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Health Alerts from the Harrison~Clarksburg Health Department in Clarksburg, WV.

Seasonal Influenza (Flu)

Flu activity is increasing nationally. Additional increases are expected in the coming weeks. If you have not gotten your flu vaccination yet this season, you should get one now. A flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and the people around you from influenza and its potentially serious complications. Other ways […] Continue Reading »

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Prevent skin cancer

Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells. It most often develops on areas of the skin exposed to the sun’s rays. Skin cancer affects people of all colors and races, although those with light skin who sunburn easily have a higher risk. Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color. It is […] Continue Reading »

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Ebola Outbreak News

Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. Ebola can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).Ebola viruses are found in several African countries. Ebola was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what […] Continue Reading »

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Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus

Human infections with a new avian influenza A (H7N9) virus continue to be reported in China. The virus has been detected in poultry in China as well. While mild illness in human cases has been seen, most patients have had severe respiratory illness and some people have died. No cases of H7N9 outside of China […] Continue Reading »

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Flu Risks for Seniors

As you age, your immune system weakens. This weakening makes seniors—adults 65 years and older— more susceptible to the flu. For seniors, the seasonal flu can be very serious, even deadly. Ninety percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older. It is important all seniors […] Continue Reading »

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Flu season in full swing, get immunized now!

Current surveillance data indicates that the influenza season is in full swing. Below is a summary of these key indicators: • Overall, influenza viruses are being detected more widely in the United States. Eight states reported widespread influenza activity (Alabama, Alaska, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and South Carolina). This is twice […] Continue Reading »

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CDC Emergency Response – Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Investigation

Updated: Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Investigation – October 21 (CDC) CDC and FDA are coordinating a multi-state investigation of fungal meningitis among patients who received an epidural steroid injection. Investigation into the exact source is ongoing; however, interim data show that all infected patients received injection with preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml) prepared by New England […] Continue Reading »

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Harrison-Clarksburg Health Department has received a shipment of the required Tdap and Meningitis vaccine

Immediate Update! The Harrison-Clarksburg Health Department has received a shipment of the required Tdap and Meningitis vaccine and will be available during clinic today, August 14, 2012, Tuesday 1-3 PM .   Share Continue Reading »

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Immediate Update! The Harrison-Clarksburg Health Department is currently out of the required Tdap and Meningitis vaccine

Immediate Update! The Harrison-Clarksburg Health Department is currently out of the required Tdap and Meningitis vaccine for clinic tomorrow, Tuesday 9-11 AM. We hope to receive vaccine by 1PM for the clinic 1-3 PM. Parents should phone, 304-623-9308, to verify if we have received vaccine for the afternoon clinic. Parents may also watch/listen to the local […] Continue Reading »

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HAN #63 INCREASED RISK OF FOODBORNE/WATERBORNE ILLNESSES DURING POWER OUTAGES

INCREASED RISK OF FOODBORNE/WATERBORNE ILLNESSES DURING POWER OUTAGES TO: West Virginia Healthcare Providers, Hospitals and other Healthcare Facilities FROM: Marian L. Swinker, MD, MPH, Commissioner for Public Health and State Health Officer, WVDHHR, Bureau for Public Health DATE: 07/02/12 LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS: PLEASE DISTRIBUTE TO COMMUNITY HEALTH PROVIDERS, HOSPITAL-BASED PHYSICIANS, INFECTION CONTROL PREVENTIONISTS, LABORATORY DIRECTORS, […] Continue Reading »

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