Monday, December 7, 2015

Situational Awareness. Mental Health, HIV\AIDS drugs during and trauma following disasters


         Individuals under mental healthcare treatment, and individuals prescribed 
         psychotropic medication must also consider an adequate supply 
         during times of disasters.

         Additional consideration for CDC Stockpile or 'Push Packs'


Emergencies and HIV/AIDS

People living with HIV need to plan to stay safe and healthy during a natural disaster or other emergency.  An emergency  may make it harder for you to take your HIV medications or have access to your health care providers or your pharmacy. To avoid interruptions in HIV treatment or access to medications, you should always have a 10–14 day supply of all your medications on hand and take other precautions.  Learn More >>

FDA approves vaccine for use after known or suspected anthrax exposure

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new indication for Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed to prevent disease following suspected or confirmed exposure to anthrax bacteria. The vaccine’s new use is approved for people 18 through 65 years of age in conjunction with recommended antibiotic treatment. Anthrax disease, especially the inhalation form, is often fatal if not promptly treated. Learn More >>

Disaster Distress Helpline

If you are feeling distressed in the wake of a disaster or tragedy, like the violence in San Bernardino, having someone to talk to can help.  SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.  Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.  Learn More >>
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Planning for & responding to mass shootings: Resources for emergency medical professionals 

In the wake of a mass shooting, like this week's tragedy in San Bernardino, being ready to quickly and effectively get people the care they need saves lives.  If you are an emergency medical professional, check out these lessons learned, tools and promising practices that can help you plan for and respond to a mass shooting.  Learn More >>

Join the Conversation on Meeting Next-Generation Challenges in Medical Countermeasures

Safe and effective drugs, vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics help us tackle a wide range of public health threats from emerging infectious diseases to terrorist threats. If you are interested in helping the nation prepare for these threats, register today for the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise Stakeholders Workshop on January 6-7, 2016. Learn More >>
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