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World Hepatitis Day

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day- A day that brings people together to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and call for real change. Worldwide, more than 300 million people are living with viral Hepatitis unaware of their condition. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost. Join the World Hepatitis Alliance, LiveWell4Health and other entities on July 28 for a day of action and raising awareness to find the “missing millions”. Viral hepatitis is one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting for 1.34 million deaths per year – that’s as many as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria. Together, hepat

Safer ISN'T safe!

Learn the truth about vaping and get free resources to help teens quit. Quitting isn’t easy, but we can help. Free and confidential help, just for teens. Visit MyLifeMyQuit.com or text “Start My Quit” to 855-891-9989 to learn more. https://www.mylifemyquit.com/?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=soc&utm_campaign=MI #MyLifeMyQuit #StartMyQuit

Swimmer's Itch

Who doesn’t love a good dip in the lake on a hot summer day? People and microscopic parasites, of course. These parasites are looking for a host to latch on to and if you’re hanging out in the shallow area of a lake, pond, or ocean, you may become the host and experience swimmer’s itch! So, what’s swimmer’s itch? Swimmer’s itch, also called cercarial dermatitis, appears as a skin rash caused by an allergic reaction to certain microscopic parasites. These parasites are released from infected snails into fresh and salt water (such as lakes, ponds, and oceans). While the parasite’s preferred host is a specific bird or mammal, if the parasite meets a swimmer, it can burrow into their skin causin

Avoiding Fair Illnesses

For many people in Michigan, summer fun consists of visiting a local or county fair, eating massive amounts of fried food while there, and petting every single animal we meet. What’s not fun? Contracting an illness from a fair animal. Remember to take simple precautions to stay safe around all fair animals: Refrain from eating or drinking in livestock barns or show rings. Do not take toys, pacifiers, cups, baby bottles, strollers or similar items into swine areas. Anyone who is at high risk of serious flu complications and is planning to attend a fair should avoid pigs and swine barns. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. Avoid contact with pigs if you have flu-li

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