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U.S. flu activity down, but influenza B up, 342 deaths in California

U.S. flu activity down, but influenza B up, 342 deaths in California

March 28 (UPI) -- During most of this year's flu season, the influenza A (H1N1) 2009 pandemic was the main strain making people ill, but more influenza B was being reported.
Alex Cukan
Survey: Nevada adults most likely being sick with flu

Survey: Nevada adults most likely being sick with flu

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Nevada adults are the most likely to report being sick with the flu on any given day last year, with California and New York close behind, a survey indicates.
U.S. flu activity down -- no states report high flu activity

U.S. flu activity down -- no states report high flu activity

ATLANTA, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- For the week ending Feb. 15, U.S. influenza activity dropped and no states reported high influenza-like illness, down from six states last week, officials say.
CDC: U.S. adults ages 18-64 hard hit by influenza

CDC: U.S. adults ages 18-64 hard hit by influenza

ATLANTA, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- This year's influenza season was hard -- more deaths and more hospitalizations -- on younger- and middle-age adults ages 18 to 64, U.S. officials say.

Egyptian medics angry over flu vaccine shortage

CAIRO, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Egyptian paramedics said they may refuse to handle cases of suspected bird flu because the government has not given them a flu shot.
More than 200 died from influenza this flu season in Calif.

More than 200 died from influenza this flu season in Calif.

SACRAMENTO, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- California state health officials say the confirmed death toll for influenza increased by 56 last week for a total of 202 confirmed deaths for this flu season.
H1N1 circulating since 2009, many still at risk

H1N1 circulating since 2009, many still at risk

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Despite its circulation since 2009, immunity to the flu strain A(H1N1)2009 is not sufficiently high and many people remain susceptible, U.S. researchers say.
High flu activity down in Southeast, up in West and Northeast

High flu activity down in Southeast, up in West and Northeast

ATLANTA, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- For the week ending Jan. 18, U.S. flu activity went down in the Southeast, but increased in other parts of the country, federal health officials say.

Two cases of H1N1 virus confirmed in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Thirteen high school students in Hanoi, Vietnam, are suspected to have contracted the swine virus, the Health Ministry said.

Flu vaccine reduces risk of illness by half in pregnant women

ATLANTA, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Vaccination reduced the risk of pregnant women getting the flu by half from 2010 to 2012, federal health officials said.
U.S. adults ages 18-64 least likely to get annual flu shot

U.S. adults ages 18-64 least likely to get annual flu shot

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Only slightly more than a third of Americans 18-64 got vaccinated against the flu last season, which a non-profit health group says it finds "troubling."

Spain notes flu outbreak

MADRID, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- An influenza outbreak has been reported in Spain, where officials said 239 people have been hospitalized, many with H1N1, the strain known as bird flu.
CDC: Flu activity high in South, no real activity in Northeast

CDC: Flu activity high in South, no real activity in Northeast

ATLANTA, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Flu activity was high in the U.S. South last week and was increasing in some states, while it had yet to hit the Northeast, officials say.
Some indigenous people more susceptible to new flu strains

Some indigenous people more susceptible to new flu strains

MELBOURNE, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Some indigenous groups are more susceptible to the effects of the new strain of influenza -- H7N9 -- currently found in China, researchers in Australia said.
Flu high in South and South Central states, low in Northeast

Flu high in South and South Central states, low in Northeast

ATLANTA, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Influenza activity remained high in the U.S. South and South Central states for the week ending Jan. 4, but remains low in the Northeast, officials say.
10 dead from influenza in Alberta, Canada

10 dead from influenza in Alberta, Canada

EDMONTON, Alberta, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Influenza killed 10, hospitalized 300 -- 40 in intensive care -- and created long lines for many seeking a flu shot in Alberta, Canada, officials say.
U.S. flu activity heavy in the south, low in New England

U.S. flu activity heavy in the south, low in New England

ATLANTA, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. flu activity increased in the last week of 2013 with high flu activity in the South and minimal flu activity in New England, officials say.
13 influenza-related deaths reported in North Carolina, 9 in Texas

13 influenza-related deaths reported in North Carolina, 9 in Texas

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Thirteen influenza-related deaths have been reported in North Carolina and nine deaths in the Dallas area this flu season, state health officials say.
Number of states with widespread flu activity jumps from 10 to 25

Number of states with widespread flu activity jumps from 10 to 25

Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The number of states reporting widespread seasonal flu activity dramatically jumped from 10 states to 25 in the week ending December 28, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ananth Baliga
Most U.S. with low flu activity, six states high flu activity

Most U.S. with low flu activity, six states high flu activity

ATLANTA, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- For the week ending Dec. 21, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas reported high flu activity, but in most of the country flu was low.
CDC: 10 states report widespread seasonal flu activity

CDC: 10 states report widespread seasonal flu activity

Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The number of states reporting widespread flu activity has jumped from four to 10, according to the CDC's weekly flu report for the week ending December 21.
Ananth Baliga

Texas reports high level of influenza with six dead

ATLANTA, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- For the week ending Dec. 14, U.S. influenza increased nationwide, but Texas was hard hit with more than a dozen critically ill and six dead, officials say.
Brief laser light may boost influenza vaccine effectiveness

Brief laser light may boost influenza vaccine effectiveness

BOSTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Pretreating the skin site of a vaccine, rather than muscles, with a wavelength of laser light may boost vaccine effectiveness, U.S. researchers say.

Researchers: Swine flu may have killed 200,000 in 2009 pandemic

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Between 123,000 and 203,000 people may have died from swine flu during the 2009 pandemic, five to 10 times earlier estimates, a group of scientists say.
Study: Swine flu killed 10 times more than previously estimated

Study: Swine flu killed 10 times more than previously estimated

Nov. 27 (UPI) -- A new study puts the death toll from the 2009 H1N1 "Swine flu" pandemic at 203,000 people, more than claimed by the World Health Organization.
Ananth Baliga
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