Infectious Disease News
Hepatitis A Vaccine

Have You Gotten Your Hepatitis A Vaccine?

You may have noticed that hepatitis A has been in the local news a lot lately. As the number of cases continues to rise across southeast Michigan, Henry Ford infectious diseases physician Katherine Reyes, M.D., MPH, urges people to get vaccinated against the disease. Hepatitis A is contagious liver disease …

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Healthy Summer

Heading Outdoors? Watch Out for Ticks

As the weather warms up, people head outdoors and into the woods. Ticks, too, who live in the great outdoors, often lurk surprisingly close to home – in brush, woodpiles and freshly mowed lawn. Ticks carry myriad diseases, including Lyme, Bartonella and Babesia. Each of these (and others) can cause …

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Fighting Infections Safely

Avoiding Antibiotic Overuse

This time of year, bugs and germs are front and center, and unfortunately bacteria thrive during the winter chill. So while we gather indoors to escape the frigid temperatures, cocoon on the couch and watch award shows and Monday night football, the transmission of bacteria between friends is almost a …

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Preventing the Spread of Germs
antibacterial soap

What’s the Dirt on Antibacterial Soap?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a final ruling on antibacterial soap: Over-the-counter antibacterial soaps will no longer be available for consumer use. The reason, according to the FDA, is because the antibacterial components of these soaps are not safe for long-term daily use. They’re also less effective …

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Meningitis: What Parents & Students Need to Know

It’s time for college students to head off to school, either returning to campus or moving in for the first time. There’s a lot to do before then, so make it a priority to have your son or daughter vaccinated for meningococcal disease. “Meningococcal disease is a serious illness that …

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Summer Safety Tips

Alternative Mosquito Repellent Options

The sun on your face. Warm breezes. Water play. Roasting marshmallows by a campfire. Outdoor grilling. They’re some of summer’s highlights, until mosquitoes crash the party. When that happens, well, it’s enough to make one wish the season of fun and sun away – or make a beeline for the indoors. It’s not …

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Safe, Healthy Travel
healthy travel tips

Vacation Safely: A Few Health Precautions Are Key

There’s nothing quite like travel to rejuvenate and recharge. Vacation planning is already under way for families, friends and couples looking to escape winter’s chill by retreating to warmer climates. As the recent news coverage about the Zika virus has highlighted for many travelers, taking proper health precautions is key …

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Avoiding Illness

Is Double-Dipping Really Dangerous?

We’ve all been witness to that “Ewww” moment. You know, the one when someone at the holiday party or family gathering plunks a potato chip into the ranch dip, takes a bite, then goes for a second dip. It’s called double-dipping, that unacceptable act of social behavior famously depicted in …

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Cold & Flu Season

Be Smart About Antibiotic Use

Runny nose. Earache. Scratchy throat. It’s cold and flu season, and lots of people will experience these symptoms. Before you run to the doctor hoping to get a prescription for an antibiotic to lessen the symptoms, consider this fact: Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections like common ailments like …

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Preventing the Flu

No More Excuses – You Need a Flu Vaccine

When flu season rolls around, out come all the excuses for why people don’t want to get the flu vaccine. Doctors and health care providers have heard them all. But the evidence is clear – the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is getting the …

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