Monday, January 28, 2013
The number of cases seems to be decreasing in Cuyahoga County.
Don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet—it looks like the flu is easing up in Cuyahoga County, but it’s still worse than last year at this time. Cuyahoga County provides weekly influenza reports on its website. According to the most recent report, which ended Jan. 12, flu-related hospitalizations in the area were down from the past few weeks—65 hospitalizations compared to about 140 each the previous two weeks. And emergency room and doctor visits for flu-like symptoms were also down. But there were about 110 more emergency department visits for flu-like symptoms and about 55 more over-the-counter medications purchased per drug store than the same time period last year. If you’re still planning to get a flu shot—or you just want some …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Have you gotten a flu shot? Take our poll.
Flu season is getting rough. It seems just about everyone knows someone who has had the flu, or has had it themselves. According to Reuters, the flu has reached epidemic levels, with 7.3 percent of deaths in the United States last week linked to the flu or pneumonia. Twenty children have died so far this flu season. The Cuyahoga County Board of Health tracks influenza activity by the week. According to the most recent report, which ended on Jan. 5, flu activity in the county is still “widespread,” but the figures look a bit better than last week. Flu-related hospitalizations were down a bit after a sharp increase last week. This week, there were 59 flu-related hospitalizations. Last week, there were 134, and the week before, there were 73…
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Giant Eagle has pulled flu shots administered with a jet injector.
Needle-less flu shots are no longer being offered at Giant Eagle pharmacies, following a warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA issued a statement Friday advising health care professionals not to administer jet injected, or needle-less, flu shots. "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued updated guidance to health care professionals on the administration of influenza vaccinations," Giant Eagle said in a statement released Monday. "As a result of this guidance, Giant Eagle Pharmacy has discontinued use of needle free technology for flu shots, but will continue to administer the flu vaccine via traditional needle injection." The FDA statement warned that all vaccinations should be given according to their labelling …
Thursday, January 13, 2011
The CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months old get vaccinated.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011
With flu activity increasing around the country, it might be a good time to get that flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ohio has seen a regional increase since the beginning of the year. The CDC says the best way to prevent influenza is to get a shot. Other tips include the basics like washing your hands, sneezing or coughing into the crook of your arm and finishing all antiviral drugs prescribed by a doctor. Many clinics around Westlake give the shot for a minimal cost with no appointment necessary. Here are a few places you can go: CVS/Pharmacy MinuteClinic CVS’s MinuteClinic, 37091 Detroit Road, is offering shots 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 …