March 1, 2001 |
Hospital emergency rooms, doctors' offices, and the nation's sinuses have been less congested this winter, thanks to the mildest flu season in at least six years. The 2000-01 flu season, which began in October with vaccine shortages, has turned out to be one of the lightest in recent memory for deaths, contagion, and other effects on health, said Keiji Fukuda, chief of influenza epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. "We were incredibly lucky," said Janet Englund, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago.
September 4, 2009 |
As families scramble to get ready for the first day of school, they may not be thinking about the coming flu season, but after last year's H1N1 outbreak, city officials have one message for Philadelphia parents: Keep your sick kids at home! "If a parent sees the symptoms . . . please keep your child home until such time as these symptoms go away," Tom?s Hanna, the chief of school operations, said during a media briefing yesterday with city Public Health Department officials. On Tuesday, letters will be sent to parents explaining H1N1 prevention techniques and why it is important that children with flu symptoms don't go to school.
December 24, 2001 |
The flu season is off to a sluggish start, but public health experts say that does not necessarily mean it will be a mild year. The viral illness typically doesn't peak until late January or early February - and doctors say it still makes sense to get a flu shot. "This year it's been pretty slow," said Andre Weltman, public health physician for the Pennsylvania Department of Health, "but unfortunately that doesn't tell us how bad it's going to be. " New Jersey and federal health officials offer similar assessments.
November 1, 2006 |
Claude Lewis is a veteran Philadelphia journalist Lots of people are unhappy at the end of summer because it spells the end of carefree travel, lengthy vacations and play on the beach. I hate summer's end for one main reason - it usually ushers in the beginning of flu season. Some of us think of the flu as just a cold, but those who think that way usually have not experienced how devastating the flu can be. Because it can be devastating, I'm writing to persuade folks to get themselves immunized.
January 31, 1989 |
Don't stick around in crowded places. And wash your hands often. That's the advice state health officials have for you lucky folks out there who haven't gotten the flu . . . yet. Tests have now confirmed that this year's flu has arrived in Philadelphia, right on schedule for its annual late January appearance. It swept in from central Pennsylvania, where state health department officials say it hit about 2,000 students at Penn State University in State College over a period of a week and a half.
January 12, 2013 |
NEW YORK - From the Rocky Mountains to New England, hospitals are swamped with people with flu symptoms. Some medical centers are turning away visitors or making them wear face masks, and one Allentown, Pa., hospital set up a tent outside its emergency room to deal with the feverish patients. Flu season in the United States has struck early and, in many places, hard. While flu normally doesn't blanket the country until late January or February, it is already widespread in 40 states, with about 30 reporting some major hot spots.
January 1, 2014 |
Break out the tissues and chicken soup, the mentholated lozenges, tea and sympathy. The annual winter misery that the viral world visits upon us has officially arrived. Within the last week, the number of confirmed cases of flu has spiked in Pennsylvania, raising the total since September to 1,159. "It really looks like the onset of flu season," said David Pegues, an epidemiologist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. "Until the first or second week of December, we were not detecting any cases here," Pegues said.
February 6, 1992 |
As the latest flu season trails off, area hospitals can once again handle daily emergency-room crowds, which were overflowing just one month ago. "I think the flu epidemic has subsided. The flu had our census much higher a month ago," said Scott Lux, public relations director at Phoenixville Hospital. Heavy flu seasons strike every few years. Flu and its complications can kill 50,000 Americans during such seasons. The flu was not the only reason for record-high patient populations in January.
December 3, 2003 |
As states in the West grapple with an unusually early and nasty flu season, public health officials here urge residents to get flu shots before the full force of the virus hits. Cases of the flu already have been reported throughout Pennsylvania, and labs in Philadelphia reported a big increase in confirmed cases last week, representatives of the state and city Health Departments said. There have been only three confirmed cases so far in New Jersey. Nationally, the flu seasons of the last three years were relatively mild.
February 2, 1999 |
The flu is here and gathering strength, but, so far, the flu season in Pennsylvania and New Jersey has been relatively mild, health officials said. Only 17 cases of the viral disease have been reported in Pennsylvania, but doctors are not required to report or test every suspected flu case. Rather, the state keeps track of cases to see how widespread the flu is and whether the strains in circulation are susceptible to this year's vaccine. The good news, for those of you who got the shot, is that it should be effective against the flu germs in this region.