PeaceHealth Labs Helping Track Flu

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Influenza–including this season’s most common strain, H1N1–can be difficult for doctors to diagnose, but a Peacehealth lab is making it easier for physicians in Lane County. Peacehealth Laboratories in Springfield does most of the flu tests within Lane County, but it serves a wider area. “We’re able to not only provide high-quality, … Continue reading »

Hospital Restricts Visitors Due to Flu

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The flu is creating some visitor restrictions at hospitals in the area. Starting Jan. 13, all Samaritan Health Services hospitals are asking people with flu-like symptoms not to visit anyone there. These are hospitals in Corvallis, Albany, Lebanon, Lincoln City and Newport. Newborns, their moms, and pediatric patients are only allowed four total … Continue reading »

Flu Season Update

EUGENE, Ore. — Local doctor’s offices are still getting inundated with patients suffering from flu-like symptoms. At PeaceHealth, H1N1 admissions have doubled in the past week. That was before school started and people went back to work. Health professionals say the risk increases in large gatherings so they are trying to eliminate people’s fear of vaccinations. … Continue reading »

Protecting Yourself from the Flu

EUGENE, Ore. — Flu season is coming on strong, and local health officials say everyone should take extra precautions to stay safe. According to Lane County Public Health, only about 30 percent of residents are vaccinated, which they say is troubling. The flu is contagious, so if you or your child is coughing, that should … Continue reading »

Flu Cases on the Rise

EUGENE, Ore. — Doctors offices across the Eugene-Springfield area area seeing an increase in patients with flu symptoms. Across the state 81 people were hospitalized with the flu last week and already two people in Oregon have passed away from the H1N1 strain of the flu virus, including 5-year-old Eugene boy Ronan Burgess. Lane County … Continue reading »

Swine Flu Cases on the Rise

EUGENE, Ore. — Flu season is in full swing across the country, and swine flu is making a comeback this year. The H1N1 virus is the predominant circulating virus so far. The trend in Oregon is following the national trend, an increase in flu activity over the last couple of weeks. Lane County Public Health … Continue reading »

New Flu Vaccine on the Way

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Public Health Department says a new flu vaccine is on the way and it should arrive very soon. However, it won’t be available to the public until September. This season’s vaccine protects against three different strains of influenza: H1N1, H3N2, and B/Massachusetts. Experts predict those strains will be the … Continue reading »