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Jeanie Valentine gets a flu shot as part of the "Fight the Flu" campaign by the city and Stamford Hospital at Government Center in Stamford. A UNH assistant professor said the odds of dying from flu or a traffic accident are higher than dying from Ebola.

UNH prof: You’re more likely to die from flu, traffic accident than Ebola

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As news about the Ebola virus continues to dominate the front page, Melanie Eldridge, assistant professor of biology and environmental science at the University of New Haven and an infectious disease expert, said seasonal flu and traffic accidents pose a greater threat to Americans than Ebola. “Thousands of people die from the flu each year,” […] [Read More]
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Guys, the flu just isn’t going away

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Just because it’s spring doesn’t mean we need to stop worrying about the flu. The Connecticut Department of Public Health reports that we’re still in a “second wave” of the contagious respiratory disease. As of March 29, the percent of emergency room visits attributed to fever or flu syndrome was at or above 5 pecent […] [Read More]

‘Second wave’ of flu in state

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Flu activity is hitting a “second wave” in some areas of Connecticut, according to the state Department of Public Health. After a few weeks of decline, major indicators of the contagious respiratory illness have spiked. For instance, emergency department visits attributed to “fever/flu syndrome” have recently increased and continue to make 5 percent or more […] [Read More]
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Flu still ‘widespread’ as close of season nears

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Spring has sprung, but flu season hangs on. Though the peak of the season has passed, the Connecticut Department of Public Health reports that the contagious respiratory disease is still classified as “widespread” and has increased in many regions of the state. Statewide emergency room department visits attributed to “fever/flu symptoms” have recently increased and […] [Read More]
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Stamford Hospital offers pocket guide to the flu

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Flu season might be headed to its finish, with the traditional peak months of January and February behind us. But it still doesn’t hurt to keep informed of this contagious respiratory illness. To that end, Stamford Hospital has offered a “pocket guide to the flu,” which is embedded below. Check it out. [Read More]
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Flu past its peak; still “widespread”

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health reports that flu activity in the  state appears to be past its peak, but the contagious respiratory illness remains elevated in most areas within the state and is still classified statewide as “widespread.” As of Feb. 22, the percentage of outpatient visits with influenza-like illness in the state had […] [Read More]
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Flu deaths in the state climb to 12

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Flu activity in the state is still widespread and deaths from the contagious respiratory illness have climbed to 12, according to the Department of Public Health. As of Saturday, Feb. 15, there were 2,846 positive flu reports for this season, with the most (751) in Fairfield County. New Haven County was next with 736, followed […] [Read More]
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Poll: Sickness doesn’t keep Americans from work

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If you’ve ever gone to work when you weren’t feeling well, you’re not alone. According to a new study from the public health and safety organization NSF International, at least 26 percent of American workers admit to going to work when they are sick. The majority of these sickees said their main reason for going […] [Read More]
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State’s flu death toll hits 5

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Five people have died from flu in Connecticut during this flu season — up from three last week — and contagious respiratory illness continues to spread through the state. The Connecticut Department of Public Health reported this week that a total of 1,949 people have tested positive for flu so far this season, with the […] [Read More]
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Flu death tally in state climbs to three

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Flu activity continues to climb, according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The contagious respiratory illness has now claimed three lives — up from two last week — and there have been a total of 1,029 positive reports of flu so far this season. Fairfield County continues to have the highest number of cases, […] [Read More]
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