Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Statistics released Tuesday show 35 flu-related deaths last week, including two in Lehigh County. But health officials say the number of reported flu cases is going down.
Two people died from flu-related complications in Lehigh County in the past week, as the number of flu cases statewide declined, the state Department of Health reported Tuesday. No deaths were reported in Northampton County. Also, Lehigh Valley Hospital spokesman Brian Downs said Tuesday that an infant who died at the hospital earlier this month did not have the flu, as earlier believed. Initial indicators had pointed to the flu, Downs said, but test results were "negative for flu." Read More: Flu Outbreak Leads to Visitor Restrictions at Hospital in Lehigh Valley Statewide, there were 35 flu-related deaths in the past week, bringing to 75 the total number of flu-related deaths this season, from Oct. 2 through Jan. 19. Confirmed flu …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Statistics released Tuesday from the state Department of Health show flu cases continue to rise locally and across Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, January 16
The number of flu cases in the Lehigh Valley and throughout Pennsylvania continues to climb, according to new state data released Tuesday. The state health department reported Tuesday that there were another 18 influenza-related deaths last week, bringing to 40 the total number of flu-related deaths this season, through Jan. 12. The state Health Department website did not indicate any deaths in Lehigh and Northampton counties, nor any pediatric flu-related deaths. However, an infant had died from flu-related complications in early January at Lehigh Valley Hospital, a hospital spokesman confirmed last week. Most of the reported deaths were among those 65 and older, the state health officials said. The state Department of Health put the …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Think you have the flu? Trying to keep from joining the infected masses? Here's a handy guide of nearby locations to get treatment, or a flu vaccine.
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Saturday, January 12
Nothing feels like the flu. Everything hurts. Your body is sapped of energy. You're out of commission for days, possibly a week or longer. Most importantly, you want the illness to end fast. If you think you may have the flu, here's a list of nearby locations that can help confirm it. Click on the links to see hours and days open: Lehigh Valley Hospital- Cedar Crest, Cedar Crest Blvd. and I-78, Salisbury Township. Patient First, 3178 W Tilghman St, Allentown. Westfield Hospital, 4815 W Tilghman St, Allentown. Remember, it's still not too late to get a flu shot. Outside of your personal physician's office, here are some nearby locations in the Upper Macungie area that offer that service. Weis Markets, 3369 Route 100, Fogelsville. Cost: $…
Monday, January 7, 2013
An influx of patients suffering from flu-like illness has prompted Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest to set up a mobile tent outside the emergency department to treat patients.
Monday, January 7
In one of the worst flu outbreaks in years, Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township will 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 still report to the main ER entrance for triage, a hospital spokesman said. St. Luke’s University Health Network's six emergency rooms is currently seeing about 20 patients a day with flu-like symptoms but does not see a need to expand patient capacity at this time, said Dr. Jeffrey Jahre, chief of infectious diseases. The …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Flu cases in Pennsylvania have gone from sporadic to widespread, state health officials warn
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Friday, December 14, 2012
The Department of Health reports 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 Wolf said. “Ensuring that you and your family …