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Pertussis in Macomb County

 

Pertussis is a respiratory illness that starts out very similar to the common cold (runny nose, sneezing, coughing)  but, progresses to include severe coughing.  Infants and young children cough so hard, they are forced to inhale with a "whooping sound." 

 

Over the last several years, there has been a spike in pertussis cases, and infants and young children are most likely to be hospitalized with complications from pertussis. 

 

The best way to prevent pertussis is to get vaccinated and to get infants and young children vaccinated on time and to get adults and teens a booster.

 

For more information on pertussis, visit the links listed below.

 

MCHD Communicable Disease

 

MCHD Immunization Clinic

 

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Seasonal Flu Vaccine:

It's Not Too Late to Vaccinate!

 

It's not too late to get a seasonal flu vaccine. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against 3 or 4 flu viruses - including H1N1 - which is causing the majority of severe flu cases. 

 

Severe illnesses requiring hospitalizations and death are being reported in young and middle aged adults this season, which is unusual for a typical flu season.  Each of the three health centers has ample supply of the seasonal flu vaccine. 

 

For more information on the season flu vaccine, or to find a clinic near you, visit one of the following web pages:

 

Seasonal Flu Information

 

Seasonal Flu Clinic Schedule

 

Seasonal Flu Vaccine Information for Healthcare Providers

 

 

 

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2014 Starting School Guide

 

Starting School The 2014 Starting School Guide is now available for download.  In addition to tips and suggestions to prepare your children for Kindergarten, the booklet includes information on required immunizations, vision and hearing screenings, and MCHD immunization clinic locations.

 

Starting School Guide

 

School Immunization Program

 

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Public Health Emergencies

 

Public Health EmergenciesDisease epidemics or pandemics, large-scale incidents of food or water contamination, extended periods without adequate water and sewer services, harmful exposure to chemical, radiological or biological agents.

 

The Emergency Preparedness Program encourages all residents to have an emergency supply kit, an emergency plan, and to be informed about the different emergencies that can happen in their area.

 

For more information click here

 

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Volunteer

Join the Macomb County Health Department Medical Reserve Corps to support the Health Department and Animal Shelter throughout the year. 

Medical and non-medical volunteers are needed!  Volunteers will train to become a valuable resource during County-wide emergencies.

 

 

For more information click here

 

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Macomb County Animal Shelter

 

Animal ShelterThe Macomb County Health Department operates the county's animal shelter. Services include pet adoptions, lost and found for pets, animal cruelty investigations, dog licensing, animal bite reports, and rescue services for wildlife and domestic animals.

 

For more information click here.

 

 

 

 

New Immunization Clinic Hours Effective June 2, 2014

 

Mount Clemens Central Service Center

 

Monday and Thursday:

8:30a - 4:30p

Wednesday:

8:30a - 6:30p

 

Southwest Health Center

 

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday:

8:30a - 4:30p

Thursday:

8:30a - 6:30p

 

Southeast Health Center

 

Monday:

8:30a - 6:30p

Tuesday and Friday:

8:30a - 4:30p

 

Immunization Clinic Services

 

 

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FREE Hearing and Vision Screenings for Incoming Kindergarteners

The Macomb County Health Department Hearing and Vision Program is conducting FREE hearing and vision screenings for incoming Kindergarteners at various locations and dates during the month of August. 

 

If your child has not been screened in preschool, please call (586) 412-5945 for an appointment and screening locations.  SCREENINGS ARE DONE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Take advantage of this free service now, so your child will be prepared for entrance into Kindergarten prior to the first day of school, as mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code (Act 368 of 1978).

 

MCHD Hearing and Vision Program

 

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MRSA BacteriaHow Do You Prevent MRSA Skin Infections?

 

Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that most people refer to as "staph" and are commonly carried on the skin or in the nose of healthy people. Some staph bacteria are resistant to some common antibiotics.  We refer to these resistant bacteria as "MRSA" infections. 

 

You can take steps to prevent MRSA skin infections by simply practicing good hygiene.

 

  • Wash your hands often!
  • Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed.
  • Avoid touching other people's wounds or bandages.
  • Avoid sharing personal items such as towels or razors.
  • When at the gym, use a towel or piece of clothing between your skin and the shared equipment.

 

For more information on MRSA skin infections, visit the following links:

 

Public Health Fact Sheet - MRSA


MDCH MRSA Information

 

CDC MRSA Information

 

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'Tis the Season - Avoiding Bug Bites

 

Mosquitos and ticks carry disease.  Protect yourself from bites by using insect repellent, and wearing long sleeves and pants when outdoors. 

 

To reduce the number of mosquitoes around your property get rid of their breeding grounds (dispose of old tires, empty containers and empty or scrub anything with standing water like pet bowls or bird baths.) 

 

To decrease your risk of picking up ticks while outdoors, stay in the middle of paths when hiking, avoid bushy, leafy areas, and inspect yourself and your equipment for ticks when you are done.

 

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Environmental Health Services

 

Environmental HealthEnvironmental Health Services perform a variety of activities to manage, control and prevent environmental factors that may adversely affect the health of individuals. Activities include food service inspection, well and septic permitting, surface/ground water pollution prevention, and public swimming pool inspection.

 

For more information click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


          
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