Saturday, January 5, 2013
Reports of flu-like symptoms rose from last year at this time, according to the Macomb County Health Department.
This flu season has affected thousands of Macomb County residents, with more reported cases than last year at this time, according to the Macomb County Health Department. There were 1,580 reports of flu-like symptom cases during the second week of December, up from the previous week of 1,211 and 1,069 in the last week of November, according to the department's latest available statistics on Thursday. None of those cases in Macomb County were fatal and they do not specify how many were children or adults. They also do not represent influenza cases unreported by individuals since much of the information comes from schools and hospitals. They do reflect, however, more reported flu-like cases than last year or two years prior at this time. “…
Friday, December 14, 2012
Flu season is here and with at least two new strains already being passed around, here's where you and your family can get this year's vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
Flu season usually peaks in January and with at least two new strains of influenza being passed around this year, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention are recommending everyone get a flu shot as soon as possible. Developed for the 2012-13 flu season, the vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses and is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. A person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time and annual vaccination is needed for optimal protection, according to the Macomb County Health Department. The health department is currently offering a seasonal flu vaccine at its Mount Clemens, Warren and St. Clair Shores health centers. The vaccine is $15 and payable with cash or check. Children …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
A season flu vaccine will be offered for $15 at the Mount Clemens, Warren and St. Clair Shores offices of the county health department.
With 80-degree days still in the forecast, it may seem too early to be thinking about cold and flu season, but flu outbreaks have been known to happen as early as October, and the health department isn't taking any chances of being unprepared. To help ward off the fever, sneezing, aches and nausea that typically come with bouts of the flu, the Macomb County Health Department will begin offering a seasonal flu vaccine on Monday, Sept. 10, at its Mount Clemens, Warren and St. Clair Shores health centers. Developed for the 2012-13 flu season, the vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses and is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. A person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time and annual …
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Macomb County residents are encouraged to drop off their hazardous household waste and expired medications from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Washington Township municipal offices.
Update: A Macomb Patch reader reports this collection site is not accepting e-waste at this time. From battery acid to nail polish remover, Macomb County residents will have an opportunity to dispose of various types of household hazardous waste at a countywide collection event next weekend. The collection will be held Aug. 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Washington Township municipal offices, 57900 Van Dyke. “This program offers residents an environmentally safe and responsible alternative to landfill disposal for toxic chemicals,” said Health and Community Services Director Steve Gold, in a prepared statement. Residents will have the opportunity to dispose of everything from automotive products and garden pesticides to household cleaners…
Friday, July 6, 2012
The past three days caused numerous power outages throughout St. Clair Shores. Residents lost power for various lengths of time during these outages. The Macomb County Health Department shares food storage tips.
The Macomb County Health Department shares the following food storage tips and recommendations following the recent power outages in St. Clair Shores: Once power is restored, the Health Department offers the following suggestions on which food to keep and which to throw away: Freezer unit Refrigerators Source: The Macomb County Health Department.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The Macomb County Health Department will properly dispose of hazardous materials this summer in Mount Clemens.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The Macomb County Health Department will hold household hazardous waste collections throughout the summer at 43525 Elizabeth Road in Mount Clemens. Health Department Mount Clemens Health Department Mount Clemens Health Department Mount Clemens Health Department Mount Clemens Among the items accepted in the free collections are: For more information, call 586-469-5236 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, email or call the 24/7 hotline at 586-466-7923.
Friday, March 23, 2012
The Macomb County Health Department will no longer test the water at Blossom Heath Beach after nearly two years of high levels of E. coli closed the beach to swimming.
Macomb County Health Department officials have announced they will not be testing the water at Blossom Heath Beach this summer. The move is partially a cost savings effort, but also due to the fact the beach has been closed to swimming for most of the past two years, according to county officials. "We notified the city we are going not going to sample there anymore," said Gary White, Macomb County Health Department interim deputy health officer. White said the city was offered the opportunity to continue the testing for $2,800 for the year, but the city decided against that spending those funds. "I made the decision in these difficult times to ask that Blossom Heath Beach be closed," said City Manager Ben Hughes. "We will revisit the issue…
Thursday, September 22, 2011
High E. coli levels has closed one beach for swimming in Macomb County.
The Macomb County Health Department tests the water at six public beaches twice a week for E. coli bacteria. This bacteria lives in the digestive system of humans and warm-blooded animals. If the levels of E. coli are unsafe (in excess of 300 E. coli colonies per 100 milliliters of water) swimmers could contract minor illnesses, including sore throats or diarrhea. While the beach is closed, the remainder of the park facilities remain open.
Monday, September 19, 2011
The Macomb County Health Department is now offering seasonal flu shots.
The Macomb County Health Department is now offering the seasonal flu vaccine for three different viruses: H3N2 virus, influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus. The vaccines are available at locations in St. Clair Shores, Mount Clemens and Warren. Although last year's flu shot protected against the same viruses, a person's immune protection declines over time, according to a release from the Macomb County Health Department. Hours and locations of the clinics offering flu vaccines include: The vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. There is a $15 charge for each vaccination. Cash and checks are accepted, debit and credit cards are not accepted. Children under 19-years-old who do not have insurance coverage for the flu vaccine …
Monday, August 22, 2011
The Macomb County Health Department will be offering Saturday hours through September to meet the added demand of back-to-school immunizations.
Getting vaccinated is probably every student's least favorite back-to-school activity, but officials at the Macomb County Health Department say it is one of the most important. "Vaccine-preventable diseases have not gone away," said Dr. Kevin P. Lokar, medical director with the health department, in a release. "In fact, three cases of tetanus were recently reported in Michigan." In September 2010, the State of Michigan passed new school immunization rules for children entering sixth grade as well as all students 11-18 years of age changing school districts. These vaccinations are mandatory for all public and private schools in Michigan. Parents can opt to sign a waiver, but must present a valid medical, religious and philosophical reason …