Stories tagged: flu
Thu., Jan. 21, 2016, 8:47 p.m.
Second flu-related death reported in Kitsap County
Health officials in Kitsap County are urging flu shots and other prevention strategies after a child died of complications from the flu.
Mon., Dec. 14, 2015, 10:35 a.m.
North Idaho woman’s death flu-related
A North Idaho woman has died from complications of the flu, the Panhandle Health District reported this morning.
Mon., Nov. 30, 2015
Saline treatment eases stuffy sinuses
Salt may be the solution to snotty sinuses.
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 23, 2015, 5:31 p.m.
First flu death reported in Spokane County
A Spokane County woman in her 50s died of the flu this week, the Spokane Regional Health District says.
Wed., Oct. 21, 2015, 8:53 p.m.
Vaccination urged as flu season has begun
Flu season is underway in Spokane County. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, it’s time, experts say.
Sun., March 1, 2015
Flu taking bigger toll this season
Flu deaths and hospitalizations in Spokane County so far this season are about twice as high as last year. Since October, there have been 15 deaths attributed to the flu …
Sun., Feb. 22, 2015
Doug Clark: Return of stolen sunglasses piques curiosity
There’s a lot of bad voodoo that comes with having this flu that’s been going around. There are fits of near-uncontrollable coughing. There are bouts of feverish sweating, followed strangely …
Sat., Feb. 7, 2015
Foster parents decry flu vaccine requirement
A new Washington law is forcing foster care providers to make a choice: get a flu shot or stop caring for children younger than 2 years old. At least 50 …
Tue., Jan. 27, 2015
Flu kills 14 in region; precautions urged
The flu has put 249 people into Spokane hospitals and is blamed for 10 deaths this season – including four in the past week. The numbers are higher than last …
Mon., Jan. 26, 2015, 10:14 a.m.
Spike in Idaho flu deaths prompts warning
Sixteen people in Idaho have died from influenza as of Jan. 22, up from three deaths on Jan. 8. The spike in fatal cases has prompted state health officials to …
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015, 7:42 p.m.
Spokane Public Schools report high flu rates
Spokane elementary schools have seen flu infection rates as high as 23 percent this year and Spokane Public Schools is encouraging students and staff to wash their hands frequently.
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
Flu season, only halfway through, claims six lives in Spokane County
This flu season has claimed six people in Spokane County, including Chad Rattray, who was 37, vaccinated against the flu and generally in good health. While tragic, that statistic alone …
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
Hot dog stand owner dies from flu
Chad Rattray wasn’t only Cheddar Chad. He wasn’t simply the guy who sold dollar dogs, occasionally slathering on the mustard and handing it over – on the house – to …
Wed., Jan. 21, 2015, 11:11 a.m.
Popular downtown hot dog vendor dies of flu
Chad Rattray, a hot dog vendor who helped keep downtown Spokane fed from outside the front of the Bank of America building, died Tuesday from flu complications.
Tue., Dec. 16, 2014
The importance of the flu vaccine, and what to do if you get sick
Public health officials explain the importance of the influenza vaccine and what to do if you get sick. Q. Should I get vaccinated?
Tue., Dec. 16, 2014
Challenge of flu vaccine lies in strains
Flu viruses are constantly mutating. Which means that formulating the vaccine each year is always “a best-guess scenario,” said Paul Throne, of the Washington Department of Health.
Wed., Oct. 8, 2014, 9:18 p.m.
Kootenai County reports first death in Idaho from flu this season
The first confirmed flu death in Idaho of the flu season has been reported in Kootenai County.
Thu., Nov. 7, 2013, 1:58 p.m.
First flu case of the season strikes Spokane
The flu has returned to the Inland Northwest.
Tue., Sept. 3, 2013
Last season aside, vaccine remains useful, CDC says
Spokane County saw a steep increase in flu hospitalizations last season – largely because of the high number of infected seniors, said Dorothy MacEachern, an epidemiologist with the Spokane Regional …
Tue., Sept. 3, 2013
A dose of reality
Here are some unofficial – and maybe unhappy – signs of summer’s approaching end: “Shield yourself from the flu,” reads a parking-lot placard outside a Rite Aid. “Get your flu …
Sun., Jan. 27, 2013
The crud is out there, and it’s up to you to avoid it
It was not intended as a public health guideline. But a classic “Seinfeld” line from years ago could serve as a succinct assessment of the risks we all run during …
Sun., Jan. 20, 2013
Small businesses struggle during flu outbreak
The flu epidemic is giving small businesses across the country their own case of the flu. Productivity is suffering, meetings and conference calls are being canceled as employees call in …
Wed., Jan. 16, 2013, 9:47 a.m.
First flu-related death of season in Spokane
A Spokane County woman in her 80s died this week from the flu, marking Eastern Washington’s first flu-related death this season.
Wed., Jan. 16, 2013
Some in health care refusing flu vaccine
Hospitals, clinics and nursing homes increasingly are requiring their employees to get a flu shot, but some health care workers are refusing, putting their jobs on the line. A Newman …
Sat., Jan. 12, 2013
Flu on rise in area after East hit hard
As influenza sweeps the nation, local health officials are bracing for the season’s peak to hit the Inland Northwest. While most of the nation is seeing elevated flu activity, the …
Thu., Jan. 10, 2013
School reports many students miss first day back after vacation
Anyone who works in an office or has a child in day care or school can tell you that something nasty is going around. Spokane Valley’s Progress Elementary saw a …
Wed., Oct. 31, 2012
Early shots best for flu
As the number of whooping cough cases in Spokane County drops, health officials continue pressing the case for immunizations, including this year’s flu vaccine. Mark Springer, an epidemiologist with the …
Thu., Oct. 4, 2012, 12:51 p.m.
First Spokane-area flu case confirmed
A man in his 40s was confirmed to be the first Spokane-area case of the flu, a news release from the Spokane Regional Health District said.
Thu., Dec. 8, 2011
Dr. K: Risks from getting flu outweigh any risk from vaccine
DEAR DOCTOR K: I am two months pregnant. I can’t decide what to do about getting the flu shot. What are your thoughts?
Wed., Nov. 10, 2010
Spokane hospitals require flu-fighting steps by staff
Most hospitals in Washington state – including all six in Spokane – are requiring staff to get immunized against the flu or take other hospital-approved measures to protect patients against …