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Wed January 16, 2013

Vox Pop : Open Forum - Flu 2013 : 1/16/13

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.

Brig. Gen. Bud R. Jameson Jr. and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Bolduc lead the Soldiers of the 316th ESC by being the first tp get flu shots from the members of the 316th Surgeon Cell at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Sept. 19, 2012.
Brig. Gen. Bud R. Jameson Jr. and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Bolduc lead the Soldiers of the 316th ESC by being the first tp get flu shots from the members of the 316th Surgeon Cell at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Sept. 19, 2012.
Credit Flickr / 316th Sustainment Command (bit.ly/Y9Jn6B)

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.

The New York State Department of Health says it’s received reports of 2,884 patients hospitalized with confirmed influenza by early this month. So far this season, more than 19,000 cases of influenza have been reported in the Empire State, compared with some 4,400 positive lab tests reported in the 2011-2012 season.

Today we want to hear your side of the flu story. Have you been vaccinated? Are you having a hard time finding a place to get vaccinated?

Dr. Guthrie S. Birkhead, Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Public Health for the New York State Department of Health.
Dr. Guthrie S. Birkhead, Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Public Health for the New York State Department of Health.
Credit The New York Academy of Medicine

Maybe you’re home this afternoon with some chicken soup and tea recovering from the flu, or maybe you’ve got some time-tested home remedy or prevention technique. It’s “the flu and you” today on Vox Pop.

Also, joining us in studio on this edition of Vox Pop to answer your flu related questions is Dr. Guthrie S. Birkhead, Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Public Health for the New York State Department of Health. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

 

A Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report Prepared by the Influenza Division - Week Ending Jan. 5, 2013.
A Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report Prepared by the Influenza Division - Week Ending Jan. 5, 2013.
Credit The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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