West Nile Virus

September 8, 2017 | Communicable Disease

West Nile Virus may sound scary, but don’t panic, there are ways to protect you and your family. West Nile Virus was first reported in Montana in 2002. In 2017 there have been seven reported cases in humans to date and none have been fatal.1 Awareness is key to prevention. What is West Nile Virus (WNV)? WNV is a […]

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Travel vaccinations; start early!

August 16, 2017 | Communicable Disease, Immunizations

Finally, your trip is here. You have your guidebook, electricity convertor and passport.  Do you have protection from getting sick while you are gone?  Before travelling internationally make sure your standard immunizations are up to date.  Currently, CDC has travel warnings for Italy, Germany, Romania, Belgium and France because of measles outbreaks.  You need two […]

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Put back-to-school immunizations on your to-do list!

Although the start of school may not be on your radar, getting on a vaccination schedule should be. Some vaccines require more than one dose, so it’s important to plan ahead. Below is a list of necessary vaccinations required to attend school or participate in pre-school or a licensed childcare establishment. There are 14 serious […]

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National Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2017

Fight the Bite! Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. Their bites can spread diseases such as Zika, dengue, chikungunya, malaria, yellow fever, and West Nile Virus. Although the mosquito species that typically act as a vector for some of these diseases is not common in our region, it is important to take preventive measures […]

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National Infant Immunization and World Immunization Weeks Are Here!

This week we are celebrating the protection that we provide for our children and our communities against specific diseases through complete and timely immunizations. This safeguard for our community is a shared responsibility. Here at Gallatin City-County Health Department we take this responsibility very seriously. We are proud, not only to offer immunization services within […]

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Cancer and Me

  By Pauline Sager How did it start?  It was in the late 1990’s.  I had always been good at going for my annual PAP test with my doctor, an internist.  But this time, she called me and said that the pap test was abnormal.  I did not think too much about it.  It is […]

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Help “Someone You Love” Prevent Cancer

Each year, about 17,000 women and 9,000 men are affected by Human Papillomavirus (HPV). In fact, 80% of people under the age of 50 will contract the virus at some point in their life. Though many people have never heard of it, HPV can lead to some high risk types of cancer in both men […]

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Just Two Doses

Teens who start the HPV series before the age of 15 years will now only need 2 doses of HPV vaccine instead of 3. The vaccine for HPV prevents cancers caused by the human papilloma virus. It’s recommended for both boys and girls between the ages of 11-26 years. This vaccine has been extensively studied […]

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Flour recall- Check your pantry!

July 15, 2016 | Communicable Disease, Food, Health

General Mills has recalled 8 million pounds of flour and products containing the flour due to contamination with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli 0121. Affected brands are “Gold Medal,” “Wondra,” and “Signature” brand flours. For a complete list of products and LOT numbers: http://www.generalmills.com/flour   Check your pantry. If you have these products look at the […]

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Don’t Get Ticked.

Warm weather has hit and summer fun is on the way. However, there is one little nuisance that requires careful attention to avoid hindering your outdoor adventures. It’s called a tick, and even though we’ve all heard of them, you may not realize the dangers of a bite- or that biting you is crucial for […]

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