Friday, January 11, 2013
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
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- John Ness
Friday, January 11
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in the St. Louis area than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Maryland Heights-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.) Overall in Missouri, activity is considered high now, while it was considered low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in or near Maryland Heights that offer the vaccine: More locations According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
It's National Influenza Vaccination Week. Did you get your flu shot yet?
More than one-third of United States residents have already been vaccinated against the influenza virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday. With National Influenza Vaccination Week, which started last Sunday and ends Saturday, health officials aim to increase that percentage, especially since this year's season may be a bad one. Influenza—more commonly known as simply "the flu"—is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses infecting the nose, throat and lungs. It spreads via infected people coughing, sneezing or talking, though people can also get infected by touching something with the flu virus on it before touching their mouth, eyes or nose. The 2012-2013 season is shaping up to be one of the worst …
Friday, November 30, 2012
There was a new warning Wednesday about a big spike in flu cases in St. Louis and St. Charles counties: 50 new cases in four days in St. Charles County; 210 in a week in St. Louis County, Fox 2 News reports.
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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to answer your questions about health in the latest installment of Ask the Patch Pro.
It's time for another edition of Ask the Patch Pro, where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comments section for questions. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions. This week, with flu season upon us, Patch wants to help find the answers to questions about your kids' health this week, but we needed some help. We've compiled a team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts: If you consider yourself a local expert and would like to be added to the list, let us know! email@example.com
Monday, November 5, 2012
Patch is looking for experts who can talk kids health and offer their expertise this week.
With flu season upon us, Patch wants to help find the answers to questions about your kids' health this week, but we need a little help. In the latest edition of "Ask the Patch Pro" we need local experts who can answer readers' questions and offer advice. If you are a local pediatrician or consider yourself an expert and can answer these questions and more, let us know two ways. One: You can leave a comment on this post. Two: You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We need experts to answer questions on Thursday, Nov. 8. Curious as to what we are looking for? Take a look at some of our previous Patch Pro posts: So what do you say, who wants to be our expert?
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Barnes Jewish and the St. Louis County Health Department are among the agencies involved in free flu shot campaigns this year.
If you don't catch the flu, you can't spread it. That was the message St. Louis County Health Director Dr. Dolores J. Gunn was imparting, according to a department news release Tuesday, as officials get ready for the next flu season while encouraging vaccinations. Meanwhile, the St. Charles County Health Department is offering $25 flu vaccines for adults and children starting Sept. 17. Both the shot and the spray are available at the health department facility from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Hours are extended until 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Call 636-949-1857 to schedule an appointment at the health …
Friday, May 13, 2011
A wrong self-diagnosis eventually lands one mom at a Maryland Heights clinic for treatment during a weekend.
It all started with a pulsing, throbbing pain at my temples. I suspected it was because I hadn’t yet had my morning coffee, but even after two blissful cups of Folgers, the headache persisted. I swallowed a couple of ibuprofen and chalked it up to stress. That was Wednesday. The headache returned with a vengeance on Thursday, along with a fever and body aches. Ever a self-help junkie, I thoroughly consulted WebMD and became convinced I had the flu. I didn’t feel like leaving the house anyway, and even if I did see my doctor I assumed he would say, “Stay hydrated, take fever reducers, and let the virus run its course,” advice I’ve heard many times in nine years of being a parent. But Friday night, as I burned with a record fever, I …