Friday, January 11, 2013
The county health department is predicting a moderately severe flu season in Michigan during 2013.
Washtenaw County Public Health officials are urging residents to get inoculated for the influenza virus, warning that this year's flu season could be longer and more severe than previous years. Four children in Michigan have died already from complications associated with the virus. Joshua Polenha, 15, a student at Lake Fenton High School, died earlier this week, according to Fenton Patch. Across the state, 285 cases of influenza have been confirmed by state labs, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Eighty percent of those cases were due to the H3N2 strain of the virus, which health officials say can cause more severe symptoms, especially in children and older adults. "We are still not sure what the season will look like," Susan …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Flu season has started already, as clinics are beginning to pop up throughout Washtenaw County.
It might still be September, but it is already flu vaccine season. Phamacies in the Dexter and Chelsea area have already begun offering the vaccine in anticipation of a longer season. “Flu can be unpleasant at best and serious or fatal at worst. Annual vaccination provides optimal protection, especially for persons at risk of severe complications including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions like asthma, heart failure or diabetes,” Dr. Monique Reeves, medical director for Washtenaw County Public Health said in a previous statement. “It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body to develop a protective immune response so it is important to get vaccinated as early in the season as possible." Although last year …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
West Nile Virus is often spread by mosquitoes during warm summer months.
The Washtenaw County Public Health Department is urging individuals to take common-sense precautions over the Fourth of July holiday to minimize mosquito exposure and protect themselves from West Nile Virus after the virus was identified in two Michigan counties this week. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, a mosquito pool was positively identified with West Nile Virus in Saginaw County. In addition, a wild turkey displaying signs of illness in Washtenaw County tested positive for the virus. “We stress prevention to avoid mosquito bites during outdoor events such as picnics, concerts, fairs and other outdoor activities this Fourth of July holiday,” said Kathy Forzley, manager of Oakland County Health Division. “The …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The Washtenaw County Health Department is directing all retailers to stop selling synthetic designer drugs immediately.
Washtenaw County officials are putting the brakes on the sale of synthetic drugs in retail outlets after communities across Michigan and the state legislature have accelerated efforts to ban the substance. County public health officials are directing that merchants “immediately stop selling synthetic marijuana and other synthetic drugs including bath salts, according to a press release from the Washtenaw County Public Health Department. "In the event that individual merchants deliberately ignore the threat that these drugs pose, we will issue public health orders to enforce compliance. We think this is the best approach for our community,” Richard Fleece, health officer for Washtenaw County said. "Individual businesses that continue to …
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Washtenaw County Public Health Department urges vaccination for pets and caution with wildlife.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Four skunks have tested positive for rabies so far this year. The Washtenaw County Public Health Department issued a statement confirming that all of the skunks have been found within the City of Ann Arbor. There are no known human cases of rabies. Health officials said individuals and pets that had contact with the ill skunks have received or are receiving the rabies vaccination or booster. Officials are recommending that all area residents vaccinate their dogs and cats against rabies and avoid contact with wild animals or other potentially unvaccinated animals, such as stray or feral cats. Rabies is a virus usually transmitted from animal to animal. Humans can become infected through animal bites or other close contact. The rabies …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
A University of Wisconsin study ranks counties across the country for mortality risk factors and overall health assessment.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Washtenaw County ranks first among Michigan counties in “health factors” according to the 2012 County Health Rankings report released this week. The high ranking is the result of multiple factors known to impact health – including health behaviors, social and economic circumstances, access to medical care, and the physical environment. This is the third consecutive year that Washtenaw County has received the top ranking. “We can be very proud of these results,” Richard Fleece, health officer for Washtenaw County Public Health. “It is a testament to the hard work and commitment not only of our local public health department, but also of the many partners and institutions that support opportunities for healthy living in our community.” The …