Back to School Vaccinations

The 2014 school year is fast approaching – which means back-to-school shopping, a back-to-school sleep schedule, and yes – back-to-school vaccinations.

The Oakland County Health Division offers immunizations for individuals of all ages at their offices in Pontiac and Southfield – and is urging families to get vaccinated as soon as possible. These vaccines can help to save your child’s life; the Health Division offers immunizations for 14 different diseases – from chicken pox, to pertussis, and many more.

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Mental Health First Aid Training

You know what to do when a person has a physical health crisis– you call 911, you administer CPR, you know where to get help. But what about a mental health crisis?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is available for individuals, organizations, and businesses in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne Counties through a grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health. This training is FREE, and is offered in one day sessions (8 hours), or two half day sessions (4 hours each). Participants in the training earn a national certificate as a Mental Health First Aider that is valid for 3 years.

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Cold Weather Precautions

Oakland County is experiencing a rush of intense cold weather this week. While our offices are open for business, we advise residents to stay indoors if possible, and to take extra caution when on the roads.

As temperatures drop, heat leaves your body quickly, which can result in hypothermia or frostbite. Both conditions can be life threatening. If you are in need of a shelter or warming station during this cold weather, please visit our website (HERE) for more information, including shelter locations and contact information.

And as a friendly reminder from the Oakland County Animal Control & Pet Adoption Center, don’t leave your pets outdoors for extended periods of time. A safe rule of thumb– if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pets!

For more information on how to stay warm, visit the Oakland County Health Division‘s website at www.oakgov.com/Health.

Free Clinic for Disadvantaged at Mercy Place

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A lot is happening in America right now in the healthcare arena. Things are changing drastically in how healthcare will be delivered to the public, but there is one thing that has remained constant: many people can’t afford healthcare at all. If you’re one of these folks, you’ll know that your healthcare needs don’t change when your income changes. Care is still needed for absolutely everyone, and Mercy Place in Oakland County, a free outpatient clinic affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, seeks to fulfill that need.

From Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 4:30 PM, Mercy Place offers the following services to adults regardless of their ability to pay:

  • Surgical evaluation services.
  • Case management services.
  • Pharmaceutical services.
  • Women’s health program.
  • Health screening.
  • Free pregnancy testing.
  • Wellness exams & physicals.
  • Disease prevention.
  • Ophthalmology program with eyeglass program.
  • Ongoing health care management for chronic diseases

Please don’t hesitate to call (248) 333-0840 for more information.

Staying Healthy in School

The first day of fall has come and gone, and schools have gotten themselves rolling in a big way. With flu season fast approaching, it’s important that students be mindful of their environment so they can not only stay healthy themselves, but prevent the spread of illness to their fellow students.

Oakland County Health has a lot of very useful information for students who wish to keep themselves alert and ready to learn going into the fall and winter. Here are a few top tips:

  • Get a flu shot. It only takes a few minutes and it’s very affordable. It will save a lot of heart ache, and especially stomach aches. Remember, the flu can be lethal in the right circumstances. Be sure to keep yourself vaccinated if you can. Seasonal flu shot clinic locations and hours can be found at Oakland County Health’s website.
  • Wash your hands. A good general rule of thumb is to wash your hands with soap and water any time you can. Being in a public place such as a school means that you come into contact with a variety of bacteria and germs.
  • Carry antibacterial hand sanitizer. If there aren’t any sinks around, you’re covered.
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze, either with your arm or a tissue.
  • Avoid touching anything unnecessarily. Hands tend to wonder, and it’s one of the biggest ways germs spread. Be conscious of what your hands are doing at all times, and at the very least, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay home if you’re sick. Consider it a public service to your fellow students. Arrange work with your teacher or professor outside of class, and get well. In the end, everyone benefits.

For more tips on hour to stay healthy in school, especially college, check out HackCollege.com.

Stay Healthy This Flu Season!

The Oakland County Health Division will be offering flu shots with better protection this season. These shots will guard individuals against four viruses: Type A H1N1 and H3N2 and two Type B strains, all of which are most likely to occur this season.

The importance of getting a flu shot cannot be stressed enough– getting vaccinated greatly reduces the number of people that get ill each flu season, and helps to decrease the severity of the illness and its complications. Our updated flu shots will help in our goal of helping to keep Oakland County residents healthy.

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