In Case You Missed It: MMWR


The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) maintains a collection of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which collects and analyzes data from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on epidemiology and public health. Each issue of the MMWR is packed with raw and analyzed public health data and scientific studies from some of the top minds in the United States. Below we highlight some of the most current and informative studies included in their weekly reports. 

Here are some important articles you may have missed from Volume 73, Issues 6-9 of the Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series. 

Mar. 7, 2024 / No. 9

Featured Article:

Early Estimate of Nirsevimab Effectiveness for Prevention of Respiratory Syncytial Virus–Associated Hospitalization Among Infants […] October 2023–February 2024

Initial findings of the nirsevimab vaccine indicate a remarkable 90% effectiveness in averting RSV-related hospitalizations during infants’ first RSV season. The evidence seems to provide an open and shut case: when it comes to opting for this vaccine for your child, just say “yes.”

Feb. 29, 2024 / No. 8

Featured Article:

Deaths from Excessive Alcohol Use — United States, 2016–2021

Deaths in the U.S. due to excessive drinking has been on the rise, with an overall 29.3% increase in the 2020–2021 timeframe compared to 2016–2017. Suggested efforts to mitigate this concerning trend seem rough on the surface, relying on policy interventions such as the implementation of higher alcohol taxes.

Feb. 22, 2024 / No. 7

Featured Article:

Progress Toward Measles Elimination — World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Region, 2019–2022

Measles elimination has been a long time coming, having been nearly ten years since 22 countries of the World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) pledged to achieve measles elimination by 2020. Disappointingly, only 4 countries in the EMR achieved measles elimination between 2019-2022.

Feb. 15, 2024 / No. 6

Featured Article:

Routes of Drug Use Among Drug Overdose Deaths — United States, 2020–2022

We all know now that fentanyl is a prominent factor in drug overdose incidents, but this study brings a new concern to light: the manner in which the drug is administered. Needle usage in overdose instances experienced a notable decline of 29.1% between the years 2020 and 2022, while smoking increased 73.7%. The article speculates a few reasons for this observed shift.

Related resources may be found in HSDL’s Focus collections on Fentanyl and Opioids and Extreme Heat. For more information on COVID, visit HSDL’s COVID-19 Resource Archive. You can also find pandemic-related resources in HSDL’s Focus on Pandemics and Epidemics, and search our statistical resources related to public health.


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