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12/04/2017 02:00 PM
Public Health Matters Blog - Norovirus Illness is Messy ? Clean Up Right Away
When norovirus strikes in your own home, you can be prepared by having the supplies you need to immediately clean up after a loved one vomits or has diarrhea. Norovirus is a tiny germ that spreads quickly and easily. It causes vomiting and diarrhea that come on suddenly. A very small amount of norovirus can make you sick. The number of virus particles that fit on the head of a pin is enough to infect over 1,000 people.
11/28/2017 02:00 PM
Public Health Matters Blog - Rural America in Crisis: The Changing Opioid Overdose Epidemic
In America, 15 out of 100 people live in a rural area. I loved growing up in a rural community, where there were actually no stop lights, everyone knew their neighbors, and doors were always open. But, my years of working in public health has taught me rural areas are not that different from urban areas when it comes to the devastating impact of the opioid epidemic. The rate of drug overdose deaths in rural areas has surpassed rates in urban areas, and it is a huge public health concern. Understanding how rural areas are different when it comes to drug use and drug overdose deaths, including opioids, can help public health professionals identify, monitor, and prioritize their response to this epidemic.
11/20/2017 02:00 PM
Public Health Matters Blog - ABCs of Viral Hepatitis
Viral hepatitis is the term that describes inflammation of the liver that is caused by a virus. There are actually five types of hepatitis viruses; each one is named after a letter in the alphabet: A, B, C, D and E. The most common types of viral hepatitis are A, B and C. These three viruses affect millions of people worldwide, causing both short-term illness and long-term liver disease. The World Health Organization estimates 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B or chronic hepatitis C. In 2015, 1.34 million died from viral hepatitis, a number that is almost equal to the number of deaths caused by tuberculosis and HIV combined.
11/13/2017 02:00 PM
Public Health Matters Blog - Preparing to quit: 10 tips to help you quit smoking
Each year, on the third Thursday of November, the American Cancer Society encourages smokers to quit during the Great American Smokeout. Most people who smoke want to quit, but they also know quitting is hard?it can take several attempts to succeed.
11/06/2017 02:00 PM
Public Health Matters Blog - Everyone can be a flu vaccine advocate!
With the holidays quickly approaching, there will be more opportunities to spend time with family and friends. Now is the time to ensure that you and those around you are protected from flu. Now is the time to get your seasonal flu vaccine if you haven?t already gotten it. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body.?so it?s important to get vaccinated now, before the flu begins circulating in your community.

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