R.I. weathers intense flu season short Memorial Hospital’s emergency room

THE NUMBER OF outpatient positive influenza tests for the 2017-18 flu season far outweighs inpatient positive tests across all age groups except for those 65 and older. / COURTESY RIDOH
THE NUMBER OF outpatient positive influenza tests for the 2017-18 flu season far outweighs inpatient positive tests across all age groups except for those 65 and older. / COURTESY RIDOH
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island hospitals are handling increased emergency calls during a flu season the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls “intense,” rivaling levels of influenza-like illness during the last nine years, advising that vaccinations can still prevent new cases and deaths. CDC Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat said during a Feb. 9 media conference…
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