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Doctors: Not enough Alaskans getting flu vaccines

...thousands of people in the United States alone who are hospitalized as a result of influenza infection," said Dr. Joe McLaughlin, Alaska state epidemiologist. "You don't get that with the common cold."This week, Alaska state health officials...
Recall related to meningitis outbreak is expanded

...Alaska has had no reported meningitis cases associated with the implicated product," said State Epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services will continue to monitor the situation and notify the public...
Alaska receives drugs from company in fungus case

...Alaska Surgery Center. The Surgery Center of Fairbanks is the seventh on the FDA's list.State epidemiologist Joe McLaughlin said the FDA's patient notification advisory stems from an ongoing investigation of NECC. Investigators are looking...
Norwalk-like virus strikes Ketchikan

...Norwalk-like virus, and state health officials are investigating possible cases in Juneau, officials said. Dr. Joe McLaughlin of the state Division of Public Health's Section of Epidemiology called on the public to report possible cases to...
Study finds diarrhea is a common climbing malady

...McKinley's Kahiltna Glacier base camp three years ago, according to a study published by Alaska epidemiologist Joe McLaughlin. Possible culprits, he said, include climbers leaving their waste in snow that's later used for drinking water...
Swine flu wanes, but officials expect a return

...swine flu was six weeks ago, but public health officials expect it to return later this year. State epidemiologist Joe McLaughlin says the virus did not strike Alaska as hard as feared this winter. He credits the availability of antiviral medications...
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Northwest Digest avoid getting sick, a state health official said Tuesday. "Our hope is we're on the tail end of it," Dr. Joe McLaughlin, an epidemiologist with the Alaska Health and Social Services Department in Anchorage. As of Monday, 15 of the...
Two swine flu deaths reported in Fairbanks release for each flu-related death but will update its Web site each Wednesday. State epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin said flu kills about 80 people a year in Alaska. McLaughlin says health care professionals are seeing an unusual...
State's first swine flu case confirmed in Fairbanks

...under way trying to determine how she contracted the virus and whether she may have infected anyone else, said Dr. Joe McLaughlin, a state epidemiologist. State health officials now expect other cases in Alaska to appear. An earlier case in...
State issue guidelines for pneumonia vaccine least five years after any previous dose for those who were immunized before age 65. State epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin says the recommendations are consistent with current national guidelines.


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