It's National Influenza Vaccination Week. Did you get your flu shot?
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
More than one-third of United States residents have already been vaccinated against the influenza virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday. With National Influenza Vaccination Week, which started last Sunday and ends Saturday, health officials aim to increase that percentage, especially since this year's season may be a bad one. Influenza—more commonly known as simply "the flu"—is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses infecting the nose, throat and lungs. It spreads via infected people coughing, sneezing or talking, though people can also get infected by touching something with the flu virus on it before touching their mouth, eyes or nose. The 2012-2013 season is shaping up to be one of the worst …
Oakland County has 12 cases but no deaths so far.
The West Nile Virus (WNV) has made its way to Michigan and more specifically Royal Oak, as 12 cases have been confirmed in the Oakland County. Overall, there have been 104 cases in the state with five deaths, according to the Oakland County Health Divison. Michigan Department of Public Health public information officer, Angela Minicuci, explains virus is appearing in clusters in metro Detroit, including Royal Oak and Berkley. “The first ring of older suburbs, where houses are so close together, is good breeding ground for mosquitoes,” she said. There are precautions that residents should take, according to the Oakland County Health Division. According to the Oakland County Health Division, about 80 percent of those infected with West Nile …