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Flu Watch 2012-13: Illinois-(6 deaths so far)

Postby ReadyMom » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:22 am

Flu Watch 2012-13: Illinois

Image It's that time of year again. There are reports this flu season is starting earlier with an increased number of cases. Remember that the young (up to 20's), the elderly and pregnant moms-to-be are MOST vulnerable. You may want to consider reviewing your cough/cold/flu supplies and stocking them NOW.

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Flu Nears 'Intense' Levels in Chicago

Flu cases in the city are on the rise, and compared to last year, they're reaching 'intense' levels.

By Andy Ambrosius Email the author 5:50 am
http://bucktown-wickerpark.patch.com/ar ... in-chicago

Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in Chicago than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends.

Overall in Illinois, activity is considered high now, while it was considered moderate at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. That means it's time to get vaccinated if you haven't already. Here's a few places around town you can get the shot.

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Re: Flu Watch 2012-13: Illinois

Postby ReadyMom » Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:11 pm

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Flu Hitting Chicago Earlier and Harder This Season, Experts Say
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130105 ... z2HSKA7n1H

CHICAGO — The flu has hit the Windy City earlier than any time in the previous five years and it's showing no sign of letting up, as hospitalizations increase and reported cases of the highly contagious viral infection continue to climb.

"So far, it's just going up," Julie Morita, medical director for the Chicago Department of Public Health's immunization program, said of the number of cases in the city. "Typically the flu increases in January or later, but this is the earliest we've seen in at least the past five years."

From Sept. 30-Dec. 22 last year, 48 patients were hospitalized in intensive care units citywide, according to city records. There have been two deaths so far this flu season.

During the same time frame last year, only one person went to an ICU with the flu, and that didn't happen until mid-December.

Outpatient visits are up, too.

"Typically less than 3 percent of doctor and outpatient clinic visits are for the flu, and now we're at 5 percent," Morita said. "The important message is that we're seeing it early, and people are getting sick." --- CONTINUED at LINK, above ---

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Outbreak has ER's full of flu patients
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?sectio ... id=8945650

January 7, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- The flu outbreak is so widespread in Chicago that emergency rooms are full of patients seeking treatment.

Doctors are so busy ambulance drivers are told to bypass eight area hospitals if there's time to safely get their patient to another facility.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is one of the hospitals where patients are being rerouted because the emergency rooms are too full. So far this season, the flu has claimed seven lives in Indiana and five in Illinois. ---CONTINUED at LINK, above ---
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Re: Flu Watch 2012-13: Illinois

Postby ReadyMom » Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:15 pm

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Flu outbreak puts Chicago-area hospitals on bypass
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?sectio ... id=8945972

January 8, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Emergency rooms at Chicago-area hospitals are so packed with flu patients, ambulances carrying patients are being diverted to other hospitals.

Six area hospitals were on bypass early Tuesday evening. That means the affected hospitals are asking ambulances to take patients elsewhere, if they can do so safely.

The flu outbreak has already claimed the lives on six people in Illinois and seven in Indiana.

Flu season is packing a wallop in the Chicago area, causing some emergency rooms to be overflowing with patients.

Tuesday morning, a few hospitals were still on bypass, telling ambulances to take patients elsewhere.

Northwestern Memorial was one of those hospitals. Doctors say bypass is rare but not unheard of.

"Northwestern Memorial Hospital is an extraordinarily busy hospital, and oftentimes during our busier months, in the summer, we will sometimes have to go on bypass," said Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Dr. David Zich. "We don't like it, the community doesn't like it, but sometimes it is necessary."
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Re: Flu Watch 2012-13: Illinois

Postby ReadyMom » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:52 am

The last post I made for Illinois had (6) hospitals turning away patients .... Now it's up to (11)!

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Surge of flu patients taxes area hosptial emergency rooms (Illinois)
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/1744 ... rooms.html
MONIFA THOMAS AND MITCH DUDEK January 7, 2013 9:28PM

Eleven Illinois hospitals had to turn away most patients from their emergency rooms Monday night because of a surge of people with flu symptoms.

The hospitals that were on bypass — a temporary diversion of ambulances to other hospitals because of the volume of patients — included Northwestern Memorial Hospital; University of Chicago Medical Center; Advocate Christ Medical Center; Swedish Covenant Hospital, and Presence of Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center. Only one hospital had gone off bypass as of 6:30 p.m.

“Emergency departments are getting overrun with people with respiratory illness,” said Melaney Arnold, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health. “We are seeing an increase in influenza cases.”

At Rockford Memorial Hospital, which went on bypass at 3:45 p.m. Monday and was still on at 9 p.m., “We don’t have any beds in the house open, they’re all full” because influx of flu patients, spokeswoman Lisa Lund said.

Sonja Vogel, a spokeswoman for West Suburban Medical Center, said a spike in flu patients may have contributed to the decision to go on bypass.

Several of the other hospitals that went on bypass disagreed that their bypass status was because of influenza, though few offered alternative explanations.

“Like every hospital in the state we’ve seen a rise in flu cases, but the rise in flu cases is not why we’re on bypass,” a spokesman for Advocate Christ Medical Center. “We just have a large volume of patients this evening.”

Arnold said 11 hospitals on bypass “is not a good number,” but she noted that those hospitals were spread out over different regions. So patients would have been able to find another hospital close by.

And patients suffering from a severe case, such as stroke, would have been seen at a hospital that was on bypass, Arnold said.

Dr. Jacquelyn Whitten, director of emergency department obstetrics and critical care for Advocate Trinity Hospital ,who was brought into the ER to help with the load of patients, said the ER was packed with people, but nothing that hospitals can’t handle.

“It’s different if you’re somewhere in some crisis and there’s a storm or something that can cut off water supply. Or if this were continuing on for three, four months,” Whitten said. “But that’s not what’s happening here.”
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Re: Flu Watch 2012-13: Illinois-(6 deaths so far)

Postby sunnylander » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:00 pm

here in Peoria I know the hospitals are full up with flue patents..Methodist say the most ever.......
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Re: Flu Watch 2012-13: Illinois-(6 deaths so far)

Postby Wierdo » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:31 pm

No one ever believe me I was never as sick as I was in the military full vaccinated! Every single year! Since I have got out I got 1 flu shot and got sick that year.

Im not sure if it is true, but our body learns to fight these things from exposure to them. It seems like getting vaccinated and having your body fight weakened or dead versions would be like a pro fighter training by fighting amatures. Once the fighter steps in the ring with a pro fighter its over. Might not be the same but I cant see how it would be better than just lettign your body do its thing and helping it out.
Is there life after death . . . . I dont know and Im not tryign to find out any time soon.
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