Get Ready newsletter: Get Ready Now!: Winter 2014 issue

2014 Get Ready Pup-Preparedness calendar is now available
Our 2014 dog calendar is now available online for free! Featuring cute puppies and preparedness tips, the calendar makes a great addition to your bulletin board, office wall or refrigerator. Get your copy and print one to share.

Get ready with one of our free e-cards!
We know you love to be prepared as much as we do. To help you spread the message, we’ve created Get Ready e-cards to share the importance of preparedness with your loved ones. Check out our new holiday cards and flu season messages.Rudolph ecard

Winter Ready
Winter's here, and that means colder temperatures — and possible health dangers. From storm safety to flu preparation, APHA's Get Ready campaign has the info you need to make your winter a safe one. For more information, download one of our winter-themed Get Ready fact sheets.

Tell Congress to fund public health and preparedness
Congress is working on important spending decisions for fiscal year 2014. Through sequestration and other budget cuts, public health agencies — including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration — have received significant reductions in funding over the past several years. Cuts to critical public health programs would leave American families less healthy and at higher risk in the event of a public health emergency. Take action now and tell Congress you support funding!

Podcasts
Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 33: “Global Hand-Washing Day"

The Get Ready team interviews Alfonso Contreras, regional advisor for health promotion at the Pan American Health Organization, which is the regional office of the World Health Organization for the Americas. He discusses the importance of regular hand-washing with soap and Global Hand-Washing Day, which is celebrated annually on Oct 15.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 32: “Immunization awareness"
We spoke with Bruce Gellin, director of the National Vaccine Program Office at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on the important role immunizations play.

Emergency preparedness to be a focus during National Public Health Week
NPHW logoFor close to two decades, public health professionals have united communities nationwide each April to celebrate National Public Health Week. In 2014, NPHW will be celebrated April 7-13 with a theme of “Public Health: Start Here.” There’s even an entire day dedicated to emergency preparedness!

Tuesday, April 8, will focus on “Don’t panic: Disaster preparedness starts with community-wide commitment and action. We’re here to help you weather the unexpected.” Get involved with National Public Health Week by signing up for updates, downloading the 2014 brochure and following us on Twitter at @NPHW. And be sure to join us on April 8 to spread the word about emergency preparedness.

Read our guest blog post by CDC’s Jhung on flu season and vaccinations

Flu season is here, and now’s the time to get vaccinated. In a guest post on the Get Ready Blog, Michael Jhung, a medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spells out why vaccination is important. Did you know that more than 200,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications each year? Read more about how you can be protected in Jhung’s post.

More recent blog posts
December

Are you winter ready?
It’s National Hand-Washing Awareness Week

November
Public Health Thank You Day is Nov. 25
‘Tis the season to get ready!
Knowing when antibiotics work — and when they don’t
What to do when disaster strikes somewhere else
You’ve changed your clocks, now check your stocks

October
Infections are scarier than any Halloween costume
Do you know how to prevent infections?
Global Hand-Washing Day works to prevent spread of disease
Guest blog by Kathleen Wilson: Cold and flu symptoms? Double-check, don’t double up
How to be prepared for a volcanic eruption

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Posted Dec. 20, 2013