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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 …


Different flu strain leads to surge in late-season hospitalizations

A late-season wave of influenza has spread across the Inland Northwest and spiked hospitalizations during the past month. The virus is a different strain than the one people were vaccinated …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 6:57 p.m.

Flu vaccine doing a relatively good job this season

The flu vaccine is doing a relatively good job this season, protecting about half the people who got it, U.S. health officials said Thursday.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 11:23 a.m.

More eastern Idaho schools close because of illness

More eastern Idaho schools have been forced to close because of widespread flu-like illnesses.


House Call: Is it a cold or the flu?

Influenza and common cold symptoms are similar and can be difficult to distinguish from each other. They are both caused by viruses, cause many respiratory symptoms and leave you feeling …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 2:56 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: It’s not too late for flu vaccine

A century ago, as Spokane was welcoming a new year, it was also tallying the dead.


What you should know about the new flu drug

With a single pill, Xofluza can shorten the fevers, chills, sore throat, and other symptoms that make a bout of the flu so miserable.


One flu death reported in Spokane County

A woman’s death from the flu this week is the first in Spokane County this year, according to Spokane Regional Health District. She was in her 70s and had an …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 25, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Drop in adult flu vaccinations was likely a factor in last season’s record-breaking deaths, illnesses

Fewer than four out of 10 adults in the United States got flu shots last winter, the lowest rate in seven seasons and one likely reason why the 2017-2018 season …


Pierce County man is Washington state’s first flu death of the season

The man in Pierce County who died of the flu was in his 40s and had “chronic health concerns that increased his risk for complications,” said the Tacoma-Pierce County Health …


100 years ago in Spokane: First local deaths in 1918 flu pandemic reported as hospitals hit capacity

Every hospital in Spokane was crowded to capacity with Spanish influenza cases, and authorities were seeking a large building with room for several hundred beds as a temporary flu hospital.


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 …


80,000 people died of flu last winter in U.S.

The U.S. government estimates that 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter – the disease’s highest death toll in at least four decades.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 1:16 p.m.

House Call: Preparing for cold and flu season

If colds and flu made the rounds at your work or in your home last year, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to prepare for …


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.


Want to avoid the flu while flying? Try a window seat

Worried about catching a cold or the flu on an airplane? Get a window seat, and don’t leave it until the flight is over.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 9:01 a.m.

Flu seasons shows signs of leveling off

This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 10:08 a.m.

U.S. flu season still worsening; now as bad as 2009 swine flu

The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 3:44 p.m.

With the flu, Pink powers through pre-Super Bowl concert

Battling the flu, pop star Pink powered through a pre-Super Bowl concert, still hitting high notes, flying in the air and dancing onstage days before she will sing the national …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

Flu widespread across U.S. for third straight week

The flu blanketed the U.S. again last week for the third straight week. Only Hawaii has been spared.


Flu season worst since 2009 swine flu pandemic

Washington and Idaho are in the midst of what’s likely to be the worst flu season since the 2009 swine flu pandemic.


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 …


Flu remains widespread across Montana

Montana health officials say the flu remains widespread across the state.


2 children die of flu in Oregon

Two children have died from the flu in Oregon, both younger than 10.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 4:22 p.m.

Mariners appearance at Sacred Heart canceled amid flu concerns

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center canceled a scheduled appearance of three Seattle Mariners Wednesday afternoon due to concerns about spreading the flu.


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., Jan. 9, 2018, 3:32 p.m.

IV bag shortage has hospitals scrambling to treat flu

An ongoing shortage of fluids used to deliver medicine and treat dehydrated patients has hospital workers scrambling in the midst of a nasty flu season and supplies from factories in …


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: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, 9:20 p.m.

Family, friends and flu; holidays the start of peak season for illness

Flu activity is ramping up in the Tri-Cities.