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UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 9, 2020

House Call: A friendly reminder about shots and flu season

As Spokane continues to embrace new ways of living, working and socializing, there are seasonal reminders that keep us anchored in familiar things like back to school and, of course, …


House Call: Wash your hands the right way to help stop spread of coronavirus, flu and other illnesses

Start by rubbing your palms together with soap, then interlace your fingers together with palms together and rub back and forth vigorously. Next put your right hand on top of …


Swipe away germs: Keep your phone’s screen clean to stop spread of illnesses

We have our hands all over our smartphones. This time of year especially, it’s good practice to wash hands often with soap and wipe down those phones. Avoid spreading germs …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

House Call: Important – it’s not too late to get your flu shot

Although I recommend getting vaccinated against the flu in October or November, it is not too late to get protection against influenza by getting a flu shot now. You might …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

Spokane sees high rates of an unusual flu strain this year

Flu season is starting early this year, and Washington state already has high flu activity reported at a regional level, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

U.S. flu season arrives early, driven by an unexpected virus

The U.S. winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years.


Lisa Woodard: Get flu shot, for yourself and others

Please, get your flu shot now. At the very least, you may avoid that 10 days of feeling miserable. At best, you will help protect your community, friends and family.


Two-wave US flu season is now the longest in a decade

Health officials on Friday said this flu season has been officially going for 21 weeks. That makes it the longest U.S. flu season in 10 years, and among the longest …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019

Flu season appears milder, one year after brutal one

It’s early, but the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter’s unusually brutal one, U.S. health officials said.


Jump ahead of this flu season

Get flu shots early – Spokane Regional Health District suggests as soon as possible – well before the influenza season hits hard this winter. Spokane had its first hospital case …


The scale of sickness: Schools, day care services may have different standards for ill kids

When should milder illnesses keep children home? Public schools have general illness guidelines and allow a doctor’s OK for when a child can return to class. But day care operators …


CDC approves nasal-spray vaccine for flu season

After advising the public to avoid the nasal-spray version of the flu vaccine for the past two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now giving it the …


Health district warns of second flu wave after Spokane hospitalizations jump

Sixty-three people in the county were hospitalized for flu B in March after a decline in February hospitalizations, according to the Spokane Regional Health District.


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018

Worst of bad U.S. flu season finally over as illnesses decline

The worst of the nation’s nasty flu season is finally over.


Nasty flu season showing signs of winding down in U.S.

U.S. health officials on Friday said fewer visits to the doctor last week – 1 out of 16 – were for fever, cough and other flu symptoms than during the …


U.S. flu season gets worse, has ‘lot more steam’ than expected

Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018

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.


Four Tri-City area flu deaths in three weeks. What you can do to protect yourself now

Four Mid-Columbia women have died from the flu in the last three weeks. The women – from Benton, Franklin and Yakima counties – ranged in age from 40 to 79, …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017

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.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017

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.


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.


Health district offers vaccinations against flu

Seasonal flu shots are now available through the Spokane health district. Officials are recommending the shots prior to flu season, which could come as early as October.


North Idaho woman dies of flu

Panhandle Health District, which covers Idaho’s five northern counties, is reporting the season’s first flu death. A woman over age 50 living somewhere in Idaho’s five northern counties died from …