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To help you understand what vaccines you (those 11 years and older) might need, you can complete the Adolescent and Adult Vaccine Quiz online. Then print your results and discuss them with your doctor or health care professional next time you make an office visit.
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7/15/2019 ALERT: There is currently a shortage of TB skin testing serum.
Who Should Get Tested for TB?
TB tests are generally not needed for people with a low risk of infection with TB bacteria.
Certain people should be tested for TB bacteria because they are more likely to get TB disease, including:
•People who have spent time with someone who has TB disease
•People with HIV infection or another medical problem that weakens the immune system
•People who have symptoms of TB disease (fever, night sweats, cough, and weight loss)
•People from a country where TB disease is common (most countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Russia)
•People who live or work somewhere in the United States where TB disease is more common (homeless shelters, prison or jails, or some nursing homes)
•People who use illegal drugs
Van Buren Cass District Health Department currently has the opportunity to do a blood test (QuantiFERON-TB Gold) which is another alternative to screen for tuberculosis. The cost is $50.00.
Health Care Providers:
Cyclosporiasis cases in Southwest Michigan
PRESS RELEASE July 19, 2019 - State and local health officials are investigating reports of multiple cases of cyclosporiasis in Southwest Michigan.
Uptake in Legionnaires' Disease in Michigan
> Van Buren Cass District Health Department has seen less than 10 cases reported in 2019. We will continue to monitor for new cases.
Mosquitoes & Ticks - What You Need To Know
Warm weather is here and so are biting insects! Use insect repellent and take other precautions outdoors.
Van Buren Cass District Health Department received notification from the DNR that a deer in Cass County has tested positive for EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) the week of August 19, 2019. Click HERE for more information.
Hepatitis A is in Michigan Communities
Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by hepatitis A virus (HAV). Hepatitis A is spread through contaminated food or water and close contact with persons who are infected. Hepatitis A can affect anyone. Frequent hand washing with soap and warm water after using the bathroom, changing a diaper, or before preparing food can help prevent the spread of Hepatitis A.
The best way to protect against hepatitis A is to get the hepatitis A vaccine. Talk to your healthcare provider to get the two doses you need for protection. Need help paying for your vaccine? Your local health department or your federally qualified health center may have hepatitis A vaccine available for little cost.
Help stop the spread of hepatitis A in Michigan a brochure from MDHHS.
Information regarding the Hepatitis A Outbreak in Michigan.
> June 6, 2018 Genesee County Public Health Advisory - Hepatitis A.
Each year 1 in 6 Americans get sick from foodborne illness. Learn more about keeping your families food safe.
Food Safety at Fairs and Festivals. Click HERE for tips to have a safe eating and drinking experience!
EGGS - Handle With Care: Like meat, poultry, seafood and produce, eggs are perishable and need to be handled properly to prevent foodborne illness. Occasionally, eggs with clean, uncracked shells can be contaminated with bacteria, specifically Salmonella Enteritidis. Click HERE to learn what you can do to have a safe and egg-cellent spring and summer!
Home canning this summer? Learn how to keep food safe.
PFAs Fact Sheets:
Links to Michigan.gov / PFAS Response:
PFAS in Van Buren County
Residential Well Sampling Update (5-30-2019)
MAP of Residential Well PFAS Study Area (updated 5-30-2019)
5-28-2019 PFAS news release #2 English
5-28-2019 PFAS news release #2 Spanish
5-9-2019 PFAS News Release
Any Resident with questions about the ongoing investigation should contact Hartford Township at 269-621-4658 or EGLE's Environmental Assistance Center at 1-800-662-9278.
Did you know that vaccine-preventable diseases are on the rise in Michigan?
We’re proud to partner with @IVaccinate to help keep Michigan’s kids safe and healthy. Learn more at www.IVaccinate.org.
It's Not Too Late to get your Flu Shot!
The Health Department has Flu Vaccine available for everyone 6 months of age and older. We do have a supply of High Dose vaccine for senior citizens aged 65+ .
Call the Health Department’s clinical services at 269-740-4155 for more information, to discuss your options or to schedule an appointment.
Measles; It Isn't Just a Little Rash
Measles; It Isn't Just a Little Rash.
> April 17, 2019, Two new cases of measles in Southeast Michigan, case count is 42. Detroit and Oakland County residents affected; exposure sites in Ingham and Kent counties. Click here for MDHHS Press Release
> April 15, 2019, New, unrelated, case of Measles confirmed in Washtenaw County. Click here for MDHHS Press Release
** Local Healthcare Providers Resources:
Hand Foot & Mouth Disease - What you need to know.
* This disease is common in young children.
* It causes fever, mouth sores, and a rash.
* It is contagious.
* Is it usually not serious. The illness is typically mild, and most infected people recover in a week or two.
* Children not acutely ill and who have no weeping lesions are usually able to remain in school/daycare.
* Wash your hands often to lessen your chances of getting sick
Backyard Chickens and Other Poultry
Backyard chickens and other poultry can carry germs such as Salmonella. After you touch a bird, or anything in the area where birds live and roam, wash your hands so you don't get sick! Click here to get the facts.
Press Releases & Important Information
Michiganders Being Warned About Scam Local Public Health Calls. Thursday, March 7, 2019
> Michiganders urged to take precautions against norovirus. Click here for the 1/7/19 Press Release
> Public Health Alert. Incidence of gonorrhea continues to rise in Van Buren and Cass Counties. Providers click here for more information.
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) is on the rise Click here for Information on Pertussis.
Drug Resistant Gonorrhea: An Urgent Public Health Issue Watch this video from the CDC for more information.