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8 Ways to Beat the Heat and Stay Hydrated

8 Ways to Beat the Heat and Stay Hydrated

Hydration is essential for good health

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Give your body what it needs to function properly.

Drinking plenty of water on a regular basis is proven to lead to better health. It’s no secret that getting your daily dose of H20 helps your body function properly, so staying hydrated stands as No. 1 on our healthy living check list.

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Though drinking plenty of water seems simple, have you ever wondered if you’re actually drinking enough to stay hydrated? A lot of people would assume they are, but the fact of the matter is, 75 percent of Americans may suffer from chronic dehydration.

It's not enough to simply believe that you’re staying hydrated — it is important to be absolutely certain. Taking the initiative to make sure you’re taking the proper steps to stay hydrated is worth your while; it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

We’ve come up with a few tricks for you to try that will guarantee good hydration all day long. Check out these eight ways to beat the heat and stay hydrated.

Always Carry a Water Bottle

For this tactic, all you have to do is remember to bring a water bottle with you everywhere you go. Staying hydrated has never been so easy! An easy way to take control of your water intake? Purchase a reusable water bottle. If you use it every day, soon enough, you’ll feel naked without it.

Drink a Glass of Water Before Every Meal

Drinking water at any time of the day has its benefits, but meals can act as a good marker to remind you to do so. Not only will this trick help you stay hydrated, it also boosts metabolism, which will help your body burn more fat.


CDC’s Eight Tips for Safe and Healthy Summertime Work and Play

Whether you are planning an overseas vacation, getting ready for a staycation, or will be working outdoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention&rsquos latest health tips, alerts, and social media updates include practical advice for travelers, swimmers, and everyone who wants to beat the summer heat.

&ldquoSummer is a great time to travel and enjoy the great outdoors, but it&rsquos important to take simple, common-sense precautions,&rdquo said CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D. &ldquoFrom information about travel vaccinations to tips to prevent insect bites, CDC provides resources to help keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe.&rdquo

Travel abroad safely

Before traveling abroad, check out health and safety risks at your destination. Animal illnesses and drinking water might be very different from what you&rsquore used to and could make you sick. Get needed vaccinations at least 4 to 6 weeks before you leave to ensure you&rsquore protected by the time you travel.

CDC&rsquos Summer Travel Abroad site has health and safety tips for anyone traveling outside the United States. CDC&rsquos latest traveler&rsquos health updates include information about measles and malaria. Many countries are experiencing measles outbreaks, including Brazil, England, France, Israel, Japan and Ukraine. Check out CDC&rsquos Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) to get the latest information. New anti-malarial medications are available for travelers to parts of the Caribbean, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. About 1,700 cases of malaria are diagnosed every year in U.S. travelers who go abroad.

Swimming safety

Swimming, one of the most popular summer activities for children and adults, gets the spotlight May 20&ndash26, when we observe Healthy and Safe Swimming Week.

This year&rsquos theme, &ldquoPool Chemistry for Healthy and Safe Swimming,&rdquo highlights the roles that swimmers, parents of young swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials play in preventing disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.

CDC recommends that everyone check out the latest inspection score of pools where you plan to swim. Look for inspection scores online or on site. Chemicals like chlorine are added to pool water to kill germs and stop them from spreading, helping to keep swimmers healthy. However, mishandling pool chemicals can cause injuries. Owners and operators of both public and privately owned pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds can take steps to prevent pool chemical injuries.

Young Worker Safety and Health

Young workers (ages 15&ndash24) have higher rates of job-related injury compared to adult workers. To help keep young workers safe at their summer jobs, CDC&rsquos National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is participating in the social media campaign, #MySafeSummerJob external icon , to provide workplace safety and health information and resources to employers of youth, young workers, parents, and educators. My Safe Summer Job is a collaboration between government agencies&mdashincluding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and NIOSH&mdashand numerous professional and non-profit organizations, including CareerSafe and the National Safety Council. The campaign is raising awareness about job-related hazards and how to address them, workers&rsquo rights and responsibilities, voicing safety concerns on the job, and injury prevention.

Beat the heat and rays

Heat kills more than 600 people in the United States each year. Preventing heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion, is important for people of all ages, but extreme heat poses the greatest risk for people under age 4 and over 65, and anyone who has a pre-existing medical condition or who lives in a home without air conditioning. The best ways to protect yourself from heat include staying cool, hydrated, and informed: find air-conditioning during hot hours and wear cool clothing, drink plenty of liquids, and pay attention to heat advisories. NIOSH offers several recommendations and tools that employers can incorporate into trainings, and workers can use in real-time, in order to help stay safe when working in heat.

Sunburn is a common summertime injury. Unprotected skin can be burned by the sun&rsquos UV rays in as little as 15 minutes, but can take up to 12 hours for the skin to show the damage. CDC recommends staying out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when its UV rays are at their highest level. Sunscreen is recommended for anyone working and playing outside in the summer, even on cloudy days. Hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves are also recommended for outdoors activities.

Children&rsquos health and safety

Summer activities, such as riding a bike and playground time, are great for a child&rsquos development. To keep kids healthy and safe all summer long, be sure children use helmets that fit well while riding their bikes and follow playground safety tips from CDC&rsquos website. Parents should ensure children stay safe while traveling in cars. Children should be properly buckled in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt &mdashwhichever is appropriate for their weight, height, and age &mdash on every trip. Properly buckling up image icon reduces serious and fatal injuries by up to 80 percent. Children under age 13 are best protected in the back seat.

Stay up to date on vaccines

Making sure your child is up to date on vaccines is key to protecting them against serious diseases throughout their life. The summer is a great time to make appointments for your child to get recommended vaccines or to catch up on vaccines they might have missed when they were younger. CDC&rsquos recommended immunization schedule is safe and effective at protecting your child from 14 infectious diseases like measles, chickenpox, and rubella. It&rsquos based on how your child&rsquos immune system responds to vaccines at various ages, and how likely your child is to be exposed to a particular disease. CDC also recommends three vaccines for all 11- to 12-year-old boys and girls to prevent infections that can cause meningitis, HPV cancers, and whooping cough. More information about how vaccines work, where to find vaccines in your area external icon , and what vaccines your child needs can be found on CDC vaccine website, www.cdc.gov/vaccines.

Food safety

Food poisoning peaks during summer months due to warmer temperatures, which can let foodborne germs thrive. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food. CDC also has advice for food safety when grilling.

Insect protection

Protect yourself and your family from insect bites by using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents external icon with active ingredients such as DEET. Apply repellents only to exposed skin or clothing, as directed on the product label and always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.

CDC works 24/7 protecting America&rsquos health, safety and security. Whether disease start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America&rsquos most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world.


CDC’s Eight Tips for Safe and Healthy Summertime Work and Play

Whether you are planning an overseas vacation, getting ready for a staycation, or will be working outdoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention&rsquos latest health tips, alerts, and social media updates include practical advice for travelers, swimmers, and everyone who wants to beat the summer heat.

&ldquoSummer is a great time to travel and enjoy the great outdoors, but it&rsquos important to take simple, common-sense precautions,&rdquo said CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D. &ldquoFrom information about travel vaccinations to tips to prevent insect bites, CDC provides resources to help keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe.&rdquo

Travel abroad safely

Before traveling abroad, check out health and safety risks at your destination. Animal illnesses and drinking water might be very different from what you&rsquore used to and could make you sick. Get needed vaccinations at least 4 to 6 weeks before you leave to ensure you&rsquore protected by the time you travel.

CDC&rsquos Summer Travel Abroad site has health and safety tips for anyone traveling outside the United States. CDC&rsquos latest traveler&rsquos health updates include information about measles and malaria. Many countries are experiencing measles outbreaks, including Brazil, England, France, Israel, Japan and Ukraine. Check out CDC&rsquos Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) to get the latest information. New anti-malarial medications are available for travelers to parts of the Caribbean, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. About 1,700 cases of malaria are diagnosed every year in U.S. travelers who go abroad.

Swimming safety

Swimming, one of the most popular summer activities for children and adults, gets the spotlight May 20&ndash26, when we observe Healthy and Safe Swimming Week.

This year&rsquos theme, &ldquoPool Chemistry for Healthy and Safe Swimming,&rdquo highlights the roles that swimmers, parents of young swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials play in preventing disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.

CDC recommends that everyone check out the latest inspection score of pools where you plan to swim. Look for inspection scores online or on site. Chemicals like chlorine are added to pool water to kill germs and stop them from spreading, helping to keep swimmers healthy. However, mishandling pool chemicals can cause injuries. Owners and operators of both public and privately owned pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds can take steps to prevent pool chemical injuries.

Young Worker Safety and Health

Young workers (ages 15&ndash24) have higher rates of job-related injury compared to adult workers. To help keep young workers safe at their summer jobs, CDC&rsquos National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is participating in the social media campaign, #MySafeSummerJob external icon , to provide workplace safety and health information and resources to employers of youth, young workers, parents, and educators. My Safe Summer Job is a collaboration between government agencies&mdashincluding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and NIOSH&mdashand numerous professional and non-profit organizations, including CareerSafe and the National Safety Council. The campaign is raising awareness about job-related hazards and how to address them, workers&rsquo rights and responsibilities, voicing safety concerns on the job, and injury prevention.

Beat the heat and rays

Heat kills more than 600 people in the United States each year. Preventing heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion, is important for people of all ages, but extreme heat poses the greatest risk for people under age 4 and over 65, and anyone who has a pre-existing medical condition or who lives in a home without air conditioning. The best ways to protect yourself from heat include staying cool, hydrated, and informed: find air-conditioning during hot hours and wear cool clothing, drink plenty of liquids, and pay attention to heat advisories. NIOSH offers several recommendations and tools that employers can incorporate into trainings, and workers can use in real-time, in order to help stay safe when working in heat.

Sunburn is a common summertime injury. Unprotected skin can be burned by the sun&rsquos UV rays in as little as 15 minutes, but can take up to 12 hours for the skin to show the damage. CDC recommends staying out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when its UV rays are at their highest level. Sunscreen is recommended for anyone working and playing outside in the summer, even on cloudy days. Hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves are also recommended for outdoors activities.

Children&rsquos health and safety

Summer activities, such as riding a bike and playground time, are great for a child&rsquos development. To keep kids healthy and safe all summer long, be sure children use helmets that fit well while riding their bikes and follow playground safety tips from CDC&rsquos website. Parents should ensure children stay safe while traveling in cars. Children should be properly buckled in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt &mdashwhichever is appropriate for their weight, height, and age &mdash on every trip. Properly buckling up image icon reduces serious and fatal injuries by up to 80 percent. Children under age 13 are best protected in the back seat.

Stay up to date on vaccines

Making sure your child is up to date on vaccines is key to protecting them against serious diseases throughout their life. The summer is a great time to make appointments for your child to get recommended vaccines or to catch up on vaccines they might have missed when they were younger. CDC&rsquos recommended immunization schedule is safe and effective at protecting your child from 14 infectious diseases like measles, chickenpox, and rubella. It&rsquos based on how your child&rsquos immune system responds to vaccines at various ages, and how likely your child is to be exposed to a particular disease. CDC also recommends three vaccines for all 11- to 12-year-old boys and girls to prevent infections that can cause meningitis, HPV cancers, and whooping cough. More information about how vaccines work, where to find vaccines in your area external icon , and what vaccines your child needs can be found on CDC vaccine website, www.cdc.gov/vaccines.

Food safety

Food poisoning peaks during summer months due to warmer temperatures, which can let foodborne germs thrive. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food. CDC also has advice for food safety when grilling.

Insect protection

Protect yourself and your family from insect bites by using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents external icon with active ingredients such as DEET. Apply repellents only to exposed skin or clothing, as directed on the product label and always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.

CDC works 24/7 protecting America&rsquos health, safety and security. Whether disease start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America&rsquos most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world.


CDC’s Eight Tips for Safe and Healthy Summertime Work and Play

Whether you are planning an overseas vacation, getting ready for a staycation, or will be working outdoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention&rsquos latest health tips, alerts, and social media updates include practical advice for travelers, swimmers, and everyone who wants to beat the summer heat.

&ldquoSummer is a great time to travel and enjoy the great outdoors, but it&rsquos important to take simple, common-sense precautions,&rdquo said CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D. &ldquoFrom information about travel vaccinations to tips to prevent insect bites, CDC provides resources to help keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe.&rdquo

Travel abroad safely

Before traveling abroad, check out health and safety risks at your destination. Animal illnesses and drinking water might be very different from what you&rsquore used to and could make you sick. Get needed vaccinations at least 4 to 6 weeks before you leave to ensure you&rsquore protected by the time you travel.

CDC&rsquos Summer Travel Abroad site has health and safety tips for anyone traveling outside the United States. CDC&rsquos latest traveler&rsquos health updates include information about measles and malaria. Many countries are experiencing measles outbreaks, including Brazil, England, France, Israel, Japan and Ukraine. Check out CDC&rsquos Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) to get the latest information. New anti-malarial medications are available for travelers to parts of the Caribbean, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. About 1,700 cases of malaria are diagnosed every year in U.S. travelers who go abroad.

Swimming safety

Swimming, one of the most popular summer activities for children and adults, gets the spotlight May 20&ndash26, when we observe Healthy and Safe Swimming Week.

This year&rsquos theme, &ldquoPool Chemistry for Healthy and Safe Swimming,&rdquo highlights the roles that swimmers, parents of young swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials play in preventing disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.

CDC recommends that everyone check out the latest inspection score of pools where you plan to swim. Look for inspection scores online or on site. Chemicals like chlorine are added to pool water to kill germs and stop them from spreading, helping to keep swimmers healthy. However, mishandling pool chemicals can cause injuries. Owners and operators of both public and privately owned pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds can take steps to prevent pool chemical injuries.

Young Worker Safety and Health

Young workers (ages 15&ndash24) have higher rates of job-related injury compared to adult workers. To help keep young workers safe at their summer jobs, CDC&rsquos National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is participating in the social media campaign, #MySafeSummerJob external icon , to provide workplace safety and health information and resources to employers of youth, young workers, parents, and educators. My Safe Summer Job is a collaboration between government agencies&mdashincluding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and NIOSH&mdashand numerous professional and non-profit organizations, including CareerSafe and the National Safety Council. The campaign is raising awareness about job-related hazards and how to address them, workers&rsquo rights and responsibilities, voicing safety concerns on the job, and injury prevention.

Beat the heat and rays

Heat kills more than 600 people in the United States each year. Preventing heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion, is important for people of all ages, but extreme heat poses the greatest risk for people under age 4 and over 65, and anyone who has a pre-existing medical condition or who lives in a home without air conditioning. The best ways to protect yourself from heat include staying cool, hydrated, and informed: find air-conditioning during hot hours and wear cool clothing, drink plenty of liquids, and pay attention to heat advisories. NIOSH offers several recommendations and tools that employers can incorporate into trainings, and workers can use in real-time, in order to help stay safe when working in heat.

Sunburn is a common summertime injury. Unprotected skin can be burned by the sun&rsquos UV rays in as little as 15 minutes, but can take up to 12 hours for the skin to show the damage. CDC recommends staying out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when its UV rays are at their highest level. Sunscreen is recommended for anyone working and playing outside in the summer, even on cloudy days. Hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves are also recommended for outdoors activities.

Children&rsquos health and safety

Summer activities, such as riding a bike and playground time, are great for a child&rsquos development. To keep kids healthy and safe all summer long, be sure children use helmets that fit well while riding their bikes and follow playground safety tips from CDC&rsquos website. Parents should ensure children stay safe while traveling in cars. Children should be properly buckled in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt &mdashwhichever is appropriate for their weight, height, and age &mdash on every trip. Properly buckling up image icon reduces serious and fatal injuries by up to 80 percent. Children under age 13 are best protected in the back seat.

Stay up to date on vaccines

Making sure your child is up to date on vaccines is key to protecting them against serious diseases throughout their life. The summer is a great time to make appointments for your child to get recommended vaccines or to catch up on vaccines they might have missed when they were younger. CDC&rsquos recommended immunization schedule is safe and effective at protecting your child from 14 infectious diseases like measles, chickenpox, and rubella. It&rsquos based on how your child&rsquos immune system responds to vaccines at various ages, and how likely your child is to be exposed to a particular disease. CDC also recommends three vaccines for all 11- to 12-year-old boys and girls to prevent infections that can cause meningitis, HPV cancers, and whooping cough. More information about how vaccines work, where to find vaccines in your area external icon , and what vaccines your child needs can be found on CDC vaccine website, www.cdc.gov/vaccines.

Food safety

Food poisoning peaks during summer months due to warmer temperatures, which can let foodborne germs thrive. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food. CDC also has advice for food safety when grilling.

Insect protection

Protect yourself and your family from insect bites by using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents external icon with active ingredients such as DEET. Apply repellents only to exposed skin or clothing, as directed on the product label and always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.

CDC works 24/7 protecting America&rsquos health, safety and security. Whether disease start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America&rsquos most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world.


CDC’s Eight Tips for Safe and Healthy Summertime Work and Play

Whether you are planning an overseas vacation, getting ready for a staycation, or will be working outdoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention&rsquos latest health tips, alerts, and social media updates include practical advice for travelers, swimmers, and everyone who wants to beat the summer heat.

&ldquoSummer is a great time to travel and enjoy the great outdoors, but it&rsquos important to take simple, common-sense precautions,&rdquo said CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D. &ldquoFrom information about travel vaccinations to tips to prevent insect bites, CDC provides resources to help keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe.&rdquo

Travel abroad safely

Before traveling abroad, check out health and safety risks at your destination. Animal illnesses and drinking water might be very different from what you&rsquore used to and could make you sick. Get needed vaccinations at least 4 to 6 weeks before you leave to ensure you&rsquore protected by the time you travel.

CDC&rsquos Summer Travel Abroad site has health and safety tips for anyone traveling outside the United States. CDC&rsquos latest traveler&rsquos health updates include information about measles and malaria. Many countries are experiencing measles outbreaks, including Brazil, England, France, Israel, Japan and Ukraine. Check out CDC&rsquos Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) to get the latest information. New anti-malarial medications are available for travelers to parts of the Caribbean, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. About 1,700 cases of malaria are diagnosed every year in U.S. travelers who go abroad.

Swimming safety

Swimming, one of the most popular summer activities for children and adults, gets the spotlight May 20&ndash26, when we observe Healthy and Safe Swimming Week.

This year&rsquos theme, &ldquoPool Chemistry for Healthy and Safe Swimming,&rdquo highlights the roles that swimmers, parents of young swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials play in preventing disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.

CDC recommends that everyone check out the latest inspection score of pools where you plan to swim. Look for inspection scores online or on site. Chemicals like chlorine are added to pool water to kill germs and stop them from spreading, helping to keep swimmers healthy. However, mishandling pool chemicals can cause injuries. Owners and operators of both public and privately owned pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds can take steps to prevent pool chemical injuries.

Young Worker Safety and Health

Young workers (ages 15&ndash24) have higher rates of job-related injury compared to adult workers. To help keep young workers safe at their summer jobs, CDC&rsquos National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is participating in the social media campaign, #MySafeSummerJob external icon , to provide workplace safety and health information and resources to employers of youth, young workers, parents, and educators. My Safe Summer Job is a collaboration between government agencies&mdashincluding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and NIOSH&mdashand numerous professional and non-profit organizations, including CareerSafe and the National Safety Council. The campaign is raising awareness about job-related hazards and how to address them, workers&rsquo rights and responsibilities, voicing safety concerns on the job, and injury prevention.

Beat the heat and rays

Heat kills more than 600 people in the United States each year. Preventing heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion, is important for people of all ages, but extreme heat poses the greatest risk for people under age 4 and over 65, and anyone who has a pre-existing medical condition or who lives in a home without air conditioning. The best ways to protect yourself from heat include staying cool, hydrated, and informed: find air-conditioning during hot hours and wear cool clothing, drink plenty of liquids, and pay attention to heat advisories. NIOSH offers several recommendations and tools that employers can incorporate into trainings, and workers can use in real-time, in order to help stay safe when working in heat.

Sunburn is a common summertime injury. Unprotected skin can be burned by the sun&rsquos UV rays in as little as 15 minutes, but can take up to 12 hours for the skin to show the damage. CDC recommends staying out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when its UV rays are at their highest level. Sunscreen is recommended for anyone working and playing outside in the summer, even on cloudy days. Hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves are also recommended for outdoors activities.

Children&rsquos health and safety

Summer activities, such as riding a bike and playground time, are great for a child&rsquos development. To keep kids healthy and safe all summer long, be sure children use helmets that fit well while riding their bikes and follow playground safety tips from CDC&rsquos website. Parents should ensure children stay safe while traveling in cars. Children should be properly buckled in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt &mdashwhichever is appropriate for their weight, height, and age &mdash on every trip. Properly buckling up image icon reduces serious and fatal injuries by up to 80 percent. Children under age 13 are best protected in the back seat.

Stay up to date on vaccines

Making sure your child is up to date on vaccines is key to protecting them against serious diseases throughout their life. The summer is a great time to make appointments for your child to get recommended vaccines or to catch up on vaccines they might have missed when they were younger. CDC&rsquos recommended immunization schedule is safe and effective at protecting your child from 14 infectious diseases like measles, chickenpox, and rubella. It&rsquos based on how your child&rsquos immune system responds to vaccines at various ages, and how likely your child is to be exposed to a particular disease. CDC also recommends three vaccines for all 11- to 12-year-old boys and girls to prevent infections that can cause meningitis, HPV cancers, and whooping cough. More information about how vaccines work, where to find vaccines in your area external icon , and what vaccines your child needs can be found on CDC vaccine website, www.cdc.gov/vaccines.

Food safety

Food poisoning peaks during summer months due to warmer temperatures, which can let foodborne germs thrive. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food. CDC also has advice for food safety when grilling.

Insect protection

Protect yourself and your family from insect bites by using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents external icon with active ingredients such as DEET. Apply repellents only to exposed skin or clothing, as directed on the product label and always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.

CDC works 24/7 protecting America&rsquos health, safety and security. Whether disease start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America&rsquos most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world.


CDC’s Eight Tips for Safe and Healthy Summertime Work and Play

Whether you are planning an overseas vacation, getting ready for a staycation, or will be working outdoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention&rsquos latest health tips, alerts, and social media updates include practical advice for travelers, swimmers, and everyone who wants to beat the summer heat.

&ldquoSummer is a great time to travel and enjoy the great outdoors, but it&rsquos important to take simple, common-sense precautions,&rdquo said CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D. &ldquoFrom information about travel vaccinations to tips to prevent insect bites, CDC provides resources to help keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe.&rdquo

Travel abroad safely

Before traveling abroad, check out health and safety risks at your destination. Animal illnesses and drinking water might be very different from what you&rsquore used to and could make you sick. Get needed vaccinations at least 4 to 6 weeks before you leave to ensure you&rsquore protected by the time you travel.

CDC&rsquos Summer Travel Abroad site has health and safety tips for anyone traveling outside the United States. CDC&rsquos latest traveler&rsquos health updates include information about measles and malaria. Many countries are experiencing measles outbreaks, including Brazil, England, France, Israel, Japan and Ukraine. Check out CDC&rsquos Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) to get the latest information. New anti-malarial medications are available for travelers to parts of the Caribbean, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. About 1,700 cases of malaria are diagnosed every year in U.S. travelers who go abroad.

Swimming safety

Swimming, one of the most popular summer activities for children and adults, gets the spotlight May 20&ndash26, when we observe Healthy and Safe Swimming Week.

This year&rsquos theme, &ldquoPool Chemistry for Healthy and Safe Swimming,&rdquo highlights the roles that swimmers, parents of young swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials play in preventing disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.

CDC recommends that everyone check out the latest inspection score of pools where you plan to swim. Look for inspection scores online or on site. Chemicals like chlorine are added to pool water to kill germs and stop them from spreading, helping to keep swimmers healthy. However, mishandling pool chemicals can cause injuries. Owners and operators of both public and privately owned pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds can take steps to prevent pool chemical injuries.

Young Worker Safety and Health

Young workers (ages 15&ndash24) have higher rates of job-related injury compared to adult workers. To help keep young workers safe at their summer jobs, CDC&rsquos National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is participating in the social media campaign, #MySafeSummerJob external icon , to provide workplace safety and health information and resources to employers of youth, young workers, parents, and educators. My Safe Summer Job is a collaboration between government agencies&mdashincluding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and NIOSH&mdashand numerous professional and non-profit organizations, including CareerSafe and the National Safety Council. The campaign is raising awareness about job-related hazards and how to address them, workers&rsquo rights and responsibilities, voicing safety concerns on the job, and injury prevention.

Beat the heat and rays

Heat kills more than 600 people in the United States each year. Preventing heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion, is important for people of all ages, but extreme heat poses the greatest risk for people under age 4 and over 65, and anyone who has a pre-existing medical condition or who lives in a home without air conditioning. The best ways to protect yourself from heat include staying cool, hydrated, and informed: find air-conditioning during hot hours and wear cool clothing, drink plenty of liquids, and pay attention to heat advisories. NIOSH offers several recommendations and tools that employers can incorporate into trainings, and workers can use in real-time, in order to help stay safe when working in heat.

Sunburn is a common summertime injury. Unprotected skin can be burned by the sun&rsquos UV rays in as little as 15 minutes, but can take up to 12 hours for the skin to show the damage. CDC recommends staying out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when its UV rays are at their highest level. Sunscreen is recommended for anyone working and playing outside in the summer, even on cloudy days. Hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves are also recommended for outdoors activities.

Children&rsquos health and safety

Summer activities, such as riding a bike and playground time, are great for a child&rsquos development. To keep kids healthy and safe all summer long, be sure children use helmets that fit well while riding their bikes and follow playground safety tips from CDC&rsquos website. Parents should ensure children stay safe while traveling in cars. Children should be properly buckled in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt &mdashwhichever is appropriate for their weight, height, and age &mdash on every trip. Properly buckling up image icon reduces serious and fatal injuries by up to 80 percent. Children under age 13 are best protected in the back seat.

Stay up to date on vaccines

Making sure your child is up to date on vaccines is key to protecting them against serious diseases throughout their life. The summer is a great time to make appointments for your child to get recommended vaccines or to catch up on vaccines they might have missed when they were younger. CDC&rsquos recommended immunization schedule is safe and effective at protecting your child from 14 infectious diseases like measles, chickenpox, and rubella. It&rsquos based on how your child&rsquos immune system responds to vaccines at various ages, and how likely your child is to be exposed to a particular disease. CDC also recommends three vaccines for all 11- to 12-year-old boys and girls to prevent infections that can cause meningitis, HPV cancers, and whooping cough. More information about how vaccines work, where to find vaccines in your area external icon , and what vaccines your child needs can be found on CDC vaccine website, www.cdc.gov/vaccines.

Food safety

Food poisoning peaks during summer months due to warmer temperatures, which can let foodborne germs thrive. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food. CDC also has advice for food safety when grilling.

Insect protection

Protect yourself and your family from insect bites by using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents external icon with active ingredients such as DEET. Apply repellents only to exposed skin or clothing, as directed on the product label and always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.

CDC works 24/7 protecting America&rsquos health, safety and security. Whether disease start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America&rsquos most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world.


CDC’s Eight Tips for Safe and Healthy Summertime Work and Play

Whether you are planning an overseas vacation, getting ready for a staycation, or will be working outdoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention&rsquos latest health tips, alerts, and social media updates include practical advice for travelers, swimmers, and everyone who wants to beat the summer heat.

&ldquoSummer is a great time to travel and enjoy the great outdoors, but it&rsquos important to take simple, common-sense precautions,&rdquo said CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D. &ldquoFrom information about travel vaccinations to tips to prevent insect bites, CDC provides resources to help keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe.&rdquo

Travel abroad safely

Before traveling abroad, check out health and safety risks at your destination. Animal illnesses and drinking water might be very different from what you&rsquore used to and could make you sick. Get needed vaccinations at least 4 to 6 weeks before you leave to ensure you&rsquore protected by the time you travel.

CDC&rsquos Summer Travel Abroad site has health and safety tips for anyone traveling outside the United States. CDC&rsquos latest traveler&rsquos health updates include information about measles and malaria. Many countries are experiencing measles outbreaks, including Brazil, England, France, Israel, Japan and Ukraine. Check out CDC&rsquos Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) to get the latest information. New anti-malarial medications are available for travelers to parts of the Caribbean, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. About 1,700 cases of malaria are diagnosed every year in U.S. travelers who go abroad.

Swimming safety

Swimming, one of the most popular summer activities for children and adults, gets the spotlight May 20&ndash26, when we observe Healthy and Safe Swimming Week.

This year&rsquos theme, &ldquoPool Chemistry for Healthy and Safe Swimming,&rdquo highlights the roles that swimmers, parents of young swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials play in preventing disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.

CDC recommends that everyone check out the latest inspection score of pools where you plan to swim. Look for inspection scores online or on site. Chemicals like chlorine are added to pool water to kill germs and stop them from spreading, helping to keep swimmers healthy. However, mishandling pool chemicals can cause injuries. Owners and operators of both public and privately owned pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds can take steps to prevent pool chemical injuries.

Young Worker Safety and Health

Young workers (ages 15&ndash24) have higher rates of job-related injury compared to adult workers. To help keep young workers safe at their summer jobs, CDC&rsquos National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is participating in the social media campaign, #MySafeSummerJob external icon , to provide workplace safety and health information and resources to employers of youth, young workers, parents, and educators. My Safe Summer Job is a collaboration between government agencies&mdashincluding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and NIOSH&mdashand numerous professional and non-profit organizations, including CareerSafe and the National Safety Council. The campaign is raising awareness about job-related hazards and how to address them, workers&rsquo rights and responsibilities, voicing safety concerns on the job, and injury prevention.

Beat the heat and rays

Heat kills more than 600 people in the United States each year. Preventing heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion, is important for people of all ages, but extreme heat poses the greatest risk for people under age 4 and over 65, and anyone who has a pre-existing medical condition or who lives in a home without air conditioning. The best ways to protect yourself from heat include staying cool, hydrated, and informed: find air-conditioning during hot hours and wear cool clothing, drink plenty of liquids, and pay attention to heat advisories. NIOSH offers several recommendations and tools that employers can incorporate into trainings, and workers can use in real-time, in order to help stay safe when working in heat.

Sunburn is a common summertime injury. Unprotected skin can be burned by the sun&rsquos UV rays in as little as 15 minutes, but can take up to 12 hours for the skin to show the damage. CDC recommends staying out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when its UV rays are at their highest level. Sunscreen is recommended for anyone working and playing outside in the summer, even on cloudy days. Hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves are also recommended for outdoors activities.

Children&rsquos health and safety

Summer activities, such as riding a bike and playground time, are great for a child&rsquos development. To keep kids healthy and safe all summer long, be sure children use helmets that fit well while riding their bikes and follow playground safety tips from CDC&rsquos website. Parents should ensure children stay safe while traveling in cars. Children should be properly buckled in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt &mdashwhichever is appropriate for their weight, height, and age &mdash on every trip. Properly buckling up image icon reduces serious and fatal injuries by up to 80 percent. Children under age 13 are best protected in the back seat.

Stay up to date on vaccines

Making sure your child is up to date on vaccines is key to protecting them against serious diseases throughout their life. The summer is a great time to make appointments for your child to get recommended vaccines or to catch up on vaccines they might have missed when they were younger. CDC&rsquos recommended immunization schedule is safe and effective at protecting your child from 14 infectious diseases like measles, chickenpox, and rubella. It&rsquos based on how your child&rsquos immune system responds to vaccines at various ages, and how likely your child is to be exposed to a particular disease. CDC also recommends three vaccines for all 11- to 12-year-old boys and girls to prevent infections that can cause meningitis, HPV cancers, and whooping cough. More information about how vaccines work, where to find vaccines in your area external icon , and what vaccines your child needs can be found on CDC vaccine website, www.cdc.gov/vaccines.

Food safety

Food poisoning peaks during summer months due to warmer temperatures, which can let foodborne germs thrive. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food. CDC also has advice for food safety when grilling.

Insect protection

Protect yourself and your family from insect bites by using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents external icon with active ingredients such as DEET. Apply repellents only to exposed skin or clothing, as directed on the product label and always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.

CDC works 24/7 protecting America&rsquos health, safety and security. Whether disease start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America&rsquos most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world.


CDC’s Eight Tips for Safe and Healthy Summertime Work and Play

Whether you are planning an overseas vacation, getting ready for a staycation, or will be working outdoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention&rsquos latest health tips, alerts, and social media updates include practical advice for travelers, swimmers, and everyone who wants to beat the summer heat.

&ldquoSummer is a great time to travel and enjoy the great outdoors, but it&rsquos important to take simple, common-sense precautions,&rdquo said CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D. &ldquoFrom information about travel vaccinations to tips to prevent insect bites, CDC provides resources to help keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe.&rdquo

Travel abroad safely

Before traveling abroad, check out health and safety risks at your destination. Animal illnesses and drinking water might be very different from what you&rsquore used to and could make you sick. Get needed vaccinations at least 4 to 6 weeks before you leave to ensure you&rsquore protected by the time you travel.

CDC&rsquos Summer Travel Abroad site has health and safety tips for anyone traveling outside the United States. CDC&rsquos latest traveler&rsquos health updates include information about measles and malaria. Many countries are experiencing measles outbreaks, including Brazil, England, France, Israel, Japan and Ukraine. Check out CDC&rsquos Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) to get the latest information. New anti-malarial medications are available for travelers to parts of the Caribbean, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. About 1,700 cases of malaria are diagnosed every year in U.S. travelers who go abroad.

Swimming safety

Swimming, one of the most popular summer activities for children and adults, gets the spotlight May 20&ndash26, when we observe Healthy and Safe Swimming Week.

This year&rsquos theme, &ldquoPool Chemistry for Healthy and Safe Swimming,&rdquo highlights the roles that swimmers, parents of young swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials play in preventing disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.

CDC recommends that everyone check out the latest inspection score of pools where you plan to swim. Look for inspection scores online or on site. Chemicals like chlorine are added to pool water to kill germs and stop them from spreading, helping to keep swimmers healthy. However, mishandling pool chemicals can cause injuries. Owners and operators of both public and privately owned pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds can take steps to prevent pool chemical injuries.

Young Worker Safety and Health

Young workers (ages 15&ndash24) have higher rates of job-related injury compared to adult workers. To help keep young workers safe at their summer jobs, CDC&rsquos National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is participating in the social media campaign, #MySafeSummerJob external icon , to provide workplace safety and health information and resources to employers of youth, young workers, parents, and educators. My Safe Summer Job is a collaboration between government agencies&mdashincluding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and NIOSH&mdashand numerous professional and non-profit organizations, including CareerSafe and the National Safety Council. The campaign is raising awareness about job-related hazards and how to address them, workers&rsquo rights and responsibilities, voicing safety concerns on the job, and injury prevention.

Beat the heat and rays

Heat kills more than 600 people in the United States each year. Preventing heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion, is important for people of all ages, but extreme heat poses the greatest risk for people under age 4 and over 65, and anyone who has a pre-existing medical condition or who lives in a home without air conditioning. The best ways to protect yourself from heat include staying cool, hydrated, and informed: find air-conditioning during hot hours and wear cool clothing, drink plenty of liquids, and pay attention to heat advisories. NIOSH offers several recommendations and tools that employers can incorporate into trainings, and workers can use in real-time, in order to help stay safe when working in heat.

Sunburn is a common summertime injury. Unprotected skin can be burned by the sun&rsquos UV rays in as little as 15 minutes, but can take up to 12 hours for the skin to show the damage. CDC recommends staying out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when its UV rays are at their highest level. Sunscreen is recommended for anyone working and playing outside in the summer, even on cloudy days. Hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves are also recommended for outdoors activities.

Children&rsquos health and safety

Summer activities, such as riding a bike and playground time, are great for a child&rsquos development. To keep kids healthy and safe all summer long, be sure children use helmets that fit well while riding their bikes and follow playground safety tips from CDC&rsquos website. Parents should ensure children stay safe while traveling in cars. Children should be properly buckled in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt &mdashwhichever is appropriate for their weight, height, and age &mdash on every trip. Properly buckling up image icon reduces serious and fatal injuries by up to 80 percent. Children under age 13 are best protected in the back seat.

Stay up to date on vaccines

Making sure your child is up to date on vaccines is key to protecting them against serious diseases throughout their life. The summer is a great time to make appointments for your child to get recommended vaccines or to catch up on vaccines they might have missed when they were younger. CDC&rsquos recommended immunization schedule is safe and effective at protecting your child from 14 infectious diseases like measles, chickenpox, and rubella. It&rsquos based on how your child&rsquos immune system responds to vaccines at various ages, and how likely your child is to be exposed to a particular disease. CDC also recommends three vaccines for all 11- to 12-year-old boys and girls to prevent infections that can cause meningitis, HPV cancers, and whooping cough. More information about how vaccines work, where to find vaccines in your area external icon , and what vaccines your child needs can be found on CDC vaccine website, www.cdc.gov/vaccines.

Food safety

Food poisoning peaks during summer months due to warmer temperatures, which can let foodborne germs thrive. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food. CDC also has advice for food safety when grilling.

Insect protection

Protect yourself and your family from insect bites by using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents external icon with active ingredients such as DEET. Apply repellents only to exposed skin or clothing, as directed on the product label and always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.

CDC works 24/7 protecting America&rsquos health, safety and security. Whether disease start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America&rsquos most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world.


CDC’s Eight Tips for Safe and Healthy Summertime Work and Play

Whether you are planning an overseas vacation, getting ready for a staycation, or will be working outdoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention&rsquos latest health tips, alerts, and social media updates include practical advice for travelers, swimmers, and everyone who wants to beat the summer heat.

&ldquoSummer is a great time to travel and enjoy the great outdoors, but it&rsquos important to take simple, common-sense precautions,&rdquo said CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D. &ldquoFrom information about travel vaccinations to tips to prevent insect bites, CDC provides resources to help keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe.&rdquo

Travel abroad safely

Before traveling abroad, check out health and safety risks at your destination. Animal illnesses and drinking water might be very different from what you&rsquore used to and could make you sick. Get needed vaccinations at least 4 to 6 weeks before you leave to ensure you&rsquore protected by the time you travel.

CDC&rsquos Summer Travel Abroad site has health and safety tips for anyone traveling outside the United States. CDC&rsquos latest traveler&rsquos health updates include information about measles and malaria. Many countries are experiencing measles outbreaks, including Brazil, England, France, Israel, Japan and Ukraine. Check out CDC&rsquos Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) to get the latest information. New anti-malarial medications are available for travelers to parts of the Caribbean, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. About 1,700 cases of malaria are diagnosed every year in U.S. travelers who go abroad.

Swimming safety

Swimming, one of the most popular summer activities for children and adults, gets the spotlight May 20&ndash26, when we observe Healthy and Safe Swimming Week.

This year&rsquos theme, &ldquoPool Chemistry for Healthy and Safe Swimming,&rdquo highlights the roles that swimmers, parents of young swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials play in preventing disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.

CDC recommends that everyone check out the latest inspection score of pools where you plan to swim. Look for inspection scores online or on site. Chemicals like chlorine are added to pool water to kill germs and stop them from spreading, helping to keep swimmers healthy. However, mishandling pool chemicals can cause injuries. Owners and operators of both public and privately owned pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds can take steps to prevent pool chemical injuries.

Young Worker Safety and Health

Young workers (ages 15&ndash24) have higher rates of job-related injury compared to adult workers. To help keep young workers safe at their summer jobs, CDC&rsquos National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is participating in the social media campaign, #MySafeSummerJob external icon , to provide workplace safety and health information and resources to employers of youth, young workers, parents, and educators. My Safe Summer Job is a collaboration between government agencies&mdashincluding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and NIOSH&mdashand numerous professional and non-profit organizations, including CareerSafe and the National Safety Council. The campaign is raising awareness about job-related hazards and how to address them, workers&rsquo rights and responsibilities, voicing safety concerns on the job, and injury prevention.

Beat the heat and rays

Heat kills more than 600 people in the United States each year. Preventing heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion, is important for people of all ages, but extreme heat poses the greatest risk for people under age 4 and over 65, and anyone who has a pre-existing medical condition or who lives in a home without air conditioning. The best ways to protect yourself from heat include staying cool, hydrated, and informed: find air-conditioning during hot hours and wear cool clothing, drink plenty of liquids, and pay attention to heat advisories. NIOSH offers several recommendations and tools that employers can incorporate into trainings, and workers can use in real-time, in order to help stay safe when working in heat.

Sunburn is a common summertime injury. Unprotected skin can be burned by the sun&rsquos UV rays in as little as 15 minutes, but can take up to 12 hours for the skin to show the damage. CDC recommends staying out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when its UV rays are at their highest level. Sunscreen is recommended for anyone working and playing outside in the summer, even on cloudy days. Hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves are also recommended for outdoors activities.

Children&rsquos health and safety

Summer activities, such as riding a bike and playground time, are great for a child&rsquos development. To keep kids healthy and safe all summer long, be sure children use helmets that fit well while riding their bikes and follow playground safety tips from CDC&rsquos website. Parents should ensure children stay safe while traveling in cars. Children should be properly buckled in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt &mdashwhichever is appropriate for their weight, height, and age &mdash on every trip. Properly buckling up image icon reduces serious and fatal injuries by up to 80 percent. Children under age 13 are best protected in the back seat.

Stay up to date on vaccines

Making sure your child is up to date on vaccines is key to protecting them against serious diseases throughout their life. The summer is a great time to make appointments for your child to get recommended vaccines or to catch up on vaccines they might have missed when they were younger. CDC&rsquos recommended immunization schedule is safe and effective at protecting your child from 14 infectious diseases like measles, chickenpox, and rubella. It&rsquos based on how your child&rsquos immune system responds to vaccines at various ages, and how likely your child is to be exposed to a particular disease. CDC also recommends three vaccines for all 11- to 12-year-old boys and girls to prevent infections that can cause meningitis, HPV cancers, and whooping cough. More information about how vaccines work, where to find vaccines in your area external icon , and what vaccines your child needs can be found on CDC vaccine website, www.cdc.gov/vaccines.

Food safety

Food poisoning peaks during summer months due to warmer temperatures, which can let foodborne germs thrive. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food. CDC also has advice for food safety when grilling.

Insect protection

Protect yourself and your family from insect bites by using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents external icon with active ingredients such as DEET. Apply repellents only to exposed skin or clothing, as directed on the product label and always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.

CDC works 24/7 protecting America&rsquos health, safety and security. Whether disease start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America&rsquos most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world.


CDC’s Eight Tips for Safe and Healthy Summertime Work and Play

Whether you are planning an overseas vacation, getting ready for a staycation, or will be working outdoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention&rsquos latest health tips, alerts, and social media updates include practical advice for travelers, swimmers, and everyone who wants to beat the summer heat.

&ldquoSummer is a great time to travel and enjoy the great outdoors, but it&rsquos important to take simple, common-sense precautions,&rdquo said CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D. &ldquoFrom information about travel vaccinations to tips to prevent insect bites, CDC provides resources to help keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe.&rdquo

Travel abroad safely

Before traveling abroad, check out health and safety risks at your destination. Animal illnesses and drinking water might be very different from what you&rsquore used to and could make you sick. Get needed vaccinations at least 4 to 6 weeks before you leave to ensure you&rsquore protected by the time you travel.

CDC&rsquos Summer Travel Abroad site has health and safety tips for anyone traveling outside the United States. CDC&rsquos latest traveler&rsquos health updates include information about measles and malaria. Many countries are experiencing measles outbreaks, including Brazil, England, France, Israel, Japan and Ukraine. Check out CDC&rsquos Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) to get the latest information. New anti-malarial medications are available for travelers to parts of the Caribbean, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. About 1,700 cases of malaria are diagnosed every year in U.S. travelers who go abroad.

Swimming safety

Swimming, one of the most popular summer activities for children and adults, gets the spotlight May 20&ndash26, when we observe Healthy and Safe Swimming Week.

This year&rsquos theme, &ldquoPool Chemistry for Healthy and Safe Swimming,&rdquo highlights the roles that swimmers, parents of young swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials play in preventing disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.

CDC recommends that everyone check out the latest inspection score of pools where you plan to swim. Look for inspection scores online or on site. Chemicals like chlorine are added to pool water to kill germs and stop them from spreading, helping to keep swimmers healthy. However, mishandling pool chemicals can cause injuries. Owners and operators of both public and privately owned pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds can take steps to prevent pool chemical injuries.

Young Worker Safety and Health

Young workers (ages 15&ndash24) have higher rates of job-related injury compared to adult workers. To help keep young workers safe at their summer jobs, CDC&rsquos National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is participating in the social media campaign, #MySafeSummerJob external icon , to provide workplace safety and health information and resources to employers of youth, young workers, parents, and educators. My Safe Summer Job is a collaboration between government agencies&mdashincluding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and NIOSH&mdashand numerous professional and non-profit organizations, including CareerSafe and the National Safety Council. The campaign is raising awareness about job-related hazards and how to address them, workers&rsquo rights and responsibilities, voicing safety concerns on the job, and injury prevention.

Beat the heat and rays

Heat kills more than 600 people in the United States each year. Preventing heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion, is important for people of all ages, but extreme heat poses the greatest risk for people under age 4 and over 65, and anyone who has a pre-existing medical condition or who lives in a home without air conditioning. The best ways to protect yourself from heat include staying cool, hydrated, and informed: find air-conditioning during hot hours and wear cool clothing, drink plenty of liquids, and pay attention to heat advisories. NIOSH offers several recommendations and tools that employers can incorporate into trainings, and workers can use in real-time, in order to help stay safe when working in heat.

Sunburn is a common summertime injury. Unprotected skin can be burned by the sun&rsquos UV rays in as little as 15 minutes, but can take up to 12 hours for the skin to show the damage. CDC recommends staying out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when its UV rays are at their highest level. Sunscreen is recommended for anyone working and playing outside in the summer, even on cloudy days. Hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves are also recommended for outdoors activities.

Children&rsquos health and safety

Summer activities, such as riding a bike and playground time, are great for a child&rsquos development. To keep kids healthy and safe all summer long, be sure children use helmets that fit well while riding their bikes and follow playground safety tips from CDC&rsquos website. Parents should ensure children stay safe while traveling in cars. Children should be properly buckled in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt &mdashwhichever is appropriate for their weight, height, and age &mdash on every trip. Properly buckling up image icon reduces serious and fatal injuries by up to 80 percent. Children under age 13 are best protected in the back seat.

Stay up to date on vaccines

Making sure your child is up to date on vaccines is key to protecting them against serious diseases throughout their life. The summer is a great time to make appointments for your child to get recommended vaccines or to catch up on vaccines they might have missed when they were younger. CDC&rsquos recommended immunization schedule is safe and effective at protecting your child from 14 infectious diseases like measles, chickenpox, and rubella. It&rsquos based on how your child&rsquos immune system responds to vaccines at various ages, and how likely your child is to be exposed to a particular disease. CDC also recommends three vaccines for all 11- to 12-year-old boys and girls to prevent infections that can cause meningitis, HPV cancers, and whooping cough. More information about how vaccines work, where to find vaccines in your area external icon , and what vaccines your child needs can be found on CDC vaccine website, www.cdc.gov/vaccines.

Food safety

Food poisoning peaks during summer months due to warmer temperatures, which can let foodborne germs thrive. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food. CDC also has advice for food safety when grilling.

Insect protection

Protect yourself and your family from insect bites by using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents external icon with active ingredients such as DEET. Apply repellents only to exposed skin or clothing, as directed on the product label and always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.

CDC works 24/7 protecting America&rsquos health, safety and security. Whether disease start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America&rsquos most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world.


CDC’s Eight Tips for Safe and Healthy Summertime Work and Play

Whether you are planning an overseas vacation, getting ready for a staycation, or will be working outdoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention&rsquos latest health tips, alerts, and social media updates include practical advice for travelers, swimmers, and everyone who wants to beat the summer heat.

&ldquoSummer is a great time to travel and enjoy the great outdoors, but it&rsquos important to take simple, common-sense precautions,&rdquo said CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D. &ldquoFrom information about travel vaccinations to tips to prevent insect bites, CDC provides resources to help keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe.&rdquo

Travel abroad safely

Before traveling abroad, check out health and safety risks at your destination. Animal illnesses and drinking water might be very different from what you&rsquore used to and could make you sick. Get needed vaccinations at least 4 to 6 weeks before you leave to ensure you&rsquore protected by the time you travel.

CDC&rsquos Summer Travel Abroad site has health and safety tips for anyone traveling outside the United States. CDC&rsquos latest traveler&rsquos health updates include information about measles and malaria. Many countries are experiencing measles outbreaks, including Brazil, England, France, Israel, Japan and Ukraine. Check out CDC&rsquos Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) to get the latest information. New anti-malarial medications are available for travelers to parts of the Caribbean, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. About 1,700 cases of malaria are diagnosed every year in U.S. travelers who go abroad.

Swimming safety

Swimming, one of the most popular summer activities for children and adults, gets the spotlight May 20&ndash26, when we observe Healthy and Safe Swimming Week.

This year&rsquos theme, &ldquoPool Chemistry for Healthy and Safe Swimming,&rdquo highlights the roles that swimmers, parents of young swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials play in preventing disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.

CDC recommends that everyone check out the latest inspection score of pools where you plan to swim. Look for inspection scores online or on site. Chemicals like chlorine are added to pool water to kill germs and stop them from spreading, helping to keep swimmers healthy. However, mishandling pool chemicals can cause injuries. Owners and operators of both public and privately owned pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds can take steps to prevent pool chemical injuries.

Young Worker Safety and Health

Young workers (ages 15&ndash24) have higher rates of job-related injury compared to adult workers. To help keep young workers safe at their summer jobs, CDC&rsquos National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is participating in the social media campaign, #MySafeSummerJob external icon , to provide workplace safety and health information and resources to employers of youth, young workers, parents, and educators. My Safe Summer Job is a collaboration between government agencies&mdashincluding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and NIOSH&mdashand numerous professional and non-profit organizations, including CareerSafe and the National Safety Council. The campaign is raising awareness about job-related hazards and how to address them, workers&rsquo rights and responsibilities, voicing safety concerns on the job, and injury prevention.

Beat the heat and rays

Heat kills more than 600 people in the United States each year. Preventing heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion, is important for people of all ages, but extreme heat poses the greatest risk for people under age 4 and over 65, and anyone who has a pre-existing medical condition or who lives in a home without air conditioning. The best ways to protect yourself from heat include staying cool, hydrated, and informed: find air-conditioning during hot hours and wear cool clothing, drink plenty of liquids, and pay attention to heat advisories. NIOSH offers several recommendations and tools that employers can incorporate into trainings, and workers can use in real-time, in order to help stay safe when working in heat.

Sunburn is a common summertime injury. Unprotected skin can be burned by the sun&rsquos UV rays in as little as 15 minutes, but can take up to 12 hours for the skin to show the damage. CDC recommends staying out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when its UV rays are at their highest level. Sunscreen is recommended for anyone working and playing outside in the summer, even on cloudy days. Hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves are also recommended for outdoors activities.

Children&rsquos health and safety

Summer activities, such as riding a bike and playground time, are great for a child&rsquos development. To keep kids healthy and safe all summer long, be sure children use helmets that fit well while riding their bikes and follow playground safety tips from CDC&rsquos website. Parents should ensure children stay safe while traveling in cars. Children should be properly buckled in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt &mdashwhichever is appropriate for their weight, height, and age &mdash on every trip. Properly buckling up image icon reduces serious and fatal injuries by up to 80 percent. Children under age 13 are best protected in the back seat.

Stay up to date on vaccines

Making sure your child is up to date on vaccines is key to protecting them against serious diseases throughout their life. The summer is a great time to make appointments for your child to get recommended vaccines or to catch up on vaccines they might have missed when they were younger. CDC&rsquos recommended immunization schedule is safe and effective at protecting your child from 14 infectious diseases like measles, chickenpox, and rubella. It&rsquos based on how your child&rsquos immune system responds to vaccines at various ages, and how likely your child is to be exposed to a particular disease. CDC also recommends three vaccines for all 11- to 12-year-old boys and girls to prevent infections that can cause meningitis, HPV cancers, and whooping cough. More information about how vaccines work, where to find vaccines in your area external icon , and what vaccines your child needs can be found on CDC vaccine website, www.cdc.gov/vaccines.

Food safety

Food poisoning peaks during summer months due to warmer temperatures, which can let foodborne germs thrive. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food. CDC also has advice for food safety when grilling.

Insect protection

Protect yourself and your family from insect bites by using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents external icon with active ingredients such as DEET. Apply repellents only to exposed skin or clothing, as directed on the product label and always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.

CDC works 24/7 protecting America&rsquos health, safety and security. Whether disease start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America&rsquos most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world.