Thursday, January 10, 2013
Has everyone around you gotten sick? In this video, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital explains how the flu arrived early, and how you can still avoid the worst of it.
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Thursday, January 10
From what we hear, this season's flu is a nasty illness and you want to avoid it if you can. This video gives the scoop. Like Patch on Facebook for news, conversation
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Cook County Health Department reports finding of weekly flu surveillance.
Seasonal flu cases are increasing in Cook County, mirroring an increase nationally. Cook County Department of Public Health monitors flu activity through a weekly surveillance of reports from a sample of hospitals, private doctors’ offices and lab data of positive flu tests. For the week of Dec. 2-8, the latest figures available, there was a 3.38 percent increase. There were 78 specimens that tested positive, according to the health department’s website. Three cases of the flu where the patient required hospitalization were reported, the site stated. Additionally, three Cook County schools reported increased student absenteeism due to the flu, it stated. Like Niles-Morton Grove Patch on Facebook for news, conversation Flu season runs …
Monday, December 13, 2010
How to prevent and treat one of the season's worst offenders.
With temperatures dipping to below freezing, colds, flu and stomach bugs rapidly spread this time of year as everyone fights to stay warm. But there's another type of illness that has been on the rise for children—the whooping cough. Dr. Jim Olson of Kids Heath Partners in Skokie said whooping cough, which can be fatal to infants, usually "starts off like a cold, and at the normal time a cold starts to get better, the cough begins to get a lot worse." According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, early symptoms of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, include: Olson stressed that the disease is "very easily spreadable if you're not vaccinated," adding that there is really no treatment for the cough once is fully kicks in …
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Experts say to stay home if you develop any symptoms.
At least 26 public schools have reported students falling ill to a stomach virus, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health. More so, some of the cases can be traced to the Norovirus, which has a tendency to spread rapidly. The most common sympotoms reported include vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps and low grade fever. "We cannot stress enough how important it is to stay home if you or your child are experiencing any of these symptoms," said Cook County Department of Public Health official Dr. Stephen Martin. "Take extra caution to avoid contamination of your hands when tending to an ill child or family member and always encourage good hand hygiene among household members to limit transmission of infection." While the …