Thursday, January 24, 2013
County resident fourth child to die from flu in New Jersey, officials say.
The past week has been no kinder to New Jersey residents suffering from the sniffles, cough and chills of the flu, state officials say, and has led to the death of a fourth child in the state, according to an NJ.com report. A 12-year-old Bergen County girl died earlier this month, Dawn Thomas, a state Health Department spokeswoman said in the report. The girl had underlying health conditions. Her name and hometown were not released. The current flu season continues to be one of the worst flu seasons in recent history, state Health Department officials say. The state Department of Health has added a Find a Flu Shot Locator to its website. Call ahead to make sure supplies haven't run out first. Follow Patch on Twitter, Facebook and click …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Lack of space in emergency rooms could leave some flu sufferers with nowhere to go
Tuesday, January 15
By Andrew Kitchenman In some areas of New Jersey the flu has already reached crisis proportions, and many fear the worst is yet to come. Monday's meeting of the Assembly's Health and Senior Services Committee focused on ways the state can help relieve overextended and overwhelmed hospitals and doctors. Physicians and legislators also discussed steps everyone can take to lessen the severity of this flu season. Dr. Shelley Greenman, an emergency medicine physician at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, struck the appropriate note when she said she has never seen anything like the number and range of flu cases that she has encountered this year. Her colleague, Dr. Rick Hong, Cooper’s head of emergency medical services and disaster medicine…
Hospital says temporary visitor restrictions in place
A nationwide flu epidemic has prompted Englewood Hospital and Medical Center to issue temporary visitor restrictions, according to a hospital statement. Englewood's emergency room has seen a "surge" of flu-related visits and admissions, with the elderly hardest hit, the statement said. "In response to the growing threat, the Medical Center staff is working around the clock to protect the community, including stocking up on flu-related supplies and testing kits, vaccinating patients and employees and implementing temporary visitor restrictions at the hospital," the hospital said. Visitors under 18 are being barred from certain areas of the hospital, including the Intensive Care Unit and pediatrics department, the statement said. Sick …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
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Friday, December 14, 2012
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in New Jersey than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends (Fort Lee-specific data is not available on Flu Trends). Overall in New Jersey, activity is considered high now, while it was considered low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Fort Lee that offer the vaccine (besides your own doctor, of course): A&P Walgreens Duane Reade CVS Pharmacy The Fort Lee Health Department More locations According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, …