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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was founded in 1946 to help control malaria and has since become a major player in the public health arena.

Its website includes a wealth of information and official statistics. The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report section offers CDC reports and recommendations on everything from influenza to the West Nile virus. The organization’s National Center for Health Statistics is an invaluable tool for researchers looking for health-related data. CDC also releases an annual report on health trends in America. Although very detailed and informative, the document is a daunting 543 pages long. Therefore, we recommend that readers first see the website’s “Hints for Easy Use.”

Fast Stats A to Z is an excellent index that organizes data by key terms and can help users navigate the intricate website. In this section one can also find an interactive map that provides state-by-state data. Useful information on births, deaths and marriages can be found under the National Vital Statistics System.

Comments: The Centers for Disease Control is an authoritative and trustworthy source for health statistics.