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CDC seeks new labs for bioterror pathogens to replace aging facility
ATLANTA — Inside a complex of special government labs, scientists in full-body protective suits work with some of the world’s deadliest pathogens: Ebola, smallpox and certain strains of bird flu. Many of the organisms have no treatment or vaccine, so the labs housed in this facility on the sprawling campus of the Centers for Disease […]Related:Flu cases fall for the first time this awful influenza seasonCDC warns about salmonella infections traced to kratomHere’s what you should know about the flu season this year (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu Season May Be Starting to Wind Down — But It Killed 13 More Kids Last Week, CDC Says
This year’s sweeping flu season may be starting to wind down, but activity is still high throughout the country, according to the CDC’s latest update. The percentage of people seeing doctors for flu-related symptoms dropped from 7.4% of all visits last week to 6.4% this week — a rate still well above average rates in the U.S., but the first noticeable dip of the season, according to CDC data. However, 13 more pediatric deaths were reported on Friday, bringing the season’s total to nearly 100. With weeks of flu season potentially still to go, that number is likely to climb higher. MORE: The Nasal Flu...
Source: TIME: Health - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized flu flu season healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Flu Killed 13 Children Last Week But May Be Winding Down, CDC Says
This year’s sweeping flu season may be starting to wind down, but activity is still high throughout the country, according to the CDC’s latest update. The percentage of people seeing doctors for flu-related symptoms dropped from 7.4% of all visits last week to 6.4% this week — a rate still well above average rates in the U.S., but the first noticeable dip of the season, according to CDC data. However, 13 more pediatric deaths were reported on Friday, bringing the season’s total to nearly 100. With weeks of flu season potentially still to go, that number is likely to climb higher. MORE: The Nasal Flu...
Source: TIME: Health - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized flu flu season healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Flu cases fall for the first time this awful influenza season
Flu activity is on the decrease for the first time in this fierce flu season, suggesting that the worst may be over, according to a federal health report released Friday. But the intensity of illness caused by the respiratory virus, the worst  since the swine flu pandemic of 2009-2010, continues to take its toll. Another […]Related:CDC warns about salmonella infections traced to kratomHere’s what you should know about the flu season this yearThis season’s flu vaccine is only 36 percent effective, but experts say you should still get it (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WATCH: Inside labs working on a universal flu vaccine
ABC News' David Kerley goes inside the National Institute of Health headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, where scientists are working to create a universal vaccine against the influenza virus. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

The Nasal Flu Vaccine Is Set to Come Back Next Year. Here ’s What to Know About It
After a two-year hiatus, the nasal flu vaccine is set to return to doctors’ offices next year. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 12 to 2 on Wednesday to return the nasal spray to the CDC’s list of recommended vaccines for the 2018-2019 flu season. Pending final approval from the CDC director, the vote would greenlight the spray for widespread use and compel insurance companies to cover it. The committee stopped short of explicitly recommending the nasal spray, however, and will instead let providers and patients decide if they’ll use it instead of traditional flu shots. There ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

WHO changes 2 strains for 2018-19 flu vaccine
WHO's flu vaccine advisory group today recommended changing two of the four components for quadrivalent vaccines to be produced for the Northern Hemisphere 2018-19 flu season. The group recommended a new influenza A H3N2 vaccine strain and switched the influenza B Victoria lineage component from a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus to a B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentage of Adults Aged ≥65 Years Who Had an Influenza Vaccine in the Past 12 Months, by Poverty Status — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 1999–2001 and 2014–2016
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - February 22, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

FluMist set to return for next flu season
Flu vaccinations may become painless again. A US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee voted Wednesday to recommend, once again, that FluMist, the nasal spray version of the influenza vaccine, be used during the 2018-19 season. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccinating pregnant mothers is safe for babies
(Reuters Health) - Infants are much less likely to get influenza or whooping cough when their mothers were vaccinated against these infections during pregnancy, and a new study suggests this doesn ’t pose a safety risk for babies. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Flu Shot During Pregnancy Poses No Harm to Baby
A flu shot is recommended for every person older than 6 months in the United States, even though the CDC reported on Thursday that this year's vaccine is only 25 percent effective against H3N2 influenza, the cause of most illness so far this season. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Senate bill would jump-start universal flu vaccine efforts
A group of US senators last week unveiled a proposal to invest $1 billion in research over the next 5 years to create a universal flu vaccine that would provide lifetime protection against a range of influenza strains. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Influenza, Tdap Vaccination in Pregnancy: Safe for Infants Influenza, Tdap Vaccination in Pregnancy: Safe for Infants
Maternal influenza and Tdap vaccinations during pregnancy do not increase the risk for hospitalization or death among infants agexd 0 to 6 months, a new study showed.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

New VaxArray potency test kit for pandemic flu vaccines
(InDevR, Inc.) InDevR has expanded its VaxArray ® product portfolio with a new reagent kit to address the 'need for speed' in combating flu viruses with pandemic potential. The VaxArray Influenza Pandemic Hemagglutinin potency test kit is now available for flu vaccines containing H5, H7, and H9 flu subtypes, which includes new H7 vaccines against the deadly avian H7N9 virus. This new potency assay enables rapid determination of immunogenic hemagglutinin in low-dose and adjuvanted flu vaccines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The 2018 Flu Season Might Finally Be Leveling Off
(NEW YORK) — This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off. Health officials on Friday said about 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That’s no reason for health officials to celebrate yet: That level is among the highest in a decade. But it’s no worse than last week, and flu activity had been increasing each week since November. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said the number of states reporting heavy flu patient traffic also held steady at 43. “I thought I was going to die,...
Source: TIME: Health - February 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mike Stobbe, Carla K. Johnson / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news

22 More Kids Died From the Flu Last Week, the CDC Says
Last week brought a dramatic uptick in pediatric flu deaths, with at least 22 more children dying from the virus between Feb. 4 and Feb. 10, according to the CDC. That makes the week the deadliest yet for children this flu season, bringing the total number of pediatric deaths up to 84. Many of those children were otherwise healthy, according to the CDC. The somber statistic fulfills predictions from CDC Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat, who said on a call with reporters last week that record-breaking hospitalization rates at the time were likely an indicator of high death rates to come. “The people who are likely to...
Source: TIME: Health - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Influenza A(H3N2) Viruses Predominate 2017 - 2018 Season
Vaccine effectiveness estimated at 25 percent against A(H3N2) (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - February 16, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Infections, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Children ’s deaths from flu climb sharply, CDC reports
Flu has killed 22 more children, the most reported since the respiratory virus began slamming the country in the fall, according to a government report released Friday. The total number of flu-related child deaths is now at least 84. But other indicators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that this vicious influenza season […]Related:Here’s what you should know about the flu season this yearThis season’s flu vaccine is only 36 percent effective, but experts say you should still get itNine organizations sue Trump administration for ending grants to teen pregnancy programs (So...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No, the Flu Shot Will Not Make You Spread the Flu
(WASHINGTON) — Getting the flu shot won’t make you spread the disease more, doesn’t weaken your immune system but it does offer some protection from getting infected, despite misleading claims on social media. A post on a site called thewilddoc claimed that being vaccinated does more harm than good, citing a January peer-reviewed study. But one of the main authors of that study called the post “untrue” and “misleading,” not accurately interpreting the study. In January, Dr. Donald Milton and a team of researchers at the University of Maryland published a study in the journal Procee...
Source: TIME: Health - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Seth Borenstein / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news

The Flu Vaccine Is Working Better Than Expected, C.D.C. Finds
A preliminary analysis finds the vaccine 25 percent effective against this year ’ s dangerous H3N2 strain, and twice as effective in children. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Influenza Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Azar, Alex M II Source Type: news

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. on the efficacy of the 2017-2018 influenza vaccine
FDA provides update on flu vaccines during this severe flu season (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - February 15, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Flu vaccine only 36 percent effective
The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against influenza (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Interim Estimates of 2017 –18 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness — United States, February 2018
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - February 15, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

This Year ’s Flu Shot Only Worked a Third of the Time, CDC Says
Early estimates suggest the flu shot only worked about a third of the time this year. Between Nov. 2 and Feb. 3, total vaccine effectiveness was estimated at 36%, according to a report released Thursday by the CDC. When broken down by strain, however, efficacy varied widely. H3N2, the dominant strain circulating this flu season, is notoriously more virulent and less receptive to vaccination than other types of influenza. True to form, vaccine effectiveness against this strain was low this year — approximately 25%, according to the CDC report. (That’s actually better than experts originally feared, based on tren...
Source: TIME: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

CDC Estimates This Year ’s Flu Vaccine Is Only 36 Percent Effective
Early estimates suggest the flu shot only worked about a third of the time this year. Between Nov. 2 and Feb. 3, total vaccine effectiveness was estimated at 36%, according to a report released Thursday by the CDC. When broken down by strain, however, efficacy varied widely. H3N2, the dominant strain circulating this flu season, is notoriously more virulent and less receptive to vaccination than other types of influenza. True to form, vaccine effectiveness against this strain was low this year — approximately 25%, according to the CDC report. (That’s actually better than experts originally feared, based on tren...
Source: TIME: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Interim Estimates of 2017-18 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness - United States, February 2018
The overall estimated effectiveness of the 2017-18 seasonal influenza vaccine for preventing medically attended, laboratory-confirmed influenza virus infection was 36%. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

World Health Organization: 142nd Session of the Executive Board
World Health Organization. 02/2018 This Web page provides information, materials, and videos from the 142nd session of the World Health Organization Executive Board, held on January 22-27, 2018. It provides links to the agenda, and to documentation that includes reports on Public Health Preparedness and Response; Health, Environment and Climate Change; and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework for the Sharing of Influenza Viruses and Access to Vaccines and Other Benefits. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

WATCH: What you need to know about the Flu vaccine
The 2018 influenza, more commonly known as the 'flu,' vaccine is about 30% effective, according to the CDC. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

6-Year-Old Haverhill Girl Dies After Flu Diagnosis
WORCESTER (CBS) – A Haverhill first grade student became the first flu-related child death this year. The 6-year-old girl was a student at Golden Hill Elementary School. A nurse from Haverhill Human Services said the girl had tested positive for Influenza A and was exhibiting flu-like symptoms. The girl died Tuesday at Holy Family Hospital. As a precaution, Haverhill Superintendent of Schools James Scully said school facilities will be scrubbed as a precaution. “I hope we can all join together to keep this beautiful young lady and her family in our thoughts and prayers,” Scully told parents. It is not kno...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Education Health Local News Syndicated Local Haverhill influenza A Local TV Louisa Moller Source Type: news

A 3-Year-Old Indiana Girl Who Was Not Vaccinated Died From the Flu This Week
A three-year-old Indiana girl who died from the flu Monday was not vaccinated, according to local news outlets. Alivia Viellieux, passed away in her sleep at her Muncie, Indiana home after being discharged from BallMemorial Hospital last Thursday, WRTV reported. Her family says they were advised not to give their daughter the flu shot, according to local media reports. “Alivia did not have [the flu vaccine] because they had told us once the flu is going around, it’s not going to matter if you get it or not,” the toddler’s grandmother, Tameka Stettler, told WRTV. “We just decided not to put tho...
Source: TIME: Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alix Langone Tags: Uncategorized flu health onetime Source Type: news

Germany's CureVac wins new vaccine funding from Gates Foundation
(Reuters) - German biotech firm CureVac has secured more financial backing for vaccine development projects from its investor the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation, working on jabs to prevent malaria and influenza. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

What Growth Charts Are Best?
Discussion “The value of growth assessment is thus its principal utility as a key screening tool in order to assess children’s general well-being, to identify faltering and excessive growth, to evaluate maternal lactation performance and infant feeding practices, and to manage her children with medical conditions known to adversely affect growth,….” Thus having assessment tools is important. Growth charts are assessment tools measuring height/length, weight, head circumference and body mass index. Some commonly used growth charts are: WHO child growth chart standards They were developed using lo...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - February 12, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

This UV Lamp Could Prevent the Flu Virus From Spreading in Public Places
Researchers have developed an ultraviolet (UV) lamp that kills the influenza virus but isn’t harmful to human skin or eyes, according to a new study in Scientific Reports. They hope the technology can be commercialized and marketed to prevent the spread of seasonal flu in public places, such as schools, hospitals, and airports. “We’ve known for a century that UV light is extremely efficient at killing microbes, bacteria, and viruses,” says study leader David Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. For that reason, UV devices are often u...
Source: TIME: Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amanda MacMillan Tags: Uncategorized health healthytime onetime Source Type: news

This Flu Season Is Now the Worst in Years. Here ’ s Why.
The infection rate has surpassed that of 2009, during the swine flu epidemic. Rising hospitalizations portend a high death rate, health officials said. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Influenza Epidemics Vaccination and Immunization Centers for Disease Control and Prevention United States Source Type: news

10 More Kids Have Died This Flu Season — And We May Not Have Reached the Peak, CDC Says
The past week brought reports of 10 more pediatric deaths related to this year’s deadly flu season — and we may have yet to see the worst of it, according to CDC officials. “I wish that there were better news this week, but almost everything we’re looking at is bad news,” CDC Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat said during a call with reporters Friday. Forty-eight states, all but Oregon and Hawaii, are still reporting widespread flu activity, Schuchat said, and cases may continue to rise. “Flu is incredibly difficult to predict,” she said, “and we don’t know if we’v...
Source: TIME: Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news

NHS England vaccine ordering for 2018-19 influenza season
NHS England have shared letters have with... (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 9, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Flu update
We are experiencing unusual call volumes due to the ongoing influenza illnesses in our area.  Thank you for your patience in contacting us by phone. Typically, the first hour in the morning is our busiest, ie. from 8:15 am to 9:15 am for calls.. If you can call after that time, it will be easier to reach us.We are not giving ‘preventative’ Tamiflu if your child has been exposed to another child in the class or your family. We are following CDC guidelines that the preventative medicine for flu is ineffective and carries side effects.If you child has had a fever for a day, with cough, aches, vomiting, possib...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - February 8, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Vaccination Information Source Type: news

PHA opening hours delayed Friday 2/9 due to snowstorm & Flu update
PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the anticipated snowstorm tomorrow, Friday 2/9, the Naperville and Plainfield offices will open at 9:00 am. The West Chicago and Bolingbrook offices will open at 12:30 pm.We are experiencing unusual call volumes due to the ongoing influenza illnesses in our area.  Thank you for your patience in contacting us by phone. Typically, the first hour in the morning is our busiest, ie. from 8:15 am to 9:15 am for calls.. If you can call after that time, it will be easier to reach us.We are not giving ‘preventative’ Tamiflu if your child has been exposed to another child in the class ...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - February 8, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Vaccination Information Source Type: news

GP practices urged to order new flu vaccine for next winter
GP surgeries in England have been told to order a new adjuvanted trivalent vaccine (aTIV) to ensure the most vulnerable get “gold standard” protection against influenza next winter. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 7, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Report of the Meeting on Sustainable Local Production of Influenza Vaccines for Pandemic Preparedness: Synergies with Other International Efforts and Improvement of the Current Tool
World Health Organization. 10/2017 This Web page provides documents from a meeting of stakeholders and experts held in Geneva, Switzerland, in June, 2017, to review each section of the sustainability checklist tool developed to help countries identify and address potential threats to the sustainability of their new production capacity for local influenza vaccines; identify the tool's strengths and weaknesses; and suggest improvements. The meeting also aimed to highlight synergies with other preparedness initiatives and identify opportunities for collaboration. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medici...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Influenza Vaccine Response During the Start of a Pandemic: Report of the Second WHO (World Health Organization) Informal Consultation Held in Geneva, Switzerland; 21 July-22 July 2016
World Health Organization. 03/2017 This 33-page document summarizes a meeting held in July, 2016, to follow up on a 2015 meeting to address questions associated with vaccine response at the start of an influenza pandemic and the problems associated with switching from seasonal influenza vaccine production to pandemic vaccine production. This meeting was held to bridge these gaps by better understanding the complexities of the early stages of pandemic vaccine development; elaborating the principles that could guide the decision to switch; and obtaining a better understanding of the evidence or data needed to support the dec...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

GPs advised on flu vaccines for 2018/19 as NHS promises extra funds
GPs, pharmacists and CCGs have been reminded of official advice on the most effective vaccines for patients in at-risk groups and over-65s, as NHS England pledged extra funding for the 2018/19 flu season. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 6, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Influenza Source Type: news

Greatest Number of Flu Hospitalizations in Years
by Kathleen Fifield, AARP, February 2, 2018|Comments: 0. A vial of influenza vaccine at the county health department in Flagstaff, Arizona. Jake Bacon/ Arizona Daily Sun via AP. According to the CDC, manufacturers are still sending the flu vaccine to health care providers, and it's not too late to get your shot, given  ... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - February 5, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Sen. Markey Calls On Congress To Spend $1B For Universal Flu Vaccine
BOSTON (CBS) – The flu epidemic is hitting Massachusetts hard. Thursday night, another patient died from influenza at Massachusetts General Hospital, the eleventh person to die in the past two months. Hospital officials say their emergency room is packed with flu patients every day and at least 90 staff members of the hospital have been diagnosed. Part of the reason for the epidemic is health experts say the current batch of flu vaccination is not as effective. U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) visited the Boston hospital on Friday to call on Congress to invest $1 billion over five years for researchers to create a new univ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston David Robichaud Massachusetts General Hospital U.S. Sen. Edward Markey Source Type: news

Flu Hospitalization Rates Are the Highest in Years. Here ’ s Why.
Rising hospitalizations portend a high death rate, health officials said, even as flu infection rates continue to increase. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Influenza Epidemics Vaccination and Immunization Centers for Disease Control and Prevention United States Source Type: news

Flu Patients Arrive in Droves, and a Hospital Rolls Out the ‘ Surge Tent ’
The worst flu season in nearly a decade has filled emergency rooms and strained resources at medical centers. Hospitalization and infection rates are among the highest in two decades. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Influenza Hospitals Tamiflu (Drug) Allentown (Pa) Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Treatment Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Flu Hospitalizations Are Higher Than Any Year on Record, CDC Reports
As flu activity continues to increase in many parts of the U.S., CDC officials say hospitalization rates are on pace to exceed any year on record. CDC officials have in recent weeks compared this year’s unusually active flu season with that of 2014-2015. But CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat said on a call with reporters Friday that hospitalization rates observed at this point in the season have surpassed even that high-severity year, and by season’s end could eclipse its 710,000 total admissions. The hospitalization rate is higher than that of any year since 2010, when the CDC began tracking the epidemic using...
Source: TIME: Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized CDC flu flu season flu season 2018 healthytime influenza medicine onetime public health Source Type: news

CDC Reports 16 More Children Dead From the Flu
As flu activity continues to increase in many parts of the U.S., CDC officials say hospitalization rates are on pace to exceed any year on record. CDC officials have in recent weeks compared this year’s unusually active flu season with that of 2014-2015. But CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat said on a call with reporters Friday that hospitalization rates observed at this point in the season have surpassed even that high-severity year, and by season’s end could eclipse its 710,000 total admissions. The hospitalization rate is higher than that of any year since 2010, when the CDC began tracking the epidemic using...
Source: TIME: Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized CDC flu flu season flu season 2018 healthytime influenza medicine onetime public health Source Type: news

Flu Hospitalization Rates Are the Highest in Nearly Two Decades. Here ’ s Why.
Rising hospitalizations portend a high death rate, health officials said, even as flu infection rates continue to increase. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Influenza Epidemics Vaccination and Immunization Centers for Disease Control and Prevention United States Source Type: news

4-Year-Old ’s Flu Death Confirmed as New Jersey’s First Influenza Fatality
A 4-year-old girl has been confirmed as New Jersey’s first flu-related death by state officials. She died in December and was not vaccinated, officials said, according to News 12 New Jersey. The child was from Central New Jersey but her name and town have not been released. New Jersey is experiencing an especially tough flu season, with more than 7,332 cases as of Jan.27, according to the state’s health department. That’s up from the from 4,750 cases reported to the state by Jan.20, meaning more than 2,500 new cases were reported in just seven days. Bergen County has reported 972 cases, the most so far, w...
Source: TIME: Health - January 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alix Langone Tags: Uncategorized flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news