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Protecting yourself and others during the current flu epidemic

Protecting yourself and others during the current flu epidemic

  By Uma Malhotra, MD Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine Specialist Virginia Mason Medical Center Just weeks into the flu season and we have already reached “epidemic” levels in Washington state, with dozens of flu-related deaths reported. Patients are flooding emergency departments in western Washington, complaining of flu symptoms. Around King County, the number of […]

January 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Flu, mumps strain Snohomish County health systems

Flu, mumps strain Snohomish County health systems

Residents urged to save hospital visits for life-threatening conditions only From the Snohomish Health District: SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – As the Snohomish Health District released last week, this year’s influenza season is proving quite severe. Official numbers released this week report that the total number of flu hospitalizations for the week ending Dec. 31 were the highest […]

January 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
King County flu cases spike

King County flu cases spike

By Meredith Li-Vollmer Public Health – Seattle & King County Influenza is hitting hard in King County. We caught up with Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, to get his take on the flu season so far. What kind of levels of flu are you seeing in King County […]

January 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Winter is coming. Let’s talk flu vaccine.

Winter is coming. Let’s talk flu vaccine.

By Meredith Li-Vollmer Public Health – Seattle & King County It’s that time of year. The kids have been in school for a while and the germs are circulating. We sat down with Libby Page from our Immunizations Program to learn what our options are for flu vaccine this season. Why is it important to get […]

November 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Why it’s your job to get a flu shot – and call in sick if you do get the flu

Why it’s your job to get a flu shot – and call in sick if you do get the flu

By Patricia Schnabel Ruppert Originally published by TheConversation.com By Seasonal influenza is a major global health concern. Worldwide, annual influenza epidemics result in three to five million cases of severe illness, and about 250,000 to 500,000 deaths. In industrialized countries, most deaths associated with influenza occur among people age 65 or older, who are also 10-30 […]

October 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
The ads say ‘Get your flu shot today,’ but it might be wiser to wait

The ads say ‘Get your flu shot today,’ but it might be wiser to wait

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News The pharmacy chain pitches started in August: Come in and get your flu shot. Convenience is touted. So are incentives: CVS offers a 20-percent-off shopping pass for everyone who gets a shot, while Walgreens donates toward international vaccination efforts. The start of flu season is still weeks — if not […]

September 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
How FluMist lost its place in the flu-fighting toolbox

How FluMist lost its place in the flu-fighting toolbox

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News What led to the abrupt fall of FluMist — the nasal spray version of influenza vaccine — which until recently was considered the preferred alternative to the injectable vaccine for younger children? No one is quite sure, but there were hints of trouble for the past three flu seasons. […]

June 26, 2016 | By | Reply More