HEALTHBEAT Blog break
This blog is taking an extended break while I concentrate on other priorities. Blogging will resume (hopefully) at some yet-to-be-determined time in the future.
In the meantime, since influenza is in... Posted on 1/9/13 at 1:45 PM
STAFF BLOG OH LOOK, A SHINY THING! Ah, Science: Redheads, Booze, Booms and Shots
My list of interesting links has once again swollen to monstrous proportions, so much so that my whole computer is threatening to just lie down and cry.
Instead of playing a game of Klingon Monopoly ... Posted on 9/28/12 at 10:00 AM
NDAD INSIGHT Kids with disabilities among flu season's most vulnerable
Another flu season is fast approaching, and there's a new caution forcertain people with disabilities -- children with disabilities, in particular.
Federal health officials are using a study of the 2... Posted on 8/29/12 at 12:45 PM
STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND N.D. health officials encourage flu shots
BISMARCKState health officials are encouraging North Dakotans to get an influenza vaccination this fall, saying there are more than enough doses available.
The North Dakota Department of Health and C... Posted on 10/4/10 at 11:32 AM
NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS AND BEYOND under the radar
Just because you don't hear as much about bird flu as you did three or four years ago, doesn't mean resources are not being targeted. The work continues.
Avian Influenza Surveillance Continues
State... Posted on 8/31/10 at 12:32 PM
The flu is striking earlier than usual in North Dakota with schools closing and some communities reporting a temporary shortage of seasonal flu vaccine.
Schools in Fort Yates have closed for the rest of the week due to the large number of students absent, though school activities were not canceled. Superintendent Terry Yellow Fat said students and their families were asked not to come to the nearby clinic with flu symptoms because it was overwhelmed.
The alarm sounded with two sneezy children in California in April. Just five months later, the never-before-seen swine flu has become the world’s dominant strain of influenza, and it’s putting a shockingly younger face on flu.
So get ready. With flu’s favorite chilly weather fast approaching, we’re going to be a sick nation this fall. The big unknown is how sick. One in five people infected or a worst case — half the population? The usual 36,000 deaths from flu or tens of thousands more?
By Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press
, August 31, 2009
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department plans to continue testing wild birds for highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza, better known as bird flu.
Waterfowl biologist Mike Szymanski said 200 samples from live birds will be taken in conjunction with duck-banding efforts in August and September, and 400 samples from hunter-harvested ducks will be collected in September and October.
The North Dakota Department of Health has identified the strain of influenza that is resistant to a common treatment called oseltamivir (better known as Tamiflu), according to Michelle Feist, influenza surveillance coordinator with the DOH.
The North Dakota Health Department reports five confirmed cases of the flu.
Four cases are in Cass County and one is in McLean County.
Officials say four of the flu victims are 19 or younger and one is in the 60-and-over category.
The North Dakota Health Department notes a change in season — from West Nile virus to the flu season.
The transmission season for West Nile virus is pretty much over with no new cases in the past week. North Dakota had 43 human cases this summer.
Now, state flu coordinator Michelle Feist said it’s time for North Dakotans to get a flu shot.
Not enough people get the flu vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and we think more people — especially the young, old and vulnerable — should.
The vaccine is important not only because it keeps people active, healthy and working, but also because it saves lives.
Each year, the flu kills about 36,000 Americans and sends about 200,000 to the hospital.
The state Health Department said North Dakota had 496 flu-related deaths last season.
Michelle Feist is the influenza surveillance coordinator for the health department. She said the state averages about 400 flu-related deaths annually. Most of the deaths were people age 65 and older.
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