Saturday, January 19, 2013
Free vaccine available between 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Due to the recent surge of Influenza outbreak in the Lehigh Valley, the PA Department of Health is offering free Influenza Vaccines. Westfield Hospital, in South Whitehall, has volunteered to help disseminate these vaccines to our community. On Friday afternoon, Westfield Hospital received 200 doses of the 2012-2013 Influenza Vaccine. To meet the critical needs of our community, Westfield Hospital is offering a FREE Flu Clinic Sunday, Jan. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for anyone age 10 and older who has not already received their flu shot. No appointments, just walk-in and tell the front desk that you need a flu vaccine. A registered nurse will have you fill out paperwork and then administer the vaccine. According to the PA DOH, "The flu…
Monday, January 7, 2013
The height of the flu season is January through February but it's not too late to protect yourself.
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Monday, January 7
In Pennsylvania, the flu season was off to an early start in December and is now considered one of the worst outbreaks in years, according to the state Department of Health. The good news is that it's not too late to get a flu shot, according to Dr. Jeffrey Jahre, chief of infectious diseases at St. Luke's University Health Network. The outbreak is bad enough for Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township to open a separate emergency room Tuesday, Jan. 8 for patients experiencing flu-like symptoms. The hospital has set up a mobile tent outside the ER to handle an additional influx of patients suffering from flu-like illness, it said in a news release issued Monday. Patients who are experiencing flu-like symptoms should …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Flu activity has increased from sporadic to widespread throughout the state.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
From the Governors office: Harrisburg – The Department of Health today reported there has been a significant rise in influenza activity across Pennsylvania since Thanksgiving. The Department of Health is reporting flu activity has increased from sporadic to widespread throughout the state meaning at least half of the state’s regions are experiencing outbreaks of influenza or increases in influenza-like illness. The flu made an appearance earlier this year than in most flu seasons, as widespread activity is usually not seen until January. The number of cases reported to the department more than doubled in the past week. “If you decided to wait, now is the perfect time to get vaccinated against the flu,” Acting Secretary of Health Michael …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting higher numbers this year than last and the Center for Disease Control says the 2012-2013 flu season could be one of the worst.
State and federal health officials say this flu season is off to an early start with many more Pennsylvania cases reported for the last week of November 2012 than in 2011. The CDC reports that already, two children have died from the illness this season. An article in the Pittsburgh Tribune reports, "During the last week of November 2011, there were nine confirmed cases of the flu in Pennsylvania compared to 76 cases during the same period this year," said Holli Senior, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health. Influenza has been reported in 41 of 67 counties." According to the state Department of Health, there were 214 cases of confirmed influenza across the state from Oct. 4 - Nov. 24 this year. Seven of those cases were in the …