Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:31 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:31:52 GMT
Vermont State Parks are set to open this weekend. A press release says the Memorial Day holiday, the unofficial start of summer, marks the beginning of the prime season for all 52 Vermont State Parks.More >>
Vermont State Parks are set to open this weekend.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:16 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:16:17 GMT
It's not just you that may be dealing with seasonal allergies. If you have pets, they too may be suffering. According to a local veterinarian, often times, animals will get itchy. Extreme scratching canMore >>
It's not just you that may be dealing with seasonal allergies. If you have pets, they too may be suffering. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:38 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:38:49 GMT
Rescue crews are still searching for people caught in Monday's massive tornado near Oklahoma City. The tornado is estimated to have been at least 2 miles wide. So far Tuesday morning, there have been 51More >>
Rescue crews are still searching for people caught in Monday's massive tornado near Oklahoma City.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:10 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:10:02 GMT
A Florida based company is breaking out the checkbook for Vermonters. The company in trouble is American Debt Counseling. They provide debt reduction programs and credit counseling to consumers. In a recentMore >>
A Florida based company is breaking out the checkbook for Vermonters.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:29 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:29:03 GMT
Now more than a month after the Boston Bombings, Burlington police are giving us a glimpse at their plans and the changes they've made for the Vermont City Marathon on Sunday. Burlington police say, inMore >>
Now more than a month after the Boston Bombings, Burlington police are giving us a glimpse at their plans and the changes they've made for the Vermont City Marathon on Sunday.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:53 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:53:56 GMT
Burlington City Councilor Vince Brennan will be running in the Vermont City Marathon and is also using it as a fundraiser. He has started a online campaign to raise money for the One Fund Boston, whichMore >>
Burlington City Councilor Vince Brennan will be running in the Vermont City Marathon and is also using it as a fundraiser.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:08 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:08:20 GMT
On a quiet, Morristown, Vermont street, police say a neighborhood feud went too far. The owner of 80 George Street says he and the people in 75 never got along. "Ever since they moved in, they've justMore >>
We're beginning to learn more about a feud between neighbors that almost turned deadly. Four people have been arrested, two charged with attempted murder.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:12 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:12:36 GMT
He could spend 15 years in prison, for taking a joy ride on a school bus. The man accused of taking the wild ride faced a judge today. The 22 year old from Newport, Adam page pleaded not guilty to allMore >>
He could spend 15 years in prison, for taking a joy ride on a school bus. The man accused of taking the wild ride faced a judge today.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:01 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:01:55 GMT
Call it death with dignity or physician assisted suicide, Monday Vermont became the first state to pass legislation, and the fourth state in total, allowing the hotly debated end of life choice. "I thankMore >>
How hospitals can develop protocols for the new law and whether or not they can in the first place.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:48 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:48:44 GMT
Vermont governor Peter Shumlin signed the so-called "death with dignity bill" into law. But at the end of a long battle Vermonters now have a choice about ending their life given specific circumstances.More >>
There are limitations to using the new patient end of life choice.More >>
BERLIN, Vt. -
ABC22/FOX44 want to keep you healthy. We've been tracking the flu for you for weeks now.
In our area we've seen high numbers of the seasonal illness and since October, the Vermont Department of Health says three adults have died from the flu.
The Centers for Disease Control says 41 states already have widespread flu activity.
Just an example of hard hit areas, Boston, Massachusetts reporting about 700 confirmed cases and even 18 deaths.
Those numbers, prompting Boston officials to declare a public health emergency.
And closer to home, it's not quite as bad in Vermont and we want to keep it that way.
I went to the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin to find out when you should stay home from work, when you should see a doctor, and what you can do shorten your illness because this strain is highly contagious.
"The cough, the cold, the headache, the achiness, the fever," The CVMC Vice President of Medical Affairs Philip Brown said.
If you have any flu-like symptoms for more than 24 hours, that means it's time to contact your physician. There are anti-viral prescription medications like Tamiflu that you can take when you first start feeling sick. They can shorten your illness and minimize the complications.
I asked, "should you stay home from work that first day, are you contagious that first day that you don't feel well?" Brown said, "you're certainly contagious, the moment you're coughing."
So again, stay home! Avoid spreading the flu to people who are high risk, like the elderly and the young.
"You may be in a grocery line exposing somebody to influenza who may have heart disease or asthma," Brown said.
Because for those people, the flu can be deadly, and even though emergency rooms across the country are packed, if you have a preexisting complication, that's when you should go.
"Bad asthma and now I'm short of breath, heart disease and now I'm having chest discomfort," Brown said.
Once you start feeling better, you can still be contagious for up to seven to ten days, so doctors recommend staying home or at the very least, keeping your distance. And of course, keep washing your hands, covering your cough, and we'll all do our best to keep Vermont's number of flu cases low.
Doctors say the flu shot is a good match this year for the strain that's active, and it's not too late to get one. Flu season often goes well into march.
3 Vermonters Have Died From the Flu - Learn Symptoms and Prevention TipsMore>>