A major influenza epidemic is taking hold across much of the United States, but there’s a curious lack of coverage in the media. Dr. Kent Sepkowitz looks at the strain of flu hitting us and whether a vaccine will work.
New York City and much of the U.S. are a week or two into a major influenza epidemic. Boston declared a public-health emergency Wednesday after reporting four deaths, and North Carolina is seeing its biggest number of cases in a decade. To place the problem into graphic corporate terms, the charts sent around to compare this year’s activity with other years’ have required rescaling to accommodate the scary red line going up and up.
Perhaps it’s not a surprise. After all, flu dillydallied last season, barely making a peep. So maybe we’re owed a compensatory wallop. But no one really knows just why this season is so bad. We try to do all the right things—we unceasingly rub our hands with waterless alcohol products, we have learned how to sneeze and cough into the crooks of our elbows, and of course, we are receiving more vaccine than ever: some states require it of their health-care workers, and the drugstore chains, with their wide reach and slippery advertising, have set about vaccinating everyone else. Read more…
Flu season takes dangerous turn in Boston The nationwide flu outbreak has taken a dangerous turn in Boston. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has just declared a state of emergency in his city.
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Hoping to stay ahead of any illness outbreaks, many school districts began issuing warnings to parents Wednesday as students settled into …