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Michigan Parents Who Refuse to Vaccinate Children Will Now Have to Take Extra Steps

Parents who refuse to get their children vaccinated due to philosophical or religious reasons will now have to take more steps spelled out in a  new policy by the Michigan Department of Community Health.

As of Jan. 1, parents will have to have their vaccination waivers certified by their local health department, WZZM-13 reported.

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Grand Rapids Metro Area Has Bed Bugs [Infographic]

Orkin has released its annual list which ranks cities by the number of bed bug treatments they have performed.

The Grand Rapids metropolitan area moved up to No. 20 in 2014, after being ranked 33rd in 2013.

Chicago is No. 1. Detroit is No. 2.

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Flu Shots Are Only 23 Percent Effective This Season, CDC Reports

On Thursday, health officials announced that flu shots are only 23 percent effective against this season's strain. This is not a good sign in a season where it seems more and more people are being stricken down with the flu. 

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Furnace and Utility Safety Tips for Winter

The cold weather has West Michigan furnaces working hard. With a long winter ahead of us, it's a good time to review safety tips to ensure a safe and warm winter season.

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Consumer Alert: Choosing a Health Club in 2015

The Michigan Attorney General's Office is warning consumers to be cautious when choosing a health club in the new year.

In 2014, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division received 61 complaints from Michigan consumers against health clubs and fitness centers.

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Energy Drinks and Alcohol — A Dangerous Combination That Leads to Binge Drinking

Basically, the Red Bull in your Red Bull and vodka leads to your drinking lots more vodka.

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Hope Network and YMCA Among 44 Receiving Part of $1.34 Million in Health Grants from Michigan

Last week, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) announced the recipients of Michigan’s Health Innovation Grant.

This is the second year that Michigan has awarded the grants which are meant to improve the delivery of health services in Michigan.

The 44 one-time projects will each receive up to $35,000 in funding.

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Rate of Flu in Kent County Highest Since H1N1 in 2009

 

The flu continues to spread quickly across Michigan and Kent County.

17% of emergency visits in Kent County last week were for flu-like symptoms, the highest rate recorded by the Kent County Health Department since 2009.

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Flu Reports Rise in Michigan, Big Increase in Kent County

The flu is spreading quickly across Michigan and especially Kent County.

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Great Lakes Winter Trail Adventures Await in Northern Michigan

There are wintry adventures aplenty to be found in northern Michigan, according to the Great Lakes Winter Trails Council.

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Flu Levels On Rise in Michigan and Kent County

The latest report from the Michigan Department of Community Health shows a big spike in reports of flu-like symptoms across Michigan.

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Whooping Cough in Kent County

Cases of whooping cough are up slightly in Kent County this year.

Allegan County has seen a bigger increase.

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