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Flu season shows signs of leveling off

Flu season shows signs of leveling off

By Associated Press  |  February 16, 2018

Health officials on Friday said about 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That's no reason for health officials to celebrate yet: That level is among the highest in a decade. But it's no worse than last week.

Flu shot only 36% effective, making bad year worse

Flu shot only 36% effective, making bad year worse

By Associated Press  |  February 15, 2018

The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that's causing most illnesses. Preliminary figures released Thursday suggest the vaccine is 36% effective overall in preventing flu illness severe enough to send a patient to the doctor's office.

Title X grantees on edge over delayed funding announcement

Title X grantees on edge over delayed funding announcement

By Susannah Luthi  |  February 12, 2018

After months of delay, the Office of Population Affairs told Title X family planning grantees that they don't have to worry about funding shortages in light of the delayed funding announcement. But providers are uncertain about their future with the program.

Flu season still getting worse; now as bad as 2009 swine flu

By Associated Press  |  February 09, 2018

The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. A new government report shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during swine flu in 2009.

Fitzgerald's resignation comes as CDC faces huge funding cuts

Fitzgerald's resignation comes as CDC faces huge funding cuts

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  January 31, 2018

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald's resignation as head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention comes at a precarious time for the agency. It's trying to address a flu epidemic while bracing for possibly deep funding cuts.

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