CDC: Flu Shot Less Effective in 2014

(CNN) — If you got a flu shot recently, don’t be surprised if you still get sick. The CDC says the current virus has mutated, making this year’s vaccination less effective. In an advisory to doctors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said flu virus samples taken from Oct. 1-Nov. 22 showed just under … Continue reading »

Flu Vaccine: Give It A Shot?

EUGENE, Ore.– The Lane County Public Health Department is launching a big campaign to raise immunization rates in Lane County; in particular, the flu vaccine. It wants to raise it from the current 38% for adults to 50%. Doctors say this ambitious goal couldn’t have come at a better time. They are predicting this flu … Continue reading »

Local Flu Vaccinations Increase

EUGENE, Ore. — Cases of H1N1 in Lane County are going down, and vaccinations are going up. Lane County Public Health officials say residents have responded well to flu season this year, especially after the death of 5-year-old Ronan Burgess. Jason Davis of Lane County Public Health says they’re seeing 15 times more people getting … Continue reading »

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 »

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 »

County Hosts Free Flu Shot Clinic

EUGENE, Ore. — Hundreds of people are now vaccinated and ready for winter after stopping by a free flu shot clinic Wednesday. Lane County Public Health partnered with Trillium to host the clinic at the Lane Community College downtown campus. Organizers say people lined up right away as soon as they opened at 9 a.m. … Continue reading »

VARHS Offers Vets Free Flu Shots

ROSEBURG, Ore. – The VA Roseburg Healthcare System says it’s offering free flu shots next week. VARHS says the free flu vaccination will be offered on October 2 and 3, at the VA Medical Center, 913 N.W. Garden Valley Blvd. It says veterans are encouraged to get their flu vaccine at that time. Flu vaccines … 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 »

Douglas County Changes Immunization Rule

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. — County immunization services may soon be disappearing for some residents who will be deemed ineligible by the CDC come March 1. Until this time, the CDC’s Vaccine for Children program and others allowed for under-insured individuals to be eligible for vaccinations. The Section 317 program allowed for children through the age … Continue reading »

Flu Season Continues

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County health workers said the number of flu cases reported is slowing down from the spike we saw in early January. The Health Department also says the vaccine shortage is over. The department and many local pharmacies ordered more of the vaccine after running out earlier in the month. Since this … Continue reading »

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