“E-cigarette use among U.S. youth and young adults is now a major public health concern. E-cigarette use has increased considerably in recent years, growing an astounding 900% among high school students from 2011 to 2015…. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which can cause addiction and can harm the developing adolescent brain.”
Since that announcement a website has been created by the Surgeon General that provides facts about e-cigarettes.
“Know the Risk”: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/knowtherisks.html
Parent Tip Sheet (how to address the topic with kids): https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/SGR_ECig_ParentTipSheet_508.pdf
There is also a PSA video by the Surgeon General: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/default.htm
Several children in Washington have become ill with symptoms consistent with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). We don’t know what caused these cases, but Department of Health, together with the CDC, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Public Health-Seattle and King County is investigating these cases to understand what caused them.http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1400/Facts%20on%20AFM.pdf
Last update: 11/02/2016
Meningococcal disease can refer to any illness that is caused by the type of bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis, also known as meningococcus [muh-ning-goh-KOK-us]. These illnesses are often severe and include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and bloodstream infections (bacteremia or septicemia).
Meningococcus bacteria are spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions like spit (e.g., by living in close quarters, kissing). Meningococcal disease can be treated with antibiotics, but quick medical attention is extremely important. Keeping up to date with recommended vaccines is the best defense against meningococcal disease.
Symptoms of meningococcal disease are usually sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. It can start with symptoms similar to influenza (flu), and will often also cause nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light, rash, and confusion.