Monday, January 14, 2013
Get the scoop on symptoms, where to find more information, where to get vaccinated and ways to stay healthy.
Flu season has come early this year and Michigan is among the states where the illness is widespread, according to the Centers for Disease Control. So, Birmingham Patch has put together a handy guide to help keep you and your family healthy. Read on for advice from local experts on symptoms, where to find more information, where to get vaccinated and ways to stay healthy. Influenza is a life-threatening disease, especially for the elderly and infants, according to the Oakland County Health Division, which reports there were 18 pediatric deaths nationwide and four in Michigan as of Thursday, Jan. 10. "Flu can be spread to others up to about six feet away, mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk," the agency says…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
This simple step can prevent the spread of influenza and other illnesses.
Wednesday, January 2
With the winter cold and flu season well underway and inflecting people across Michigan, the Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) is sending Michigan residents a message: wash your hands. The OCHD says hand washing is among the most important measures an individual can take to prevent the spread of illnesses such as the common cold, influenza or infectious diarrhea. The Health Division recommends one to wash his or her hands often in warm, soapy water to loosen and remove germs that can make one sick. “Your hands come in contact with many different surfaces throughout the day. If you do not wash your hands frequently, you can infect yourself with accumulated germs when you touch your eyes, nose or mouth,” said Dr. Pamela Hackert, the …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
Flu season is coming early to parts of the United States, including Michigan. According to the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Flu Activity Reports, influenza levels are on the rise across the country, particularly in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennesse — states that are reporting flu activity not normally seen until January. The flu season typically peaks in January and February. In Michigan, meanwhile, Google Flu Trends reports flu rates to be "high" this December, up from last year's low to moderate rating. The Michigan Department of Community Health has, in fact, upgraded flu activity in the state from "sporatic" to "local," reflecting the recent increases in confirmed flu cases as well as a facility outbreak in …
Monday, October 3, 2011
Here's what's going on in Birmingham this week.
School board to meet Tuesday: The Birmingham Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. at the district's administrative offices on West Merrill Street. On the agenda are presentations on the district's data dashboard as well as a re-authorization of the 2011-12 operating tax rates. Schools to hold millage kick-off rally Wednesday: The Friends of the Birmingham Public Schools will be holding a rally from 7-8:30 p.m at Beverly Elementary, officially kicking off efforts to pass a millage renewal for the district during the Nov. 8 elections. Fall rummage sale Tuesday and Wednesday: The First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham will host their semi-annual rummage sale Tuesday and Wednesday at the church. Items include furniture, housewares, …
Friday, September 23, 2011
It's that time of year again — flu season. If you're planning to get a vaccination, pharmacies and county clinics are listed.
It's that time of year again: time to think about getting a flu shot. “The best way to prevent flu, a respiratory infection that results in over 200,000 hospitalization and 10,000 deaths annually," said Dr. Jeffrey Band, director of Infectious Disease at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, "is receipt of the safe and effective flu vaccine.” This year, eight types of flu shots are approved in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a table with details on each of the shots. Always consult your primary health care provider regarding the type of shot and dosage that may work best for you. You can arrange to get a flu shot from your regular health care provider or at one of the following locations: This …