Janelle Vaesa, MPH

About Janelle Vaesa, MPH

Janelle Vaesa received her Master of Science degree in Public Health, with a concentration in Health Behavior, from the University of Louisville in 2008, and her Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance, also from the University of Louisville, in 2006. Janelle has eight years of experience in a variety of public health settings, but her expertise lies in the study of infectious diseases, including preventative measures, and emergency preparedness.

Janelle’s time as a certified nursing assistant inspired her to concentrate on the preventative aspect of illnesses, diseases and injuries. She has worked as a Health Educator, where she taught classes on emergency preparedness to people in her community.  She also developed curriculum pertaining to infectious diseases for local medical professionals.

New Ebola Virus Outbreak in West Africa: Who’s in Danger?

Shows the changes in the tissue due to the Ebola Virus, as well as the presence of the virus. Image by the CDC.

There’s a new Ebola virus strain circulating in Africa – and the outbreak is dangerous. There’s no vaccine, no treatment, and Ebola transmits easily.

Mumps Outbreak in Ohio: Vaccinated Kids Getting Sick

The mumps is a contagious disease that has no cure. Image by the CDC

There’s a mumps outbreak in Ohio, and it’s not just the unvaccinated people who are getting sick. The MMR vaccine helps, but you can still catch the virus.

GMO Strawberries With Peanuts: Hoax or Hazard?

Are there peanuts in your strawberries? Nope. It's a myth. Image by Decoded Science

Have you heard about the genetically-modified strawberries on the market? The ones that are part peanut to prevent freezing? Stop worrying, it’s untrue.

Digging up the Black Death: What Caused the Black Plague, and Are We In Danger?

The black rat can be infected with the black plague and spread the disease via fleas. Image by the CDC

A new theory suggests that rats and their fleas may not be behind the tremendous death toll from the Black Plague, but scientists at the CDC disagree.

I Got the Flu From The Flu Shot! Debunking a Common Myth

The flu mist as seen here, cannot give you the flu. Image by the CDC.

Although there’s no guarantee that getting the flu shot will keep you from catching the flu, flu vaccination will absolutely not cause the flu.