The state’s health director says an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Genesee County did not get the attention it deserved from his agency. He says it was partially due to the department’s focus on a different health threat that never materialized. Continue reading →
Health educators are using National Infant Immunization Week this week to talk about the importance of getting babies vaccinated.
Infants typically receive their first vaccine, which protects against Hepatitis B, at birth. Over the next two years the CDC recommends children receive 24 vaccines to prevent nine serious diseases.
Amanda Thompson is a nursing supervisor at the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. She said it’s also important for adults to keep up with vaccines.
“Those infants can’t get a lot of those vaccines until they’re two, four, six months and they’re not fully vaccinated until they’re older,” Thompson said. “It’s really important for parents and grandparents and anyone who’s around children to also be up-to-date on their vaccinations.”
Most vaccines are for diseases that are unommon in the U.S. Things like polio, measles and meningitis.
Thompson said they are rare because most people have been immunized.
“One of the current challenges that we see is educated young parents and community members who have never seen the effects of these devastating diseases,” Thompson said.
She says if people choose not to get the vaccines they weaken the system making more people vulnerable to more disease.
MidMichigan Health has received a $500,0000 grant to expand telemedicine services to rural areas.
The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it will help purchase new technology including an interactive stethoscope and software to connect specialists with rural hospitals. Continue reading →
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy were on the hot seat today (Thu.) as they tried to explain to members of Congress their responses to the drinking water crisis in Flint. Continue reading →
The city of Alma is surrounded by three contaminated EPA superfund sites.
In an attempt to educate the community, Alma College is hosting what it’s calling an Intergenerational Health Conference to examine the effects of living so close, to so much contamination. Continue reading →