Personal Perspectives—The Success of Vaccinations.

Dr. James Feist knows from experience the devastation that communicable diseases like measles or mumps can bring to a family and a community. “When I was in training,” said Feist, a retired pediatrician in Gallatin County, “an entire hospital floor was filled with babies with meningitis, a brain infection that can cause deafness, affect learning, […]

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The not-so-sexy topic…sexually transmitted diseases.

Nationally, sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) are on the rise at an alarming rate. There are approximately 1.4 million reported cases of chlamydia which is the highest number of annual cases of any condition ever reported to the CDC. Gonorrhea and syphilis are also increasing and the same trend is happening in Gallatin County. (For more […]

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Meningitis explained–it could save your life.

Meningitis is a disease caused by infection of the fluids in the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Bacterial Meningitis There are five types of meningitis, but the most dangerous and contagious is Bacterial Meningitis which can cause life-threatening infections requiring immediate attention including antibiotics and hospitalization. The infection is spread through close […]

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Understanding Zika Virus

February 9, 2016 | Communicable Disease, Health

What is Zika?  Zika is a virus spread to people through mosquito bites. What are the symptoms? The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. Is Zika spreading […]

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Tips to prevent the spread of norovirus

Press release from the Montana Department of Health and Human Services Cold weather means more indoor time for many Montanans. Close contact indoors often helps spread illnesses, such as norovirus, anywhere people gather together. Holiday gatherings, schools and settings such as long-term care and assisted living facilities are especially vulnerable to outbreaks. “Norovirus can spread very […]

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“The coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever, so you can rest-vaccination.”

December 4, 2015 | Communicable Disease, Health

Fact: What you might think is a common cold could actually be influenza (the flu.) Today, we can better diagnose the flu, which can be a serious disease causing hospitalization and sometimes even death.  Most of the people at risk are over 65, small children, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases like asthma. Symptoms […]

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Nixing Ebola

November 19, 2015 | Communicable Disease, Health

Sierra Leone is Ebola free as of November 7, 2015; but people traveling from the country will still have to fly through one of five airports who do the screening. Travelers will be screened for fever, given thermometers and the contact information for the local health department. Both Sierra Leone and Liberia are continuing to […]

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Flu Season is Upon Us!

Did you know?? Getting a flu vaccination is the best way to protect against getting the seasonal flu. Who should get vaccinated? Annual vaccination is recommended for all persons aged 6 months and over, even for those who received the vaccine for the previous season. When should you get vaccinated? Seasonal flu vaccine is currently […]

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World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day is recognized annually on July 28th to raise awareness of hepatitis and to encourage screening and prevention efforts. ‘Hepatitis’ means inflammation of the liver and is often caused by a virus. The most common types of hepatitis are A, B, and C. Hepatitis A is spread when a person ingests food or […]

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New Vaccine Requirements for School Attendance

Parents: As you may have heard, there are new vaccine requirements for school attendance. As a result of House Bill 158, students are now required to be vaccinated against varicella (chickenpox) and must receive a pertussis booster vaccine prior to entering 7th grade. This law goes into effect October 1, 2015. To ensure consistent and […]

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