Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The flu is making an early showing in the Delaware Valley. Are you staying home with it?
Local hospitals are seeing spikes in flu cases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeing flu activity in 47 states. But, if you’re one of those people sick with the flu or with another illness, are you staying home from work? Pressure To Go Be At Work, No Matter What In some jobs, increased pressure to get projects complete can result in people going to work while sick. That can make it take longer to get healthy and potentially leave coworkers infected as well. Working From Home Infecting your coworkers isn’t an issue if you work from home. If you work from home, it’s easy to stay home, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re not working. No Sick Pay Some jobs don’t offer paid sick leave, which means staying …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Statistics released Tuesday from the state Department of Health show flu cases continue to rise locally and across Pennsylvania.
The number of flu cases in the Delaware Valley and throughout Pennsylvania spiked in early January as health officials continue to deal with one of the worst flu outbreaks in years. The state reported this week that there were 18 more influenza-related deaths, bringing to 22 the total number of flu-related deaths this season. The state Health Department website did not indicate the counties where the deaths occurred. Most of the reported deaths were among those 65 and older, but two of the people who died were "otherwise healthy" people under age 50, the state health officials said. No pediatric flu-related deaths have been reported. The state Department of Health reports the number of confirmed cases from Oct 2 to Jan. 5: In …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
If you haven't gotten your flu shot, now is the time.
If you’ve been feeling under the weather lately, you’re not alone. Flu season is hitting the Delaware Valley. “Local hospitals, including Bryn Mawr and Paoli, are seeing a spike in respiratory illnesses,” Tweets Main Line Health. Our area is not alone. “The U.S. is experiencing an early flu season,” Tweets FluGov, the federal government’s main flu information website. Flu symptoms, according to Flu.gov, include: Doctors say that the best way to prevent getting the flu is a flu shot. Check with your doctor’s office or local pharmacy. A number of Main Line area Rite Aid stores are currently out of the vaccine or low on it, but they expect to get more in later in the week, so call before you go. Other prevention tips from Flu.gov include: