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 »

Eugene Boy Dies from Flu

EUGENE, Ore. — Doctors confirmed a five year old boy died from the H1N1 virus. Calandra Burgess says she took her son, Ronan, to his pediatrician when he had a 104.7 degree fever and a barking seal-like cough. The doctor thought Ronan had a bad case of the croup. Ronan didn’t get better and Burgess … 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 »

Younger Patients Hospitalized for Flu

MEDFORD, Ore . — More younger people are being hospitalized for the flu. The Oregon Health Authority reports from Dec. 15-21, there were 67 flu hospitalizations. That’s nearly triple the amount of patients from the week before. The people coming in to the hospital were aged 25 to 49 years old. Providence Medford Medical Center … Continue reading »

More States Reporting Widespread Flu

(CNN) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people to get their flu shots after the number of states reporting seasonal flu activity jumped from four to 10 last week. New York, Texas and Alabama are among the states showing widespread activity. Officials say the one atypical thing about this year is … Continue reading »

County to Hold Forum on Local Flu Trends

EUGENE, Ore. — As the weather gets colder, more people find themselves sniffling, coughing, and sometimes catching the flu. But the Lane Preparedness Coalition says there are ways to avoid getting sick. Lane County Public Health communicable disease officials will hold a public forum Wednesday, Nov. 13. They’ll talk about national and local flu trends. … Continue reading »

New Flu Shot, Stronger Vaccine

EUGENE, Ore. — This season’s flu shot may be more powerful than ever before. Usually the flu vaccine covers three strains of flu; but this year, it will cover four. Jason Davis with Lane County Health and Human Services discusses where those in western Oregon can find the vaccine.

Flu Shots Available Soon

(CNN) — Fall is just around the corner and so is flu season. This year’s flu shots are ready to go. Influenza vaccine manufacturers are already shipping out their stock for the 2013-2114 flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 135 million doses of the vaccine are being produced. Large supplies … 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 »

Updating Your Child’s Vaccinations

(CNN) — Reading, writing and arithmetic are all important. But when it comes to a student’s well-being, public health officials say vaccines are the best way to ward off diseases. So it’s always good to update your child’s immunization records. That’s because as adolescents get older, some of the protection from their childhood shots begin … Continue reading »

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