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Health officials say flu season arrived early

ANCHORAGE - Influenza has made an early appearance in Alaska, and state health officials are wondering if it's an early peak or the kickoff to an especially bad season.Officials with the state Department of Health...
Alaska at low risk for infection taking steps to be prepared, Gov. Sean Parnell said Thursday.During a news conference in Anchorage with state health officials, Parnell said we live in an interconnected world, with Alaska serving as an international crossroads."So...
Health officials: Take sickness seriously

...for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. "And influenza season is just around the corner."State health officials are urging Alaskans to be proactive in preventing the spread of respiratory viruses. Though there have been no...
Officials confirm first Ebola case diagnosed in US

...Tom Frieden said the patient came to the U.S. to visit family and has been hospitalized since the weekend.State health officials said no other cases are suspected in Texas.Specimens from the patient were tested by a state lab and confirmed...
Chinese ban of US shellfish to continue Chinese standards. The tests did reveal elevated levels of arsenic in the skin of the giant clams, which state health officials said was typically discarded.But the letter disputes that the skin is not eaten. "Chinese consumers eat the...
Alaska flu cases spike; season hasn't peaked

...most flu cases nationwide. The two adult Alaskans who died from the flu at the end of December both had H1N1, state health officials said.H1N1 puts a younger spin on flu, infecting mostly the young and middle-aged. Unlike in the 2009 pandemic...
Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

...prevent additional cases and help heal those who are already sick. According to a report we published, Alaska State health officials say they'll waive the administrative fee for the state-supplied flu vaccine for certain Alaskans in an effort...
2 flu deaths reported in Alaska

...died from the flu in the past week, according to state health officials.The deaths are the first to be reported during...of vaccine available still," she said.Alaska State health officials say they'll waive the administrative fee for...
Confusion, relief mark start of new health reforms

...grace period for those whose policies start Jan. 1 but whose premiums are not due until later. In those cases, state health officials and insurers say people should pay the doctor's bill and then submit it for reimbursement.It will not be known...
Doctors: Not enough Alaskans getting flu vaccines

...McLaughlin, Alaska state epidemiologist. "You don't get that with the common cold."This week, Alaska state health officials began tracking adults who die from the flu, KTUU-TV reported.There have been no reported flu deaths in the...


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