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January 11, 2013

Flu outbreak hits region early this season

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Tonawanda News — “It’s peaking about three weeks earlier,” she said. “But most people don’t go to the doctor when the have the flu. It’s just the tip of the iceberg.” 

The two new strains are included in updated flu vaccines. The presence of whooping cough, which generally afflicts children and results in heavy hacking among other symptoms has also recently increased statewide and nationally, and can sometimes lead to fatalities, though several medical professionals interviewed said there is also an effective two-part vaccine that can be taken by both children and adults.

Acccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there has been an increase in influenza activity in the country, while numbers in hospital emergency room have spiked as well.

“On average we’re seeing 80 patients a day and for several days now we’re up to 100,” said Dawn Cwierley, a spokeswoman for Kenmore Mercy Hospital. “There’s definitely an increase.”

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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