International Infection Prevention Week

International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), is observed on the third week of October each year and was established in 1986. This week is sponsored by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and aims to shine a light on infection prevention.  

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month! Let us use this time to raise public awareness about the condition, and advocate for the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome.  

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Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day is recognized on October 15th. It is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding the importance of washing your hands with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases.  

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World Alzheimer’s Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, created by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) in 2012.   Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and it affects the parts of the brain that control memory, thoughts, judgement, language and communication.   World Alzheimer’s Month allows us the opportunity to raise awareness and to educate ourselves and others.…

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National Cholesterol Education Month

September is National Cholesterol Education Month. More than one million Americans have a heart attack each year and about 500,000 die from heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Cholesterol is a fat-like substance in your blood. Having too…

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Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a genetic disease that affects the central nervous system and skeletal muscle. Those who suffer from SMA lose the ability to walk, eat, and breathe without medical intervention. Spinal Muscular Atrophy symptoms begin at the age in which motor function is affected. The earlier the age of onset, the greater…

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National Immunization Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight and promote the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Many diseases like Measles, Polio, Hepatitis, Mumps, and chickenpox can be prevented by a vaccine.  Immunization protects us all from serious illness and the possibility of outbreaks. Call your primary…

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World Lung Cancer Day

World Lung Cancer Day is observed on August 1st, and was created to promote lung health and lung cancer awareness. Lung cancer is the second leading cancer worldwide and is the most common cause of all cancer deaths among both men and women.   Smoking Tabaco is one of the most common risks linked to…

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Hepatitis Awareness Week

World Hepatitis Day is recognized  annually on the 28th of July, the birthday of Dr. Baruch Blumberg, who first discovered the hepatitis B virus in 1967 and developed the first Hepatitis B vaccine just two years later. Virial hepatitis are a group of diseases more commonly known as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C,  Hepatitis…

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UV Safety Month

Spending time outdoors is a great way to get vitamin D, reduce stress, and keep an active lifestyle. While outside it is important to remember to practice UV safety. Our skin is vulnerable and at risk from overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays all year round and more so during the hot summer months. UV rays…

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