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grillingWHETHER IT'S A FAMILY BBQ IN THE BACKYARD or a day off at the beach, here are some useful tips and guidelines for OUTDOOR GRILLING!  Following these tips can help reduce the risks of food borne illnesses due to under cooked meat.  Serve your burgers, hot dogs and steaks to family and friends with confidence this summer.

SOME PARENTS WONDER IF THE CURRENT VACCINE SCHEDULE IS TOO AGGRESSIVE.  This video presents an argument against that thought.  Take a look, click here

BE WISE & GET IMMUNIZED!  The Lenawee County Health Department is hosting special Back-to-School Immunization Clinics in addition to the regular clinic days.  These clinics will be held August 7th (1pm to 4:30pm) and August 28th (1pm to 6pm).  Call and make your appointment today!  (517) 264-5226, option 2

WATER SAFETY:  Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub.  Keep ladders, benches, chairs and other equipment away from the edges of an above ground pool so curious children don't gain unsupervised access to the pool.

KNOW YOUR TICKS!  Some ticks are more likely to transmit Lyme Disease than others.  Can you tell the difference?
Deer ticks - very small, orange/brown in color with black spot near the head.  Can be a carrier of Lyme Disease
Wood ticks - approximately 2 times larger than deer ticks, white spot near the head.  Not a likely carrier of Lyme Disease
Reduce Your Exposure:
*wear long sleeves/pants and tuck pant legs into socks/boots and shirts into waistbands when walking through the woods or fields
*wear bug spray, particularly around ankles, wrists and waist
*check yourself and your pets for ticks after enjoying the outdoors
*gently remove ticks with tweezers - grab as close to the head as possible
*ticks removed within 24-hours are not likely to transmit Lyme Disease
After Being Outdoors:
*watch for characteristic ring-shaped rash - usually occurs within 4-10 days
*other symptoms include fever, chills, headache, stiffness in joints and weakness/fatigue
*if you suspect a case of Lyme Disease contact your doctor immediately to reduce the change of permanent effects.  If diagnosed early Lyme Disease is usually treatable with antibiotics

PROTECT THE NEXT GENERATION OF WOMEN FROM CERVICAL CANCER.  Make sure your child has all three doses of HPV vaccine today

BIRD BATHS ATTRACT BIRDS & MOSQUITOS ... remove sources of standing water outside your home to prevent West Nile Virus

WHOOPING COUGH (PERTUSSIS) CAN BE DEADLY FOR INFANTS - but 61% of adults don't know if they've been vaccinated.  A recent report from the National Poll on Children's Health underscores the importance of protecting the whole family!  Do you know your vaccine status?

HELP KEEP KIDS SAFE .. ask the question:  Is there a gun where my child plays?  Click here

DO1THING EVERY MONTH to Prepare for Emergencies!  Goal for this month:  insure that you are able to communicate with your family members during a disaster.  Learn more, click here

The health department has the following open positions:
*Clinic Tech-Clerical (temporary)
*Nurse Practitioner (part time)
*Public Health Nurse Supervisor

For more information please click here 

The next Food Handler's Class is July 15th at 2pm or 7pm
Click here for the 2015 schedule of classes

FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER OF MICHIGAN .... is dedicated to quality and excellence in providing comprehensive, cost-effective primary and preventive health care, regardless of age, ethnic background, or ability to pay.  Call (517) 263-1800 for more information



1040 S Winter St., Suite 2328
Adrian, MI   49221
Patricia Bourgeois, Health Officer
Teresa Bacon, Administrative Aide

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