flu http://wamc.org en Connecticut flu deaths increase to 17 http://wamc.org/post/connecticut-flu-deaths-increase-17 <div><p>HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut health officials say 11 more flu deaths have been reported in the state over the past week, bringing the total to 17 in the current flu season.</p><p>The Department of Public Health says 15 of the people who died were 65 or older and two were between 55 and 64.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:43:35 +0000 Jaired Crofut 56496 at http://wamc.org Connecticut flu deaths increase to 17 Vox Pop : Open Forum - Flu 2013 : 1/16/13 http://wamc.org/post/vox-pop-open-forum-flu-2013-11613 <p>While it began in October, flu season has arrived in earnest this month with a vengeance -The Centers for Disease Control reports that flu is now widespread in 46 states.</p><p>In New York, state health officials say that flu vaccine is still available, but there may be some localized shortages because of late season demand.</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 18:00:00 +0000 55869 at http://wamc.org Vox Pop : Open Forum - Flu 2013 : 1/16/13 Incidents of Flu Appear to Be on the Rise in Vermont http://wamc.org/post/incidents-flu-appear-be-rise-vermont <p></p><p></p><p>Incidents of the flu appear to be rising in Vermont.<br><br>As of last week, about 20 percent of hospital visits were for respiratory illnesses and about 5 percent of visits to doctors' offices were for flu-like symptoms. Three adults have died so far, all of them in December. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 55582 at http://wamc.org Hospitals Roll Out Flu-Season Visitor Guidelines http://wamc.org/post/hospitals-roll-out-flu-season-visitor-guidelines <p></p><p></p><p>New rules are being rolled out at Albany Medical Center, St. Peter's Health Partners, Ellis Medicine, Saratoga Hospital and Glens Falls Hospital, to further protect patients from influenza and other infectious diseases. Implementation of the new guidelines began Friday at some of the hospitals and start Monday at others. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:46:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 55590 at http://wamc.org Hospitals Roll Out Flu-Season Visitor Guidelines CDC Says Flu Could Be Waning In Places, But Worst May Not Be Over http://wamc.org/post/cdc-says-flu-waning-places-worst-may-not-be-over Federal healthy officials said Friday there are some early signs this year's flu season may be easing in some parts of the country. But they stressed it's far too early to tell whether the flu season has peaked.<p>The number of states reporting widespread flu activity is up to 47, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But flu activity nationally fell slightly in the CDC's <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/">most recent data</a>. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:47:00 +0000 Rob Stein 55573 at http://wamc.org CDC Says Flu Could Be Waning In Places, But Worst May Not Be Over Mass. Officials: Flu Shot Still Available http://wamc.org/post/mass-officials-flu-shot-still-available <p>BOSTON (AP) - State officials are offering reassurances that there is plenty of vaccine still available for people who are still looking to get a flu shot.</p><p>Interim public health commissioner Lauren Smith said Thursday the state has distributed 760,000 doses of vaccine so far this season, and there remains ample supply. She said officials are working with local boards of health that are looking to open public clinics to meet the demand for flu shots.</p><p>Officials say there have been 6,000 laboratory confirmed cases of flu in Massachusetts and 18 flu-related deaths.</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Associated Press 55506 at http://wamc.org Mass. Officials: Flu Shot Still Available As Cases Spike, Flu Season May Be Peaking In Boston http://wamc.org/post/cases-spike-flu-season-may-be-peaking-boston We were warned that this year's flu season was likely to be a bad one, and now that forecast is starting to bear out.<p>Some 41 states <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/summary.htm">are reporting</a> widespread flu cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And on Wednesday, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino <a href="http://www.cityofboston.gov/news/default.aspx?id=5922">decided</a> that city hospitals are strained enough to warrant a public health emergency now that the city has confirmed 700 cases since the unofficial start of the flu season on Oct. 1. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:30:41 +0000 editor 55458 at http://wamc.org As Cases Spike, Flu Season May Be Peaking In Boston Flu Deaths Rise In Massachusetts http://wamc.org/post/flu-deaths-rise-massachusetts <p></p><p> &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Baystate Health&nbsp; has put new visitor policies in place at its three hospitals in Springfield, Greenfield and Ware.&nbsp; Patients can have no more than 2 visitors at a time and none &nbsp;under the age of 14. Patients are asked to come alone to doctor’s appointments. &nbsp;&nbsp;Dr. Sarah Haessler, an infectious disease specialist at Baystate said the last time these precautions were taken was during the flu pandemic in 2009.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 22:13:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 55402 at http://wamc.org Flu Deaths Rise In Massachusetts