Hospitals overflowing with flu victims [pg. 5]

By
January 2, 2007 23:43

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

The failure of many high-risk people - with chronic diseases and weak immune systems - to get vaccinated against influenza has resulted in high infection rates and overflowing internal medicine and pediatric wards in many of the country's hospitals. The Health Ministry, which keeps a daily account of the departments, noted that the average occupancy rates in general hospital internal medicine departments, which treat most patients with complications of the flu, is 118 percent, with 98% occupancy in pediatric wards. As a result of the crowding, some patients attached to respirators are not in intensive care units, which have more staff, better equipment and more expertise than regular departments. In addition, the overflow has led to crowded wards and some patients being kept in corridors. The highest internal medicine department occupancy on Tuesday was Tel Aviv Medical Center at 300%, and the highest pediatric ward occupancy was Hadassah University Medical Center on Jerusalem's Mount Scopus with 162%. The ministry said that while people should have been vaccinated by the end of December, they could still benefit by getting the shot before the end of this month. It takes about three weeks for immunity to the flu to build up after the vaccination.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

[illustrative photo]
September 24, 2011
Diabetes may significantly increase risk of dementia

By UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN HEALTH SYSTEM