The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified what it believes are the 10 major public health achievements of the first 10 years of this century, including improved public health preparedness and response, greater prevention and control of infectious diseases—including central-line associated infections—and a decline in heart disease and stroke.
CDC highlights 10 public health achievements
The achievements, published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (PDF), were cited in an e-mailed news release as a reason to continue to do more. “Americans are living longer, healthier and more productive lives than ever before thanks in part to extraordinary achievements in public health over the past decade,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC. “However, we can do much more to protect and promote health,” he said.
The seven other achievements are: better maternal and infant health; new disease-preventing vaccines; improvement in cancer prevention; tobacco control; improved vehicle safety; increased occupational safety; and a decline in childhood lead poisoning.
Some studies and experts have questioned whether preventive medicine reduces healthcare costs as is generally believed.
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