Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Early spike in flu cases may not be the last one; officials recommend getting a flu shot. Check out these options in Johnston to get the shot.
As influenza illness levels begin to subside across the state, the Rhode Island Department of Health is remindimg all Rhode Islanders that it is not too late to be vaccinated against influenza. “Although we saw an early spike in influenza cases this flu season, it is important to note that we could see the number of influenza cases rise again before the flu season officially ends in May,” said health department Michael Fine, adding that Rhode Island has seen 769 hospitalizations since the department began tracking confirmed influenza cases on Oct. 1. That number reflects a higher total number of hospitalizations for influenza than initially reported. “Our original count of hospitalizations did not include some individuals who went to the …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Pharmacies in Johnston have reported flu shot outages
As of Monday, Jan. 14, Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS stores in Johnston have reported they are out of flu shots. Although store pharmacists say they hope to receive more tomorrow, due to the high demand across the state, they are uncertain when they will have shots available. Despite the reported outages, you can still get a flu short through the Rhode Island Department of Health. There is no cost for a vaccination and health insurance is not required. Many clinics also offer Tdap (pertussis, or "whooping cough") and pneumococcal (pneumonia) vaccinations. Upcoming community clinics across the state: More than one-third of United States residents have already been vaccinated against the influenza virus, the Centers for Disease Control and …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Outbreaks are earlier than normal in the area.
Wednesday, January 9
The Red Cross said there's still time for folks to get flu shots and be covered from what is considered to be a more active flu season. Here are some local options: Check here for more locations in the surrounding area. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said flu outbreaks are high for this time of the season, with "widespread activity" in Rhode Island. How do you prevent the flu? According to the CDC, in addition to getting the vaccine, you can: How do you know if you have the virus? Symptoms include: high fever, severe body aches, headache, being extremely tired, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose, and vomiting and/or diarrhea (which is more common in children). When should you call the doctor? According to the Red Cross, if …