flu shots 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 Low flu vaccination rate in Michigan despite serious flu threat http://michiganradio.org/post/low-flu-vaccination-rate-michigan-despite-serious-flu-threat <p>About a dozen flu patients have been in intensive care at&nbsp; University of Michigan hospitals on any given day since the new year began. Some are on advanced life support. Most are middle-aged.&nbsp; And most have the H1N1 strain of flu.</p><p>Michigan has seen a flood of H1N1 flu cases in the last few weeks.</p><p>That's according to Dr. Matthew Davis,&nbsp; Chief Medical Executive with the Michigan Department of Community Health.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:20:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16017 at http://michiganradio.org Low flu vaccination rate in Michigan despite serious flu threat Michigan flu cases on the rise, state confirms third child death http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-flu-cases-rise-state-confirms-third-child-death <p>Flu cases in Michigan continue to rise as the Department of Community Health (MDCH) confirmed last week that a third child and at least two adults have died from the illness.</p><p>According to the state’s most recent <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/MIFluFocus_1_5_06_146893_7.pdf">Influenza Surveillance Update</a>, there have been 252 confirmed cases of the flu for the 2012-13 season (starting Sept. 30, 2012).</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 19:14:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10604 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan flu cases on the rise, state confirms third child death 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 More hospitals require flu shots as condition of employment http://michiganradio.org/post/more-hospitals-require-flu-shots-condition-employment <p><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; font-size: 14pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">More hospitals in Michigan are requiring all their employees to get flu shots this year.</span></p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 18:27:37 +0000 Tracy Samilton 3983 at http://michiganradio.org More hospitals require flu shots as condition of employment