Patch blogger Scott Spielman, of Oakwood Southshore Medical Center, helps Trenton and Grosse Ile residents avoid the flu.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Does a flu shot cause the flu? Do healthy people need a shot? Here are the answers to some myths.
The Henry Ford Health System, including Wyandotte's Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, has released this fact sheet on the truths and myths of fighting the flu. The flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your family. However, misconceptions about vaccination persist. Here are 7 common myths about vaccination. Find where to get a flu shot in Trenton and on Grosse Ile. Flu Myth #1 A Flu Shot Causes the Flu No, a flu shot cannot cause flu illness. The influenza viruses contained in a flu shot are inactivated (killed), which means they cannot cause infection. Flu vaccine manufacturers kill the viruses used in the vaccine during the process of making vaccine, and batches of flu vaccine are tested to make sure they are safe. In …
Monday, January 14, 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-…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States, including Michigan, where 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 Trenton locations that offer the vaccine: There are no locations on Grosse Ile that offer flu shots, according to the HealthMap Vaccine Finder. 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 travel and more time spent …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
It's National Influenza Vaccination Week. Did you get your flu shot?
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 …