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Grand Opening planned for Hamady store

FLINT — Hamady Complete Food Centers, 2629 W. Pierson Rd, in the Hallwood Plaza, plans to open its doors on July 25. A public viewing gala will be held room 6 -9 p.m. on July 24 and the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 11 a.m. on July 25. — R.S.

DHHS stresses vaccinations following measles cases in the state

LANSING — Following two recent cases of measles acquired overseas and brought into Michigan, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging residents to make sure their families are protected against vaccine-preventable illnesses.

Traveling abroad can increase the chance for exposure to diseases so it is important to know how to stay healthy during trips. Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive, suggests that travelers make sure to be up-to-date date for all routine vaccines as well as ones that may be recommended for travel outside the United States because of higher risk for certain diseases.

Several countries in Western Europe, including France, Italy, England and Germany, are currently having measles outbreaks, Wells said. Immunizations are the best way to protect families and communities from the harmful, sometimes deadly consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Measles vaccination is recommended for all children before they start school, so most people are protected, but Wells suggests adults review their medical records and their children’s records to make sure before getting on a plane. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may recommend additional inoculations depending on the traveler’s destination. Examples include vaccines for yellow fever, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis Hepatitis A and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis.

For optimal protection. Wells recommended two to three weeks before traveling to get vaccinated. Although the measles vaccine is usually given to children at the time of their first birthday or shortly after, infants as young as six months should get vaccinated against measles if they will be traveling outside of the U.S.

Other important guidelines and practices to follow when traveling to minimize the chance of getting sick include protecting against insects and sun exposure, as well as food and water precautions. For more information, visit CDC’s travel health website at Cdc.gov/travel.

In an effort to help parents protect their children from serious vaccine-preventable diseases, MDHHS is participating in the I Vaccinate campaign. I Vaccinate provides the facts parents need to make informed decisions about vaccinations. For more information about immunizations and the I Vaccinate campaign, visit IVaccinate.org. — R.S.

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