flu http://ripr.org en Flu Declared Widespread A Second Time This Season http://ripr.org/post/flu-declared-widespread-second-time-season <p>For the second time this season, the Rhode Island health department has declared flu widespread. That means that any unvaccinated health care workers must wear surgical masks around patients until the declaration of “widespread” is lifted. Flu was declared widespread in Rhode Island for most of January and February this year. But the health department says this time is more intense than the first.</p><p>The dominant strain now affects the elderly, in particular. 13 people have died from flu in Rhode Island this season, all of them in their 80s and 90s.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:14:18 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 32164 at http://ripr.org Flu Declared Widespread A Second Time This Season Should Unvaccinated Kids Stay Home? http://ripr.org/post/should-unvaccinated-kids-stay-home <p>That depends on your priorities. But first, <strong>here's what's at issue:</strong></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:18:42 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 28278 at http://ripr.org Should Unvaccinated Kids Stay Home? Should Flu & HPV Shots Be Required For School Kids? http://ripr.org/post/should-flu-hpv-shots-be-required-school-kids <p>The state’s health department is considering updates to its immunization policy for school kids from preschool through college. The proposals would require flu shots for kids up to age five and the HPV vaccine for kids entering ninth grade.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:33:16 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 28277 at http://ripr.org To Curb Flu, Bishop Recommends Changes To Mass http://ripr.org/post/curb-flu-bishop-recommends-changes-mass <p>One day after the Rhode Island Health Department reported influenza to be widespread in the state, the Catholic diocese of Providence is recommending changes aimed at stemming the spread of the disease.</p><p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:11:06 +0000 Flo Jonic 27456 at http://ripr.org To Curb Flu, Bishop Recommends Changes To Mass Flu Now Officially Widespread In RI http://ripr.org/post/flu-now-officially-widespread-ri <p>It was only a matter of time…</p><p>The flu is now widespread in Rhode Island.</p><p></p><p></p><p>That means there are outbreaks of the flu in more than half the state. It also kicks into effect a state requirement that health care professionals who have NOT been vaccinated wear surgical masks whenever they’re in contact with patients. The health department reports that flu-related hospitalizations are up as well.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 18:19:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 27391 at http://ripr.org Flu Now Officially Widespread In RI Flu Spreads In Rhode Island, Hospitalizations Increase http://ripr.org/post/flu-spreads-rhode-island-hospitalizations-increase <p>While the flu is now widespread in Massachusetts, it’s still sporadic in Rhode Island. But 16 Rhode Islanders have already been hospitalized, and officials expect the number of cases to spike.</p><p>Health department officials say so far there have been no flu deaths, but in past years flu has killed well over a hundred people in Rhode Island. They say one of this year’s dominant strains in Rhode Island and nationally is H1N1, but that’s also one of the strains this year’s vaccine protects against.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:38:45 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 27019 at http://ripr.org Flu Spreads In Rhode Island, Hospitalizations Increase To Flu Shot, Or Not To Flu Shot? http://ripr.org/post/flu-shot-or-not-flu-shot <p>It’s flu season already and that means you’ll be reminded to get a flu vaccine at seemingly every turn.</p><p>Should you listen? Is this year any different?</p><p>Rhode Island Public Radio’s health care reporter Kristin Gourlay sat down with the head of Rhode Island’s health department, Dr. Michael Fine, for some answers.</p><p>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic?&nbsp; Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. <a href="mailto:news@ripr.org">news@ripr.org</a></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 26398 at http://ripr.org To Flu Shot, Or Not To Flu Shot? Thursday, March 21, 2013 http://ripr.org/post/thursday-march-21-2013 <p>A Senate committee is scheduled to hear testimony on two competing bills regarding same-sex marriage.&nbsp; Two lawmakers want to offer in-state tuition rates to all in-state residents, including those which do not have documented status.&nbsp; These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.<br>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.&nbsp; <a href="mailto:news@ripr.org?subject=Comment%20on%20Podcast%2021%20March%202013">news@ripr.org</a></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:21:59 +0000 Lydia Rogers 12303 at http://ripr.org Flu Vaccine Less Effective but Still Urged for Seniors http://ripr.org/post/flu-vaccine-less-effective-still-urged-seniors <p>The U.S. Centers for Disease Control <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6207a2.htm?s_cid=mm6207a2_w">estimates </a>this year’s flu vaccine was effective about fifty percent of the time. But the vaccine was much less protective for older adults.</p><p>The CDC found that vaccinations against influenza types A and B were about 56 percent effective overall. But in people aged 65 and older, the vaccines only worked 27 percent of the time. But Rhode Island Department of Health director Doctor Michael Fine says that’s no reason NOT to get vaccinated.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 20:23:48 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 10817 at http://ripr.org Fine on flu vaccination: "We can do better" http://ripr.org/post/fine-flu-vaccination-we-can-do-better <p>While flu season is technically still here, Rhode Island’s Department of Health has lifted its declaration of “widespread” flu. More on the state’s response to a tough season.</p><p>Department of health head Dr. Michael Fine says he’s pleased that more health care workers and members of the general population got vaccinated against the flu this year than last. But he says the state can do better than 50%.</p><p>“If we had vaccinated instead of 500,000 Rhode Islanders, 900,000 or more, we would have expected to see many fewer hospitalizations and many fewer illnesses.”</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:52:32 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 10444 at http://ripr.org Fine on flu vaccination: "We can do better"