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HEALTH MATTERS: Protect yourself from influenza

HEALTH MATTERS: Protect yourself from influenza

People often talk about the “flu” to describe colds or a stomach virus, but influenza is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. The symptoms can include high fever, chills, headaches, exhaustion, sore throat, cough and body aches. Symptoms can be mild o…

October 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Health matters: Viral hepatitis ranges from mild to deadly

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. While it can be caused by drugs or alcohol use, it’s commonly caused by a virus. Chronic cases of viral hepatitis can lead to life-threatening diseases, including a scarring of the liver called cirrhosis, liver failure, or liver cancer.

August 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

HEALTH MATTERS: Animal bites can be costly for victims

Anyone who owns a pet should know something about rabies and the full consequences of not getting pets vaccinated. In America, animals rarely transmit rabies to humans, but between 16,000 and 39,000 people each year need to be vaccinated as a precaution after an animal bite or other rabies e…

May 27, 2014 11:45 pmLoading…

What you need to know about the spread of influenza

In January, the flu hit Montana like a storm, touching off a sudden upswing in cases and the state’s first reported death. In Yellowstone County, 399 cases of influenza have been reported this flu season. Just over 10 percent of those cases resulted in hospitalization. As Montana enters the …

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Health Matters: Get the shot, skip the flu

Influenza is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. It is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person through the coughing or sneezing of people who are sick. During the 2009-2010 flu season a unique virus, called H1N1, spread worldwide and caused t…

October 15, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

AIDS Day spreads recognition of disease

World AIDS Day, observed on Dec. 1 each year, helps people recognize the human toll of the disease.

November 27, 2012 11:30 pmLoading…

No one can predict how severe this year’s flu season will be

Q. Why should I get an influenza vaccination? Is it really that big of a deal?

October 16, 2012 11:30 pmLoading…

Montana gets 71% of kids immunized

Immunizations have been called one of the most important public health interventions in history, saving millions of lives and preventing hundreds of millions of cases of disease.

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Health Matters: Vaccination the most effective way to protect against the flu

Although flu season has gotten off to a slow start in our area, confirmed cases have been reported in Montana and across the country. That’s why now is a good time to get your annual influenza vaccination or “flu shot.”

January 24, 2012 11:30 pmLoading…

By promoting individual human rights, new HIV infections can be prevented

Every year, around the globe, World AIDS Day is celebrated on Dec. 1.

November 30, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Health Matters: Immunizations have prevented hundreds of millions of cases of disease

National Infant Immunization Week runs from April 23 to April 30. It’s an opportunity to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases.

April 26, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Valentine's Day marks the start of National Condom Week

February 14th is synonymous with Valentine's Day, but it also marks the beginning of “National Condom Week.” This week is a great time to focus on the importance of safe sex and serves as a reminder to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and avoid unintended pregnancy …

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Wear red ribbon for World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is celebrated on Dec. 1 each year around the world. This year marks the 22nd annual World AIDS Day. It has become one of the most recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on and celebrate victories such as…

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