Sunday, January 5, 2014

Flu season arrives

The person who sends me archeology stories for Overnight News Digest on Daily Kos was under the weather today and couldn't send article excerpts and links.  Instead, she requested that I include at least one story about the flu outbreak in tonight's Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday.  Here are the video and article I used.

WXYZ: Flu bug hitting Michigan hard

KPBS: Flu season in San Diego County higher than last year, says health department
By City News Service
Thursday, January 2, 2014
The flu rate in San Diego County is up about 150 percent compared to last year, and infections might be peaking early, the county Health and Human Services Agency reported Thursday.

Since July 1, 357 flu cases have been reported to the HHSA, compared to 216 during the same period last year.

More than 150 cases were diagnosed last week, double the number of the prior week.

"While influenza can be unpredictable, our analysis of local data indicates influenza activity is rising faster and may peak sooner than it did last year," said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer.
All of my readers, stay healthy.  As for me, it's time to get this season's flu shot.

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