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 »

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 »

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