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It’s a Good Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine
Influenza (flu) viruses typically spread in fall and winter, with activity peaking between December and February. Getting vaccinated in the fall can lower your chances of getting the flu.Learn More
Consejos útiles para los consumidores de la FDA
What Does FDA Do?
The Food and Drug Administration regulates food, drugs, cosmetics, biologics, medical devices, and tobacco products. Researchers at the FDA even advance public health by helping to speed product innovations. More than 18,000 full time employees work across all 50 states and internationally. For over 100 years, the FDA has been working to carry out its mission of promoting and protecting public health, and that means your health.
Safely Treating Molluscum, a Common Skin Condition
If you’re bothered by bumps on your skin, don’t try to diagnose yourself or treat your condition with products that haven’t been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Instead, visit a health care professional for a proper diagnosis and to make a treatment plan.
Hurricane Season: Be Prepared
It's important to safeguard your food, water, medicine and pets before, during and after any severe weather event. When gale-force winds start blowing and torrential rains raise water levels, you need to be ready.
What to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids
Every patient should ask questions when getting a new prescription. This is especially important when your doctor, dentist or other health care professional prescribes you an opioid pain medicine, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone or morphine.