Latest Flu News

1st pediatric-related death in Maricopa County this season

Jan. 24, 2023 17:15 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Health officials in Arizona’s largest county have confirmed the first pediatric-related death this season in the Phoenix metro area. Maricopa County Department of Public Health officials said the child wasn’t immunized against influenza. The...

Holidays didn't lead to feared bump in flu cases, CDC says

Jan. 13, 2023 17:15 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New U.S. government data suggests holiday gatherings didn't spark surges in respiratory diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported that visits to doctors' offices for the flu-like illnesses fell for the sixth straight week. Reports...

Father of peace deal that ended Lebanon's civil war dies

Jan. 11, 2023 08:20 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Hussein Husseini, Lebanon’s former parliament speaker and the father of the 1989 Taif Agreement that ended the country’s 15-year civil war, died Wednesday after days of illness. He was 85. Husseini was admitted to Beirut’s American University Medical Center on...

Drugstores make slow headway on staffing problems

Jan. 07, 2023 10:26 AM EST

Joan Cohrs missed her chance to grab a prescription at her usual drugstore by about 30 seconds. Cohrs walked up to the counter of an Indianapolis CVS pharmacy shortly after a metal curtain descended, closing it for lunch. She didn't mind. The 60-year-old said she feels compassion for...

UK leader calls crisis meeting over struggling health system

Jan. 07, 2023 07:06 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak gathered government ministers, medics and health service managers in 10 Downing St. on Saturday for talks aimed at fixing a health care crisis that has seen thousands of patients stranded outside overflowing hospitals. The government...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Dec. 30, 2022 10:58 AM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Combination COVID...

Flu starting to wane in US after brutal start to season

Dec. 23, 2022 14:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Flu is decreasing in many parts of the U.S. after an alarmingly early and strong start to the season. The number of flu hospital admissions fell for the second week in a row, according to a national surveillance system run by the Centers for Disease Control and...

As flu rages, US releases medicine from national stockpile

Dec. 21, 2022 20:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday it will release doses of prescription flu medicine from the Strategic National Stockpile to states as flu-sickened patients continue to flock to hospitals and doctors' offices around the country. This year's flu season has...

Flu deaths rise to 40 in Washington state, vaccines urged

Dec. 20, 2022 19:37 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The flu is spreading at a high rate in Washington state with deaths at higher rates than are usually seen at this point in the season, according to health officials. The Washington Department of Health said Tuesday that 40 people have died from the flu in...

Kentucky on track for worst flu season in at least a decade

Dec. 19, 2022 17:47 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear reported six flu-related pediatric deaths Monday as health officials warn that Kentucky is on pace for its worst influenza season in at least a decade. Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to get vaccinated against the flu. None of the children who...