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State: Flu season hits peak as cases double in 2 weeks

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The flu is officially here. The state saw a huge uptick in cases the week of Dec. 14, and last week, the number of lab-confirmed cases doubled. The number of patients admitted to hospitals with lab-confirmed influenza also doubled, according to state Department of Health records. The state doesn’t have exact figures for the number of people who caught the flu but judges severity on the tiny percentage of patients whose samples are tested at ...

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January 5, 2014
5:58 p.m.

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How easy is it for a primary care office to confirm flu and what strain it is?
I hear a lot of cases where people are given antibiotics for flu symptoms without primary care doctors confirming its a bacterial infection first. Also, I rarely see doctors, nurses, and assistants washing their hands before touching a patient. And Im wondering why the hospital ER's do not designate separate rooms or areas and give masks for people showing up with symptoms to keep them separated from people with broken bones. A little common sense would go a long way to stop spread of all infections.