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LANSING, MI – May 2, 2017 – Physician, nurse and health care leaders from across Michigan today issued the following statement praising Governor Rick Snyder for announcing yesterday his opposition to

legislation that would repeal childhood immunization guidelines developed in 2014 and approved by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules: Governor Snyder’s opposition to House Bills 4425 and 4426 is great news for the health and safety of Michigan kids. Childhood immunizations protect children, their families, friends, and neighbors from dangerous infectious diseases like measles, mumps and whooping cough. Michigan’s new rule providing parents with information about vaccines has already made a huge difference for thousands of children, with 18,000 fewer non-medical waivers reported since it went into effect, and waiver rates dropping by 33 percent statewide.

“We are proud of Governor Snyder’s decision to oppose bills that would undo this remarkable progress and threaten the health and safety of our children, especially those who cannot safely be immunized because of other health concerns.”

PIN is made up of Michigan’s leading health care providers, including the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians, Michigan State Medical Society, Michigan Osteopathic Association, Michigan Chapter of the American Academy Page 2 of 2 of Pediatrics, Michigan State Medical Society Alliance, Michigan Association for Local Public Health, the Michigan Association of School Nurses, the Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health, the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, the School Community Health Alliance of Michigan, the Michigan Association of United Ways, the Michigan Association of Health Plans, the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants, the Franny Strong Foundation, the Cooperative for Safe Kids, and the Northern Michigan Vaccine Preventable Disease Task Force. PIN works together to better educate parents about the importance of childhood immunizations.

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What is scarlet fever?

Scarlet fever is a rash that sometimes occurs in people who have strep throat.

How do you get scarlet fever?

This illness can be spread by coming in contact with the sick person. The germ is carried in the mouth and nasal fluid. If you touch your mouth, nose or eyes after touching something that has these fluids on them, you may become sick. The rash itself is not contagious. If you drink from the same glass or eat from the same plate as the sick person, you could also become sick.

What are the symptoms of scarlet fever?

The most common symptoms are:

• A rash that first appears as tiny red bumps on the chest and stomach. It may then spread all over the body. It looks like a sunburn and feels like a rough piece of sand- paper. It is usually redder in the arm pits and groin areas. The rash lasts two to five days. After the rash is gone, often the tips of the fingers and the toes begin to peel.

• A flushed face with a pale area around the lips.

• A very red and sore throat. It can have white or yellow patches.

• A fever of 101° F or higher. Chills are often seen with the fever.

• Swollen glands in the neck.

• A whitish coating on the surface of the tongue. The tongue itself looks like a strawberry because the normal bumps on the tongue look bigger. Other less common symptoms are:

• Nausea and vomiting

• Headache

• Body aches

How is scarlet fever treated?

Your child will be given antibiotics. Follow the directions carefully. It is very important to finish all of the medicine. Never share any of this medicine with family or friends. Ask your doctor about over-the-counter medicine to lessen sore throat pain. A single antibiotic injection may be recommended instead of oral medicine.

Is there anything else I can do to make my child feel better?

Warm liquids like soup or cold foods like popsicles or milkshakes will help make a sore throat feel better. Offer these to your child often. The body needs a lot of fluid when it is sick with a fever. A cool mist humidifier will help to keep the air in your child’s room moist. This will keep the throat from getting too dry and sorer. Rest is important.

How long is an infected person infectious to others?

A child stops being contagious after taking antibiotics for 24 hours even though he may be taking the antibiotics for 10 days or longer. Once a child has had scarlet fever, he usually has permanent immunity and a second case is rare.

Do I need to keep my child home from school?

A child with scarlet fever should be kept home for at least 24 hours after starting treatment.

How can scarlet fever be prevented?

• Avoid sharing eating and drinking utensils like cups and silverware.

• Wash hands often to prevent the spread from person to person.

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The 2017 Sanilac County Health Department Fee Schedule is now available for download.

CLICK HERE to download your copy.

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