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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."
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.
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.
February 19, 1988 | ANDREA ESTEPA, Times Staff Writer
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 | Thomas H. Maugh II
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 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
March 8, 1985 | Associated Press
The flu season shows signs of waning, but deaths from influenza and pneumonia are still running at their highest level in nine years, the federal Centers for Disease Control said Thursday. Last week, as in the week before, 7.3% of the 14,262 deaths reported to the CDC from 121 cities were caused by pneumonia and flu, a level significantly higher than the usual 5%, the agency said. That 7.3% is the highest level of flu and pneumonia deaths since early 1976, Dr. Karl Kappus said.
November 26, 2004 | From Associated Press
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 | From Times Wire Services
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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