Stories tagged: influenza
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 11:36 a.m.
Has flu season, in full swing, reached its height?
Flu is now widespread in every state except Hawaii, but the good news is the flu season appears to be peaking.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 8:48 p.m.
Kellogg Schools shut down after influenza outbreak hits students
The Kellogg School District has shut down operations after dozens students have missed several days following an influx of influenza cases, according to the school’s website.
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 2, 2018, 10:28 p.m.
Ample flu cases reason for concern among health officials
This year’s flu season is shaping up to be one of the deadliest in recent memory, causing concern among health officials in Washington and Idaho.
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 9:43 p.m.
Spokane man dies from flu
A Spokane County man died of the flu this week, marking the first Eastern Washington death from the virus this season.
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 3:19 p.m.
North Idaho man dies from flu complications
A north Idaho man has become the first in the state to die from flu-related complications, signaling what may be an early flu season.
Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 8:16 a.m.
U.S. health officials brace for potentially bad flu season
It’s flu shot time, and health officials are bracing for a potentially miserable fall and winter.
Thu., Sept. 28, 2017
Flu spreading in Spokane; health workers urge vaccination
Flu season is just getting started in Spokane, but public health workers from around the world have been preparing for the fast-spreading virus since February.
Sat., April 22, 2017, 1:31 p.m.
Risk of flu-related death higher for unvaccinated children
That’s according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published online earlier this month in Pediatrics. The article says this is the first study of …
Tue., April 4, 2017, 9:22 a.m.
Vaccinations significantly reduce flu death risk, CDC study finds
Children who were vaccinated in recent years significantly lowered their chances of dying from the flu, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 10:43 p.m.
Idaho reports most flu deaths since 2000
The current flu season is the worst in nearly two decades in Idaho, with 47 flu deaths reported statewide.
Sun., Jan. 22, 2017, 6:21 p.m.
Flu deaths climb to 76 in Washington
Washington health officials say 76 people have died from the flu this season as of Friday, up from 46 deaths reported the previous week.
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 9:09 a.m.
Flu epidemic death toll grows to 12 in Pierce County
Officials say the number of flu-related deaths in Pierce County has risen to 12, up from five deaths last week.
Tue., Jan. 10, 2017, 10:03 a.m.
Flu claims life of elderly woman in Spokane County
An elderly woman who died last week is the first flu-related death in Spokane County this season, health officials said Tuesday.
Wed., Feb. 24, 2016, 7:59 p.m.
Flu vaccine more effective this year; milder season so far
NEW YORK – The flu vaccine is doing a better job this year. Preliminary data suggest it is 59 percent effective. That’s a big improvement from last winter’s nasty flu …
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016, 10:36 a.m.
Dog flu case reported in Walla Walla
Canine influenza, or dog flu, was recently diagnosed in a pet adopted by a Walla Walla family from a shelter in Central Washington, according to a release from Associated Veterinary …
Wed., Feb. 3, 2016, 3:15 p.m.
Flu season in Spokane off to a mild start
Flu season is off to a mild start in Spokane County, health officials say. Twelve influenza hospitalizations have been reported since last fall, according to the Spokane Regional Health District. …
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.
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.
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 14, 2015, 8:26 p.m.
First flu case reported in Spokane
A Spokane County woman in her 50s tested positive for influenza this week, marking the first confirmed local flu case this season.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Tue., Jan. 20, 2015
Researchers discover brain-specific protein that could help fight flu
Battling the flu could someday be as much as about inhaling some extra brain protein as reaching for another tissue. Researchers at Washington State University in Spokane have discovered that …
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.
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?