in the country, particularly in the Northeast, with over 12% of tests coming back positive for the week ending February 17. This highly contagious virus causes gastrointestinal symptoms, and outbreaks are common in late fall, winter, and early spring.   While the current rates are lower than the same period last season, the CDC emphasizes that norovir...

Edible Plant-Based Vaccine TOMAVAC Shows Promising Defense Against COVID-19

Scientists from Uzbekistan have unveiled a novel antiviral vaccine derived from a tomato plant and genetic vectors to fight against COVID-19. The innovative vaccine, named TOMAVAC, is distinct in that it can be consumed directly from the tomato plant.   Scientists created a transgenic tomato, TOMAVAC, which produces a key protein of the virus. Feeding mice with TOMAVAC resulted in a significa...

Adolescent Immunization Toolkit

The Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) Adolescent Immunization Toolkit provides insights strategies to enhance and improve the vaccination delivery through adolescence, from middle school to college. The Adolescent Immunization Resource Guide section overviews programmatic activities, key lessons learned, and downloadable resources to help you address low adolescent immunization rates E...

CDC / NPHIC Member Call Recap and Slides - February

NPHIC government members are invited to meet virtually with CDC on every fourth Wednesday of the month from 4-5 p.m. EST to discuss situational updates with CDC’s Office of the Associate Director of Communication. Find a recording of the most recent meeting on February 21, along with a transcript and presentation slides, directly on our website under NPHIC’s membership tab “Recordings Dashboard...

March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Hydeia Broadbent, a prominent HIV/AIDS activist who gained media attention for being a part of America’s “first generation of children born HIV positive” in the late 1980s, died this week. She was 39. She appeared on a Nickelodeon special about HIV and AIDS with Magic Johnson in 1992, shortly after the basketball star’s own public diagnosis with HIV. When it was her turn to talk, Broadbent bega...

Mental Health Seen as a Top Health Threat in Axios-Ipsos Poll

Americans see poor mental health as one of the biggest threats to public health, ranking just behind obesity and the long-running opioid epidemic, according to the latest Axios-Ipsos American Health Index.   Overall, 17% said mental health was the top threat to public health, while 19% said obesity, 24% said opioids and fentanyl, and 15% said it was access to guns. The study also found the wi...

CDC Warns of 'Imported' Measles as U.S. Deals with Cases

The CDC has issued a warning ahead of the spring travel season, expressing concerns about the global spread of measles. With cases detected in every region worldwide, the CDC is particularly worried about the potential for "imported" cases as travel increases in airports, planes, and other enclosed spaces.   Highlighting a 30-fold increase in measles cases in Europe, including popular destina...

CPR Training for 1 Million San Diego County Residents is Goal of New Public Health Campaign

In 2021, only 8 percent of San Diego County residents who suffered cardiac arrest outside a hospital survived, slightly below the national rate of 9.1 percent, posing a significant public health concern. To address this, UC San Diego School of Medicine, in collaboration with the San Diego County public health department and the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health, launched Revive & Sur...

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Dear valued NPHIC members, we invite you to strengthen our community and stay informed by connecting with us on our social media platforms. Follow NPHIC’s Facebook, (@NPHICpublic) X / Twitter, (@NPHIC) and Instagram (@NPHIC_) pages to stay updated on the latest news, events, and resources relevant to public health communications.   Additionally, we encourage you to join our exclusive closed ...