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Health Officials Urge Measles Vaccinations

In response to a large, ongoing multi-state outbreak of measles, federal health authorities are urging doctors to make sure their patients are properly vaccinated. Since the beginning of the year, 141 people from 17 states and Washington D.C. have reported having measles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of these cases – […]

Measles Cases Reach 20-Year High

Federal health authorities are urging people to make sure they are properly vaccinated to prevent measles before traveling this summer. The recommendation comes on the heels of new data, which show that measles cases in the United States have reached a 20-year high. Two hundred and eighty-eight cases of measles were reported to the federal […]

New Strain of Norovirus May Increase Outbreaks, CDC Warns

Federal health officials say a new norovirus strain has been causing the majority of outbreaks across the United States since September. Although it’s too early to know for certain, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warn that new strains often lead to more outbreaks. Norovirus, which is highly contagious, is the No. […]

Need a Flu Shot?

The easiest way to get a flu shot is to call your primary care physician’s office for an appointment. Or you can try a local pharmacy. But if you’re having trouble finding available flu shots, federal health officials recommend trying this interactive vaccine finder. Although the following personal and community actions recommended by the Centers […]

Disinfect to Prevent Stomach Bug

A study of an outbreak of the stomach bug norovirus provides a good reminder to disinfect objects and surfaces that can become contaminated and spread infection. Researchers found that airborne norovirus in a hotel bathroom settled onto a grocery bag that contained snacks, according to a news release from The Journal of Infectious Diseases. Seven […]

Avoid Salmonella from Backyard Poultry

A growing trend to raise backyard chickens has prompted federal health officials to remind people of the dangers of contracting Salmonella, a germ that naturally lives in the intestines of poultry. Always make sure you and your family members, especially children, wash your hands after touching a bird or anything in the area where they […]

Protect Your Family with Vaccinations

This year’s Super Bowl turned out to be a serious reminder for anyone who is not properly immunized against the measles virus. The Indiana State Health Department has confirmed that an infected person was at the game and infected their sibling. More than 200,000 people visited the Super Bowl Village two days before the game […]

Know Your HIV Status

One in five people with HIV do not know they are infected, according to a Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And only half of those who are aware receive ongoing medical care and treatment from their doctor. Federal health authorities urge people to be tested and receive treatment because […]