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 »

1 in 3 Don’t Have Paid Sick Days

(CNN) — You know that coughing co-worker you wish would stay home? Turns out, many Americans cannot afford to. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly a third of the nation’s employees cannot take sick days. While most full-timers get paid sick days, only a fraction of part-time workers get them. That’s raising health … Continue reading »

Clinics See Flu Vaccine Rush

EUGENE, Ore. — With flu shots scarce at pharmacies in Lane County, we learned, some urgent cares seem to be the only places with a good supply. The four urgent cares in our area are seeing an influx in people lining up for the flu shot. We began reporting Thursday night that the urgent cares … Continue reading »

Some Clinics Hold Vaccine for OHP

EUGENE, Ore. — A KEZI 9 News viewer found the flu vaccine at his children’s pediatricians office. But he was told they couldn’t get the shot. He e-mailed us to find answers about why the vaccine was just out of reach. “I was noticing that flu’s coming through the Eugene area, so I called Crescent … Continue reading »

County Addresses Flu Vaccine Shortage

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County pharmacies are experiencing a flu vaccine shortage. People all over our area headed the flu warnings and rushed out to get flu shots. The problem is most are now out and it’s unclear when new shipments will come in. We spent most of the morning calling a couple dozen pharmacies … Continue reading »

Douglas County Nurses Prepare for Flu

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. — The flu’s yet to make a recorded presence in Douglas County. As of right now, nurses at the Douglas County Health Center say they haven’t had any reports of the flu just yet, but expect it’s on its way. So while they were surprised how early in the season the recent … Continue reading »

Flu Outbreak Sends 19 to Hospital

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Lane County Health and Human Services says 55 people showed flu-like symptoms, in which 19 required hospitalization, at a assisted living facility. “Our biggest concern is making sure everybody’s safe,” said executive director Jessica Knox, Briarwood Assisted Living Facility. The sanitation efforts are in high gear at the Briarwood Assisted Living … Continue reading »

19 People Hospitalized Due to Flu

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Lane County Public Health says a flu outbreak at an assisted living facility sickened 55 people. Nineteen of those were taken to the hospital. The health department says the people were infected with Influenza Type A, which causes severe fever, cough, runny nose, nasal congestion and muscle and joint aches. It can … Continue reading »

Flu Season Not as Severe in Oregon

EUGENE, Ore. — Flu season is in full swing across the US. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says 41 states are experiencing outbreak-like conditions; but in Oregon and specifically Lane County, the numbers are not rising as dramatically. Lane County Health and Human Services attributes the small rise to people here being responsible … Continue reading »

Possible to Get Flu Even with Vaccine

(CNN) — The Centers for Disease Control is warning the flu season appears to be bad this year, spreading faster and earlier than usual. The CDC says the South and Southeast section of the country is getting hit hard. Even people who received the flu shot can still get sick. “Number one, it does take … Continue reading »

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