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 »

Study: Kids, Working Adults Spread Flu

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Researchers at Oregon State University say vaccinating younger populations could reduce the spread of the flu. The study suggests children in school and young adults at work spread the flu the most. Current vaccine programs are focused on the elderly and those higher at risk of death. But OSU researchers say programs … Continue reading »

Students Diagnosed with Pertussis

BLACHLY, Ore. — Two Triangle Lake Charter School students are recovering from the whooping cough that is affecting the rest of the school. School administrators say two students tested positive for pertussis, more commonly known as the whooping cough, at the school in April. Both kids are a part of the third grade class. Once … Continue reading »

Pertussis Cases Cause Concern

EUGENE, Ore. — Three confirmed cases of the whooping cough within the last week have Lane County health representatives concerned. The illness has a transmission rate much higher than the flu. One case can cause up to 16 more. So the county has scheduled six Tdap clinics over the next two months to help people … Continue reading »

Flu Yet to Peak in Lane County

EUGENE, Ore. — Flu season hasn’t peaked yet in Lane County, and those who catch it get hit hard. The Lane County Health Department says the good news is there are more vaccines to go around now. The bad news it this flu season is sticking around a lot longer than expected. The Lane County … Continue reading »

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