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The 2012-2013 flu season has led hospitals to take drastic steps and Camden County government to schedule additional immunization clinics.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider New Jersey to have high influenza-like activity with widespread incidence, as of the final week of 2012.
A breakdown by the state Department of Health considers Camden County and most of South Jersey to have “moderate” activity, compared with the “high” activity in much of the rest of the state.
Camden County government notes: “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in high flu states 70 percent to 80 percent of the coughs you hear around you right now stem from the flu. These statistics further emphasize the need to vaccinate as many residents as possible throughout the County.”
“This is an early season, with more influenza activity being reported at this time than has been seen during recent flu seasons,” Camden County Health Officer Paschal Nwako said in the CamdenCounty.com release. “The CDC is watching the situation closely and will provide additional information, including interim vaccine effectiveness (VE) estimates, as it becomes available.”
The flu season county government referred to as “early and aggressive” has led to scheduling of two additional vaccine clinics Jan. 16 in Cherry Hill and Jan. 18 in Gloucester Township.
Virtua Hospital in Voorhees, meanwhile, has taken the precautionary step of not allowing siblings into the neonatal intensive care unit, according to 6abc. The same report also notes a hospital in Allentown, Pa., has set up a “flu tent” to treat patients away from the general population of the hospital.