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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To protect the public’s health and reduce the spread of COVID-19, VBCDHD has made temporary adjustments to public health services offered in Van Buren and Cass County. Important updates to note:
ALL individuals entering the Van Buren/Cass District Health Department:
1. will receive a health risk assessment (questionnaire) and temperature check prior to entering the building
2. are required to wear a face covering
> We are working with Emergency Mgmt to ensure emergency medical supplies are continuing to arrive and be designated appropriately.
Warm Weather is here and so are biting insects!
9/3/2020 PRESS RELEASE First human case of West Nile virus for 2020 confirmed in Michigan - Cases of Eastern Equine encephalitis in horses are on the rise CLICK HERE to see the complete press release.
Residents can stay healthy by following steps to avoid mosquito bites:
- Apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved product to exposed skin or clothing, and always follow the manufacturer’s directions for use.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors. Apply insect repellent to clothing to help prevent bites.
- Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside. Empty water from mosquito breeding sites around the home, such as buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes may lay eggs.
- Use nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas.
See our Mosquitoes & Ticks - What you need to know page for Important information about these biting insects and the diseases they may carry.
It's time to think about a flu shot!
We urge all residents of Cass and Van Buren County to get their flu vaccine this fall. A flu outbreak, in addition to our current COVID-19 concerns, could put our state's economy and health care system at greater risk. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to prevent additional outbreaks. Consider this your reminder message...we'll be in touch with more information soon about community flu clinics and how/where to get your vaccine locally.
Driskels Lake, Cass County - UPDATE
STDs increase again in Michigan
regular testing urged to prevent spread of diseases
10/24/2019 Kalamazoo County Investigating Cases of Rare Gonorrhea Infections - Click Here for the Press Release
> Public Health Alert. Incidence of gonorrhea continues to rise in Van Buren and Cass Counties.
Drug Resistant Gonorrhea: An Urgent Public Health Issue Watch this video from the CDC for more information.
Great Start Collaborative of Cass County Community Advocate Award for 2020 Winner
Congratulations to Danielle Persky, the Deputy Health Officer and Health Promotions Director at Van Buren Cass District Health Department, who has been awarded the Great Start Collaborative of Cass County Community Advocate Award for 2020 for her dedication and efforts working with the Cass County Great Start Collaborative.
Danielle has been a leader at the health department for three and a half years. She has been instrumental in improving the lives of Cass County residents in many ways. In addition to her health promotions/public relations responsibilities, Danielle has taken an active role in many other organizations. She has served leadership roles with United Way of Southwest Michigan, Van Buren Community Health Advisory Council, Southwest Michigan Childcare Resources, Southwest Michigan Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative and Cass County Great Start Collaborative.
Larry Wile, Medical Director at Van Buren Cass District Health Department states, “we at the health department as well as, all in our community are lucky to have Danielle as our public health warrior, she continues to lead the fight to recognize and change the systems and barriers that prevent our residents from improved health and well-being. She is a results driven person, with unique talents in strategic planning, health promotion initiatives, community mobilization pulling various groups together to stay the task on hand. Because of this, she is recognized as a true community asset throughout various service organizations and is very well respected and appreciated. It is nice to see her efforts get rewarded with the Great Start Collaborative of Cass County Community Advocate Award.”
Backyard Poultry Safety
Whether you are building your first coop or are a seasoned backyard poultry owner, you should know the risks of keeping poultry and the simple things you can do to stay safe.
For advice on keeping you, your family, and your flock healthy, visit CDC’s Backyard Poultry page.
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.
E-cigarette, vaping users urged to seek medical attention if they feel ill.
MDHHS E-Cigarettes Website: Click HERE to learn more about e-cigarettes and vaping.
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.
Michiganders Being Warned About Scam Local Public Health Calls. Thursday, March 7, 2019
The incidence of gonorrhea continues to rise, Providers click here for more information.
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) is on the rise Click here for Information on Pertussis.