Contagion A Movie Public Health A Reality

The movie “Contagion” opens today, September 9, and fictionalizes the world’s emergency response to a novel respiratory disease outbreak.

The film’s writers talked with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) scientists as they developed the idea for the movie. CDC does not endorse or promote any commercial products. The premise of the film and some scenes are quite credible and the movie does demonstrate some of the public health response to a contagious disease.

Each day public health agencies, from CDC to your municipal health department protect the community in a variety of ways.

Saving Lives
CDC doctors, scientists, researchers and public health professionals work around the world to fight disease, confront disaster and prevent death from environmental hazards. Read more…

Protecting People
Responding to health threats, preventing chronic disease and injuries, helping communities recover fro disaster – it’s all in a day′s work at CDC. Read more…

Saving Money Through Prevention
Safeguarding the health of Americans where they work live and play is the core of CDC′s mission. Being good stewards of America’s public health investment is critical to that mission′s fulfillment. Read more…

This September: A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare

This September is the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and as we take time to remember those lost, it is also a time to make sure you are prepared for future emergencies.

As we recover from Hurricane Irene and the record flooding, as we see on the news tornado outbreaks, wild fires, historic earthquakes, tsunamis and power outages, this September please take time to prepare and plan in the event you must go for three – five days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or local services for several days.

There are three basic steps to follow:

  1. Get a Kit: Keep enough supplies on hand for you and those in your care, as well as your pets – water, flashlights, batteries, food.
  2. Make a Plan: Discuss, agree on, and document an emergency plan with those in your care. Work together with neighbors, colleagues and others to build community resilience.
  3. Be informed: There are many resources to help prepare. updates preparedness resources and links to many other government agencies. Follow us on and for emergency information and updates.