Wastewater surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza in preK-12 schools shows school, community, and citywide infections

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Wastewater surveillance is a passive and efficient way to monitor the spread of infectious diseases in large populations and high transmission areas such as preK-12 schools. Infections caused by respiratory viruses in school-aged children are likely underreported, particularly because many children may be asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic. Wastewater monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 has been studied extensively and primarily by sampling at centralized wastewater treatment plants, and there are limited...
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Snack Innovations Inc. Conducts Voluntary Recall on a Limited Quantity of Drizzilicious Mini Rice Cakes 4oz & .74oz and Popcorn 3.6oz Products in the U.S. Due to Undeclared Peanut Allergen on Packaging

1 day 22 hours ago
Snack Innovations Inc. of Piscataway, NJ is issuing a voluntary recall on several batches of Drizzilicious branded mini rice cake bites, and drizzled popcorn products with the lot numbers listed below due to an undeclared peanut residue. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts ru

Austin Public Health Launches Social and Digital Ad Campaign

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Move Your Way® is the promotional campaign for the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Over the past 3 years, ODPHP has worked with communities across the country to implement the campaign. From 2019 to 2021, community organizations worked with partners to host activities, distribute materials, and promote the campaign on social media. Using the experiences and lessons learned from these community pilots, ODPHP developed the Move Your Way Community Playbook to help organizations implement the campaign at the local level.…

 

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Houston HealthScope - January 20, 2023

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Inside the facility, Houston Health Department administers a Women, Infants and Children (WIC) clinic and Diabetes Awareness and Wellness Network (DAWN). Houston residents can benefit from the program's free diabetes self-management training and other medical resources if they have diabetes or are at risk of developing it.

For seniors 60 and older, the department's Harris County Area Agency on Aging will provide a full range of services such as a free meal program, health and wellness workshops, arts and crafts and senior resources.

Learn more about the new Alief Neighborhood Center. --> Lead in pottery Glazes or decorations covering the surface of some traditional pottery may contain lead. If pottery is not manufactured properly, lead can leach into food and drink prepared, stored or served in the dishes. No amount of washing, boiling or other process can remove lead from pottery. For more information on childhood lead poisoning prevention, visit our website.  --> COVID-19 Talk with Local Health Authorities Missed COVID-19 Talk? Watch the latest episode featuring local health authorities. The show airs live on HTV's Facebook Page every other Thursday at 9 a.m. If you want the latest information on the pandemic, you don't want to miss it. Watch here. --> Mental health is a growing problem Youth mental health involves more than just being depressed. A teen's life might be affected in a variety of ways. Learn what you can do to support teen mental health. --> Monkeypox Anyone who has had close, personal contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk. You can reduce your risk by following recommended prevention steps. Learn more. --> RSV symptoms Most people recover from Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV) in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults. If condition worsens, symptoms may include wheezing, rapid breathing, gasping for breath, exhaustion, dehydration, or bluish color around the mouth and fingernails. To learn more, visit cdc.gov/rsv. --> Protection against measles Make sure your baby gets the first measles shot at 12 months of age. Protection against measles, mumps and rubella starts to develop around two weeks after getting the MMR vaccine. Learn more.  --> Fight flu this season There is still time to benefit from a flu shot this season. The department receives reports of flu cases as late as April and May. Help prevent the spread of flu. The more people vaccinated against flu, the more people are protected. Make an appointment at one of our health centers or call 832-393-5427. --> Learn the COVID facts Already had COVID? Get the added protection of a COVID-19 shot. Learn more about the benefits of getting a COVID-19 shot. --> COVID-19 positivity high in Houston Houston's 14-day average COVID-19 positivity rate is 19.9%, and the wastewater virus load is 659% of the baseline. Stay up to date with vaccines to help lower your risk of becoming seriously ill due to a COVID-19 infection. Free vax sites: http://GetVaxxedHouston.org or 832-393-4220. --> Join our mailing list

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January 20, 2023 The Houston Health Department (HHD) works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services
benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extends into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region.


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Announcing the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee!

1 week 1 day ago

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are excited to announce the members of the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee! The Committee will review the current body of nutrition science and make recommendations to help guide HHS and USDA as they develop the 10th edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. …

 

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Flu Vaccination Coverage Update

2 weeks 1 day ago
CDC's latest flu vaccination coverage estimates were updated on January 6, 2023. Estimates show that a drop in flu vaccine uptake observed early this season among adults overall has narrowed as the season has progressed; however, coverage among pregnant people remains concerningly low.