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Yearly Archives: 2016

Washtenaw County Flu Alert – 12/15/16

Influenza A:   In the past 10 days, nineteen (19) cases of lab-confirmed influenza A have been reported in Washtenaw residents. Of the cases that have been subtyped, all have been A/H3.  Almost all of the individuals are younger than 40 years, with over half of the cases diagnosed in college students.  None of these recent…
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Senate Bill 647 Passes

The Michigan legislature passed SB 647 yesterday, the bill that will ensure all students in Michigan are trained in hands-only CPR before they graduate from high school.  The bill now goes to the desk of Governor Rick Snyder for his signature. Once signed into law, Michigan will become the 35th state in the nation to ensure…
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Washtenaw County Public Health Takes Legal Action on 1,4-Dioxane

Washtenaw County, Washtenaw County Public Health and the Washtenaw County Health Officer file motion in Circuit Court to intervene in the litigation between the State of Michigan and Gelman Sciences, Inc. Washtenaw County, Washtenaw County Public Health and Health Officer Ellen Rabinowitz are using the authority of the health officer to take legal action on…
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It’s Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot

 It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week – get vaccinated in time for the holidays Washtenaw County Public Health reminds residents that it’s not too late to vaccinate against flu. The week of Dec. 4-10 is this year’s National Influenza Vaccination Week, and is an optimal time for everyone six months and older to get their flu…
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Guidelines for the Use of Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy Developed

Jennifer Doble, M.D., a physiatrist specializing in rehabilitation at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor (SJMAA), a member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and WCMS, participated in a multi-disciplinary team to develop guidelines for the use of Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy in patients suffering from chronic pain and spasticity due to cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury,…
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Washtenaw County Epi Alert – Hepatitis A

Due to a multi-state outbreak of Hepatitis A, potentially contaminated frozen strawberries have been recalled.  Several food establishments in Washtenaw County and many others across Michigan received the frozen strawberries and may have served them to customers in the past months.  To date, no cases of Hepatitis A illness have been linked to the strawberries…
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General Session Set for November 16th on Gender Dysphoria

WCMS will present a general session on Wednesday, November 16, featuring speakers Dr. Daniel Shumer and Dr. John Randolph from the University of Michigan.  The program will discuss gender dysphoria in both children and adults. To attend, please contact the society office at bchandler@wcms-mi.org to register.
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Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment starts Nov. 1, 2016

Get help finding affordable health care coverage, and avoid the tax penalty in 2017 YPSILANTI, Mich., Oct. 27, 2016 – The Health Insurance Marketplace will open for its fourth round of enrollment on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Although the national uninsured rate has dropped to a historic low of 10 percent, there are still thousands of…
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Gov. Rick Snyder Appoints WCMS President, Dr. Brad Uren, to Committee

Bradley Uren, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Michigan, and WCMS president, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Michigan Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Uren will join the 11-member board, which advises the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on issues affecting prescription drug coverage and Michigan Medicaid…
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