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…
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Flu shots are still available in locations around Livingston County, including Brighton and Hartland.
State health officials confirmed 12 cases of influenza, the first to be identified during the 2012-2013 flu season, earlier this week. The illnesses occurred in both children and adults in lower Michigan, with at least two people hospitalized, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Nine cases have been confirmed as influenza B viruses, two as influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one as influenza A (H1N1) 2009 virus. While influenza A and B viruses have now been confirmed in Michigan, it is too early to tell what influenza viruses will circulate during this influenza season or how severe the influenza season may be. Because the virus changes every year, so does the vaccine. This year, the vaccine protects against three …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Livingston County Health Department Medical Director urges everyone six months and older to get vaccinated this season.
It's that time of year again - flu season is back, and with it the ongoing debate on whether to get the flu shot. Flu season in the U.S. can begin as early as October and last as late as May, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Patch readers commenting on Brighton and Hartland Facebook pages were either all for or adamantly against getting flu shots. Rachelle Karinen Stawiarski commented on Brighton Patch's page, "Not a believer that they are good for us, or for public health! Too much over-immunization." Rachelle Mccrum had the same opinion on Hartland Patch's Facebook. "Just another way that the media causes people to panic so that big drug companies can profit," Mccrum wrote. "They mandated us to get one last year at …