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News and Articles

How Facebook is Transforming Disaster Response

After the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida many people used Facebook to check on their friends.  Safety Check is a Facebook tool where someone can send a message to a friend asking them to respond informing of their status following an emergency.

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Training & Events

Entry Approved: Access to Disaster Sites

Archived Webinar

The US Health and Human Services/Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (HHS/ASPR) Critical Infrastructure Protection Program presents a discussion opportunity from Emily Lord, Executive Director of Healthcare Ready to review the current landscape of the policies and programs that address private sector access to disaster sites in the United States. 

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Tools & Resources

Climate Change and Human Health Literature Portal

The Climate Change and Human Health Literature Portal is a knowledge management tool for locating the most relevant scientific literature on the health implications of climate change. It provides access to a database of studies from around the world, published between 2007 and 2014. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) developed the database as a technical input to the U.S. Global Change Research Program's Sustained Assessment process. 

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Reasons to Vaccinate

Jacklyn Chandler, M.S., Outreach Coordinator, MDHHS Division of Immunization

Vaccines have greatly decreased or eradicated many infectious diseases that commonly harmed many infants, children, and adults. However, the viruses and bacteria that cause vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) still exist and can be easily passed on to people who are not fully protected by vaccines. The success of a vaccine in protecting communities depends entirely on the extent of vaccine coverage. With enough people immunized against a disease, it is difficult for the disease to get a foothold in the community.

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Birth Year Predicts Bird Flu Risk

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institute of Health, in his blog outlines a study on birth year and influenza immunity.  In a study that looked at cases of bird flu in six countries in Asia and the Middle East between 1997 and 2015, an NIH-supported research team found that people born before 1968 were at lower risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from the H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus than were those born afterwards. Just the opposite was true of another emerging strain of bird flu. People born before 1968 were at greater risk of becoming seriously ill or dying of H7N9, while those born after that date were more often protected.

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