Use to find a location near you, then call or visit their website to make an appointment.

Visit the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions page for information about COVID-19 vaccinations.

Get answers to questions or help finding a vaccine near you. Help is available in English, Spanish, and many other languages.

 TTY 1-888-720-7489

Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL):






Aug 17, 2021 – Health
By Marisa Fernandez

Experts warn it’s time to invest in higher-quality masks with a tight fit in the wake of the Delta variant, especially among the unvaccinated like children and other vulnerable populations.

Why it matters: Much of the public health message has been to persuade people to wear any mask let alone which kind to buy. Mask quality hasn’t been explained well enough, Michael Osterholm said Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press.

  • “A cloth mask surely can give you some protection. But it’s not the kind of protection that you’ll get when you use a much more effective mask. We have not talked about that nearly enough,” he said.

The big picture: Fashioning cloth masks at the beginning of the pandemic was better than no protection at the time while keeping N95s available for health care workers.

  • But now, with crowds becoming more prevalent, soft returns to the office and in-person school ahead, some health departments lately have asked their communities to check if their masks are still in good condition and to consider wearing an N95 or KN95 based on the exposure time and other high-risk scenarios.

What’s happening: Demand for different mask varieties has soared over the past few weeks after COVID-19 cases surged due to Delta and mask guidance was reinstated regardless of vaccination status, per CBS News.

  • N95 and KN95 are the most effective, followed by surgical masks and then cloth masks that have a double layer.
  • N95s are not available for children and would not be comfortable for all-day wear, Tina Tan a pediatrician at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, tells Axios. But they should be sent to school with a mask that has two or more layers.

But, but, but: Plenty of infectious disease experts say they care far more about whether a kid is wearing a mask or not, rather than what kind.

Be smart: The CDC has an online guide of approved N95 masks by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, as well as tips for spotting counterfeit ones. Non-profit Project N95 also provides links to reputable PPE sellers.




CAREMATES NITRILE is the glove of choice for home health care of your loved ones going through chemotherapy.

Our exclusive patented formulation is tested resistant to 15 different Chemotherapy Drugs per ASTM D6978 and the hazardous drug Fentanyl. In addition, our unique CareMates Nitrile offers the following benefits:

  • Patented Low Derma Formulation
  • Resistance to Hazardous Drug Fentanyl
  • Meets ASTM F1671 for Viral Penetration
    • 0% Viral Permeation
    • 0% Alchohol Permeation
  • Quality Alternative to Latex Gloves
  • Meets USP <800> Compliance
  • Choice of Glove for Compounding Pharmacies

CareMates Nitrile gloves are available in a variety of sizes and quantities.

In addition to protection from Chemotherapy, use for First Aid, Health Care, Immunization, Baby Care, Diabetes Care, Pet Care, Auto Care, Food Handling, and much more.

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Germ Busters brand keeps you safe anywhere you go. Whether traveling to and from work or school, taking a vacation, or spending a leisurely weekend, our convenient Germ Busters Infection Protection Product Line provides the protection you need.

Our CareMates Germ Busters Infection Protection TRAVEL KIT is the perfect answer to convenient infection protection. The kit includes:

– A pair of Nitrile gloves
– One disinfectant surface wipe
– Two BZK antiseptic hand wipes
– One flat-fold N95 face mask

The CareMates Germ Busters Antiseptic Hand Wipes contain 20 individual packets of BZK antiseptic hand wipes.



Handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine—it involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. Handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs.

Learn more about when and how to wash your hands, the importance of using soap and water, and what you can do if soap and clean, running water are not available. Whether you are at home, at work, traveling, or already sick, find out how good hand hygiene can protect you, your family, and others.  HOW TO BEST WASH YOUR HANDS >>

And when you are traveling or not able to wash your hands with water, be sure to carry hand sanitizing liquid or convenient sanitizing wipes in convenient single-wrapped packages that fit in pocket or purse.  Find out more about CareMates Germ Busters Infection Protection Travel Kit >>


Pink, itchy eyes? Pink eye – or conjunctivitis – is common and spreads easily. It sometimes needs medical treatment, depending on the cause. Know the symptoms, when to seek treatment, and how to help prevent it.

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is one of the most common and treatable eye conditions in the world in both children and adults. It is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin, clear tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid and the white part of the eyeball. This inflammation makes blood vessels more visible and gives the eye a pink or reddish color.

Stop Pink Eye from Spreading

Pink eye caused by a virus or bacteria is very contagious and spreads easily and quickly from person to person. Pink eye that is caused by allergens or irritants is not contagious, but it is possible to develop a secondary infection caused by a virus or bacteria that is contagious. You can reduce the risk of getting or spreading pink eye by following some simple self-care steps:

  • Wash your hands
  • Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes
  • Avoid sharing makeup, contact lenses and containers, and eyeglasses

See conjunctivitis prevention for more information.





December 12, 2017 / Contagion® Editorial Staff

Do you want to know when the next vaccine-preventable outbreak will hit? You might want to check social media, according to a new study from investigators at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, who determined that predicting the next outbreak may be possible by analyzing trends on Twitter and Google.

Whether they love social media or hate it, the truth is that many adults utilize the platform for the latest news. According to a 2016 survey by the Pew Research Center, about 62% of US adults get their news on social media. The nature of social media being what it is, this news is accompanied by commentary from social media users, anxious to share their opinions on the topics at hand. In a perfect world, one would be able to separate the news from opinion; however, these lines have become increasingly blurred to the point that bias has even leaked into “real news outlets” spurning the birth of sensationalism and “fake news.”

One of the top news topics is vaccination. Given the ability to reach millions of individuals in one fell swoop of a tweet, the antivaccine movement is booming on social media. Indeed, the top news article of the year for Contagion® in 2016 was on a study that examined how Facebook users expressed pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine viewpoints. The investigators on that study approached their research aware that although the internet has become a useful tool for information gathering on health issues, it has also become an “echo chamber” where misinformation about vaccines and anti-vaccination attitudes have spread. This has led to a decrease in vaccination rates and in some cases outbreaks of diseases once largely eradicated.

Now, in 2017, the Waterloo investigators are echoing that sentiment with their research and taking it one step further by suggesting that analyzing this information can help to predict outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.

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ACS Great American Smokeout November 16

You can quit smoking. Let the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout be your starting point.

Quitting smoking can be hard. But you have so much to win by quitting—lower risk for lung cancer and other diseases, easier breathing, more energy, and cleaner air. Start thinking of all the ways you can win when you begin a healthier, smoke-free life.

Today, there are now more former smokers than current smokers. You have the power to start your quit journey just like many others have already. Each year, the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout encourages all smokers to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking on a specific day.

Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

Get Help Quitting Smoking >


CDC November Natl Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month. Here’s to managing your diabetes for a longer, healthier life.

There isn’t a cure yet for diabetes, but a healthy lifestyle can really reduce its impact on your life. What you do every day makes the difference: eating a healthy diet, being physically active, taking medicines if prescribed, and keeping health care appointments to stay on track.

The Basics

More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, but 1 out of 4 of them don’t know they have it.

There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant, which can put the pregnancy and baby at risk and lead to type 2 diabetes later).

With type 1 diabetes, your body can’t make insulin (a hormone that acts like a key to let blood sugar into cells for use as energy), so you need to take it every day. Type 1 diabetes is less common than type 2 diabetes; about 5% of the people who have diabetes have type 1. Currently, no one knows how to prevent type 1 diabetes.

Most people with diabetes—9 out of 10—have type 2 diabetes. With type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t use insulin well and is unable to keep blood sugar at normal levels. If you have any of the risk factors below, ask your doctor if you should be tested for diabetes. The sooner you find out, the sooner you can start making healthy changes that will benefit you now and in the future.




Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.

From birth to age 5, your child should reach milestones in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. Photos and videos in this app illustrate each milestone and make tracking them for your child easy and fun!

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