How the government shutdown could affect flu season - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

How the government shutdown could affect flu season

Posted: Updated:
  • How the government shutdown could affect flu seasonMore>>

  • More on the 2013 government shutdownMore>>

  • Shutdown shuts out Brighton father's chance at life-saving cancer treatment

    Shutdown shuts out Brighton father's chance at life-saving cancer treatment

    Thursday, October 3 2013 6:13 AM EDT2013-10-03 10:13:34 GMT
    Doctors recommend an aggressive procedure to attack a man's stage 4 skin cancer, but the treatment is at the National Institute of Cancer, a facility now closed off to new patients during the shutdown.
    Each day the government remains shutdown limits the number of days a Brighton father could have left to live. Doctors recommend an aggressive procedure to attack his stage 4 skin cancer. But the treatment is at the National Institute of Cancer, a facility now closed off to new patients during the shutdown.
  • Sound Off: #shutdown3words

    Sound Off: #shutdown3words

    Wednesday, October 2 2013 5:45 PM EDT2013-10-02 21:45:36 GMT
    Add three words to describe how you feel about the government shut down to our Facebook or Twitter page with #shutdown3words and we'll pull it together in one nice feed to send to DC.
    Let the government know what you think!  Add three words to describe how you feel about the government shut down to our Facebook or Twitter page with #shutdown3words and we'll pull it together in one nice feed to send to Washington DC.
  • How the government shutdown could affect flu season

    How the government shutdown could affect flu season

    Wednesday, October 2 2013 11:35 AM EDT2013-10-02 15:35:13 GMT
    This is the time of year we're used to hearing about the big flu forecast. The feds talk about what strains to look out for and how big or bad it could be, but for now you'll hear nothing from the CDC.
    This is the time of year we're used to hearing about the big flu forecast. The feds talk about what strains to look out for and how big or bad it could be, but for now you'll hear nothing from the Center for Disease Control.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -

This is the time of year we're used to hearing about the big flu forecast.

The feds talk about what strains to look out for and how big or bad it could be, but for now you'll hear nothing from the Center for Disease Control.

The government shutdown in Washington won't affect most of us if it's a short one. While that's the bottom line, you may notice something missing: The flu forecast. It's is on hold because the CDC has been hit hard by the shutdown bug.

"We'll see if this is a week or two or longer, but we'll be without up-to-date information," says Dr. Joel Kahn of Michigan Healthcare Professionals, PC.

This is when the counties, states, and other organizations look to the feds for the annual report on whether the flu season will bite badly or not.

"The CDC would let us know what strains of flu it is," says Kahn. "Strains of flu can change. It may be H1, it may evolve and shift. We may not have that data as quickly."

But the county and state monitor the flu as well, so there is no need to panic.

"All the vaccines have already been prepared, and they're going to be the vaccine that people are going to get either way. Information that comes out of the CDC might cause you to do a more careful job of washing your hands, covering your mouth, avoiding people with illness so you don't get it," says Kahn.

Bottom line, just because right now the feds aren't tracking the flu doesn't mean they won't track it at all. They collect a lot of data from the counties and states across the country to put the data together and give a big picture of what's happening. But what happens in Ohio doesn't stay in Ohio. If the epidemic gets big there, people in Michigan should know about it.

That's not going to happen for now. Depending on how long the shutdown is, you may not hear much about it at all.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Community comes together to support slain Armada teen's family

    Community comes together to support slain Armada teen's family

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:55:10 GMT
    Nearly a week after 14-year-old April Millsap was found murdered in the small town of Armada, friends, family and even those who didn't know the young girl gather for music in the park - this time hoping for justice.They were there to help raise money to ease the burden on April's heartbroken mother."We're as well as can be expected," said aunt Sarah Lichtenfelt. "They are just grateful for all the prayers and support, that's all we ask is to keep praying for strength."In the middle of it all...
    Nearly a week after 14-year-old April Millsap was found murdered in the small town of Armada, friends, family and even those who didn't know the young girl gather for music in the park - this time hoping for justice.They were there to help raise money to ease the burden on April's heartbroken mother."We're as well as can be expected," said aunt Sarah Lichtenfelt. "They are just grateful for all the prayers and support, that's all we ask is to keep praying for strength."In the middle of it all...
  • Family asks for justice after mother of three found dead next to dumpster

    Family asks for justice after mother of three found dead next to dumpster

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:33:46 GMT
    When 32-year-old Katherine Gibson was a little girl, her loved ones thought, the "life" ahead of her would be long. But it wasn't."Me and my girlfriend dropped her off and she had just told us, she loved us," said Marvin Gibson, her cousin.That would be the last "I love you" that he would hear. because after Gibson's cousin dropped her off at Harper and Conner, near Bronco's Market. The day after, she was found dead. Gibson's lifeless body, discovered by a dumpster, beside the building."Layin...
    When 32-year-old Katherine Gibson was a little girl, her loved ones thought, the "life" ahead of her would be long. But it wasn't."Me and my girlfriend dropped her off and she had just told us, she loved us," said Marvin Gibson, her cousin.That would be the last "I love you" that he would hear. because after Gibson's cousin dropped her off at Harper and Conner, near Bronco's Market. The day after, she was found dead. Gibson's lifeless body, discovered by a dumpster, beside the building."Layin...
  • Detroit councilwoman dodges questions about Facebook photo

    Detroit councilwoman dodges questions about Facebook photo

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:27 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:27:05 GMT
    Councilwoman Mary Sheffield posted a photo with controversial figure Rayford Jackson, previously involved in the Monica Conyers scandal. Fox 2's M.L. Elrick wants to know why.
    Councilwoman Mary Sheffield posted a photo with controversial figure Rayford Jackson, previously involved in the Monica Conyers scandal. Fox 2's M.L. Elrick wants to know why.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices