Tuesday, January 15, 2013
A flu outbreak is being reported in 47 of the 50 states and children have been hit particularly hard, according to the American Red Cross.
Influenza outbreaks have been reported by health officials in 47 of the 50 states, according to a release from the American Red Cross. "One age group hit particularly hard is children," according to the same release. The American Red Cross has three steps parents can teach their kids to help them avoid getting sick: Kids have a way of picking up colds and other illnesses. Parents should teach children proper hand washing techniques and how to correctly cover coughs or sneezes. Washing hands properly is an important step to avoid getting the flu. Wash hands with soap and warm water. When using soap and water: THE SCRUB CLUB® The American Red Cross and NSF International have collaborated to help parents and teachers reinforce kids' hand-…
Monday, January 14, 2013
Flu shots are available at locations in Pontiac and Southfield.
The Oakland County Health Division says it's not too late to get vaccinated against the flu. “Compared to recent years, we are seeing early flu activity, although it is still within normal range. We have seen peaks as early as October and as late as March in the past," OCHD manager/health officer Kathy Forzley said. "It’s best to get your flu shot as soon as possible as it takes two weeks after the vaccination for the body to develop protection.” Shots cost $16 and are available from noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the following locations. However, walk-in appointments are welcome; payment options include Medicare, Medicaid and cash (no credit cards, checks or money orders). Call 248-858-…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
To help area residents identify flu symptoms Beaumont Health System has launched a free, community Flu Hotline.
As influenza sweeps our region and nation, many people are wondering if their symptoms are the flu and want to know their best options for treatment. Should they stay home and tough it out? Go to their doctor’s office? Or rush to the nearest emergency center? To help area residents identify flu symptoms and select a treatment option, Beaumont Health System has launched a free, community Flu Hotline. Staffed by Beaumont registered nurses, the hotline is a toll-free, 24-hour-a-day community resource for timely, accurate information about flu symptoms and when and where to seek medical attention. The Flu Hotline can be reached at 888-375-4161. “Area hospitals and emergency rooms are jammed with patients with mild flu or other minor …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
CDC reports flu is widespread and continuing to increase.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the flu is now widespread and the number of cases are continuing to increase. “Reports of influenza-like-illness (ILI) are nearing what have been peak levels during moderately severe seasons,” according to Dr. Joe Bresee. Breese advises it is not too late to get a flu shot. “Anyone who has not already been vaccinated should do so now,” Bresee said in a released statement. “And it’s important to remember that people who have severe influenza illness, or who are at high risk of serious influenza-related complications, should get treated with influenza antiviral medications if they get flu symptoms regardless of whether or not they got vaccinated. Also, you don’t need to wait for a …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
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 …
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Here are the costs and details for getting vaccinations in the area.
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 …