Foreign travel and parents not vaccinating their children are among the reasons for the recent rise in the number of measles cases across the United States.
What you need to know about the measles:
•Measles is common in many parts of the world.
•It is a highly contagious respiratory disease that spreads through the air or on infected surfaces. According to the CDC, the measles virus can live for up to two hours on a surface or in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed. If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch the infected surface, then touch their eyes, noses, or mouths, they can become infected. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected. Infected people can spread measles to others from four days before to four days after the rash appears.
•Measles cause a rash, high fever, runny nose, cough, and red watery eyes.
•Measles can be serious; of every 1,000 people who get measles, 1 to 2 will die.
According to Lake Health Pediatrician, Marni Turell, MD, the measles vaccine is safe and one of the most important ways parents can protect their children from this very real disease. Dr.Turell recommends children receive the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine at age 12-15 months and again at 4-6 years.
CONCORD TWP., OH, February 4, 2015 – The Ohio Department of Health and the Health Ohio Business Council has awarded Lake Health with the Gold Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Award. The award recognizes Ohio employers who demonstrate a commitment to employee wellness through comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs. Forty six Ohio employers were recognized.
Lake Health was recognized for its wellness fitness programs for team members, including Yoga, Pilates, Zumba and Tai Chi, and continuing their employee wellness program, which is a comprehensive wellness program that includes awareness, identification and recruitment of team members, peer wellness coaching, and creating a healthier workplace environment. Through this program, team members are encouraged to complete a health risk assessment with biometric screenings and participate in wellness coaching to develop wellness goals. Wellness coaching takes place over a six-month period with weekly and then monthly contact with a wellness coach.
Other wellness activities offered through the Lake Health Wellness Institute include a 12-week employee health and fitness program in partnership with Health 360; a five-month fitness challenge; personal health profiles; medical nutrition therapy; the Weight 4 Life anytime weight management program; stress management program; outpatient services including acupuncture, Reiki and massage therapy and annual employee health fairs.
Through our comprehensive wellness program we have been able to tailor services to our team members needs as well as help set individual wellness goals and assist our team members in meeting their goals,” said Sharon Minjares, MBA,MS, RD, LD, director of the Wellness Institute at Lake Health.