After Early Start, Worst of Flu Season May Be Over

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Associated Press, Mike Stobbe, 02/08/2013

The number of states reporting intense or widespread illnesses dropped again last week, and in a few states there was very little flu going around, U.S. health officials said Friday.

To read more click the following link:  http://news.yahoo.com/early-start-worst-flu-season-may-over-222656946.html

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New Whooping Cough Strain in U.S. Raises Questions

Associated Press, Mike Stobbe, 02/06/2013

Researchers have discovered the first U.S. cases of whooping cough caused by a germ that may be resistant to the vaccine. Health officials are looking into whether cases like the dozen found in Philadelphia might be one reason the nation just had its worst year for whooping cough in six decades. The new bug was previously reported in Japan, France and Finland.

To read more click the following link:  http://news.yahoo.com/whooping-cough-strain-us-raises-questions-224909744.html

CHIMC Celebration

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On January 30, 2013, CHIMC held its 8 Year Celebration with over 40 community partners, parent participants and steering committee members in attendance.

Throughout the past 8 years, CHIMC has worked to improve the health of families by increasing the immunization rates of children in Milwaukee’s under served communities.  In those 8 years we had the honor to have work with so many organizations and individuals.  The celebration served as an opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to CHIMC, as they have helped to improve the health outcomes of Milwaukee’s children and families.

Keynote speaker Alderman Willie Hines Jr., principal investigator Dr. Earnestine Willis, and parent participants spoke kinds words during the celebration.  Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, Next Door Foundation and the City of Milwaukee Health Department received awards for their involvement. New Manna Café and Catering provided a healthy lunch. For more information, see the most recent CHIMC newsletter

 

Nearly Half of U.S. Children Late Receiving Vaccines

From Reuters:

Nearly half of babies and toddlers in the United States aren’t getting recommended vaccines on time, according to a study – and if enough skip vaccines, whole schools or communities could be vulnerable to diseases such as whooping cough and measles.

To read more click here:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/21/health-vaccines-children-idUSL4N0AQ54520130121

A Snapshot of Influenza Activity in all 50 States

From the Associated Press

“Wisconsin: Flu-related hospitalizations in Wisconsin total more than 1,300, versus 389 for all of last year. One child has died. State officials believe they have an ample supply of vaccine and no shortages. In Milwaukee, hospital emergency department visits have tripled over the past few weeks due to patients with flu-like symptoms and ambulances were being diverted elsewhere, a city Health Department spokeswoman said Friday.”

Read more about the other states at: http://healthland.time.com/2013/01/13/a-snapshot-of-influenza-activity-in-all-50-states/#ixzz2I9JzXWuS

The Flu & Social Networking

With the flu spreading rapidly throughout the country, different social media outlets are taking action in an effort to help people track the flu.  

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At FluNearYou.org, individuals 13 years or older can register to take brief weekly surveys that will help the site’s administrators learn more about the flu and in return allows you to see flu activity in your area and around the country.  To learn more click here: https://flunearyou.org/

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Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity.  The search engine tracks users searches based on flu-related topics and provides trending information from those results.  “By counting how often we see these search queries, we can estimate how much flu is circulating in different countries and regions around the world.”  You can check out the trends here: http://www.google.org/flutrends/

 

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If that information isn’t specific enough, there is also a Facebook app called, “Help I have the flu” that can help Facebook users find out which of their friends may have given them the flu or who to avoid.  The app scans your friends’ statuses for words like “flu” and “coughing” and checking out the places in which they’ve checked in.  Definitely not an accurate way of determining whether you’ll get the flu but with the flu spreading rapidly, it may just help to have all the information you can get.

Early flu season accelerates; no peak yet, CDC says

 

An outbreak sends waves of patients into emergency rooms and clinics.

“More telling, for people who reported both flu symptoms and vaccination status, of those who got the flu, three out of four were not vaccinated, while a quarter had gotten their flu shots.

Brownstein cautioned that can’t be used as a true measure of this season’s vaccine efficacy because of variables in reporting. But the CDC says that in the 2010-2011 flu season, vaccine effectiveness was about 60 percent for all age groups combined.”

Click here to read more:

http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/04/16329989-early-flu-season-accelerates-no-peak-yet-cdc-says?lite