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New England News
8:43 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Connecticut flu deaths increase to 17

Credit Leon Brooks

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.

The Department of Public Health says 15 of the people who died were 65 or older and two were between 55 and 64.

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Vox Pop
1:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

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

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.
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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.

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.

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North Country News
5:30 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Incidents of Flu Appear to Be on the Rise in Vermont

Incidents of the flu appear to be rising in Vermont.

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.

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Capital Region News
4:46 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Hospitals Roll Out Flu-Season Visitor Guidelines

Albany Medical Center
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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.

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Shots - Health News
1:47 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

CDC Says Flu Could Be Waning In Places, But Worst May Not Be Over

Registered nurse Michelle Newbury and physician assistant Scott Fillman see patients Thursday in a tent set up for people with flu symptoms, just outside the emergency entrance at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 2:45 pm

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.

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 most recent data. Five states reported less flu than a week earlier, according to the CDC.

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New England News
7:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Mass. Officials: Flu Shot Still Available

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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.

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.

Officials say there have been 6,000 laboratory confirmed cases of flu in Massachusetts and 18 flu-related deaths.

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Health
12:30 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

As Cases Spike, Flu Season May Be Peaking In Boston

Four-year-old Gabriella Diaz gets a flu shot at the Whittier Street Health Center in Boston, Mass., on Wednesday, the same day the city declared a public health emergency.
Charles Krupa ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 12:16 pm

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.

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New England News
5:13 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Flu Deaths Rise In Massachusetts

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Baystate Health  has put new visitor policies in place at its three hospitals in Springfield, Greenfield and Ware.  Patients can have no more than 2 visitors at a time and none  under the age of 14. Patients are asked to come alone to doctor’s appointments.   Dr. Sarah Haessler, an infectious disease specialist at Baystate said the last time these precautions were taken was during the flu pandemic in 2009.

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