Flu

Red Cross blood drive
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Mark Abrams
January 20, 2020 - 9:40 am
The American Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania is begging for blood donations due to a shortage of blood supply at area hospitals. Read more here.
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Flu shot
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Mark Abrams
January 09, 2020 - 3:39 pm
The number of flu cases showing up in doctors’ offices and emergency rooms has spiked in recent weeks. Medical officials predict this season so far is on track to be as severe as the 2017-2018 flu season, which was the deadliest in more than four decades. Read more here.
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Tim Jimenez
December 10, 2019 - 7:26 am
Flu season is here, and it's widespread in Pennsylvania with five deaths reported in the state. Health professionals say there are steps people can take to stay healthy and prevent its spread. Read more here.
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A woman coughing.
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KYW Staff
November 07, 2019 - 4:00 am
Acute bronchitis is most often caused by viruses and in many cases, the same viruses that cause colds and the flu also cause bronchitis. Read more here.
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A death certificate for a flu victim during the 1918 pandemic, on display in a new exhibit at the Mütter Museum.
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John McDevitt
October 14, 2019 - 4:30 am
A new exhibit on a deadly influenza pandemic over 100 years ago opens later this week at the Mütter Museum and Historical Medical Library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The exhibit will serve as a public remembrance honoring the lives lost, while asking the question, "Could it happen...
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Vials of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine
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Paul Kurtz
March 06, 2019 - 2:23 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A mumps outbreak at Temple University is getting worse. The number of mumps-related cases has jumped from 11 to 17 over the past few days, according to Mark Denys, director of Student and Employee Health Services. "There are seven that have been confirmed in our...
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In this Sept. 28, 2015 file photo, Ozzy Osbourne poses for photographers upon arrival at the Pride of Britain Awards 2015 in London.
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February 07, 2019 - 8:39 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ozzy Osbourne is in a hospital. The rocker's wife, Sharon Osbourne, wrote on Twitter Wednesday that the 70-year-old was admitted "following some complications from the flu." She wrote doctors believe "this is the best way to get him on a quicker road to recovery." It was...
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Flu Season
Dreamstime
February 06, 2019 - 3:00 am
KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — We are in the hub of cold and flu season. If you are under the weather, you're probably thinking, "I want an antibiotic to get me through this." Actually,...
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Flu Season
Dreamstime
January 11, 2019 - 8:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — It's early, but the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter's unusually brutal one, U.S. health officials said. In most parts of the country, most illnesses right now are being caused by a flu strain that leads to fewer hospitalizations and deaths as the kind...
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The Pennsylvania Department of Health is confirming that the flu is now widespread across the Commonwealth.
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Kim Glovas
January 07, 2019 - 3:20 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is confirming that the flu is now widespread across the Commonwealth. January and February are peak months for the flu, according to health secretary Dr. Rachel Levine. "We have seen 6,400 cases of the flu. More than 4,000 of...
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