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NATIONAL
January 10, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
An early outbreak threatens to makes this year's influenza season one of the most difficult in recent years as public health officials brace for the worst. Hospitals in the Northeast, from New Jersey to Massachusetts, are reporting record numbers of emergency room visits related to flu-like illnesses, and Boston has declared a public health emergency. At least 41 states have reported widespread flu outbreaks, more than 2,250 people have been hospitalized and 18 children have died, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1999 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
Health officials say that a predicted influenza epidemic has not occurred and that hospitals in the county have reported a low number of cases since the start of the flu season in December. The number of actual cases is not tracked by the county's Public Health Department, but an informal telephone poll of hospitals last month revealed a mild influenza season, Marilyn Billimek, county epidemiologist, said this week. "The flu season has been very light," she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2006 | F. Kathleen Foley; Philip Brandes; David C. Nichols;
One doesn't normally associate avant-garde theater with sweetness. Although it defies easy description, Will Eno's nonlinear romance "The Flu Season," a production by California Repertory at the Edison Theatre, contains a richly humane core that Stefan Novinski emphasizes in his sensitive staging. The action is set in a psychiatric hospital during a harsh winter, a milieu that Eno evokes with Proustian specificity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2009 | Seema Mehta
The start of the school year will undoubtedly bring a rise in H1N1 infections, health and education officials said Friday as they urged parents to practice such precautionary measures with their children as hand-washing and the "Dracula sneeze." Officials also said parents should not panic and keep healthy children home once flu breaks out on campuses. "I want to make sure parents are not afraid to send their children to school if they are well," said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Los Angeles County's health officer.
HEALTH
February 20, 2012 | By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Now that we're deep into the cold and flu season, it's safe to assume that germs are hiding pretty much everywhere - the keypad at the grocery store checkout, the handrail on the bus, the air around that miserable-looking co-worker. Avoiding germs entirely would require something like solitary confinement or a head-to-toe application of Purell. As an alternative, many people try to do what they can to strengthen their immune systems. Vitamin C is old news, and echinacea and other herbs haven't really panned out. But there's a livelier option: probiotic supplements that supposedly fortify the immune system.
NATIONAL
March 10, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
As bad as the outbreak looked a couple of months ago, this winter's flu season was no more ferocious than any of the last five years, officials at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in Atlanta. The flu season peaked during the week ending Dec. 25, with many hospitals across the country deluged with patients and some health professionals saying it was the worst outbreak they had seen in a long time.
NEWS
November 29, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Although CT scans can help quickly diagnose cases of inhaled anthrax, the flu season poses new challenges for doctors who must decide whether patients need to receive the advanced imaging, experts said. Dr. Jeffrey R. Galvin of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and two doctors who treated anthrax patients in Virginia and New York were at the Radiological Society of North America's annual meeting in Chicago to discuss the deadly disease.
NEWS
January 13, 1994
It's almost over. The nasty flu season has most likely peaked, health experts say, just when it seemed as though nearly everyone was falling prey to high fevers, coughs and muscle ache. "The height is usually the holiday season," or about mid-December to mid-January, although some people catch the flu as late as April, said Anne MacPherson, a public health nurse for Pasadena's Health Department. In fact, the county Department of Health Services stopped giving flu vaccinations Dec.
HEALTH
September 20, 2004 | Reuters
Influenza is sending more people to the hospital in the United States each year, and the flu season appears to be getting longer, a government study has found. The increased hospital admissions are partly due to an aging population that is more susceptible to the annual malady, the report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The study, released Tuesday, looked at hospital records from 1979 to 2001.
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