Flu

NYU researchers use algorithms to predict flu outbreaks

Affecting more than seven million people across America in this year alone, knowing when and how outbreaks of the disease can help New York hospitals prepare for influxes of patients with the potentially life-threatening disease. Researchers at NYU have developed a tool to do just that--to predict...

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 2:43pm

FDA approves single dose flu pill for people over 12

The flu killed over 80,000 people during the 2017-2018 season, and the 2018-2019 season has already taken a life (a child) this month. On Wednesday, the FDA announced some good news: it approved the first flu pill in two decades. Sold under the name Xofluza and generically known as baloxavir...

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 5:15pm

Florida child is the first flu victim of the season

The 2018-2019 flu season has already claimed a life. According to the Florida Department of Health's Bureau of Epidemiology, an unidentified child tested positive for influenza B sometime between September 30 and October 6 and passed away. The child was healthy before getting the flu,...

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 1:39pm

Scientists create system to forecast the flu like weather

Weather forecasts can show a storm brewing over the ocean, predicting when it will hit land so that residents can prepare. What if the same could be done for the flu? Scientists at Columbia University’s School of Public Health have developed a system that can predict the geographic spread of...

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 5:02am

Flu cases decrease in New York for first time this winter

For the first time this winter, there looks to be some relief from the flu in New York state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that throughout in New York, there was a 25 percent drop in the number of lab-confirmed cases of the flu last week — a first for the state since the health...

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 11:26am

Health officials urge flu-riddled New Yorkers to stay home

The day after an 8-year-old girl from Queens died from flu-related symptoms during the state’s worst flu season in more than a decade, New York City health officials urged residents to get flu shots — and stay home if they are sick. “If you are sick with the flu, avoid contact...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 4:44pm

8-year-old Queens girl dies within day of flu diagnosis: Officials

An 8-year-old girl from Queens died Monday morning, the day after she was diagnosed with influenza during New York’s worst flu season in more than 10 years, authorities said. The unidentified child, who lived in Corona and was prescribed Tamiflu to treat her flu symptoms on Sunday, stopped...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 2:07pm

How long does the flu last?

Uh oh, you sneezed. And now you can’t stop. You were doing so well getting through flu season until today. But, worst case scenario, if it is what’s been going around and not a common cold, how long does the flu last? Getting sick, well, sucks. But it’s a little better when you...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:57pm

Schumer calls on CDC to send 'flu surveillance team' to New York

This flu season has been particularly frightful in New York, so much so that Sen. Chuck Schumer has called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to send out a special “Domestic Flu Surveillance Team.” The state is facing a “historic” outbreak of influenza...

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 3:43pm

When does flu season end?

This year has been all bad news for anyone looking to avoid the sniffles. First we found out that the flu shot was, well, not so effective this year, then that the flu could spread just by breathing and then, inevitably, you picked up at least some unpleasant winter symptoms from your kids or...

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 12:21pm

Getting the flu can increase risk of heart attack

The latest frightening news about the flu is here: According to a new study, being stricken with the virus can increase the risk of heart attack.  The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, finds that patients are six times more likely to suffer cardiac arrest within seven...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 1:00pm

Is it too late to get the flu shot?

The flu continues to wreak havoc across the United States with every state except Hawaii reporting widespread flu activity. And if you've been paying attention to the news, you might be wondering is it too late to get the flu shot? The flu's not just causing school shutdowns and lost...

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 3:06pm

Flu shot not so effective this year

We have some bad news if you’re one of the people who opted for a flu shot this year: It might not actually keep you from getting the flu. "It's just one of those years where the CDC is seeing that this strain of flu is only somewhat covered by the vaccine," Jennifer Radtke,...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 3:07pm

Ward off winter's nasty bugs with these easy steps

You see the date on the calendar. You feel the temperature drop and watch the sun set ridiculously early. You hear fellow commuters sniffling on the train. Your immune system quivers at the very notion of cold and flu season, but getting sick doesn’t have to be inevitable. Boost your immunity...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 7:32pm

When are flu shots available?

The dreaded viral flu season is almost here — and it’ll likely stick around like an unwanted houseguest until as late as May. And though you can ignore an unwanted houseguest, you can’t ignore the flu: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says that deaths attributed to the...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 3:28pm

NJ nurse reuses syringe for nearly 70 flu shots

Dozens of co-workers are now being tested for HIV and hepatitisafter a nurse reused a syringe to give 67 flu shots, according to a Daily Mail report, which added that disciplinary action against the nurse is still pending.Employees at Otsuka Pharmaceutical received the vaccination at their offices...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 9:05am

Flu vaccine missed the mark badly this season

The Centers for Disease Control have determined just how off this year’s batch of flu vaccines was, with more than three-quarters of Americans who got the shot still at risk of getting the virus anyway, given a mismatch between the flu strains covered by the shot and those actually causing illness...

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 3:56am

Boston announces first flu death of 2014-2015 season

A Boston man in his twenties with underlying health conditions is the first person to die this flu season due to complications from the influenza virus,the Boston Public Health Commission said Friday.Since the beginning of October, there have been 122 reported cases of influenza in Boston,...

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 10:31pm

City grapples with ongoing cold snap

A brutal cold snap has Philadelphia in its icy fist, and won’t be letting the city go anytime soon.“I hate it, I hate the cold,” said Regina Palkon, while waiting for a bus home from Center City. Palkon also keeps her home heated all day to keep her dog warm, she said.“It’s cold as s---!” said...

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 4:49am

Flu hitting earlier, harder than previous years, experts say

An influenza epidemic is sweeping the nation, with more cases and hospitalizations this year, and a less effective vaccine for the strain.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent numbers, 43 states have high or widespread outbreaks, including Pennsylvania.“It is...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 5:24am