New England News
5:31 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Region Still Hard Hit by Flu Outbreak

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The influenza outbreak that came early this year to many in the region is reported as widespread across the country. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a closer look at how the virus is affecting the region, and how governments are trying to contain the spread...

Mike Leary, spokesman for Berkshire Health Systems, echoed a sentiment being felt by healthcare organizations across the region….

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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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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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