The Centers for Disease Control has an extensive network of bulletins and updates – more than most people would want in their email inbox. However, depending on your job or interests, some are important.
- For established CDC web pages such as “Dialysis Safety” at http://www.cdc.gov/dialysis/ there’s an easy-to-use box on the right side of the screen titled “Get Email Updates.”
- For other very useful web pages like the “Health Alert Network” at http://emergency.cdc.gov/han/ the process is much more arcane, but the “Sign Up for HAN E-mail Updates” link on that page does provide clear instructions (and an introduction to the breadth of CDC’s scope!).
- For newer web pages like the Ebola page at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/ the update bulletin process isn’t specified yet, so checking that page every several days may be a good strategy while the situation is changing rapidly and CDC is posting new material literally daily.
- For instance, on October 21, 2014 CDC released a very handy new 1-page bulletin called “Factsheet: Healthcare Workers – Could It Be Ebola?” You can find it on the Ebola page, or at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/could-it-be-ebola.pdf.
- For the full array of CDC email updates, go to https://service.govdelivery.com/accounts/USCDC/subscriber/new and enter your email address. You won’t be asked for another useless password or other complications, and it’s very easy to use – but the list is very long!
- In our Network area, St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula is one of four hospitals in the US specifically prepared to handle emerging infectious diseases like Ebola. See http://montana.providence.org/hospitals/st-patrick/about/press-room/ for more information.