Healthcare workers, public officials struggle to address influenza outbreak across much of U.S.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Physicians and others are struggling to address a growing outbreak of Boston declared a "flu emergency" for the city, as 700 cases of the virus were reported.affecting a large portion of the United States. Earlier this week, the Mayor of
Public officials in Texas have urged citizens to receive a flu shot. The state's public health Commissioner said in a press release, "The best thing people can do to protect themselves is to get a dose of flu vaccine now." Doctors are telling citizens to wash their hands, get a flu shot and avoid sick people if possible to lessen chances of catching the virus. However, a report released on Friday noted that 7.3% of deaths last week were a result of and the flu.
A total of 20 children in the United States have died during this flu season from flu-related illnesses. Thereports nine out of 10 regions in the United States had "elevated" flu activity. These data indicate that seasonal flu has spread and reached high levels several weeks before the usual time of late January or February. New York Governor declared a state-wide public health emergency on Saturday. He also issued an executive order which allows pharmacists to administer flu vaccinations to patients between six months and 18 years of age.
- Claire McCarthy. "It's time to take the flu seriously" — , January 10, 2013
- "US scrambles for flu shots as death toll continues to rise" — , January 12, 2013
- Bob Orr. "NY declares public health emergency over flu outbreak" — , January 12, 2013