Flu Shot Less Effective This Year

MEDFORD, Ore. — Doctors and clinics in Southern Oregon received an advisory on Thursday. It is from the CDC and warns physicians that the flu vaccine is falling short of the predicted impact on influenza. 52 percent of flu samples were not a good match for the current vaccine, and this year’s strain, the H3N2, is especially bad. This … Continue reading »

Southern Oregon Prepares for the Flu

MEDFORD, Ore. — As we head into December, flu season is upon us. There have already been six cases in Oregon and medical facilities are prepping vaccines. Health experts say it typically takes two weeks for the flu vaccination to make your body immune to the virus. Last year, flu season started right after Thanksgiving … Continue reading »

Visitor Restrictions Lifted

MEDFORD, Ore. — Providence Medical Center facilities in Southern Oregon and throughout Oregon have lifted their temporary visitor restrictions today that were originally put in place because of the flu. The restrictions started on January 8th, 2014. Providence wants the public to know they will still be asking people to take reasonable precautions, such as covering … Continue reading »

Younger Patients Hospitalized for Flu

MEDFORD, Ore . — More younger people are being hospitalized for the flu. Oregon’s Health Department reports from December 15th to the 21st, there were 67 flu hospitalizations. It’s nearly triple the amount of patients from the week before. The people coming in to the hospital were aged 25 to 49 years old. Providence Medford … Continue reading »

Flu Shot Offered To Children On OHP

MEDFORD, Ore.– Health officials have reported the flu season came earlier than usual this year. Flu shots have been hard to come by in the Rogue Valley, so one organization is giving away flu vaccines for free to children who other wise may not be able to get one. Community Health Center in Medford is offering … Continue reading »