Crowded Homeless Shelters And The Vicious Flu Brew Perfect Storm

Mar 13, 2018
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The flu descended on Connie Gabaldon like a fog, she recalled, clouding her mind and compromising her judgment. It progressed to chest and back pain, the aches perhaps made worse by a fall the 66-year-old had while riding the bus in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Federal health officials say that, as they anticipated, the flu vaccine isn't very effective this year — but they say it has still prevented thousands of serious illnesses and deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures that, overall, the flu vaccine is 36 percent effective at preventing disease. One bright point for parents of young kids: Children ages 6 months to 8 years responded significantly better to the vaccine than older Americans.

The peak of the flu season could still be several weeks away, federal health officials cautioned Friday.

"We may be on track to break some recent records," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly all states are still reporting widespread flu activity, with less severe reports only coming from Oregon and Hawaii.

"Flu is incredibly difficult to predict and we don't know if we've hit the peak yet," Schuchat said in a call with reporters. "We could still see several more weeks of increased activity."

Flu Season Still Fatal In Northeast Ohio

Jan 18, 2018

Three more people – all elderly women – have died of complications from the flu in Cuyahoga County, upping the total in Northeast Ohio to at least a dozen fatalities. From member station WKSU, M.L. Schultze reports.

The deaths range from a 1-year-old boy in Summit County to a 101-year-old woman in Euclid.

Health departments throughout the state are reporting thousands of cases of what’s known as H3N2, which is especially severe among young children and older adults.

The Toledo area has had 250 cases reported.

The United States appears to be in the midst of an unusually severe flu season, officials at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

The flu season started early, which is never a good sign, and the flu is already widespread throughout the country, the CDC's latest report shows. Half of states are reporting especially intense flu activity.

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Cases of the flu are plaguing Ohioans throughout the state and hospitalizations are soaring.

The Ohio Department of Health is raising its flu-activity level to “widespread,” the agency’s highest ranking.

From the start of October through Dec. 9, 401 people have been hospitalized with symptoms associated with influenza, according to ODH.

In the most recent week numbers are available, 144 people went to the hospital with the flu.

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The Ohio Department of Health reports the flu is widespread throughout the state.

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The Ohio Department of Health says the flu is now widespread across the state.

Health officials say the number of people hospitalized for the flu took a big jump last week. There were 203 confirmed new cases last week. That compares with 93 the week before.

Hundreds Of Dogs Sickened By A Flu Strain In Midwest

Apr 15, 2015

Animal health experts say a canine influenza virus has sickened hundreds of dogs in several Midwestern states, including Ohio.