Health Notes

Got Your Vaccine? Measles Make a Comeback

by Dr. Sasan Gholami on April 10, 2014

4-10-14 Measles OutbreakThe headlines are shocking… 115 reported cases nationwide, with thousands more exposed. In two separate cases, unvaccinated students traveled overseas and brought the measles back with them.

The highly contagious disease is off to a skyrocketing start for 2014. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there were only 189 cases in all of 2013. There have been outbreaks reported on both coasts – in New York and California – tied to a measles outbreak in the Philippines. While no cases have been reported in the Omaha area, it’s a reminder the importance of vaccinations.

Measles was considered to be eradicated in the U.S. in 2000, but it’s back thanks to an uptick in travelers who become infected abroad and then spread it back home. The most vulnerable are those who delayed or avoided childhood vaccines. People who previously had measles or who have been vaccinated are immune. Unfortunately, due to the anti-vaccine movement, diseases that were close to being eradicated are making a comeback.

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MHSNewsHeadline_Icon_IDFlu-Like Virus Kills Nebraska Student

A 20-year-old University of Nebraska-Lincoln student has died from complications of a flu-like virus. Kyle VerMaas died March 16th at Bryan West in Lincoln after the virus had taken over his brain.

Family members say VerMaas had been healthy, always eating right and working out at the gym. However two weeks before his death, VerMaas’s cold symptoms descended into vomiting. On March 7, his roommates found him unresponsive. Doctors first thought he had Influenza A, but they couldn’t confirm that after further testing.

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Mission Possible: 5 Things to Know for your Trip

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Fueled by a passion for service, each year thousands of youth, teens and college students pack their bags and head into the unknown. They’re taking their hands and their hearts on a mission trip. Amy Anderson, Methodist Health System marketing account manager, in Kajo Keji, South Sudan. Click here to learn more about the “Journey […]

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Strange Illness Causing Paralysis in California Children

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A medical mystery is causing paralysis in children in California. A potential virus has struck as many as 25 children, leaving doctors puzzled and searching for answers. The illness has been compared to polio, which has been eradicated in the U.S. for the past 30 years. The illness comes on quickly (over the course of […]

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Grown-Ups Need Vaccines Too

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Perhaps you think of immunizations as something reserved for grade school children. But did you know adults need vaccines, too? Take a vaccination quiz to find out which vaccines are recommended for you and discuss your results with your healthcare professional during your next appointment. Vaccination Schedule for Adults Many adults have no idea the […]

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“Kids’ Cold” also Common in Adults

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That nagging cough and wheezing in your chest might be more than the common cold. Often thought of as a “kids cold” virus, RSV can take its toll on adults, too. In some cases, it can cause major problems. Often a very serious concern with babies and young children, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is now […]

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Potentially Deadly Virus Spreading in Middle East

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A potentially deadly virus has public health officials and travelers to the Middle East on high alert. Six new confirmed cases of MERS, a viral respiratory illness, were reported December 31st. That brings the total number of people infected through the end of 2013 to 176, 74 of which died from the illness. Although the […]

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A Nasty Bite: Warning for Winter Getaway Travelers

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With the winter chill biting here in the Midwest, you may be planning a winter escape. But your Caribbean vacation might bring a bite of a new kind… one that ends with a fever and joint pain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning travelers about chikungunya, a virus spread by mosquito […]

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Sochi 2014: Making Olympic Travel Dreams Come True

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Excitement is already building for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. It’s the first time in Olympic history the world’s largest country will host the winter games. Hundreds of world-class athletes who have tirelessly trained for their Olympic moment will travel from across the globe to compete for the gold in 15 disciplines […]

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Nasty Norovirus is the Season’s Grinch

December 12, 2013

‘Tis the season… there is something in the air. No, I don’t mean snowflakes or Santa and his eight tiny reindeer. It’s something a little less jolly, like a stomach bug. As it seemingly does every winter, there is a virus going around. Suspected as the nasty norovirus, this bug causes nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, […]

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