Flu activity continues to increase in the United States with high levels of activity in the South Central and Southeastern regions. Other parts of the nation continue to see increases in flu cases. It’s not too late to get vaccinated–the single most important step you can take to protect yourself and others against infection. Urge others i your faith communities to talk to their physician about flu vaccination.

  • For additional ideas on teaching congregants about flu prevention check out the article Be Not Afraid.
  • Download CDC’s new mobile flu application: currently only available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch – Android availability soon. To read more information on this mobile application visit their full website.

Also Available from the CDC: CDC Mobile Application

The CDC Mobile application has been designed as a way for users to access health information at their fingertips. It features important health articles, disease of the week, popular journals, timely updates and access to social media to coincide with important health concerns and events throughout the year. It gives an increasingly mobile public 24/7 access to important and timely health information that people can use to protect their lives and loved ones. CDC mobile app is now available on Android and Windows 8. If your device does not support the application you can also view this by using your mobile device’s internet browser and visiting (m.cdc.gov); then save it to your favorites.

The following is an excerpt from…

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services Weekly Digest Bulletin – September 6, 2012 Edition

Dear Partners:

As trusted figures, faith-based and community leaders are often the first point of contact for individuals seeking various kinds of support, including emotional support, during difficult times. Throughout much of the United States, communities are dealing with one of the most severe droughts in decades.

The federal government offers many resources to support individuals and families struggling with the drought. As a leader in your community, you can help make sure your members are aware of these resources that are available to them, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s ?Drought and Drought Assistance? website. The Disaster Distress Helpline, supported by HHS? Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), is also an important resource. Please see the Featured Update for additional resources and information sponsored by SAMSHA related to the drought crisis.

In addition, many communities are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. DisasterAssistance.gov provides information on finding and applying for assistance from the U.S. government before, during and after a disaster. You can also find a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) near you by using FEMA?s DRC Locator. Thank you for sharing these important resources with members of your congregations and communities.

We also encourage you to share the newly redesigned Medicare.gov with members of your community who are eligible for Medicare. The new website makes content easier for beneficiaries, their families and caregivers to understand. In addition, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently announced that nearly 5.4 million seniors and people with disabilities have saved more than $4.1 billion on prescription drugs as a result of the health reform law. And read on so you can learn to avoid, and recognize symptoms of, West Nile Virus.

Our Upcoming Events section highlights two upcoming webinars, in English and Spanish, on the benefits available to Americans through the health care law. We also announce and invite you to register for three Let?s Move Faith and Communities webinars in the Fall.

As always, please feel free to email us at Partnerships@hhs.gov or call us at 202-358-3595 to let us know how we can support your work in congregations and communities.

Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services