Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Doctors are still urging residents to get a flu shot.
The number of flu cases in Maryland have dropped over the last week, but health officials are still pushing residents to get the flu vaccine, according to a report in The Gazette. The week ending Dec. 29, 10.1 prcent of people visiting doctors were for the flu and the week ending Jan. 5 only 3.5 percent of people visiting doctors were there for the flu, according to a report from the state. Maryland’s flu season might have peaked last week, according to one Howard County health official, but the number of cases remains widespread statewide and health officials are still urging people to be vaccinated, a state epidemiologist said Monday. According to Google Flu Trends, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. both continue to experience "intense" flu…
Monday, January 14, 2013
Howard County Health Department is offering free flu clinics for all members of the public on Jan. 17, Jan. 24 and Jan. 25.
If you're worried about catching the flu that has been making its way across Maryland over the past two weeks, then maybe it's time to get that flu shot. "We continue to have a limited supply of vaccine that we are offering to the public and will continue to do so until we have no more," said Dr. Maura J. Rossman, Howard County's Health Officer. "We are not overwhelmed in Howard County, compared to how we hear New York state and Massachusetts is, and that's a very good thing." "We encourage all Howard County residents to get immunized," said Rossman, "that's the most effective way of preventing flu." Rossman said the typical flu season tends to peak in January or February then goes away. "There's about a six week period of flu," said …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Google Flu Trends "uses aggregated Google search data to estimate current flu activity around the world in near real-time," its website stated.
Flu cases appear to be rising still in Maryland, according to Google Flu Trends, which "uses aggregated Google search data to estimate current flu activity around the world in near real-time," the Google Flu Trends website stated. Google Flu Trends data indicates that the number of flu cases in Maryland started rising in mid-November. As of Jan. 11, the flu has reached the "intense" category in Maryland, whereas at this time last year, the number of flu cases was only in the "moderate" range. Best places to escape the flu, according to Google Flu Trends: South America, South Africa and Australia. (Perhaps flu viruses don't like long flights?) Or, better yet, consider getting a flu shot. Find a flu shot location near you with this Flu …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Flu season hits early and hard in the United States, says CDC.
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Sunday, December 9, 2012
According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) FluView flu activity tracker, the influenza virus has “increased substantially” in the south central and Southeast regions of the country, and has come the earliest since the 2003-2004: While influenza vaccines have been around since 1945, the type that contains a live virus have only been used since 2003, and many people still wonder if they should get a flu vaccine shot. Today, there are two basic types of flu vaccines – traditional needle injection and a nasal spray. Who should get a flu shot? The CDC believes that all persons aged 6 months and older should be vaccinated on a yearly basis, but especially urges the shot for children under 5 …
Friday, October 19, 2012
State Health Officials Confirm four children from the Baltimore metropolitan area are the first recorded flu cases for 2012.
Four Baltimore-area children are the first confirmed cases of seasonal influenza, according to state health officials. The children, who are not being identified, are doing well though one was hospitalized, according to a statement released Friday by the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. According to health officials, the first confirmed case in 2011 was reported on December 30. "Flu is here earlier this year than last year, and we are seeing two different flu strains,” Frances Phillips, deputy secretary of Public Health Services, said in the statement. “This really stresses the importance of getting the flu vaccine, and getting it as soon as possible. Fortunately, there is plenty of vaccine to go around.” Influenza spreads …