Flu Cases On The Rise As Area Awaits More Shipments Of H1N1 Vaccine | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Flu Cases On The Rise As Area Awaits More Shipments Of H1N1 Vaccine

Play associated audio

As the area awaits more shipments of H1N1 flu vaccines, the number of cases in the region is on the rise, according to local hospitals and public health departments.

Dr. Lisa Kaplowitz, health director for the city of Alexandria, says that cases of H1N1 appear to have peaked in some places across the country--Alabama, for instance. But Kaplowitz says our region isn't so lucky.

"You really only know when the peak is when you see a downswing in cases," she says. "We haven't been in that situation yet in Northern Virginia or the national capital region," said Kaplowitz.

Many hospitals in Northern Virginia report emergency rooms are busier than normal. At the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, trips to the ER are up 20 percent compared to last October.

Some say part of the challenge with vaccine production delays will be keeping the public interested in getting immunized. Dr. David Ascher, chairman of pediatrics at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, says some doctors are losing patience. "With the virus circulating in the community, we know that it's a race against time," said Ascher. "That's where the frustration is."

Ascher says the number of children at his hospital showing flu symptoms has quadrupled in the past two weeks.

Jonathan Wilson reports...

NPR

'Team America' Is Benched: Won't Return To Theaters, Reports Say

One day after some U.S. theaters vowed to screen Team America: World Police in the place of The Interview, whose release was canceled, word has emerged that Team America has also been pulled.
NPR

What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon.
NPR

Two Of Colorado's Neighbors Sue State Over Marijuana Law

Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit against Colorado with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that its law legalizing marijuana isn't constitutional.
NPR

North Korea Has Invested Heavily In Cyberattacks

American officials have concluded that North Korea was behind the hack of Sony Pictures Company. Melissa Block talks to James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.