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Snapshot Of Flu Epidemic Across The U.S.







” Here is a snapshot of flu activity in all 50 states and the District of Columbia:


Alabama: Like many states, Alabama is having an earlier and busier flu season than a year ago — though not as bad as the 2009 pandemic. The state Department of Public Health doesn’t tally statewide flu cases but emergency departments have been busy treating patients with flu symptoms. Hospitals have been able to handle the load without using tents or other unusual measures.


Alaska: Flu in Alaska is widespread and occurring throughout the state, though not at the high levels being reported in some other states. There is no vaccine shortage and no flu deaths have been reported in children.


Arizona: Flu cases are increasing in Arizona but authorities aren’t calling it a worse-than-usual season so far. Plenty of vaccine remains. Like many states, Arizona only tallies flu deaths in children; none have been reported so far this season. “

Only The Beginning

Flu Outbreak Puts Chicago-Area Hospitals On Bypass





” January 8, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — The flu outbreak in the Chicago area seems to be getting worse with some hospitals telling ambulances to take patients elsewhere.

Tuesday morning, at least three Chicago-area hospitals remained on bypass. Northwestern Memorial, University of Chicago and Swedish Covenant were asking ambulances to pass them by, if they could do so safely, because so many people are flooding into their emergency rooms with the flu.

“It can get very busy at any hospital in the winter — especially if there’s a lot of influenza because of that problem,” said Dr. Robert Feldman, Cook County Hospital.

Eight local hospitals were on bypass for at least part of Monday night.

“He was coughing a lot during the past week. Not sure what’s going on,” said Keo Thach. ”




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