Flu season is officially here. The State Department of Health said the virus is now “prevalent” in New York.
Although concerns are mounting across the nation of Ebola exposure, doctors fear the focus could be diverting attention from another potential threat: the flu.
New York City’s Health Department says it’s investigating three cases of meningitis that have developed in HIV-positive gay men over the last two weeks.
The health department said seven adults and nine children have been diagnosed to date and four people have been hospitalized.
Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley says 65 percent of children aged 6 to 59 months received an influenza vaccination in the past year.
The Ivy League school has experienced an outbreak of type B meningococcal disease. Seven students and one student visitor have been stricken by the bacterial illness since March.
Princeton University is about to administer the first doses of a vaccine against meningitis.
Federal health officials have agreed to import a meningitis vaccine approved in Europe and Australia but not the U.S. as officials at Princeton University consider measures to stop the spread of the disease on the Ivy League campus.
The new strain of meningitis was so lethal some of its victims were found dead in their apartments before they even had a chance to see a doctor.
Last year, Connecticut recorded 178 cases. The year before, there were just 68.
You probably think of Whooping Cough as a kid’s sickness that was eliminated decades ago by a childhood vaccine.
New York used to be among a handful of states that only allowed physicians and nurses to administer vaccines, but it began allowing pharmacists to give the shots, too, in 2008.
New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley says the flu is widespread in New York right now and that it likely will reach its peak this month or next.