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Prevent to Protect

by CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities category: Health

“January is Birth Defects Prevention Month. Let's prevent infections and protect babies & families! #Prevent2Protect http://thndr.me/Xv4Dtf

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This campaign ended on January 18, 2017 at 12PM

Prevent to Protect

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month! Join us in this nationwide effort to raise awareness of how preventing infections during pregnancy can impact birth defects.

Each January CDC works with partners to raise awareness among women and families about actions they can take to help have a healthy pregnancy. This year CDC would like to focus on how women can reduce their risk of getting an infection during pregnancy to help protect their developing baby.

January is also a time to recognize people living with birth defects. Thanks to ongoing medical advancements, children born with birth defects are living longer. These children and their families still need help. They often need specialized treatment, continued care, and strong social support to improve their overall quality of life. 

What can you do?   

1. Join the Thunderclap.

Lend your voice! Select a social media account above (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or all), and authorize Thunderclap to use your account to post this 1 time message on January 18, 2017 at 12PM ET.                                                                                       

2. Tell a friend.

Spread the word to friends and followers to sign up as well.  

3. Share how you are preventing infections for your developing baby’s protection and use #Prevent2Protect.

Share how you are preventing infections during pregnancy by taking the following steps: talk to your healthcare provider, properly prepare food, protect yourself from animals and insects known to carry diseases, and maintain good hygiene. Social media users can also create an original picture or video and post with #Prevent2Protect.

 

4. Use #1in33.

Share your story on social media, and encourage families to share their stories! Parents and others can create an original picture or a video about birth defects and post on social media tagged with #1in33.

 

Join CDC this January, and together let's make a difference! To learn more about birth defects, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/.  

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CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
@CDC_NCBDDD

CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities is dedicated to helping people live to the fullest. Much of our work focuses on protecting people who are especially vulnerable to health risks: babies, children, people with blood disorders, and people with disabilities.

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