influenza http://michiganradio.org en Flu hospitalizations up this season, 190 reported so far http://michiganradio.org/post/flu-hospitalizations-season-190-reported-so-far <div><p>LANSING,&nbsp;Mich. (AP) - Flu hospitalizations in Michigan are way up this season because of the spread of the more serious H1N1 strain of the disease.</p><p>The Michigan Department of Community Health says the good news is this year's flu vaccine targets the H1N1 strain, making it highly effective in preventing the disease.</p><p>The department says labs confirm 169 Michigan cases this season, compared with 338 a year earlier.</p><p>But department spokeswoman Angela&nbsp;Minicuci&nbsp;says there are 190 reported hospitalizations so far this season, up from 115 a year earlier. New numbers come out Friday.</p><p>The state doesn't track adult flu deaths. There's been one juvenile death this season.</p><p>Minicuci&nbsp;says officials hope people take the virulence of this season's outbreak as a warning to get vaccinated.</p></div><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:21:07 +0000 The Associated Press 16059 at http://michiganradio.org Flu hospitalizations up this season, 190 reported so far Stateside for Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-jan-14-2014 <div>There are 2,5000 dams in Michigan and more than 90% are going to hit or exceed their design life by 2020. On today's show: How concerned should we be about our aging dams, and is there the money and political will to fix them?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Then, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">state's chief medical doctor explains why this year's flu season seems to be a particularly rough one.&nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, one man from Ann Arbor is working to earn respect for dads all over America with the Dad 2.0 Summit.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also, the Detroit Zoo is not just a tourist attraction, it's a leader in animal conservation and preservation.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he data and numbers crunchers have been working away, trying to peer into the future to figure out what lies ahead for Michigan over the next 10 years in terms of jobs and pay.</span></p><div>The verdict: Michigan's economic axis is tilting west.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Rick Haglund's recent story for Bridge Magazine is headlined: "Future job growth favors West Michigan."</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">And Don Grimes is with the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy at the University of Michigan.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">They join us today to discuss the issue.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:52:43 +0000 Stateside Staff 16021 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 Flu season gets a grip on Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/flu-season-gets-grip-michigan <p>It's starting to make its presence felt in empty chairs at the workplace and sad little Facebook status updates saying, "I'm sick."</p><p>Flu season is upon us.</p><p>Federal officials report 35 states are now experiencing widespread influenza activity with young and middle-aged adults being hit hardest this year rather than the usual pattern of seniors or children.</p><p>Dr. Matthew Davis, chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of &nbsp;Community Health and a professor at the University of Michigan, joined us today to give us an idea of what the flu season looks like in Michigan.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:50:28 +0000 Stateside Staff 16013 at http://michiganradio.org Flu season gets a grip on Michigan Some Michigan hospitals change visitor policy in face of 'dramatic increase' of flu http://michiganradio.org/post/some-michigan-hospitals-change-visitor-policy-face-dramatic-increase-flu <p>An increase of cases of the flu in Michigan is prompting some hospitals to limit who can visit sick patients. They hope it’ll help prevent the spread of the flu.</p><p>University of Michigan’s hospitals aren’t letting kids younger than 12 visit the most vulnerable patients.</p><p>At Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, there are similar restrictions, along with the number of visitors, or in some units, only immediate family members.</p><p>Dr. David Davenport is the medical director of&nbsp; infection prevention and control at Borgess.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:35:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15973 at http://michiganradio.org Some Michigan hospitals change visitor policy in face of 'dramatic increase' of flu State health officials report first human case this year of H3N2 flu http://michiganradio.org/post/state-health-officials-report-first-human-case-year-h3n2-flu <p>State health officials say Michigan has recorded its first human case this year of a potentially serious pig-borne flu virus.</p><p></p><p>The child who fell ill with H3N2 is recovering.&nbsp;&nbsp; The child was showing swine at the Berrien County Youth Fair earlier this month.</p><p></p><p>H3N2 is carried by swine.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; When a person catches this flu bug, it’s like any other form of influenza.&nbsp;&nbsp; The infected person can develop a fever, runny nose or cough.&nbsp; Also like the regular flu, the symptoms can become serious.</p><p></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:10:44 +0000 Steve Carmody 14190 at http://michiganradio.org State health officials report first human case this year of H3N2 flu Confirmed flu cases down, health officials warn people to keep guard up anyway http://michiganradio.org/post/confirmed-flu-cases-down-health-officials-warn-people-keep-guard-anyway <p>Maybe people are washing their hands and staying home when they’re sick. Maybe they’re not even going to the doctor’s office; toughing it out at home on the couch instead.</p><p>We don’t know why exactly, but the number of confirmed flu cases in Kent County this week <a href="http://www.accesskent.com/NewsRoom/PressReleases/2013/01152013.pdf">dropped 43-percent from the week before</a>. The number of people visiting the emergency room with flu-like symptoms has also decreased.</p><p><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/MIFluFocus_1_5_06_146893_7.pdf">Statewide numbers are less dramatic</a>, but also down from a peak in December.</p><p>Still...</p><p>“If you haven’t gotten a vaccination yet, get it,” Lisa LaPlant, a Kent County Health Department spokeswoman said. “There is a possibility that we could see resurgence of flu,” she adds. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:35:42 +0000 Lindsey Smith 10788 at http://michiganradio.org Confirmed flu cases down, health officials warn people to keep guard up anyway Stateside: Entering flu season equipped with vaccination http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-entering-flu-season-equipped-vaccination <p>Flu vaccinations are invaluable for anyone aiming to stay healthy this winter.</p><p>Dr. Dean Sienko, Interim Chief Medical Executive for the Michigan Department of Community Health, stressed the importance of vaccinations.</p><p>“It looks like this is going to be one of our worst flu seasons in the past decade. The important thing is that citizens take this seriously.”</p><p>According to Sienko, only 20% of the Michigan population has been vaccinated. He recommended that almost everyone over six months of age receive a vaccination. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 21:00:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10669 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Entering flu season equipped with vaccination 2 Michigan children die during early flu outbreak http://michiganradio.org/post/2-michigan-children-die-during-early-flu-outbreak <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Health officials say two children have died from the flu in Michigan as statewide influenza cases rise.<br><br>Angela Minicuci, public information officer for the Michigan Department of Community Health, says an infant from southwest Michigan and an adolescent from central Michigan were reported last week to the state. No further information was available.<br><br>As of Dec. 20, 149 confirmed cases of the flu were reported in Michigan, up from 63 the previous week.<br> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 11:01:26 +0000 The Associated Press & the 10510 at http://michiganradio.org 2 Michigan children die during early flu outbreak First cases of seasonal flu reported in Michigan, heed your grandmother's advice http://michiganradio.org/post/first-cases-seasonal-flu-reported-michigan-heed-your-grandmothers-advice <p>Flu season is officially underway.</p><p>Michigan Department of Community Health officials said today that 12 influenza cases are the first seasonal flu reports they have confirmed in Michigan during the 2012-2013 season.</p><p>They&nbsp; said the illnesses occurred in children and adults in lower Michigan.</p><p>Two people were hospitalized. Nine cases have been confirmed as influenza B viruses, two as influenza A (H3N2) virus and one as influenza A (H1N1) 2009 virus.</p><p>Officials say it's too early to tell what influenza viruses will circulate this influenza season or how severe it might be.</p><p>Officials recommend flu shots as a way to prevent the disease.</p><p>Michigan's flu activity is listed as "sporadic," the lowest of four levels of influenza activity.</p><p>Several years ago <a href="http://environmentreport.org/transcript.php?story_id=3707">I interviewed Peter Palese</a>, a microbiologist and Chair of the Department of Microbiology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.</p><p>They were researching <em>why </em>the flu virus spreads in cold weather.</p><p>They found that once the flu virus is airborne, it survives longer in cold air and low humidity. It doesn't survive as long in higher temperatures and higher humidity.</p><p>Palese said age old maternal advice held up in their research:</p><blockquote><p>They tested guinea pigs infected with the flu virus - and found that the animals are more contagious when they're in a colder environment. They believe that's because their bodies don't get rid of the virus as fast in cold temperatures...</p><p>"So that makes sense when your grandmother told you 'don't go out when it's cold, and stay warm and you might get the flu,' she was probably right," said Palese.</p></blockquote><p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 15:20:55 +0000 Mark Brush 9482 at http://michiganradio.org First cases of seasonal flu reported in Michigan, heed your grandmother's advice It's time to get your flu shot (and your kid's too) http://michiganradio.org/post/its-time-get-your-flu-shot-and-your-kids-too <p>&nbsp;Michigan health officials say it&rsquo;s time to get your flu shot.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;And they want your children vaccinated too.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>You might think flu season is still months away.&nbsp;&nbsp; But you&rsquo;d be wrong.&nbsp; State health officials say <a href="http://mi.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-8347-263910--,00.html">there have already been two confirmed influenza cases in Michigan this year.</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 17:25:51 +0000 Steve Carmody 4544 at http://michiganradio.org It's time to get your flu shot (and your kid's too) Flu season picking up in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/flu-season-picking-michigan <p>Michigan is among more than 2 dozen states reporting widespread <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-2940_2955_22779---,00.html">influenza outbreaks</a>.</p><p>Flu outbreaks have been reported in most regions of Michigan. Nursing home patients, college students and other groups of people living in close quarters have fallen ill with the flu. State health officials report one child has died from the flu.</p><p>Still, James McCurtis, a spokesman for the state <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch">Department of Community Health</a>, says this has been a relatively mild flu season<span style="text-decoration: underline;">:</span></p><blockquote><p><em>"Its very typical. Its nowhere near when we had the (Swine Flu) pandemic with H1N1 last year and two years ago."</em></p></blockquote><p>McCurtis says the flu season still has about 3 months to go. Which means there is still time to catch the flu, and there’s still time to get a flu shot. Thu, 03 Feb 2011 14:10:37 +0000 Steve Carmody 1148 at http://michiganradio.org