CDC reports "worse-than-average" flu season - Jan. 18, 2013
CDC officials reported Friday that 48 states are now experiencing widespread flu activity, and public health officials have documented 29 pediatric deaths as well as sharp increases in hospitalization among seniors. Rates of infection are dropping in some parts of the country, but levels are rising in the West, where the season began later. "We are in the middle of flu season, about halfway through, and it's shaping up to be a worse-than-average season and a bad season, particularly, for the elderly," said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden.
Hospitals struggle, overburdened with flu patients - Jan. 9, 2013
Hospitals struggle, overburdened with flu patients. Even though it's still early in the flu season, hospitals around the country are stretching their resources to face an onslaught of patients sick with the flu. NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.
Mayor Menino declares public health emergency in Boston because of flu outbreak - Jan. 9, 2013
Confronting an earlier and a harsher than usual flu season, hospitals and other health care facilities are limiting visitors who may potentially infect sick or elderly patients with the virus -- precautions not seen since the 2009 H1N1 “swine flu ...
With Flu Spreading, Hospitals Taking Drastic Measures - Jan. 9, 2013
At the Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest Hospital in Allentown, Penn., they've erected an 1,100-square-foot tent to specifically treat those with flu-like symptoms, a measure they haven't taken since the H1N1 outbreak of 2009. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., the ...
Flu Prompts Boston to Declare Public Health Emergency - Jan. 9, 2013
An early and nasty flu season has prompted a public health emergency in Boston, where health officials say 700 people have been diagnosed with the cold-weather virus. Four Bostononians -- all elderly -- have died from flu. "This is the worst flu season ...