Eight Ways the Government Shutdown Can Affect Your Health

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  • Obamacare Enrollment Could Be Affected
  • No New Patients Added to Clinical Trials
  • The CDC’s Work Is Very Limited
  • Your Prescriptions Could Be More Expensive
  • Families May Go Hungry
  • Our Food Isn’t as Safe
  • No New Drug Approvals
  • Environmental Protection Won’t Be as Strong
  • Political Infighting Impacts the Wellness of America

The CDC’s Work Is Very Limited

The good news: The CDC will continue to provide “minimal assistance” to certain health issues such as outbreaks and lab processing. The bad news: They have suspended their annual flu program, which means they will not be tracking where the illness is most prevalent. (You can still get a flu vaccine though. Most vaccines have been shipped to pharmacies and doctors already.)

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