Flu http://wunc.org en Hospitals Weather Flu Season Despite An IV Drug Shortage http://wunc.org/post/hospitals-weather-flu-season-despite-iv-drug-shortage <p></p><p>Medical facilities are facing a national shortage of intravenous drugs, especially saline IV drips. Saline is used to treat dehydrated patients.</p><p></p><p>Manufacturers are stepping up production to meet need, but the shortage has presented problems to hospitals since December, when flu season began.</p><p></p><p>Zack Moore is an infectious disease epidemiologist with he North Carolina Division of Public Health. He said this is an especially bad time of year to have a limited saline supply for two reasons.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:31:31 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 31667 at http://wunc.org Hospitals Weather Flu Season Despite An IV Drug Shortage DHHS Secretary Makes Flu Shots Mandatory For Department Workers http://wunc.org/post/dhhs-secretary-makes-flu-shots-mandatory-department-workers <p>Workers at state DHHS healthcare facilities are being required to get flu shots.&nbsp; Secretary Aldona Vos&nbsp; is implementing the policy to fall in line with what some hospitals have done to protect patients' health.&nbsp;<br><br>More than 10,000 employees and volunteers will have until December first to be vaccinated.&nbsp; Luckey Welsh is interim director of the DHHS division of state-operated facilities that house mentally and developmentally disabled patients. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 20:37:43 +0000 Gurnal Scott 21430 at http://wunc.org DHHS Secretary Makes Flu Shots Mandatory For Department Workers How Contagious Is A Flu Patient? http://wunc.org/post/how-contagious-flu-patient <p></p><p>According to <a href="http://jid.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/01/29/infdis.jis773.short">new research</a> out of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, some people who suffer from the flu emit far greater amounts of the virus than others.&nbsp; A small pilot study found 5 out of 61 patients who tested positive for flu released 32 times more of the virus in air samples taken during routine care.&nbsp; Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:27:17 +0000 Catherine Brand 9731 at http://wunc.org How Contagious Is A Flu Patient? Study Says Too Few College Students Get Flu Vaccine http://wunc.org/post/study-says-too-few-college-students-get-flu-vaccine <p>Not enough college students are getting vaccinated for the flu, according to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center study. The research asked 4,000 college students in North Carolina whether or not they had received a flu shot. Dr. Tim Peters was an author of the study and is a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases.</p><p style="margin-left: 40px; display: block;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Tim Peters</span>: "We found that about 20-percent of them had been vaccinated. And that number is quite a bit lower than we would like."</p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:10:00 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 5952 at http://wunc.org NC Reports State's First Flu Deaths Of Season http://wunc.org/post/nc-reports-states-first-flu-deaths-season <p>State health officials report the first two deaths from flu in North Carolina this season.</p><p>It is said to be one of the earliest reports of flu deaths the state has seen. Both victims were in the Triad. One was said to be a high-risk case because of age. The other was generally healthy. Zack More is a state epidemiologist. He says both cases show the flu cannot be taken lightly.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 23:10:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 5594 at http://wunc.org Triangle Vaccine Plant Approved to Cover Possible Flu Pandemics http://wunc.org/post/triangle-vaccine-plant-approved-cover-possible-flu-pandemics <p>A vaccine plant in the Triangle has been recognized by the federal government as a facility ready to react to a flu outbreak. It's the first such distinction for a pharmaceutical company in the country. Doctors at the Novartis plant in Holly Springs say they can produce a large amount of vaccines at a quicker rate. Doctor Vas Narasimhan is the president of Novartis USA. He says the facility uses cell cultures to develop the vaccine rather than the tradition cultivation of the virus in chicken eggs.<br> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 21:10:00 +0000 Will Michaels 7122 at http://wunc.org