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Flu Watch 2013-14: -Prision on Lockdown Due to Flu

Postby ReadyMom » Sat Dec 28, 2013 6:49 pm

Image Looks like the H1N1 Flu strain from 2009 is returning with an impact, this year. NOW would be the time to review your flu prep supplies (including cough/cold/flu meds and sick room supplies, arranging alternate child care, in case YOU get sick or consider having a flu buddy that can step in and help with keeping the family routine going.)

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Flu season, one that could hit the young, rearing its sniffly head
http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/- ... -78665235/
Juan Perez Jr., December 23, 2013

Reports of flulike illness in Chicago are slowly rising this month, public health officials said Monday, at a time of season that the virus typically begins to take hold.

All that, plus signs that more young people than usual could fall ill this season, are adding to the urgency of calls for those who haven’t yet gotten vaccinated to do so.

“Take action now, while it’s early and before the peak season strikes,” said Dr. Julie Morita, director of the Chicago health department’s immunization program said Monday.

Fifteen hospitals in Chicago reported roughly 3 percent of their emergency room visits during the week of Dec. 8-14 were due to symptoms such as fevers of 100 degrees or more, alongside sore throats and coughs., according to city health officials. That marks the fifth straight week that such reports have risen.

Six flu-related admissions to intensive-care units were logged in Chicago during that same period, city officials said. Most flu specimens tested by local laboratories that week were H1N1, a strain that caused a global pandemic in 2009 and was more likely to target younger patients and pregnant women in the area.

Statewide, there were 15 influenza-related ICU admissions that same week, according to provisional data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, more than the combined total from the previous four weeks.

The slight increase in influenza activity and the predominance of the H1N1 strain are not reasons for alarm, Morita said, but ought to serve as a reminder that everyone age 6 months or older should get a flu vaccine.

Most injectable flu vaccines this season are meant to protect against three viruses expected to be most common. That includes the H1N1 influenza strain, known as swine flu, which sparked the 2009 pandemic, one strain of influenza B and the H3N2 virus, which contributed to dozens of intensive care admissions in Chicago last season.

But H1N1 appeared to strike at younger patients before.

During the 2009-10 flu season, when H1N1 swept across the area, 72 percent of flu-related ICU admissions were for patients age 49 or younger. Nearly a third of all such admissions involved patients no older than 18.

By contrast, according to city data, 75 percent of last flu season’s ICU patients were age 50 or older.


Some children ages 6 months to 8 years require two doses of influenza vaccine to strengthen their immunity, Morita said. Most of those are children who are getting vaccinated for the first time but include some who have been vaccinated in previous years. Families of children under 9 years old should talk with a health care provider about whether they need a second dose, Morita said.

Nasal spray vaccines and a small portion of injectable ones will protect against several but not all flu subtypes, Morita said. But officials often urge residents to vaccinate with available formulas, rather than wait for a version that may or may not be available.

Residents are encouraged to obtain vaccines through their normal health care provider, a variety of retail pharmacies or through the city of Chicago’s flu immunization clinics.

Of course, an easy way to help limit flu’s spread is by staying home when ill. That can be a tough call during the holiday season, Morita said.

“But if they’re sick, they really need to stay home.”
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Re: Flu Watch 2013-14: Illinois

Postby ReadyMom » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:30 pm

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Hospitals Report Increase In Flu Cases In Illinois

January 3, 2014 2:06 PM
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/01/03/ ... -illinois/

CHICAGO (AP) — Flu season is underway, and while there are fewer Illinoisans reported sick than at this time last year, cases are increasing.

A Chicago Department of Public Health report released Friday says the city’s hospitals are reporting increasing percentages of patients coming to the emergency room with flu-like symptoms.

Last week was the seventh straight week Chicago hospitals reported an increase in flu-like symptoms seen by ER doctors.

Statewide, hospital admissions are rising. So far this season, there have been 61 flu admissions to hospital intensive care units.

Three people have died. ---CONTINUED ---
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Re: Flu Watch 2013-14: Illinois

Postby ReadyMom » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:43 pm

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Prison On Lockdown Due To Flu Outbreak
http://www.thejournal-news.net/news/loc ... ticle.html
January 13, 2014

Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro went on lockdown Thursday, Jan. 9, due to an outbreak of the flu.

Since 2 p.m. Thursday, housing units 15, 16, 17, and D-wing of the X-house are on "Level 1" lockdown for quarantine.

According to Tom Shaer, director of communications for the Illinois Department of Corrections, Graham had three confirmed positive cases of Influenza A as of Friday afternoon, but prison health care staff were treating nine other inmates with flu-like symptoms.

Graham is the third prison in Illinois on lockdown because of the flu. Lincoln Correctional Center has been on lockdown since Thursday, Jan. 2, while Graham and Illinois River in Canton went on lockdown Thursday.


Shaer emphasized that the lockdowns are precautionary for medical reasons, not security. During Level 1 lockdowns, inmates are confined to their cells except for medical needs, showers, and toilet use if none is available in-cell. No visitors are allowed at the prison, and no inmates are transferred in or out. Use of the exercise yard had already been suspended due to the weather.

Shaer said that in addition to intense disinfecting on a regular basis, Graham health care staff have been in contact with the Illinois Department of Public Health and local health authorities.

Lincoln also had three confirmed positive flu cases but is treating approximately 30 inmates for flu symptoms, and Illinois River has two confirmed cases and 40 inmates with flu symptoms.
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Re: Flu Watch 2013-14: -Prision on Lockdown Due to Flu

Postby ReadyMom » Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:29 am

Catching up on Flu headlines: The following are SNIPS from full reports that can be found at the links noted

Chicago: flu cases hit higher peak than last season
http://www.suntimes.com/25113626-418/ci ... eason.html

The number of serious flu cases in Chicago climbed higher last week than any week last flu season.

The latest report from the city’s Department of Public Health also showed the number of flu cases has continued to increase at a steady pace throughout this flu season.

Thirty-seven influenza-associated cases were reported in Chicago hospitals’ intensive care units for the week of Dec. 11, the most recent data available. That’s one more than last flu season’s peak, reached the week of Dec. 28, 2012.
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