flu http://wemu.org en Two Area Deaths attributed to Flu-Related Illnesses http://wemu.org/post/two-area-deaths-attributed-flu-related-illnesses <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washtenaw Public Health confirms two deaths from influenza-related illness.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/public_health/disease_control/ph_fluclinics.html"><strong>Officials are urging residents to get vaccinated and a potent flu strain makes the rounds in the county.</strong></a><br /><br />Susan Cerniglia is the Public Information Officer for Washtenaw Public Health. She says seniors and children are not the only ones getting hit hard with the flu - younger people are also getting very sick.<br /><br />Cerniglia says vaccinations are still available at Public Health, and through health care providers. She says some pharmacies are running out of the vaccine, so people should call ahead before going to a local pharmacy for a flu shot.</p><p>A report dated January 10th from the county:</p><blockquote><div id="parent-fieldname-text" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;"><div align="left">&nbsp;</div><div align="left">Influenza&nbsp;is circulating&nbsp;at peak levels&nbsp;in Washtenaw County.&nbsp;&nbsp;Influenza A is dominant so far this season, with A/H1N1 subtyped in the majority of cases.&nbsp; A few influenza B cases have been diagnosed. Respiratory illness rates in schools and child care centers are currently unknown due to the holiday/weather break.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div align="left">&nbsp;</div><div align="left">Hospitalizations associated with inflluenza&nbsp;infection continue to climb.&nbsp; The age range of hospitalizations in Washtenaw residents to date is&nbsp;10 to&nbsp;91 years, with almost half under the age of 50 (this is typical for A/H1N1). The first local flu-related deaths were reported this week in older adults with underlying high-risk health conditions.</div><div align="left">&nbsp;</div></div></blockquote><h3 style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, Lucida, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0.75em; margin-bottom: 0.25em; font-size: 15px; border-bottom-style: none; font-weight: bold; line-height: normal;">Influenza Activity for&nbsp;Current Season</h3><h3 align="left" style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, Lucida, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; margin-top: 0.75em; margin-bottom: 0.25em; font-size: 15px; border-bottom-style: none; font-weight: bold; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</h3><p style="margin-bottom: 0.75em; line-height: 1.5em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><a class="internal-link" href="http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/public_health/disease_control/flu_graph-9jan2014" style="color: purple; background-color: transparent; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); border-bottom-style: solid;" title="Flu_graph 9Jan2014">Local flu activity in 2013-14 season</a>&nbsp;(pdf)</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0.75em; line-height: 1.5em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><a class="internal-link" href="http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/public_health/disease_control/flu_hospitalizations-9jan2014" style="color: purple; background-color: transparent; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); border-bottom-style: solid;" title="Flu_hospitalizations 9Jan2014">Hospitalizations for 2013-14&nbsp;</a>(pdf)</p><div> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:59:52 +0000 Bob Eccles 40221 at http://wemu.org Two Area Deaths attributed to Flu-Related Illnesses Flu Outbreak Prompts Some Hospitals to Restrict Visitors http://wemu.org/post/flu-outbreak-prompts-some-hospitals-restrict-visitors <p>This winter's flu outbreak has prompted three Grand Rapids hospitals to ask visitors who are sick to go home and come back when they're well.&nbsp; There are no such restrictions in place locally so far.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:49:04 +0000 Bob Eccles 24262 at http://wemu.org