influenza http://kplu.org en Flu Deaths In Wash. State Now Up To 11 http://kplu.org/post/flu-deaths-wash-state-now-11 <p style="line-height: 1.3em; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: georgia; font-size: 16px;">With its latest update Friday, the Washington Health Department says there have been 11 flu deaths in the state this season.</p><p style="line-height: 1.3em; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: georgia; font-size: 16px;">Spokesman Marqise&nbsp;Allen says the number is not unusual, but the department urges everyone over the age of 6 months to have a vaccination. The swine flu has been the most common strain, and the current vaccine available covers the H1N1 virus.</p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:13:43 +0000 The Associated Press 12478 at http://kplu.org Flu Deaths In Wash. State Now Up To 11 Four Flu Deaths Reported in King County, Health Officials Urge Vaccination http://kplu.org/post/four-flu-deaths-reported-king-county-health-officials-urge-vaccination <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Local health officials are urging people of all ages to get vaccinated against the flu, which has already claimed four lives in King County alone this season.</span></p><p>In addition to the deaths, the number of positive tests has doubled since mid-December, according to Dr. Jeff Duchin with Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And this year's most prevalent strain, the H1N1 virus, is one that hits younger people especially hard.</span></p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:30:32 +0000 Jessica Robinson & Ed Ronco 12290 at http://kplu.org Four Flu Deaths Reported in King County, Health Officials Urge Vaccination 105 U.S. kids died of flu; most didn't get vaccine http://kplu.org/post/105-us-kids-died-flu-most-didnt-get-vaccine <p><span style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;">The flu season is winding down, and it has killed 105 children so far — about the average toll.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">The season started about a month earlier than usual, sparking concerns it might turn into the worst in a decade. It ended up being very hard on the elderly, but was moderately severe overall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p><p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 22:09:32 +0000 The Associated Press 8114 at http://kplu.org 105 U.S. kids died of flu; most didn't get vaccine How good is the flu shot? http://kplu.org/post/how-good-flu-shot <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You may have heard this year’s flu shot is about 60% effective. To be precise, the </span><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6202a4.htm" style="line-height: 1.5;">official estimate is 62%</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and it's based on research </span><a href="http://www.grouphealthresearch.org/news-and-events/newsrel/2013/130111.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">conducted partially at Group Health Cooperative</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Washington.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 23:32:26 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7583 at http://kplu.org How good is the flu shot? Wintertime vomiting disease strikes Seattle http://kplu.org/post/wintertime-vomiting-disease-strikes-seattle <p>Don&rsquo;t be surprised if you notice a few co-workers are out sick, or if a stomach bug seems to be hitting your family. Winter is peak time for sharing germs &ndash; and right now, at least, most of those are NOT the flu bug.</p><p>For Lisa Steinbrueck of Seattle, it seemed at first like food poisoning:</p><p> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 23:14:37 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 3617 at http://kplu.org Wintertime vomiting disease strikes Seattle Engineering a new way to block the flu virus http://kplu.org/post/engineering-new-way-block-flu-virus <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-968605.mp3</p><p>Seattle researchers have created a new way to fight the flu virus, and potentially pave the way for a new class of medicines.</p><p>You probably remember how the flu pandemic two years ago eventually included such a scramble to get the vaccine that people stood in long lines -- and even lied about the ages of their children to get it earlier. It takes months to make influenza vaccine, which has to be grown in chicken eggs. And every year the whole process has to start over, as the virus keeps mutating and evolving.&nbsp; Thu, 12 May 2011 23:44:34 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1592 at http://kplu.org Engineering a new way to block the flu virus