"Summer is an excellent season for travel and enjoyment of nature, but it is important to take simple and healthy precautions," he said. Anne SchuchatDoctor of Medicine and Deputy Director of CDC. "From information on traveling vaccines to advice on preventing insect bites, the CDC offers resources to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy."
Protect yourself before traveling abroad
Learn about the health and safety risks of your destination. Animal diseases and drinking water can be very different from what you are accustomed to and can cause illness. Get the necessary vaccinations at least 4 to 6 weeks before the trip to make sure you are protected when the travel time comes.
The CDC's summer travel abroad site contains health and safety tips for anyone traveling from the United States abroad. Recent health updates for CDC travelers include information on measles and malaria. Many countries experience outbreaks of measles, including Brazil, England, France, Israel, Japan and Ukraine. Check out the most up-to-date information in the CDC Vaccine Information Statements. New antimalarial drugs are available for travelers in the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Southeast Asia and Africa. Approximately 1,700 cases of malaria per year are diagnosed with American travelers traveling abroad.
Swimming, one of the most popular summer activities among children and adults, will receive great attention from May 20 to May 26, when it is observed Health Week and safety in water.
The theme of this year's edition, "Proper Handling of Chemicals for Swimming Pools with a view to Healthy and Safe Swimming", highlights the role that bathers, parents of small bathers, beach and pool staff, homeowners and public health workers play to prevent outbreaks of droughts, drowning and injuries caused by chemical products for pools.
The CDC recommends that everyone review the results of the last checks on the swimming pools where they plan to swim. Search for the results of inspections on the Internet or in the facilities. Chemicals such as chlorine are added to water to kill microbes and prevent their spread, helping to protect the health of people who swim. However, improper handling of chemicals in the pool may cause injuries. Owners and operators of public and private pools, mineral springs and jacuzzi, and water parks can take measures to prevent the damage caused by chemicals in the swimming pool.
Safety and health of young workers
Young workers (aged 15-24) have higher levels of work-related accidents than older workers. To help protect young workers in their summer jobs, the CDC's NIOSH participates in the social media campaign # MySafeSummerJob to provide resources and health and safety information at the workplace employers of minors, young workers, parents and educators. The campaign My Safe Summer Work (My summer job for sure) is cooperation between government agencies, including the OSHA and NIOSH? and numerous professional and nonprofit organizations such as CareerSafe and the National Safety Council. The campaign aims to raise awareness of work-related hazards and how to deal with them, workers' rights and responsibilities, safety concerns, and injury prevention.
Escape from the heat and sunshine
Heat kills more than 600 people a year in the United States. Preventing heat-related illnesses, including sunburn and heat exhaustion, is important for people of all ages, but extreme heat represents the greatest risk for children under 4 years of age and over 65 years of age, as well as for anyone with a previous a health problem or who lives in a home without air conditioning. The best ways to protect yourself from heat is to have a cool temperature hydrated and be informed: look for air conditioning during hot hours and wear fresh clothes, drink plenty of fluids and pay attention to heat warnings. NIOSH offers several recommendations and tools that employers can include in their training and that workers can use in real time to protect themselves when working in the heat.
Sunburn is a common injury during the summer season. Ultraviolet rays can burn unprotected skin in just 15 minutes, but skin can take up to 12 hours to show the damage. CDC recommends not to be exposed in the sun between 10 and 10 hours. m and 4 rm when the ultraviolet rays are at their highest level. Sunscreen products are recommended for anyone who works and plays outdoors in the summer, even in cloudy days. It is also recommended to wear hats, sunglasses and long sleeves during outdoor activities.
Children's health and safety
Summer activities such as cycling or playground play are great for children's development. To keep children safe and healthy all summer, make sure that children wear helmets that fit well when riding a bicycle and follow the safety tips on the CDC site. Parents must ensure that children are protected when traveling by car. Do the children have to be securely attached to the seat, the seat or the car seat according to the one suitable for weight, height and age? for each trip. Tighten the seat belt correctly reduces fatal and fatal injuries by up to 80%. Children under 13 are better protected in the rear seat.
Update your vaccines
Make sure that your children's immunizations are up to date in order to protect them from serious illnesses during their life. Summer is a great time to make appointments for your child to get the recommended photos or to catch up on pictures he may have missed when he was younger. The recommended CDC immunization schedule is safe and effective to protect the child from 14 infectious diseases such as measles, varicella and rubella. It is based on the response of your child's immune system to vaccines of different ages and the likelihood of your child being exposed to a particular disease. The CDC also recommends three vaccines for all boys and girls aged 11 to 12 years to prevent infections that can cause meningitis, HPV and pertussis cancers. You can find more information about how vaccines work, where to find vaccines in your area, and the vaccines your child needs from the CDC vaccine website www.cdc.gov/vaccines.
Food poisoning has its peak during the summer months due to the increased temperatures that can stimulate the spread of microbes that are transmitted from food. Every year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick of eating infected food. The CDC also has recommendations on food safety when grilling.
Protection against insects
Protect yourself and your family from insect bites by using insect repellents registered with the EPA with active ingredients such as DEET. Apply repellent only on uncoated skin or clothing as indicated on the product label and always follow the instructions when applying insect repellent to children.
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