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.
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- John Ness
Friday, December 14, 2012
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in Michigan than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. Overall in Michigan, activity is considered high now, while it was low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some Brighton area locations that offer the vaccine: More locations According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The flu season normally peaks in January and February. Holiday…
Thursday, October 25, 2012
65-year-old George Cary has been hospitalized with Fungal Meningitis after being treated with potentially tainted steroid injections.
A Howell man whose wife died last month in the national Fungal Meningitis outbreak has now been hospitalized and is being treated for the same illness. According to WHMI, 65-year-old George Cary began having severe headaches on Friday, just days after being told that tests in early October and a spinal tap showed now evidence of the illness. Cary's late wife died Sept. 30. Both of them were treated with steroid injections at Michigan Pain Specialists in Brighton, which was one of four Michigan locations to receive the contaminated steroids made by a Massachusetts pharmacy. There have been over 300 cases of Fungal Meningitis that have led to 24 deaths in 17 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Michigan …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Water fluoridation reduces tooth decay and promotes good oral health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Brighton residents have something to smile about. The City of Brighton was recently notified by the Michigan Department of Community Health that its water plant, under the Utilities Division of the Department of Public Services (DPS), received a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Water fluoridation began in 1945 and has been found to be a safe, cost-effective way to reduce tooth decay and promote good oral health. In 2010, 73.9 percent of the U.S. population on community water systems, or about 204.3 million people, had access to fluoridated water, according to the CDC. DPS Director Matt Schindewolf said the award is for maintaining a consistent water fluoride level during 2011 …