February 17, 1995 |
Let's pause for a moment of appreciation: We are having an incredibly light flu season. Usually, this time of year, schools and offices are hard-hit with influenza. In a moderate or heavy year, schools report up to 30% absentee rates, while visits to doctors' offices triple. None of that has happened this year, and there are no signs that a flu wave is about to hit (although the East Coast has reported some sporadic outbreaks this month that could head west).
January 25, 1999 |
California's flu season is arriving late and has been relatively mild so far, especially compared with the severe outbreak last year that left hospital emergency rooms overflowing, health officials said last week. "It's really only been in the past two weeks that things have started to pick up," said Michael Hendry, chief of the respiratory, AIDS and support section in the state Department of Health Services office in Berkeley. "It's mild to moderate so far."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1998 |
A mighty wave of flu and respiratory disease is sweeping through Southern California, filling hospital emergency rooms and doctors' offices @with hacking, wheezy, sneezy victims, many of them very young or old. Hospitals from Ventura to San Bernardino counties are treating and admitting patients in record numbers, leading doctors to warn of an epidemic influenza season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1988 |
It may be small comfort for those still suffering from sore throats and achy muscles, but county health authorities says this winter's flu outbreak seems to have peaked without reaching epidemic proportions. "It looks like it's beginning to taper off a little bit," said Dr. Donald Ramras of the Department of Health Services. "That doesn't mean people aren't sick. But we haven't reached what the Centers for Disease Control calls an outbreak level, and it looks like we won't reach it this winter."
October 24, 2009 |
Influenza-like illnesses are now higher throughout the country than levels generally seen at the peak of the seasonal flu season, federal health officials said Friday, even as they dismissed media reports from a day earlier that one in five children had contracted swine flu during the first weeks of October. Pandemic H1N1 influenza activity continues to spread throughout the country, with 46 states now reporting widespread activity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
January 26, 1990 |
This winter's flu season has reached the epidemic stage and flu deaths are at their highest in eight years, the Centers for Disease Control said in Atlanta. Most of the cases reported to the CDC this winter have been the A-H3N2 type. That was the predominant strain in the 1984-85 flu season, when an estimated 57,000 Americans died from flu--37,000 more than in a typical winter.
November 26, 2004 |
The flu season in the United States is off to a slow start, with only Delaware and New York reporting significant outbreaks -- a relief to government health authorities, given the U.S. vaccine shortage. Even so, the "widespread" activity in Delaware -- the first state to be classified at the highest flu level -- is a little misleading. The state meets the designation because confirmed cases have been found in every county. But the state has only three counties -- and six cases in all.
March 16, 1990 |
The 1989-90 flu season could turn out to be the worst in five years, the national Centers for Disease Control said today. And the dominant strain--Type A-H3N2, or the "Shanghai flu"--is one that hits especially hard against older people, who probably are not vaccinated, according to a CDC report. In the average influenza season, flu kills about 20,000 Americans. But in 1984-85, the last year in which A-H3N2 was so predominant, about 57,000 people died.
November 8, 2004 |
The U.S. influenza season is starting slowly, but it is still too early to tell how severe the outbreak will be as the nation faces a vaccine shortage, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Texas and New York have reported some localized outbreaks, and sporadic cases have turned up in some other states, Dr. Julie Gerberding said at the American Public Health Assn.'s annual conference in Washington.
November 9, 1989 |
Winter ended in the Southern Hemisphere without a major influenza epidemic or the apparent development of any new strains of flu, and that's good news for those of us living up north. "I don't know of any reason at this point to think that this year is going to be a particularly bad year (for flu)," says Orange County epidemiologist Dr. Tom Prendergast. "If this was going to be a really terrible year, we probably would have heard something by this time from the Southern Hemisphere.