Thursday, January 24, 2013
There's still time to get a flu shot at Inova Fair Oaks and Fairfax locations.
Due to increased flu activity, including high levels of influenza-like-illness, Inova hospitals have scheduled additional public flu vaccination clinics for Saturday. The vaccinations are recommended by the Center for Disease Control. Vaccinations are $30 each, and the hospital will vaccinate those 6 months and older. For more on this year's flu, click here.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Inova hospitals restrict visits to patients to prevent outbreak, say flu causing spike in number of patients visiting emergency rooms.
While the Centers for Disease Control counts Virginia as one of the states seeing a spike in flu cases, flu is not a reportable disease, so hard numbers are difficult to come by. But Inova, the largest hospital system in Northern Virginia, is seeing a spike in the number of flu patients visiting their emergency rooms, a spokesman said. And across the area, it's the same story — three times as many — a county spokesman said. Inova announced Friday it was restricting hospital visitation to avoid an outbreak. "We, like everyone else in the Metro region, have experienced an uptick over the past four weeks in both outpatient visits to our EDs [emergency rooms] as well as in-patient placements for those with flu-related complications," said Tony…
Hospital curtails visitation hours, restricts visitors to those 18 and older.
The flu epidemic sweeping the country is definitely being felt in Northern Virginia, with hospital emergency rooms reporting a spike in patients coming in with flu-like symptoms. In the wake of the increase in flu cases in Northern Virginia, Inova hospitals, including the locations in Fairfax and Fair Oaks, are putting restrictions on visitors, the hospital system announced Friday in a news release. "As part of our vision to optimize the health and well-being of each individual we serve, Inova hospitals will be instituting specific visitation measures in response to continued regional Influenza infection," said spokesman Tony Raker, in the release. "These measures, designed to protect patients, visitors and staff from exposure to …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
How to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in the area than they are now, according to data from Reston on Google's Flu Trends. (Vienna-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.) The rate of residents with the flu is the highest it's been in Reston and surrounding areas since 2009-2010, when flu activity skyrocketed early in October, according to data. Overall in Virginia, activity is considered "high." The flu activity in the state now is the highest it's been in December for the past six years of data. At this time last year, activity was considered moderate, according to Flu Trends. If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Oakton that offer the …