An Apple a Day


Welcome to my blog – An Apple a Day! This is where I hope you and I can have a conversation about all things health-related.

This column is meant to be an opportunity for you to learn my thoughts on everything from healthy living and fitness to immunizations and protecting yourself from infectious disease.

It’s a chance for me to share my ideas on how to optimize all we know about the latest and greatest in health science and innovation to keep you and your family happy and well. And you’ll get to read up on all the many things happening here at the County of Riverside Department of Health. Of course, there are a lot of pretty incredible things happening here—community forums, informative programs and comprehensive services, all designed to support your health and wellness goals.

Check in every week for a new blog where we will begin a journey towards your best health – together. And be sure to follow me on Twitter: @rivcodoc and Facebook.

                                      Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Public Health Officer 


Protect yourself and your family against influenza

 

October 10, 2017

 

It’s that time of year. Flu season is here, so now is the time to protect yourself and your family against the flu.

 

Getting a flu shot is the best way to do that. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. But there other things you can do to stay healthy and free from illness.

 

Wash your hands: Every year, millions of patients become needlessly sickened by an infectious disease. Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly can go a long way in preventing illness. And strive to avoid hugs, kisses and hand-shaking with someone who is ill.

 

Stay home: If you become stricken, by all means stay home so that you will not spread the flu to others. The CDC recommends that you “stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.”

 

Be hands free: Keep your hands clean and washed, and avoid touching your face whenever possible. This particularly includes your eyes, nose and mouth because you’ll not only spread whatever germs you have, you’ll more easily infect yourself and others.

 

Eat healthy: One of the best ways to stay healthy is to eat healthy and keep physically active. Fruits, vegetables and plenty of water and exercise will help to fortify your immune system against illness.

 

Ready for that flu shot? Make an appointment with your health care provider or visit www.rivcoimm.org for a list of locations offering FREE flu vaccinations throughout Riverside County.

 

Stay healthy, Riverside County!

 

The County of Riverside Department of Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +.  And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org.


Vaccine, cleanliness can prevent Hepatitis A

September 20, 2017

With the mention of Hepatitis A in the news recently, it’s a good time to learn about this serious virus and the best ways to avoid it.

Hepatitis A, or inflammation of the liver, is a hardy virus that spreads through contamination and poor toilet hygiene. While the virus is not usually fatal; it can cause serious illness.

Symptoms can include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite and nausea, grey-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin), joint pain and dark urine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), not everyone experiences symptoms. But if symptoms do develop, they will usually appear 2 to 6 weeks after becoming infected.

Fortunately, most casual contact is not sufficient to spread the disease and only repeated close contact is likely to do so.

Hand-washing, good personal hygiene and maintaining clean and sanitary surroundings go a long way to preventing the virus, but the primary means of prevention is hepatitis A vaccination.

The vaccine is recommended for all children at the age of 1, but adults can also benefit from a standard series of the vaccine that provides long-term protection against the virus.

If you have symptoms and are concerned that you might have hepatitis A, it is important to contact your health care provider for evaluation.

Learn more by visiting www.cdc.gov.

Riverside University Health System – Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +. And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org