Help and Tips to Stay Tobacco Free

Help Youth Stay Tobacco Free in the New School Year As students head back to school, Oakland County Health Division encourages parents and health care providers to talk to youth about tobacco use. Providing a tobacco-free home and discussing secondhand smoke exposure and tobacco use can help prevent youth from future smoking. “There has been significant progress in protecting youth from tobacco-related health risks, but we still have a long way to go,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health … [Read more...]

The Fizzy Facts About Kombucha

Effervescent and Fermented Stores are stocking up on Kombucha and more people are drinking it, but what is it? Kombucha is a slightly sweet, slightly acidic beverage that is consumed worldwide. It’s created through the fermentation of sugared tea with a SCOBY, or symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, also known as tea fungus. The sugar used in the recipe fuels the fermenting process and the final product is very low in sugar, with most 15-ounce bottles containing only 4 to 16 grams of … [Read more...]

Mosquito Bite Prevention Tips

Health Division Reminds Residents of Mosquito Bite Prevention Tips Oakland County Health Division advises residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites as summer-like temperatures approach. An increase in the number of mosquitoes and exposure to mosquito-borne diseases are linked with warmer temperatures and more time spent outdoors. “The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to avoid being bitten,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County Health … [Read more...]

Oakland County Public Health Urges Protection Against Ticks

Health Division Precautions Against Ticks Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Oakland County Health Division remind residents to protect themselves against ticks as they spend more time outside. Ticks and tick-borne diseases are increasing across the state. Ticks spread diseases such as Lyme disease, an illness caused by a bacterial infection from a tick bite. “Residents are urged to protect themselves against Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, … [Read more...]

Test Your Private Well for Safe Drinking Water

Oakland County Health Division reminds private well owners to test their drinking water regularly for contaminants to ensure that it is safe. “I encourage every homeowner with a private drinking water well to test their water routinely”, said Kathy Forzley, health officer for Oakland County. “Homeowners with private wells may not be aware of the risks that can occur. Testing well water regularly is the only way to ensure safe drinking water.” The Health Division recommends testing … [Read more...]

Are You at Risk for Hepatitis A, What You Need to Know

Continued Increase in Hepatitis A Cases in Southeast Michigan Public health officials and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are continuing to see an elevated number of hepatitis A cases in the city of Detroit, and counties of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne.  “Together with our local health partners, we are increasing outreach to vulnerable populations to raise awareness and promote vaccination of hepatitis A,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive of MDHHS. “Those … [Read more...]

CPR Training Offered by the Oakland Township Fire Department

  Saturday, March 18, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for CPR Training at Fire Station #2 The Oakland Township Fire Department offers two types of certified American Heart Association CPR classes (both will train and prepare you to receive a 2-year certification card upon completion): Heartsaver CPR, AED, Choking for Adult, Child and Infant 4 hours on selected Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (available THIS Saturday) $20 for residents and $30 for non-residents Heartsaver … [Read more...]

Health Division seeks nominees for Breastfeeding-Friendly Place Award

The Oakland County Health Division Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is seeking nominations for its 3rd Annual Breastfeeding-Friendly Place Award. Awards will honor Oakland County pediatrician offices, employers, and businesses that are taking extra steps to support breastfeeding mothers. Complete an online nomination form at www.oakgov.com/health. Award nomination entries are due Friday, April 28, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. "Businesses, employers, and pediatrician offices that support … [Read more...]

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Voluntarily Recalls Smokeless Tobacco Products

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Voluntarily Recalls Certain Smokeless Tobacco Products Manufactured at its Franklin Park, IL Facility U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC) is voluntarily recalling certain of its smokeless tobacco products, listed in the chart below, manufactured at USSTC’s facility in Franklin Park, IL. USSTC has notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of the recall and is working with federal authorities on this matter. USSTC initiated the recall after receiving eight … [Read more...]

Whooping Cough Increase in Michigan Prompts Health Advisory

Increase in Whooping Cough Prompts Health Advisory The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Oakland County Health Division are issuing a health advisory following an increase in the number of identified pertussis cases, commonly referred to as whooping cough. Anyone exposed to pertussis and displaying symptoms should be evaluated by a doctor to determine if antibiotics are needed. Infants younger than 12 months are at greatest risk. "The State of Michigan is reporting an … [Read more...]